Took a tour of Hollyrood Palace where Mary, Queen of Scot, ruled Scotland despite a lot of drama in her personal life.  Our tour began with a walk through of various rooms leading up to the King’s Royal Bed Chamber.  The four post bed had elaborate tapestries concealing the frame on all sides and was nearly 400 years old.  Each room was filled with tapestries of the early Scottish and English monarchs.  We also had the chance to see Mary’s quarters, including the room where one of her personal servants was murdered by Mary’s husband due to jealousy.  There is rumor that Mary later set up her husband, Lord Darnley, to be killed in an “accidental explosion,” although this was never proven following Darnley’s death.  The palace had a beautiful garden in the side and back parts of the property, as well as ruins of an old abbey where many coronations and knightings took place.  Several pictures of the Hollyrood Palace are included below.

We checked into our hostel, located just off the busy Royal Mile Street in downtown Edinburgh.  Then I went for a run to the top of an extinct volcano, which is part of Scotland’s cliffs that overlook the city of Edinburgh and the Northern Sea.  It was a rewarding and windy view at the top of the cliffs, and one heck of a workout – the altitude change was quick and the air quite thin at the top.  I was lucky enough to have 60 degree weather and sunshine, which isn’t typical this time of year along the shores.

Hollyrood Palace

Hollyrood Palace

Panorama of my view at the lower volcano cliff

Panorama of my view at the lower volcano cliff

Selfie with the extinct volcanic cliff in the background

Selfie with the extinct volcanic cliff in the background

Sun beams through the abbey ruin's spires

Sun beams through the abbey ruin’s spires

Close of up of a blooming flower in the gardens

Close of up of a blooming flower in the gardens

Some people are more "fun-sized"

Some people are more “fun-sized”

My roommate, Chloe, and me

My roommate, Chloe, and me

View of Hollyrood

View of Hollyrood

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