Roger & Jolene tour Rosslyn Chapel and the Scottish Borders

Roger & Jolene at Rosslyn ChapelRoger & Jolene were on their first visit to Scotland from Louisiana in the USA. Having read about Rosslyn Chapel and the Scottish Borders, Roger & Jolene contacted Borders Journeys to organise a private guided sightseeing tour for them.

Leaving Edinburgh we travelled firstly to Rosslyn Chapel. The magnificent chapel looked particularly stunning with a dusting of snow. The chapel was built between 1446 & 1484 and has been described as an “Architectural Wonder” and a “Library in Stone” as virtually every surface of the building is covered in carvings. The chapel was used as part of the set for the 2006 Hollywood blockbuster, The Da Vinci Code.

From Rosslyn Chapel we travelled south towards the Scottish Borders. Passing through the historic county of Peeblesshire and beautiful Tweed Valley we stopped to view Traquair House, Scotland’s oldest continually inhabited house.  The house is home to the Bear Gates which were reputedly locked behind Bonnie Prince Charlie when he left Traquair in 1745 on his way south to regain the throne. The gates won’t be unlocked and opened until a Stuart is restored to the throne. Our next stop was at Thornielee Forest to ‘meet’ ‘Muckle Moothed Meg’ & Will Scott who were direct ancestors of Sir Walter Scott.

Scott's ViewWe had lunch in the pretty abbey town of Melrose. Afterwards Roger and Jolene enjoyed exploring the ruins of Melrose Abbey and the town’s many independent local shops and galleries. En-route back to Edinburgh we visited Scott’s View, Sir Walter Scott’s favourite view of the Borders.

It was a pleasure to meet Roger and Jolene, we wish them a safe trip back home to Louisiana where they can ‘thaw out’ from the cold of Scotland.

More photographs of this tour can be found on Borders Journeys’ Facebook.

Our Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders and Glenkinchie Distillery tour departs from Stance F (ZF), Waterloo Place, Edinburgh (next to the entrance to Old Calton Cemetery) every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Rosslyn Chapel, Bear Gates at Traquair House & Melrose Abbey

If you would like us to create a private tour for you, we will be happy to offer you our advice and plan the tour around your requirements so that we can build the perfect tour for you. We recognise that for many of you this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity and our emphasis is upon making your time in Scotland an experience you’ll always remember.

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