On Saturday May 29th we drove to the Aberdeen/Ballatar area to our next B and B. Along the way we stopped at Scone Palace.
The current castle was built in the early 1600's but given a face lift in 1808 and made to look more like a 16th century castle. It has a castellated roof which is an example of Georgian Gothic architecture. In other words it has the top that everyone pictures when they think of how castles are supposed to be constructed. It was restructured for the Earls of Mansfield by William Adkinson.
In a room on the ground floor, we watched a very informative video about the Murrays and how their ancestory fits into Scottish history. All served their country from being judges to representatives in theHouse of Commons. The current Earl was Minister of State under Margaret Thatcher. His son Alexander is the heir apparent to the title.
The pinkish cast you see to the castle is because it is built from red-sandstone.
What makes Scone Palace so important in Scottish history is that the area around it was home to Scone Abbey where the Kings of Scotland were crowned. That abbey was at one time the home of the Stone of Destiny or the Stone of Scone on which the Kings of Scotland were crowned.
Moot Hill was created by lords bringing dirt in their boots and dumping it out as a show of fealty to the King. The hill is where the Scone of Destiny resided. The copy is there in front of the chapel.
Scone Palace has a Tea Room in their basement and their gift shop specializes in locally produced Jams and jellies and other food stuffs. We really injoyed being there.
Their gardens are lovely. And the albino peacocks are very camera friendly.
We moved on to Glamis Castle, home to the Queen Mother when she was young, a few hours later.
I'll talk about that tomorrow.
For those of you who are interested in more information about the Stone of Destiny here's a link to a very good magazine article I ran across a while back.