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Today we departed Bath, England and visited sites associated with Downton Abbey, namely Brampton Church and Highclere Castle. In the evening we dined at a riverside restaurant close to the Thames.

The One o’Clock Gun at Edinburgh Castle dates back 157 years when it was set up as an aid to navigation for ships using the ports of Leith and Firth of Forth over two miles away. The only alternative at the time was the Calton Hill Time Ball which was often obscured by adverse weather or being out of line of sight.Thus, an audible signal offered advantages. 

Sr Andrews Cathedral was begun around AD 1160 and grew to become the pre-eminent church in Scotland.It was originally home to a community of Augustinian canons who had outgrown the facilities at St Rule’s Church. The site extends to 30 acres contained within a substantial medieval wall which remains largely intact today. The completed cathedral was consecrated in 1318. The site fell into decline after the Reformation in 1560.