Rosslyn Chapel

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Rosslyn Chapel is a bit of a mystery. A medieval church, built in 1446 by William St Clair, the last Prince of Orkney, the chapel does not conform to any contemporary architecture or fashion. It is full of intricate decorations, many of which portray Biblical scenes, the most famous being the "Apprentice Pillar". There are also many references to the Knights Templar, Freemasonry, and Pagan symbols; including the largest number of "Green Men" found in any medieval building. The real curiosity though, is the existence of carvings depicting plants brought to this country from the "New World", which pre-date Columbus' discovery of the Americas by 100 years. Recently it has been the focus of much attention from Holy Grail hunters, after featuring in the book, The Da Vinci Code. Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00 Sun 12:00 - 16:45 Teashop, shop/visitor centre

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Edinburgh and Lothians

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland but is a third of the population of Glasgow. Perversely the city has no motorway access to the South and since the local transport links are excellent the city and surrounding area can easily be accessed without a car, arriving by train or plane. The highest concentration of Scotland's major attractions are found within the city and surrounding area - Edinburgh being the top tourist destination in Britain outside of London because its attractions are mostly concentrated in a central area. For the purposes of this guide, the city centre and East Lothian are listed seperately and the Lothians are defined as mainly the areas to the North, South and West of the city.