Our last day in Edinburgh, before traveling to the highlands , we spent the morning at the National Museum of Scotland. The museum tells the story of the country beginning with its geology and natural history. It moves on to the early peoples through the centuries when Scotland was a kingdom in its own right. The exhibts move right on through the industrial developments. Some really stunning items are on show including St Fillan’s Crozier which is said to have been carried at the head of the Scottish Army at Bannockburn in 1314. Dated to AD 800, the Moneymusk Reliquary, a receptable for the remains of the christian missionary St Columba.
For lunch we walked across the street to Greyfriar’s Bobby.
After lunch we walked to St Giles Cathedral properly known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh. It was twice the seat of the bishop in the 17th century, and it was from here that John Knox directed the Scottish Reformation with its emphasis on individual worship freed from the authority of the bishops. A tablet marks the place where Jenny Geddes, a local market stallholder hurled her stool at a preacher who was reading from an English prayer book. Inside the Thistle Chapel, with its rib vaulted ceiling and carved heraldic canopies, honors the knights of the most ancient and most Noble Order of The Thistle.
After our tour of St Giles, we went back to our B&B and rested before our evening meal. Next time- a review of the restaurants and pubs.