visiting holyrood abbey edinburgh scotland

He Said, She Said: Visiting Holyrood Abbey

Visiting Holyrood was one of the more enjoyable things Danté and I did together during this most recent trip to Edinburgh so I wanted to devote a whole post just to the visit which includes my perspective and his, in the format I’ve used before: He Said, She Said!

Read on for more…IMG_7387.JPGHe said: While the city of Edinburgh was magical and our road trip to Glencoe and Glen Etive were just completely awe-inspiring, one of the real highlights of my trip was our visit to the Palace of the Holyroodhouse and Holyrood Abbey. While paying the fee to take the tour wasn’t high on my list of things to do while we were there, I’m so glad we decided to spring for it. Both of our jaws dropped to the floor as soon as we exited the Palace and stepped foot in the Abbey, and I immediately felt the rich history that surrounded me. The Abbey was founded in 1128 by King David I of Scotland and has been in ruins since the 18th century. Twice during the 14th century the abbey suffered from the invasion of English kings; Edward II plundered it in 1322 and it was burnt in 1305 by Richard II. The Palace suffered long periods of neglect but did enjoy glory during the mid-18th century as the headquarters of Bonnie Prince Charlie during the peak of the rebellion to restore the Stuart line to the monarchy. I’m such a nerd of learning about and visiting sites like this, and it was a truly spectacular site to visit.
She said: Riding a bus back from Leith while exploring greater Edinburgh, Danté and I spied what looked like ruins from the window, so we decided impulsively to stop and find out more because we both love photographing very old structures. What we saw turned out to be Holyrood Abbey which was originally founded by King David I in 1128, supposedly as an act of Thanksgiving following a hunting incident nearby in which he narrowly escaped fatal injury. This is purported to have happened during the Feast of the Cross. Once completed, it was first inhabited by Priests, in this case different from monks, who lived under the Rule of St. Augustine. Now ruined since the 18th century, the few remaining walls of the Abbey are attached to and a part of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, favored by HRH. It all sits at the Eastern end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and is very close to where you begin the hike to the summit of Arthur’s Seat. So glad we stopped!
Trying out something a little new by publishing a shorter blog post than normal, one mainly filled with photos. Please do comment and let me know what you think. I might do more of these in the future.

Though this experience was during the course of our #blogmanay trip, we decided on and paid for this experience entirely on our own. For more info about visiting Holyrood, go to their site here. Photo of me was taken by Dante, all other photos are mine.

  • January 18, 2015
    Danté Fattoruso

    Love the theme of these babe! And definitely more photos are better 🙂

    • January 18, 2015

      Thanks babe! And thanks for helping me craft the post. I think we should do more of these. But now that you have your own blog (!!!!!) I don’t want to cause extra work for you.

  • January 19, 2015

    One of my biggest regrets when in Scotland this summer was NOT stopping at Hollyrood. Seeing as we were so excited to hike Arthur’s Seat, we didn’t want to burn out beforehand. Your pictures look gorgeous, and totally take me back to our time in good ol’ Edinburgh! 🙂

    • January 22, 2015

      That makes sense, Laura. We kind of did it backwards. We should have been climbing Arthur’s Seat at the time we visited Holyrood. Instead we tried to make the climb another day during driving rain and wind that would have knocked us off the side of the Seat if we hadn’t turned back!!! They’re both important and I hope next time, we can get to the top of Arthur’s Seat, and that next time you can visit Holyrood!! 🙂

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