Colin Beattie MSP visit to Rosslyn Chapel

Tuesday January 16th 2024

Colin Beattie MSP
Colin Beattie MSP, Midlothian North & Musselburgh, writes his monthly column for Midlothian View

I recently had the privilege of visiting the inspiring Rosslyn Chapel where I was given a tour by the Director of the Rosslyn Chapel Trust, Ian Gardner.

Rosslyn Chapel has long been a source of wonder for locals and visitors alike. Its intricate masonry and rich history make it a true gem in our region. However, during my recent visit, I discovered a new reason to marvel at this historic site. There has been a recent investment in a new lighting system, and the result is nothing short of spectacular. The mellow lighting, which was manufactured by Stoane Lighting who are based in Loanhead, highlights the chapel’s intricate details and showcases the sheer skill of the masons who crafted it centuries ago. It’s a sight to behold, and I urge you to witness it for yourself.

One of the best ways to fully appreciate Rosslyn Chapel is to visit in the off-peak season. The tranquil atmosphere and reduced crowds allow for a more relaxed experience. Take your time to explore every corner then treat yourself to something at the coffee shop. I am informed that the Hot Chocolate is amazing.

Rosslyn Chapel is a prime example of the treasures we often take for granted. Its connection to Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” book and movie, has added to its mystique, but there is so much more to discover. The walks in the area around Rosslyn Chapel are just amazing.

It is all too easy to overlook the attractions near our homes. During 2024, I encourage you to plan visits to local attractions. You can find lots of ideas for other things to do locally at You will not be disappointed by Midlothian’s attractions.

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