The summer season is in full swing, so it’s time to ditch the scarves, and hats (though maybe keep your umbrellas handy, we are in Scotland after all), grab your picnic basket and head out to my favourite summer-only sites with me!
Seton Collegiate Church near Port Seton is one of the most magical sites I have ever visited. You follow a winding woodland path from the car park to the Church, which is nestled amongst trees. Once you’re at the site, the peace and serenity of Seton Collegiate Church washes over you.
Seton has been looked after with loving care by the stewards, and it shows in the beautiful, immaculate grounds. The Church itself is very complete and has beautiful stained glass windows – at certain times of the day the sun shines through the glass, creating a beautiful effect on the walls inside. If you pay very close attention to the stonework, you’ll notice lots of images carved into the walls such as green men!
Crichton Castle is a hidden gem, and not very far from Edinburgh. It sits atop a hill and commands a great view of the surrounding area. It is an old castle dating from the 14th century, and although it’s incomplete, it has one rather unique feature – it has a diamond-faceted façade, in the style of European architecture in the 16th century, and it adds greatly to Crichton’s charm.
Inchcolm Abbey in the Firth of Forth is another one of my favourite summer sites. You have to take a boat from South Queensferry to Inchcolm, but if you’re lucky, you’ll see the seals that live in the Forth, either swimming or perched upon a rock. Once you get to Inchcolm and you have your tickets, you’re let loose on the island! Inchcolm’s remoteness helps you feel a sense of the solitary life that monks once led here. Of course, Inchcolm has a more recent history too, with buildings from both world wars which reminds you that history is always with us!
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