Rosslyn Chapel

After breakfast we set off into Scotland to visit Rosslyn Chapel. For some time it has been on my location wish list, because of the carvings within.

When we arrived we found out that the next introductory talk of the chapel would take place in half an hour. We explored the outside of the chapel until it was time to go inside the chapel for the talk. The talk was extremely interesting, pointing out various carvings and features of the church including the Dan Brown mystery tale and the chapel’s own mystery story regarding two intricately carved columns.

Rosslyn Chapel

We were directed to carvings on the outside of the church (including one of a camel). When the talk had finished we walked round the chapel before looking at the carvings mentioned. The inside of the chapel was  too crowded to enjoy at its best, we had to wait and pause whilst others were looking at the many interesting features within the chapel.

I quite understand why photographs are not allowed in the chapel; there would be a roadblock! The crowds did not allow for quiet contemplation and perhaps a feeling of spiritual presence. The volunteers are quite proud of the fact that the Dan Brown novel has brought in visitors from all over the world. Entry fees and sales of merchandise helps with restoration and maintenance of the chapel.

We hope to return when the chapel is less busy…

Berwick Coastal Road

The fisherman we had chatted to a couple of days ago, advised that we should go on a coastal drive along the Scottish coastland. So after visiting Rosslyn Chapel, we took his advice, albeit from North to South, stopping off for lunch in Dunbar where I had a delicious poached salmon sandwich. Whilst in the town browsing the shops, I noticed just the right lampshade for Mr C’s recently refurbished office.

Berwick Coastal Road

Dining and shopping complete we returned to the coast road, enjoying wonderful views. The amazing colour of the sea, and the fluffiness of the clouds seemed unreal, almost as if someone had painted the scene. Along the way had hoped to find a suitable establishment for afternoon cake but sadly this was not to be, even a detour into Berwick did not reveal afternoon cake.

A Room with a View

We dined in the hotel, where I asked for chips rather than fries to accompany my meal. The fish and chips were delicious.

12 Comments CherryPie on Oct 14th 2018

12 Responses to “Jesmond Dene & Cornhill – Day Seven”

  1. Ginnie says:

    I declare, Cherry. You really do get around! Did you mention in another post which of Dan Brown’s novels it was? I believe I have read all/most of them and wonder which one you’re referring to?

  2. Astrid says:

    You had some great weather there and I am glad you took the coastal ride like the fisherman advised. Like Ginnie I like to say, you do get around, what a joy that is!!

  3. Alan says:

    That’s the trouble with books and films; they do attract the crowds. But then scenes from Les Miserables were filmed in Winchester and although I know Winchester well, I don’t recall walking along and thinking “Oh, that was used in the film!”. Is that Bass Rock in one of your images?

    • CherryPie says:

      I had to Google it, but yes it is Bass Rock. I just saw a lovely view in a place where we were able to park to photograph the blue of the sky and sea. I looked at the lighthouse and thought it was pointing the wrong way.

      I found the history fascinating, I had no idea of the chapel and castle!!

  4. JD says:

    Glad you liked the sea and the clouds.
    I painted them especially for your visit:)

  5. The Chapel looks so interesting especially the stone carvings! A shame it was so busy. The coastal route looks so picturesque – a lovely series of images.

    • CherryPie says:

      The chapel is fascinating, you would love it :-) We hope to go back when there are not quite so many people visiting.

      The coastal road is a delight and we have the fisherman we chatted with to thank for suggesting we drove along that route.

  6. Lotta says:

    Oh the Rosslyn chapel is also on my wish list. What a beautiful place.