Edinburgh Castle, medieval and Georgian streetscapes, on these mountains of Midlothian


Members of the College community cross the border into Scotland
(left to right): John Patton, faculty member; Linda Warner, alumna; Elaine Aragon-Keller, alumna; Carrington Lisser, student; Sr. Eileen Quinlan, faculty member and alumna; Candy Fischer, former staff member; Sr. Kathleen McDonnell, alumna; and Roz Scheer-McLeod, faculty member.

by Sr. Eileen Quinlan, SND, Ph.D., ’74, professor of English/communication

Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city, began as a fort on a volcanic rock perhaps 1400 years ago.


The travelers view Edinburgh from Holyrood Park, an ancient volcanic outcrop near where Queen Elizabeth stays when in the capital city of Scotland.

The travelers posed in front of Edinburgh Castle, built in stages since the 11th century. (St. Margaret's Chapel is the oldest building in the city and the castle, built around 1100 by her son David, the King of the Scots.)

We saw glimpses of the Castle by night from Princes Street near our hotel on Monday evening, and again from Holyrood Park on our coach tour of the city on Tuesday morning. Holyrood Park is another ancient volcanic outcrop, with the Royal Residence of Holyrood Palace at its base, where Queen Elizabeth stays when in Edinburgh.


They pose for a picture in front of Edinburgh Castle.

The Castle includes a stately World War I memorial building, a Tudor Great Hall, the Scottish Crown Jewels and the coronation tradition Stone of Scone, which was returned to Scotland in 1996 after 700 years in Westminster Abbey. At 1 p.m. some travelers witnessed the daily cannon firing from the ramparts.

 
The altar (right) and a stained glass window (left) highlight St. Margaret's Chapel, the oldest building in the city.

The afternoon was spent exploring the city's medieval and Georgian streetscapes, shopping, visiting the National Museum of Scotland and the Royal Yacht Britannia, now moored here.

It was another sunny day, but very cold on these mountains of Midlothian!

 

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