The City Chambers are located in a grand building which was opened by Queen Victoria in 1888. The interior is gorgeous and built with stunning Italian marble. You can take free tours on a scheduled basis and I suggest you do so because you can sit on the throne of the mayor! But if you don't have much time, at least take a peek around the lobby, and don't forget to look up the splendid frescoes on the dome!
In the town of Linlithgow, the site that calls the most attention is the palace, which is located just next to the main church (Saint Michael), in the center of town and on a hillside at the foot of a small lake that shares its name with the palace and the people. Even though the palace is in ruins, it has been very well preserved. It was built to create a supply intermediate position between the castles of Stirling and Edinburgh. It was rebuilt several times over the years due to having been destroyed by fires, this palace was in use until the nineteenth century. Among the most prominent guests, throughout its history, we find Bonnie Prince Charlie and was born within its walls could be queen, Mary Queen of Scots (cousin of Elizabeth I). Done that brought pride to the local population. For a sunny calm day is ideal to make a stop in this charming corner.
Very near Perth, is the village of Scone, an ancient Pictish settlement which in turn resulted in a religious settlement founded by the Augustinians in a small abbey. This settlement is located in the area called Old Scone. During the Middle Ages, it played an important role as the place in which the kings were crowned, on the "Stone of Destiny", stolen by the English King Edward I and taken to London. In fact it is the base of the royal throne of Westminster Abbey where many English kings were crowned. In 1996 the stone was returned to Scotland and is on display in Edinburgh Castle. Next to that place stands Scone Palace, built in 1808 a restoration of a XVI century palace that was there before. The counts of Mansfields who built the palace still own it, and reside there when it is closed to the public, usually most of the year. The best dates to visit are in late spring and summer. The palace houses impressive collections of porcelain rooms, stuffed animals and other family collections. All in a superb condition, the guards are attentive and there are guides for each room. The gardens are also interesting, though in my opinion is the most bland place, overshadowed by the historical locations by the palace and the palace itself. Scone Palace is considered one of the most well-preserved Scottish stately homes (in use). A beautiful place.
The Falkland Royal Palace was built in the sixteenth century, in the beautiful medieval village with the same name. It was conceived as a hunting lodge for the kings of the Stuart family, the most famous being Mary Stuart, better known as Mary Queen of Scots. She spent the best days of her childhood within the walls of this palace, which explains the existence of the grounds which includes some of the oldest tennis in the UK. Today it is one of the town's main attractions and it is managed by the Scottish National Trust, who organizes the visits and care of this impressive building. Worth a visit, the palace and the area, which can seem like you're in the Middle Ages. Perfect choice for a day out (not far from the Edinburgh). Interestingly, this impressive palace belongs by right to the British monarchy, whose members haven't visited it during last ten years. It is therefore a royal palace but without royalty.
Located near Edinburgh, near Blackness Castle, we came across this 17th century palace. It is still in perfect condition and on a hill that offers stunning views over the Firth of Forth, on a large farm. it is actually the residence of one of the oldest families in the country of Scotland, the Dalyells. This palace residence is a museum of furniture and other decorative items covering the XVII, XVIII, XIX and XX. S It is currently under the care of the National Trust for Scotland, ensuring care and maintenance to the smallest detail, so it is not permitted to take pictures inside of the castle. The tours are guided forcibly, which is sometimes a drawback because it is hard to match the opening times, and there are not many guides available to give the tour. A perfect example of palatial residence powerful family in seventeenth century Scotland. A visit will not disappoint you, especially the if you like this type of visit.
Next to the cathedral and the bishop's mansion is where you'll find the Palace of the Count (Count Patrick, to be exact). It was a long time ago when the supreme ruler Orkney Islands, mainly in the area of Kirkwall. Currently in ruins, we are showing past glories of the late Middle Ages to the Renaissance, a period in which the palace enjoyed great fame. The palace fur finished in 1593 by the son of the Earl of Orkney, Patrick. The building was the site of major importance in the islands, which is where some modern day monarchs still stay when they visit them. Such splendor ended when Patrick was accused of treason and executed in Edinburgh in 1615. The palace was given to the Marquis of Montrose who died in 1650. In 1689 it was abandoned, which sentenced him to the ruins we know today. In the case of our dear little Bishop, the views from the cathedral are unrivaled. Along with St. Magnus Cathedral and Bishop's Palace House, this palace is the historic area of the capital of Orkney, Kirkwall.
