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Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece on display in Edinburgh

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Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece on display in Edinburgh
Scotland's renowned for its sweeping landscapes and beautiful countryside, as well as its historical architecture and deep culture. Those staying in Edinburgh hostels at the moment might like to widen their knowledge of this latter point by making a space on their travel agenda for a perusal of the National Gallery of Scotland, which is housed in the city.

That's because a rare painting by Leonardo da Vinci now hangs on one of the museum's walls, believed to be one of around only 20 created by the master. According to News.Scotsman, Madonna of the Yarnwinder was stolen from Drumlanrig Castle back in 2003, only to be recovered again four years down the line in October 2007.

The tenth Duke of Buccleuch Richard Walter John Montague Douglas Scott told a court this week how his father - who died just one month before the work was found - was particularly fond of the piece, which was valued at £20 million in 2008.

Of the painting and its significance to his parent, he remarked: "It had played a very special part in our family life in that both he and his father had often tended to travel with the painting between their various family homes", going on to say that it was a "huge relief" that the picture was eventually returned unharmed.

History buffs might also have a good time at Dalhousie Castle, which the Metro recently noted is near the Roslin Chapel, now being thought by some to be the last resting place of the Holy Grail.

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