Even if you’re not a fan of the Da Vinci Code, I urge you to hop on a bus in Edinburgh and travel those seven miles south to the town of Roslin and the Rosslyn Chapel. Built in 1446, the chapel has wonderful carvings which have lead to many of the wild theories about the place.
It has links to the Templars and to the Freemasons, and some people say the Holy Grail is buried underneath. Interestingly, the chapel remains under the ownership of the family who built it, the St Clair family. These days it is managed by a Trust, chaired by the Countess of Rosslyn, a St Clair naturally. The Trust is very serious about preserving the chapel which has suffered from age and climate, and for the past thirteen years, a huge metal awning has covered the place to keep the roof dry and allow the damp to go in order for preservation works. The awning was finally taken down in late 2010 so now is a perfect time to visit the chapel.