Edinburgh Cab Tours
We did a day out with Edinburgh Cab Tours ~ Andy took us to Tantallon Castle, Rosslyn Chapel, Royal Yacht Britannia, North Berwick and the Harley Davidstore store. Andy also stopped at a couple unplanned Outlander filming scenes!
Built in 1350, today Tantallon Castle is a ruin.
Rosslyn Chapel dates back to the 15th century and was built in 1446 by Sir William St. Clair. Fascinating architecture with 110 carvings of Green Men ~ Green Men are human faces with greenery. Rosslyn was made famous by The Da Vinci Code (a favourite of mine!). Theories abound about Rosslyn Chapel, The Knights Templar, Freemasonry and The Holy Grail. A favourite quote from the book is:
The Holy Grail ‘neath ancient Rosslyn waits
The blade and chalice watch o’er her gates
Adorned by masters loving art she lies
As she rests beneath the starry skies.
Robert Langdon ~ The Da Vinci Code
Yes, I know the book is a work of fiction. Rosslyn Chapel is still fascinating all by itself.
Royal Yacht Britannia
Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia was used by Queen Elizabeth II. It was launched in 1953 and decommissioned in 1997. Prince Charles and Princess Diana honeymooned on this yacht. I first heard “Highland Cathedral” when it was played during decommissioning.
Clocks on Britannia are all set to 3:01. This is the time when the Queen stepped off the ship for the last time.
Bakehouse Close is the site of Carfax Close, home to Alexander Malcolm’s (Jamie) print shop in Edinburgh.
In the “Lallybroch” episode, Jamie goes to fix the mill and hides in the stream when the English soldiers arrive. Jamie Fraser fans will clearly remember the scene I’m thinking of. Filming was done at Preston Mill.
Harley Davidson Store
We stopped in North Berwick, walked around and indulged at the Lobster Shack.
This was delicious!
The day with Andy was perfect! I highly recommend Edinburgh Cab Tours.