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Edinburgh festival fringe welcomes you to sightsee around one of the worlds most beautiful cities according to Trip Advisor. Whether it is art and culture or sights of historic interest Edinburgh provides all of this and more

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Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament was designed by Catalan architect Enric Miralles with a distinctive roof in the shape of an upturned boat.
The Queen opened the new building on 9 October 2004.
There are currently 129 Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs).
The Scottish Parliament has the power to pass laws and has limited tax-varying capability. It also holds the Scottish Government to account. The "devolved matters" over which it has responsibility include education, health, agriculture, and justice. Foreign policy remains with the UK parliament at Westminster

Their was a national legislative body in Scotland up to 1707 it then merged with the Parliament of England through the Act of Union to form the Parliament of Great Britain. The current Parliament was established by the Scotland Act 1998. The first meeting of the new Parliament as a devolved legislature was on 12 May 1999.
Prior to the Act of Union 1707, Scotland was an independent nation which had the Parliament of Scotland as its legislative body. Initial Scottish proposals in the negotiation over the Union in the 18th century, suggested a devolved Parliament be retained in Scotland but this was not accepted by the English negotiators.
For the next three hundred years the Scottish Parliament remained an important element in Scottish national identity, and suggestions for a 'devolved' parliament were made before 1911. The triggering event that caused an increase in Scottish nationalism was the discovery of oil in the North Sea in the late 1960s. Scottish nationalists began to argue that the funds from this oil were not benefiting Scotland as much as they should


Few cities compare in beauty to Edinburgh. Surrounded by hiils with a Castle dominating the centre the visitor quickly feels at home. Travelling around Edinburgh is easy and straightforward as
the old and new towns have their own character
but are in a stones throw of each other. You can either travel around by coach or if you feel fit enough, do like the locals and travel the city
centre on foot.

Edinburgh Castle

Opening times
1 April to 30 September - Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 6.30pm Last Entry 6p.m.
1 October to 31 March - Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 4.30pm Last Entry 5p.m.
Tel 0131 225 9846
Admission Adult £10.30 Child £4.50
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Art Galleries

National Gallery of Scotland
Princess Street
Mon-Sun 10-5
Scottish National Potrait Gallerly

1Queen Street
Admission Free for under 12s
Royal Scottish Academy
Princess Street
Mon –Sat 10-5 Admission Free
Scottish National Gallerly of Modern Art
75 Belford Road
Mon –Sun 10-5 Admission Free
Dean Gallery
73 Belford Road
Mon –Sun 10-5 Admission Free
City Arts Centre
2 Market Street
Mon –Sat 10-5 Sun 12-5 Admission Free


Scott Monument

Princess St Gardens
April-Sept 9-6 Oct-March 9-3 Admission £3
Museum of Edinburgh

142 Cannongate Royal Mile
Mon –Sat 10-5 Sun 12-5 Admission Free
Museum Of Childhood
42 High Street Royal Mile
Mon –Sat 10-5 Sun 12-5 Admission Free
The Peoples Story
163 Cannogate Royal Mile
Mon –Sat 10-5 Sun 12-5 Admission Free
National Museum Of Scotland
Chambers Street
Admission Free
National Museum Of Flight
East Fortune
East Lothian Admission £5

More Edinburgh

Edinburgh is surrounded by a fabulous
coastline and with vast amounts of cultural
heritage so try to get yourself out and about.

Musselburgh famous for its harbour and Race course
which holds many prestigous events also Musselburgh Links historic
Golf course (local bus 26, 44, 15).

Portobello Edinburgh own beach reached from
the centre of town by 15 minutes. ( Bus 26 ,15).

Gullane East Lothians Premier seaside resort
great golfing. A favourite haunt of Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus.

Linlithgow Palace Train to Linlithgow station
from Edinburgh Waverly. The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace
are set in a park beside a loch.

Forth Rail and Road Bridges located
just outside Edinburgh to the North
spanning the Firth of Forth


Visiting Scotland ...................Visiting Glasgow

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Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel also known as Roslin on the outskirts of Edinburgh a 12th Century Chapel
famous more recently for its role in The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. The Chapel is open
from Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm
and on Sunday 12pm to 4.45pm.
Adults £6 and Concessions £5. Children up to 18 are free.

The Chapel, is a working church. Rosslyn is a Member of the Episcopalian Church and holds
regular services on Sundays at 10.30am for Family Eucharist and 5.00pm for Evensong.
Tuesdays and Fridays Prayer sessions are held in the Chapel at 12 noon.

By Car
From the Edinburgh take the City bypass: to Straiton Junction A701 to Penicuik/Peebles.
Follow A701 to sign for Roslin in Roslin Village follow signposts to Chapel.

By Bus
Lothian Buses 15A catch the bus at St Andrew Square, Princes Street or Lothian Road.
First Bus 62 catch the bus at the Bus Station in St Andrews Square or on North Bridge.



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