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Side view of Holyrood Palace wth the abbey ruins on the right, taken from Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh.

Side view of Holyrood Palace wth the abbey ruins on the right, taken from Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh.

Hollyrood Palace, Edinburgh,with the abbey ruins to the right as seen from Arthur's Seat.

Hollyrood Palace, Edinburgh,with the abbey ruins to the right as seen from Arthur's Seat.

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland. Many claim that its name is derived from the myriad legends pertaining to King Arthur.

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland. Many claim that its name is derived from the myriad legends pertaining to King Arthur.

Arthur's Seat is the highest of a group of hills, formed from volcanic remains, that make up Holyrood Park. The hike to the summit is quite rocky and wild for a hill in the center of a major city.

Arthur's Seat is the highest of a group of hills, formed from volcanic remains, that make up Holyrood Park. The hike to the summit is quite rocky and wild for a hill in the center of a major city.

Trail Map of Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Trail Map of Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland.

In distance Calton Hill with a tower, in honour of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson and pillars of the unfinished National Monument of Scotland. On slope below the monuments is the Old Royal High School.

In  distance Calton Hill with a tower, in honour of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson and pillars of the unfinished National Monument of Scotland.  On slope below the monuments is the Old Royal High School.

Jim hiking on Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Jim hiking on Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Ruins of St Anthony's Chapel on Arthur's Seat. History is obscure, but it was certainly built no later than the early 15th century, as in 1426 it is recorded that the Pope gave money to repair it.

Ruins of St Anthony's Chapel on Arthur's Seat.  History is obscure, but it was certainly built no later than the early 15th century, as in 1426 it is recorded that the Pope gave money to repair it.

Looking up toward the summit of Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh.

Looking up toward the summit of Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh.

View of Calton Hill with a tower, shaped like an inverted telescope, in honour of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson; and the pillars of the unfinished, since 1829, National Monument of Scotland.

View of Calton Hill with a tower, shaped like an inverted telescope, in honour of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson; and the pillars of the unfinished, since 1829, National Monument of Scotland.

Entrance gate, Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh.

Entrance gate, Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh.

Detail of the Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, entrance gate.

Detail of the Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, entrance gate.

Holyrood Palace Queen's Gallery art exhibit. Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577-1640). Milkmaids with cattle in a landscape: 'The Farm at Laeken', ca. 1617-18. Oil on panel. Purchased by George IV.

Holyrood Palace Queen's Gallery art exhibit. Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577-1640). Milkmaids with cattle in a landscape: 'The Farm at Laeken', ca. 1617-18. Oil on panel. Purchased by George IV.

Queen's Gallery. Sir Anthony van Dyck. Thomas Killigrew and probably his brother-in-law Lord William Crofts. A "grief" painting as Killgrew's wife (Crofts' sister) has recently died. 1638.

Queen's Gallery. Sir Anthony van Dyck. Thomas Killigrew and probably his brother-in-law Lord William Crofts. A "grief" painting as Killgrew's wife (Crofts' sister) has recently died. 1638.

Holyrood Palace Queen's Gallery art exhibit. Rembrandt van Rijn (Leiden 1606-Amsterdam 1669) (artist); Signed and dated 1641; Oil on canvas - Agatha Bas; acquired by George IV.

Holyrood Palace Queen's Gallery art exhibit. Rembrandt van Rijn (Leiden 1606-Amsterdam 1669) (artist);  Signed and dated 1641; Oil on canvas - Agatha Bas;  acquired by George IV.

Holyrood Palace Queen's Gallery. Rape of Europa 1755-60. Europa is seated above the clock cylinder, separating her from her ravisher, Jupiter, disguised as a bull. Presented to George IV.

Holyrood Palace Queen's Gallery. Rape of Europa 1755-60. Europa is seated above the clock cylinder, separating her from her ravisher, Jupiter, disguised as a bull. Presented to George IV.

The Mainz Psalter. One of only ten copies known of the 2nd book to be printed by the system of movable metal type, the first the Gutenberg Bible. First book known to have been printed in red & black.

The Mainz Psalter. One of only ten copies known of the 2nd book to be printed by the system of movable metal type, the first the Gutenberg Bible. First book known to have been printed in red & black.

The Master of the Bedford Hours (active 1415-30); The Sobieski Book of Hours, c1420-25; Showing the Adoration of the Magi; Manuscript on vellum with bodycolour and gold leaf.

The Master of the Bedford Hours (active 1415-30); The Sobieski Book of Hours, c1420-25; Showing the Adoration of the Magi; Manuscript on vellum with bodycolour and gold leaf.

Hollyrood Palace front with 16th-century north-west tower on the left. The rest dates from the 17th century. The forecourt fountain on the left is a Victorian addition.

Hollyrood Palace front with 16th-century north-west tower on the left. The rest dates from the 17th century. The forecourt fountain on the left is a Victorian addition.

Closeup of the entrance to Holyrood Palace.

Closeup of the entrance to Holyrood Palace.