Next to the cathedral (as in other medieval locations) are the buildings that most represent the history of the city, such is the case of: The Palace of the Counts and the Bishop's Palace House. Today in ruins, its construction began in 1137, with the intention of moving the bishop from Birsay to Kirkwall, coinciding with the construction and foundation of the cathedral. Since then the bishops, representatives of the church in Orkney, have inhabited the palace. From what was the master bedroom of the bishop, observe the beautiful view of the cathedral. This closeness has historical explanation as only the bishop was empowered to give mass in the cathedral or to attend other important cathedral social events. Apparently there is another identical mansion in Trondheim (Norway). The Diocese of Kirwall depended on the town in early medieval times. Currently, the best preserved is its external structure, walls, entrances and the outer circular tower. Stunning views of the cathedral from almost all parts of the building. Personally I think it could be better preserved. The best thing is the admission price to the Palace of the Counts.
Spynie Palace was built in the twelfth century (by Bishop Brice) and served as the official residence of the bishops of Moray. Prior to this Palace, they had a house next to the Elgin Cathedral, but it was obviously too small for them to stay in. It was built in a strategic location to make it easy to defend and was on the shores of Lake Sypinie. This lake accessible from the sea with commercial and passenger vessels. Along with the castle of St. Andrews, this is one of the most important residences of bishops in the history of Scotland.
However, the oldest part of the castle did not survive and what remains was built in the fourteenth and fifteenth century. The building emphasizes the great tower built by Bishop David Stewart. This tower would later become the main and largest building of the palace. The sixteenth-century Reformation Religious resulted in its abandonement in 1689. Its current state of disrepair is due to the lack of care of the building.
In fact, many of the nearby farms were built with stones taken from the palace. Yet, there is a wonderful environment that surrounds this area, filled with forests and a lake. This all make this a superb location, between Elgin and Lossimouth, near the capital and the coast. The ruins of this palace show the power of the bishops during the medieval times. Fortunately, it has stayed in relatively good condition so we can appreciate it.
Really this Palace is part of Stirling Castle, one of my favorite spots in town. After many years of extensive restoration work, it is finally open to the public and you can see a fascinating mixture of the ancient and the modern. With multimedia shows and actors in each room to illustrate how the palace was in its golden age (the sixteenth century), history really comes to life here. Everything has been rebuilt following the original manuscripts so that the original construction has been copied perfectly. We started in the living room and king's chambers, then went through the courtroom to finish in the wardrobes and queen's chamber. And there's a media room with explanations and several exhibition halls. Unfortunately, the price of entry to the castle has risen, but it's a great place to visit. I recommend the book you can find in the gift shop, "Rebirth of a Palace: The Royal Court at Stirling Castle" by John G Harrison. I personally know the author, an independent historian who has spent his lifetime promoting the study of local history in Stirling. Thank you John for your tireless work!
The Marischal College in Aberdeen is an imposing building that takes up almost an entire neighborhood. It has a neo-Gothic facade with steel gray points. The college was founded in 1593 by the fourth Earl Marischal. It is the most striking building in the center of Aberdeen.
Provost Ross's House is the oldest standing building in Aberdeen, and is located on the cobbled street of Shiprow that stretches from Union Street to the harbor. A visit to the mayor's house allows us to understand what life was like at the time, and there are some very valuable paintings.
The Ladies Golf Unit or LGU was founded in 1893 and is based in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, which is often known as the "Home of Golf." Across England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland there are about 200,000 female players of golf, and the LGU regulates, organizes and manages tournaments for them. It can be found in a small house, very beautiful in its simplicity, that is anonymous except for a few details like a golf bag outside.
Many who pass this building stop, intrigued by the appearance of the little palace. And some will be disappointed when they read the inscription on the front door: 1922. Well, first of all, not everything in Scotland is medieval or has a bloody history behind its walls. The vast majority of modern halls, like this one, were built after the First World War to provide shelter for the public, as existing buildings like churches were often targets for attack. This building is run by the local authorities, and often children from local schools hold cultural events here.