This evening, my focus is on Linlithgow Palace, a ruined Renaissance style palace which dates from the 15th century.

Visiting Linlithgow Palace

Visiting Linlithgow Palace, Scotland

Some key historical facts:

  • Located adjacent to a small loch (lake) which is home to various bird life.
  • As a place of royal occupation dates from early 14th century when Edward I of England built a defended residence.
  • The current palace  took over 100 years to build commencing in the early 15th century. Work was started by King James I who commenced a re-build after the old palace was destroyed by fire.
  • The architecture features elements of renaissance style (derived from classical Rome and Greece) as manifested in symmetrical plans, round arches, columns and colonnades and pediments.
  • The palace is quadrangular with four ranges grouped around a central courtyard.
  • In the centre is a magnificent fountain dating from King James V ( 1538). A replica of this can be found at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.
  • The progressive enlargement of this building can be evidenced as follows:
    • Great Hall in the east quarter dates from James I (1406-37).
    • Royal Chapel and Royal Apartments date from time of James IV (1488-1513). These can be found in the south and west quarters.
    • The North quarter collapsed in 1607 and was rebuilt by King James VI (1567-1625)
  • Served as Royal nursery for King James V (B 1512), Mary Queen of Scots (B 1542) and Princess Elizabeth (B 1596)
  • Post 1603 fell into decline after King James VI relocated to London.
  • Terminal decline occurred in 1745 when a unit of soldiers accidentally caused destruction by fire.

Linlithgow is situated about 20 miles/36 km from Edinburgh ( about 45 mins driving time) and is well worth a visit when in the area.

Elsewhere today I have received:

  • Confirmation of a two day tour into the Highlands for a group of 15.
  • Very favourable feedback from guests at end of a two week, self-drive tour of Scotland and Ireland.
  • Confirmation of a one day tour into the Highlands from Edinburgh.
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