Driving towards Edinburgh on the scenic route was very long but interesting. We decided to get out of the car and stretch out legs at the town of Melrose. I saw some ruins of what looked like a castle in near the car-park and went to investigate. It was going to be £3.50 for me to go in, I originally decided not to go in but I’m glad I did because as soon as I did recognized the Abbey. Melrose Abbey was founded in 1136 by Cistercian Monks. The guided audio tour was surprisingly good and informative and I would definitely recommend it as one of the top places to see in Scotland.
Kagyu Samye Ling is a very interesting Buddhist Community and Retreat about 12 miles north of Lockerbie across the boarders of Scotland. The Temple was really interesting both architecturally and spiritually. I was quite surprised to find this centre which is in the middle of the lowland countryside of Scotland. It was extremely peaceful and had a warm friendly atmosphere. The photograph is of the main temple but the other statues and monuments around the centre were also very interesting.
I took the photo on a walk around the castle in the evening. Spent most of the day exploring the major shopping areas of the city but the evening was spent wandering around with the digital camera. As soon as I saw this merry-go-round or carousel in the grounds below Edinburgh Castle I knew it had to be photographed. This image was capture at 8:10 in this evening. I am really loving these long summer evenings.