A few days ago I arrived in Edinburgh, Scotland, to attend a wedding. In good time I was whisked away from the airport by car & projected through the clear, bright sunshine towards the venue of the ceremony, Rosslyn Castle, & the nearby cottage where I would be residing for the first two nights of my stay. Being the photographer for the wedding of my lovely friends I was kept busy for most of the time, but managed to explore a little of the surrounding countryside, with the aim of putting together this post.
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The site of Rosslyn Castle has been occupied by such fortifications for around 700 years, the current one being a partial ruin, with the main part of the building renovated only a few decades ago & now serving as holiday accomodation. The habitable portion of the building contains 7 bedrooms, though there are several stories below the ground level living quarters, which are currently inhabitable by humans due to the ingress of all pervasive damp (though they are made home by birds & rats at least).
The castle is owned by the Earl Of Rosslyn who rents out the property via the Landmark Trust.
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The castle is flanked on one side by a densly treed glen & the other by the River North Esk. In spring time the surrounding landscape is lush with fresh flora, budding trees & deep green vegetation.
Myself & another guest were appointed accomodation a short walk from the castle in an old converted inn which was built in 1660 & has slept many renowned historical folk. One image below shows a window pane with etched names of previous occupants, dating back to at least 1831. The inn is situated beside the incompleted & renovated Rosslyn Chapel which is a popular tourist attraction. The original chapel was designed to be constructed in cruciform, but was never fully completed. Although it fell into ruin some 70 years ago, it has since been renovated & opened to the public, at a cost per entrant. Photography is not allowed inside, but I managed to sneak a couple of shots in the basement.
I leave you with a few views of the surrounding area.
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