Tour/Package Length: 5 hours
Dates: 1st April 2006 - 31st October 2006
Departure Times: 12:00
Days of Week: Monday, Friday
"Voted the best day tour out of Edinburgh time after time" IF YOU WANT TO
SEE HISTORY, IF YOU WANT TO FEEL HISTORY, THIS IS THE TOUR FOR YOU!!
Entrance to Craigmillar Castle is included in the tour price.
Passing Holyrood Palace Dynamic Earth and the new Parliament building, we
drive through the Queens Park with its three lochs, and over Arthur's Seat
Britain's largest volcano where James Hutton (the father of modern geology)
devised his theories. We head south around Duddingston Kirk to Craigmillar
Castle. Much loved and visited by Mary Queen of Scots, this magnificent
partially ruined castle is a favourite with everyone including Historic
Scotland who have presented the custodian with a top award for content,
presentation and service. This is where the plot to assassinate Mary's
husband Lord Darnley was hatched and where The Earl of Mar (brother to James
III) was imprisoned and declared insane by his brother.
Entrance is included to the castle that belonged to the Preston's, often
Lord Provosts of Edinburgh in the 15th and 16th centuries. Abandoned by the
Gilmores in the 1770's it is the finest example of a medieval tower house in
the Lothians and also has the best views.
We then head to one of the most amazing places you will ever visit- Rosslyn
Chapel is unique and famed worldwide for the beauty of its carvings and the
aura of mystery and magic that surrounds it, as featured in the best sellers
“The Da Vinci Code” and 'The Hiram Key'. We will hear stories about
Freemasonry, Knights Templars, The Holy Grail, Gypsies, Solomon, Babylon and
much more, even a Scotsman in America before Columbus all this within a 15th
Century Chapel that will totally captivate you.
A visit to the souvenir shop although not compulsory is a must. This tour
will normally be in an 29 seater luxury coach making it more personal and
making it easier to tour these marvellous sites.