Rosslyn Chapel set for outdoor events

Rosslyn Chapel scaffold free for first time since 1997
Rosslyn Chapel scaffold free for first time since 1997

The Rosslyn Chapel visitor centre was last week given a variation in its licence to facilitate special events and “raise the profile” of the tourist attraction.

To cater for corporate events and tourist trips, the Rosslyn Chapel Trust applied to the Licensing Board for changes to their off-sales licence and to extend opening hours to midnight.

They also sought permission to host live performances and outdoor drinking.

Representing the trust at last week’s committee meeting at Midlothian House, Niall Hazzard outlined the plans for the historic site.

He said: “The applicant is responding to a demand that has been put to the visitor centre’s management from tour operators.

“We have had approaches from tour companies that bring cruises into Leith, they would like to have private tours with hospitality at the chapel.

“There is also a desire from publishers to do specific events like book launches, things like that.

“With this we are looking to raise the profile of the attraction and indeed of Midlothian.

“This application comes before you with no dates in the diary as such, but there is a real demand for this.”

After more than 15 years of restoration work, the last scaffolding was recently removed from the 15th century Rosslyn Chapel, which was made world famous by the Da Vinci Code book and film.

Read more on this in the September 19 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.