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This evening, I am re-posting my blog for May 9th as such failed to publish on the day.

Today, our tour progressed as follows:

Firstly to Italian Chapel which dates from 1943-5. The structure comprises two Nissan huts which were used by Italian prisoners of war to construct  a chapel. Similar improvisation skills were used to furnish and decorate the chapel interior. The original builder/decorators returned in the 1960s and the 1990s to undertake repair work. The chapel is now in good repair and a major tourist attraction.

Read more on Tour Kirkwall, Tour Orkney…



Canongate Kirk, Royal Mile

Canongate Kirk, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

This evening, I am focusing on Canongate Kirk, the Kirk of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle. This is prompted by a report in today’s press that the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips and England rugby star, Mike Tindall are to marry at the Kirk on July 30th.

Read more on Visit Canongate Kirk, Visit Edinburgh…



New Lanark, World Heritage Site

New Lanark, World Heritage Site, Scotland

 This evening, I am focusing on one of Scotland’s World Heritage Sites, namely New Lanark.

This massive cotton manufacturing plant has its origins in the the late 18th century when it was originally established by David Dale (1739-1806).  Original power source was free and very eco-friendly in the form of the River Clyde. This resulted is some very advanced and impressive engineering to harness the power of the water supply which remains in evidence today. Apart from the sheer scale of this enterprise, New Lanark is remembered for the social pioneering of subsequent owner, Robert Owen who focused on the workers quality of life as manifested in improved working conditions, a school, adult education and a village store.

Read more on Visit New Lanark World Heritage Site, Visit Scotland…