When we first began planning our trip we had only one B and B chosen for our Edinburgh stay but plans change and expand and we ended up staying at Miller's for one night then moving on to the B and B we had made reservations at next. It was called Orchard House. Anne our hostess was a sweet lady and ever so helpful with information about the places we planned to go and the things we wanted to do. The house was beautiful. I wish I'd had time to take more pictures outside. They had a fenced in back yard with a deck and a small duck pond. I sat in the dining room and watched the birds before breakfast.
We left Orchard House on May 29th but couldn't leave Rosewell until we saw Rosslyn Castle and the Chapel only a little over a mile away in the village of Roslin.
Unlike the chapel, Rosslyn Castle isn't spoken about at all. It is quite a walk from the chapel parking lot but well worth the effort. The structure is actually 5 stories high but from this view you can't see that. The original castle was built in 1304 but was destroyed twice by fire and rebuilt. It was attacked again in 1544. The shell you see is what was left after Cromwell attacked the castle in 1651. Cannon fire succeeded in nearly leveling the top half of the structure. The family then built the house you see within the shell of the castle. It is available to rent.
Directly across from the front door of the house is an exterior wall of the original structure. It gives you an idea of how massive the castle was when first constructed.
We took a short 30 minute nature hike down to the river and back. We saw people walking their dogs there and enjoying the mellow Saturday morning. I loved being in the woods, it felt like home.
In 1630 Sir William St. Clair was granted charter to the Masons. During the filming of the Da Vinci Code that small detail was used in the movie as well as images of the chapel. Because of that publicity Rosslyn Chapel received an endowment that allowed further renovation to be done on the chapel.
While Rosslyn Castle was being sacked by Cromwell's troops in 1650, the chapel was used to house their horses. OMG!!!
Look at the eyes in the stained glass window design. While sitting inside the chapel, one gets the idea that religion and paganism have somehow been wed in the designs. You can't see enough, can't study enough.
While we were there, scaffolding covered the ceiling preventing us from seeing the carvings there. Giant steel beams rested on the ledges of the stained glass windows only inches away from the precious designs.It nearly gave me heart failure to look at them.