One of the lovely things about living so near to the Rosslyn Chapel and the Roslin Glen is that I can explore them whenever I want. And as the weather is a bit too wet and windy for climbing in the even-nearer Pentland Hills, that is just what I did yesterday when my friend came to visit.
The Rosslyn Chapel is the perfect place to take visitors because I never get bored of the place because I can always find a new carving to admire when I’m there. And, of course, it is fun to see the awe on my friends’ faces when they see the magnificent building for the first time. Although I can’t help but point out some of my favourite bits of the chapel, which might bore the less-geeky of my friends a bit. (For example, I tend to point out the “music cubes” that researchers have been working to “decode”. It’s fascinating stuff!)
During yesterday’s visit, I was taken by a couple of masons’ marks that I had not fully noticed in the past. I always find these “signatures” to be interesting because there are so many different styles from the very simple to the quite elaborate. I imagine that might be the difference between apprentice versus master masonry skills. (Photography isn’t allowed inside of the chapel, so I cannot share these treasures with you.)
After visiting the chapel (and enjoying a nice bowl of soup in the café) we made the short walk to the Roslin Castle in the Roslin Glen. The castle is largely ruined, but the East Range has been restored and is used for holiday lets.
I hadn’t really intended on visiting the glen on this trip, so I wasn’t wearing the right footwear for mucking around the lower bits of the castle, but we did manage to do some walking around. I also managed to explore inside of the main ruins more than I have in the past, which was nice.
As the weather improves, I think I will make a concerted effort to visit the Roslin Glen a bit more. And that means more photos!