Standing at the lower end of the royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, Palace of Holyroodhouse has witnessed six years of Scotland’s royal history. Best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots during her reign between 1561-1567, the tradition of garden parties that was conducted during her reign has been sustained to the present day.
A baroque masterpiece that is not to be missed by anyone on their trip to Edinburgh, Holyroodhouse was reconstructed by Charles II after the palace suffered serious damage that broke in 1543. Today, the palace is the Queen’s official residence, attracting thousands of visitors every year. The largest room in the palace is the spectacular Great Gallery that is used for official occasions and banquets.
The high point of any tour in this palace is the suite rooms in the north-west tower that were occupied by Queen Mary which has original wooden ceilings and examples of the tragic Queen’s needlework. Among the other things that need to be viewed, the Royal Apartments are known for its fine period interiors and impressive collection of Brussels tapestries.
Opening daily at 9:30 am with varying times of closing according to the months, you are sure to find this palace truly amazing. The display at the Queen’s gallery will change from time to time as the collection is large in addition to the many millions of paintings, furniture, books, ceramics, tapestries and other works of art. Palace of Holyroodhouse has something for everyone and can influence human minds to explore the depths of Scotland history.
Every corner of Edinburgh has its own story or legend waiting to be untold. With a distinctive and unique skyline that follows closely with that of Venice and makes for fantastic photographs, this place is the most beautiful capitals in Europe. Known to be the ‘Athens of the North’, it is a great base from which you can explore the rest of Scotland. Enriched in its own culture, Edinburgh continues to draw crowds of vacation goers and backpackers from around the globe.
A town intimately entwined with its landscapes, with many buildings and monuments perched atop crags and overshadowed by cliffs, it holds an abundance of sights.
A remarkable fortress and former royal residence, this oldest building not only offers historical interest but also offers a splendid panoramic view that surrounds the city. A rich mix of architectural style reflects the Castle’s complex history and role as both stronghold and seat of kings. Towering at the edge of the city’s cobblestone streets, this majestic landmark is well worth a visit.
The Museum of Scotland
Talked about since 1780, The Museum of Scotland is most striking with exterior walls of sandstone which is quarried in Elgin. Get to know more about Scotland through the many galleries and displays which provide information from beginning to the present day. Wander through the halls and wonder at the fossils, artifacts and ancient jewelery. So much to see and admire, don’t forget to photograph some of the majestic views when you are on the rooftop. Admission is absolutely free!
Known as the Lion’s head, it is the highest of a series of peaks which takes in the form of a crouched lion. The only way to reach the top of the Arthur’s seat, an extinct volcano that erupted around 340 millions ago, is by hiking, so make sure you are packed with comfortable stuff and great shoes for the journey.
The traffic was brought to a stand still yesterday, not because of any procession or due to security reasons, but to allow thousands of tiny frogs and toads to leave the loch. It was a spectacular sight watching those tiny toads and frogs, some even size of the tip of a little finger making their way to Arthur’s Seat.
People were amazed to see this sight with frogs and toads crossing the streets one after another. Experts have said that this year the hatching was a bit earlier compared to previous year, mainly due to the warmer weather. The tiny toads were jumping around like a happy bunch eager to adapt to the habitat.
To make sure these tiny toads don’t get into the drains they were covered to stop them falling into it.