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Today was characterised by persistent rain, a feature which only marginally impacted on our tour.

We departed our Dunfermline lodgings and drive into Edinburgh, a journey which we had planned to undertake by train but was thwarted by a derailment on the line in Edinburgh. Another schedule disruption occurred on arrival owing to closure of the Palace of Holyroodhouse (royal residence) and accompanying heavy police presence. Similarly the Canongate Kirk on the Royal Mile was also subject to closure and heavy police presence. We discovered that the security was a function of the upcoming Royal wedding (Zara Phillips) on Saturday.

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Dirleton Castle, Dirleton

Dirleton Castle, Dirleton, Scotland

This morning, I collected my guests from their Edinburgh lodgings and then proceeded to Direlton Castle which is situated S.E.of Edinburgh close to the coast. This is a magnificent castle originally dating from the 13th century but with many additions over the subsequent 400 years. Its military function came to an end in the 17th century following a cannon bombardment by Oliver Cromwell’s forces. In more recent times focus has been developing the extensive herbaceous garden which now ranks as the world’s longest and was resplendent in sunshine today

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Windsurfing, Scapa

Windsurfing, Scapa, Orkney

 

This evening, the focus of my blog is Scapa, Orkney. The name has an interesting history. Orkney has a distinctive Norse heritage from which  the word scarfr (for cormorant) was derived. This was translated into Gaelic as sgarbh and subsequently evolved into modern English as Scapa or ‘Cormorant Isle’.

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