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Melville Monument


This evening, my theme is Melville Monument in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital. It is a very significant monument which dominates the local landscape from St Andrew Square and has for long intrigued me. Read more on Melville Monument, Edinburgh…

This morning, our tour group elected for a free morning in Edinburgh in order to undertake shopping and private exploring. We met again at 1.15pm and proceeded as follows:
  • To Rosslyn Chapel about 20 mins from the City. This dates from the 15th century and has become famous, principally due to mention in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code but also because of the high quality medieval stone carvings which cover the interior of the Chapel which is still a living church (Episcopalian). We arrived at the Chapel in time for a talk by an expert local guide, albeit one with a thick local accent which presented a challenge to the non-Scots ear.

Rosslyn Chapel

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This morning, our group enjoyed a relaxing breakfast at Lands of Loyal Hotel, Alyth in central Scotland. This country house hotel proved a great spot, combining ambiance and elegance with the bonus of bright autumn sunshine to start us on our way. The interior images below feature wood panelling taken from the RMS Mauretania when scrapped in the 1930s.

Lands of Loyal Hotel

Guest Lounge at Lands of Loyal

Tour Group at Lands of Loyal

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