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On the Mary Queen of Scots Trail

My elder daughter has been doing a project (topic as they call it these days) at school about Mary Queen of Scots. It is fair to say that the story of Scotland’s most famous monarch has captured her imagination so much that it has almost become an obsession. Indeed the conversation at chez bigrab has revolved around MQS for some weeks. When I mentioned recently that we could perhaps go for a daytrip to take in Linlithgow Palace (MQS birthplace) and Edinburgh Castle (Home of the Scottish Crown Jewels and birthplace of King James VI), the pressure did not let up! So today with both daughters and leaving Mrs Bigrab to enjoy some solitude we took to the road.

dscf1691.jpgLinlithgow Palacedscf1685.jpgLinlithgow CastleSt. Michaels Church Linlithgow Palace

The photos above are of Linlithgow Palace which is essentially a ruin, albeit a very impressive one. Click on a thumbnail to view pics. Click Here for information about the palace and the adjoining St. Michaels Church.

After about an hour and a half there we progressed to Edinburgh where I took the following pics.

Edinburgh Castle entranceEdinburghEdinburghStained glass window edinburgh castleSt. Giles Cathedral and Sir Walter Scott Statue

Scottish parliament sign Church of Scotland Assembly Rooms

The highlight of the trip for Hannah was to see the Scottish Crown Jewels

Scottish Crown Jewels

Amazing to think that these were fashioned in the 16th century. The perfect sphere of rock crystal on the sceptre apparently took a craftsman 6 months full time work to complete.

More info about Edinburgh Castle is Here

It was a thoroughly enjoyable trip and I love Edinburgh (except for the traffic!) but a song kept coming to my mind. It was this from Mike Scott.

Edinburgh Castle – Mike Scott. Click Here to Listen


2 Responses

  1. We envy you so with this kind of history. The oldest thing within a hundred miles of where I am is probably an up for renewal hotdog stand. Thank you for posting.

  2. I am delighted to be able to see the Scotish crown jewels. However, what a dreadfully dark picture, I am sure I could have done better than this and I am not a professional photographer.

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