Thursday, June 4. Last day here in Scotland. We had an arranged bus tour to Dunfermline Abbey, Stirling Castle, and Roslyn Chapel. Our guide was Gus who drove us on the highland's tour.
Dufermiline Abbey was the first stop. This use to be the capital of Scotland in the 1400's. It is also the burial of King Robert the Bruce. It was beautiful. We had a tour of the abbey. There was also a peacock on the premises. The guide told me his name was Gorgeous George because he always liked to show off his feathers, which he did proudly. it was pretty funny.
We then headed to Stirling Castle. All these castles are just amazing to me. They are just so big and it's hard to believe people lived in them at one point. Stirling was a very cute town. Would like to go back and spend more time walking around. There was a big statue of William Wallace outside the castle walls. It's hard to keep track of all the Kings and Queens of Scotland-- a lot of James...We had a rushed lunch at Portcullis at the base of the castle. We had to run back to catch the bus.
Rosyln Chapel was the last stop. The chapel is currently undergoing a huge conservation. It's hard to believe it's been around since the 1400's. It is amazing. The carvings in the chapel are indescribable. The entire chapel is covered in these intricate carvings and the symbolism is extremely interesting. I was kind of upset that you couldn't take pictures inside the chapel. The neat thing I thought was that the way they have the scaffolding set up you can walk up towards the top of the chapel outside and see the roof and temples up close. The detail is incredible and to see the roof so close was really cool. It also gave you a nice view of the area. You could see where Roslyn Castle was located. I didn't know that Roslyn is also the location of Roslyn Institute where Dolly the sheep was cloned.
Heather Sutherland came to the hotel to say good by and brought us goodies from Stevenson College. She also brought her dog, Katie. She was very cute. I have had a great time but I am very excited to get home. I miss the family.