Scotland 2

As I promised: Visiting a tartan weaving industry

Located right at the end of the Royal Mile, downtown Edinburg, there is a old industry that produces Tartan Fabric. You can tour the mini museum, learn about the History of Tartan, and be inspired by hand knitted sweaters and accessories from Ireland and Scotland.

Colors and stitches all over the place. Our visits for the next couple of days included The Edinburgh Castle, The Whiskey Factory, a yarn shop, the monument to Sir Walter Scott Monument, etc.  My favorite building inside the castle was the St. Margaret Chapel.

Key facts

Interior of St Margaret's Chapel © Historic Scotland

Margaret was born around 1045, into the royal family of England. After the Norman invasion of 1066, she fled to the court of Malcolm III of Scotland. They soon fell in love and were married at Dunfermline.

– Malcolm was a warrior who relished fighting the Norman conquerors of England; while Margaret was deeply religious.

– Disaster struck in 1093, when Malcolm and his eldest son, Edward, were killed in an ambush. On hearing the news, Margaret took to her bed in Edinburgh Castle and died from a broken heart.

– The chapel was built by her youngest son, King David I. It has not always been used for worship.  From the 16th to the 18th century it was a gunpowder store.

– In 1250, Margaret was canonised as St Margaret of Scotland, for her many acts of piety and charity in her adopted country.

Allow time to visit the whole castle and enjoy the beautiful views from the top of the hill. I suggest very comfortable shoes because there is so much to walk and explore and dress in layers, as the weather could bring any season to you all the sudden.


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