Scotland’s royals once knelt to worship in this serene private chapel.
It was built around 1130 by David I and dedicated to his mother Queen Margaret.
St Margaret was a member of the English royal family who fled the Norman invasion and married Malcolm III.
Reputed to have performed many acts of charity she was canonised by Pope Innocent IV in 1250. The decorated chancel arch is original, while other features, such as the stained glass windows, are more recent.
In the 16th century, the chapel was used as a gunpowder store and was later given bomb-proof vaulting.
Its origins were forgotten and only rediscovered by the antiquary Sir Daniel Wilson in 1845.
There are always fresh flowers in the chapel. These are provided by St Margaret’s Chapel Guild whose members all share the name Margaret and live in Scotland.
The chapel is still used for christenings and weddings.
Passing through Foog’s Gate, St. Margaret’s Chapel is located on the left, just beyond the Whisky and Finest Food Shop.