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... quite disgruntled with England's rule and their choice of king. Interestingly I became aware, that my ancestors, the Clan Farquharsons were avid Jacobites, and were in the frontline at the Battle of Culloden.
Unfortunately due to a string of circumstances, the Jacobites had a huge defeat at the Battle that day, where they fought the Government Army, losing 1500 men in less than an hour. After the battle, Government troups stayed in the highlands ...
... of five hundred year old examination scripts and view a short film explaining the calligraphic techniques used.
The final section is about Chinese contacts with the rest of the world and includes a large printed 'Map Of The Myriad Countries Of The World', produced in 1608 in a collaboration between the Jesuit Matteo Ricci and the Chinese cartographer Li Zhizao. It is astonishingly accurate in the main, showing even the outline of ...
... history. Visit the royal apartments, the throne room and the great gallery - with over 80 17th century portraits of Scottish Monarchs. Alongside is the recently opened Queen's Gallery, Scotland's first permanent exhibition space for the Royal Collections. Walk along the Water of Leith, a small river that meanders through Edinburgh, providing a peaceful haven from the busy city. Festivals Edinburgh in the summer becomes "festival city" when a huge number of ...
... are bag pipers, dancers, fireworks, etc. And I'm pretty sure every Scottish person in the crowd (men included) were wearing their kilts. In fact, they were wearing their kilts all day! The crowd gets so into the games, you can't help but want to watch, and want to know what is going on during the game. I find it quite interesting how even with 15 people per side on the field at once, everyone has such an important role to play. And each position requires ...
... quaint shops and oh, the tartans. Loved it. Cashmere, wool....... Shoppers heaven. We did have fun. Next up to Edinburgh Castle. Amazing place. The anticipated highlight for me was seeing where the tattoo was held, having watched it on TV numerous times - came to the end - where was this place? Shattered to discover it actually was the entrance into the castle and nothing like what you see on TV!! In fact you may see what I mean when you see the photos. Oh ...