““You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Bagpipes…kilts…shortbread…lochs…tartan…castles are a few things that come to mind when I think of Scotland! But there is so much more to offer! We had never been to Scotland and we loved the beautiful scenery and the warm Scottish people! Our first stop was Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland!
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the British Monarch in Scotland. The palace as it appears today was built between 1671 and 1678 and stands at the bottom of the Royal Mile. The Queen spends one week at Holyrood in summer.
The Historic Apartments at the Palace were once the home of the ill-fated Mary, Queen of Scots. We toured the State Apartments that are used for state and official entertaining and then climbed a steep spiral staircase to view the 16th century Historic Apartments. Photography was not allowed inside the palace.
At the top of the Royal Mile sits Edinburgh Castle! A national treasure, the castle was built over centuries beginning in 1130. This intriguing castle is where Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth in 1566 to the future King James I of England. The Scottish Crown Jewels are housed in the 15th century Old Royal Palace, which we found fascinating. No pictures were allowed of the Crown Jewels.
In what we might call an inner courtyard, a number of the castles main structures were open to the public. This is the Scottish War Memorial. The Great Hall and the entrance to view the Crown Jewels are also nearby.
One of the five stained glass windows that were made in 1922. This one illustrates William Wallace, a national hero and Scottish knight who fought and died to free Scotland from English rule. A well-known account of Wallace’e life is presented in the Film “Brave Heart”.
The Governors House was completed in 1817, and is all that remains of the Calton Gaol, once the largest prison in Scotland. This house was used by Commissioners who “governed” the prison. The Gaol closed in 1927 and all was demolished in 1937 with the exception of this house.
Thank you for walking the Royal Mile with us!
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