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Private Tour to Rosslyn Chapel and Castle
Tour Theme: Historic and Cultural Tours
This tour starts from: Edinburgh
Duration: Half Day - 4 hours approx
This is a Private Tour
Enjoy a private half day tour from Edinburgh to Rosslyn Chapel and Roslin Glen. This 15th century architectural gem is about a 45 minute drive from city centre. After a visit to the chapel we will take a short woodland walk to the ruined castle in Roslin Glen.
Rosslyn Chapel has become world famous since being featured in the Da Vinci Code movie in 2006 but has a much diverse history before this. Built as a private family chapel by William Sinclair in 1446, he hired the top masons in Europe. Both the exterior and interior have unique symbolic sculptures each telling a story. The most exquisite of them all is the Mastor Mason and Apprentice Pillars. The Sinclairs were said to be Templar Knights whom travelled the world returning with ancient treasure which may or may not be in the family crypt. During the Romantic Era it saw visits from famous writers and artists such as Robert Burns, Walter Scott, William Wordsworth, Robert Nasmyth and Queen Victoria. It is now open to the public for us all to discover the mysteries and myths of Rosslyn Chapel.
We then take a short woodland walk to reach Rosslyn Castle. The ancient home of the Sinclair family it now sits in ruins. The glacial valley of Roslin Glen was the scene of a large battle against the English in 1301. There is a Wallace's Cave which is said to be where our brave Guardian of Scotland hid for a short time. The glen was an industrial site in the 1800s with Gunpowder and Carpet Factories. Roslin Glen is now a popular walking location for locals.
In total the tour will take about 4 hours.
Private Tour to Rosslyn Chapel and Castle from Edinburgh
Photography Credits: Kenny Lam (VisitScotland), Paul Tomkins (VisitScotland)
Operated by: Go Scotland Tours Rank 6
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