We woke to a very grey day. Rain was forecast for later so we decided to take Daisy for a walk locally before we left here in the afternoon to visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Our walk took longer than expected as we got ourselves a little bit lost but after asking a policeman found our way back to the campground.
As we had lunch the heavy rain forecast started. We debated did we go to the palace or not but decided to go in the end.
Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Our first stop was the Queen’s Gallery which showcased a small sample of the vast Royal Collection.
We then in the rain made our way into the palace. Here with our audio guide we walked through the state departments and then Mary Queen of Scots private apartment which had quite a history. Mary, Queen of Scots spent most of her turbulent life in the Palace She married two of her husband’s in the palace. Within her private apartments she witnessed her private secretary David Rizzio murdered by a group led by her husband Lord Darnley, who was jealous of Rizzio's influence over Mary. The apartments today have an interesting display of artefacts of Mary’s.
Despite the rain we quickly visited the ruins of the old abbey next to the palace before giving the gardens a miss and heading back to base.