I recently had the pleasure of taking a family group on a tour of Rosslyn Chapel and North Berwick day and I must say, it was a truly unforgettable experience.
Our first stop was Rosslyn Chapel, located in the village of Roslin, just south of Edinburgh. This stunning 15th-century chapel is known for its intricate carvings and mysterious history. As we walked through the chapel, I shared with the group the story of its connection to the Knights Templar and the legend of the Holy Grail. We marvelled at the intricate stonework and beautiful stained glass windows, and the group was especially taken with the mysterious and enigmatic “Apprentice Pillar.” We also explored the beautiful surrounding grounds, taking in the peaceful beauty of the Scottish countryside.
Next, we traveled to the charming coastal town of North Berwick. Here, we wandered along the beautiful sandy beach, admiring the stunning views of the Firth of Forth and the nearby islands. The town itself is full of lovely shops and restaurants, and they enjoyed a delicious seafood lunch at one of the local eateries. We also visited the Scottish Seabird Centre, where we learned about the rich marine wildlife that can be found in the waters off the coast of Scotland. The family had the opportunity to take a boat tour to the nearby Bass Rock. This towering volcanic island is known for its massive colony of gannets, and it’s an absolute must-see for any nature lover.
Our final stop of the day was Tantallon Castle, an impressive fortress perched on the cliffs above the North Sea. The castle dates back to the 14th century, and its imposing walls and towers offer a glimpse into Scotland’s fascinating history. As we explored the ruins, I shared stories of its past, including its role in several historic battles, including the Scottish Wars of Independence. From the castle’s highest vantage point, we gazed out at the dramatic coastline, watching as waves crashed against the rocks below. The sight was truly breathtaking, and it served as a fitting end to our day of exploration.
As the day drew to a close and we made our way back to Edinburgh, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for the opportunity to share these incredible locations with such a wonderful group of people. It’s always a joy to share my passion and interest with those wishing to know so much more about Scotland.