Rosslyn Chapel, Traquair House, St Mary’s Loch and Moffat Rosslyn Chapel, Traquair House, St Mary’s Loch and Moffat Rosslyn Chapel, Traquair House, St Mary’s Loch and Moffat

Rosslyn Chapel, Traquair House, St Mary’s Loch and Moffat

Full-day tour visiting the historic Rosslyn Chapel, enchanting Traquair House along with beautiful St Mary’s Loch and Moffat.

Tour Highlights

 

Rosslyn Chapel – The chapel was built between 1446 and 1484 as a Catholic Collegiate Church for the Sinclair family. Described as an “Architectural Wonder” and a “Library in Stone”, virtually every surface of the building is covered in carvings. In 2003, Dan Brown’s detective-murder story The Da Vinci Code set the chapel at the heart of a grand religious conspiracy. The chapel was also used as part of the set for the 2006 Hollywood ‘blockbuster’ film of the book.

 

Traquair House – The house dates from 1107 and is Scotland’s oldest continually inhabited house. Originally a hunting lodge for Scotland’s kings, it has hosted 27 Kings and Queens including Mary, Queen of Scots and her infant son, the future King James VI of Scotland (King James I of England).

 

It was at Traquair that Bonnie Prince Charlie (Prince Charles Edward Stuart) visited his distant kinsman, the Earl of Traquair, in October 1745 to recruit support for the Jacobite cause. As he left the house, the Earl promised the gates would not be reopened until a Stuart king was returned to the throne, the famous Bear Gates have been closed ever since. 

 

St Mary’s Loch – The beautiful Yarrow Valley with St. Mary’s Loch are Scotland’s best kept secrets. Sir Walter Scott, James Hogg ‘the Ettrick Shepherd’ and William Wordworth all have literary connections to the valley.

 

Moffat – Popular tourist town, famous for its woollen shops along with local arts and crafts. Remember to ‘stock-up’ on the town’s famous Moffat Toffee and other favourite sweeties from the Moffat Toffee Shop!

 

Departure

 

From your Edinburgh accommodation or a pre-arranged location. Ordinarily we’ll depart Edinburgh at 8:45am and return around 17:30pm however, this can be agreed at the time of booking. 

 

Cost

 

The cost of this full-day private guided sightseeing tour or up to six people is £425.00 which includes all planning, tour guide and transport costs. 

 

Please note that your meals, refreshments and any entrance costs are not included.

 

This itinerary can be adjusted to meet your individual requirements, please contact me for further details.

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