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Off to see more castles

Today we started our day at the magnificent ruins of the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, Linlithgow Palace. The palace was built and added to over two centuries by the Stewart kings, resulting in a superb Renaissance residence. Linlithgow Palace stands on a low hill above a small inland loch. The Palace today lies roofless and ruined, but as you enter the palace it still inspires awe and you feel as you’ve gone back in time. We thoroughly enjoyed climbing up the high towers and wandering through the ancient rooms of this amazing old palace.

Then we headed off to nearby Blackness Castle. Blackness is a 15th Century fortress located on the banks of the Firth of Forth. It served as a harbour for nearby Linlithgow Palace, and as a Royal residence in its own right. It also served as a state prison, housing both common prisoners (in areas subjected to tidal flooding), and high-ranking political prisoners (in considerable luxury). In fact, one of Jim’s ancestors, the 8th Lord Maxwell, was imprisoned here in 1577. It was also featured in the Outlander series.

We then enjoyed a lovely drive along the Fife Coastal road to the seaside town of St. Andrews. We had a light lunch in town before we explored the ruins of St. Andrew’s Castle. St Andrews Castle was the official residence of the Archbishops of St Andrews, dating in part from the 13th century.

From St. Andrew’s we drove along the coast to our last castle of the day, Dunottar Castle. The castle is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky headland on the northeastern coast of Scotland. We walked along the coastal bluffs and took photos of this amazing old castle. Then we checked into our B&B before heading out for dinner.

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Linlithgow Palace
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Linlithgow Palace
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Linlithgow Palace
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Linlithgow Palace

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Linlithgow Palace
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Linlithgow Palace
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Linlithgow Palace
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Linlithgow Palace
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Blackness Castle
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Blackness Castle
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Blackness Castle
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Blackness Castle
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St. Andrew’s Castle
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Dunottar Castle
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Dunottar Castle
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Dunottar Castle

Posted by Jimpat 10:01

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