In Edinburgh city centre, head to Charlotte Square in the New Town - Robert Adam's masterpiece of urban architecture - and visit the Georgian House. Three floors of the Georgian House have been beautifully refurbished by the National Trust for Scotland to reflect the lifestyle of 1796. Edinburgh is absolutely jam packed with historic buildings and homes and you don’t need to look for long to uncover some grand architecture. Other highlights in the city centre include George Heriot’s school, Gladstone’s Land and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Make sure to visit Hopetoun House, Scotland's finest stately home. Originally built between 1699 and 1702, much of Hopetoun's original 18th century furniture and wall coverings still survive today. The house sits in 100 acres of magnificent parkland with woodland walks, a red deer park and nature trails. Groups are also invited to enjoy drinks and refreshments in the Stables tearoom.
Not far away is Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of three monarchs including Mary Queen of Scots in 1542. Under the care of Historic Scotland, this extensive home of Scotland's Stewart kings is a regular venue for historic performances and re-enactments.
Lennoxlove House is the home of the Duke of Hamilton and boasts furniture, paintings and mementoes of Mary Queen of Scots. Visit John Muir Country Park - named after the great 19th century conservationist who established America's first National Parks. You can also visit his birthplace, transformed into a stunning Interpretative Centre highlighting the work of the man known as 'the father of modern conservation'.
Founded in 1446, the mysterious, richly decorated late-Gothic Rosslyn Chapel featured predominately in Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code. Dan Brown is not the only literary figure to be inspired by Rosslyn. The great Scots writer Sir Walter Scott and renowned poet William Wordsworth, whose sister Dorothy described it as ‘exquisitely beautiful’, have all featured it in their works.
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