Sunday, 11 November 2012
Scone Palace was a place I had been waiting to visit for a long time on my trips back to Scotland and finally managed it this October. The whole family went, first we walked around part of the grounds and we went to an adventure playground to keep the boys happy.
A small Presbyterian chapel stands on Moot Hill where all the Kings of Scotland were crowned seated on the Stone of Scone. For those of you who like a bit of history Robert the Bruce was crowned here in 1306 and the last coronation was in 1651 of King Charles II as King of Scots. The real Stone of Scone is no longer here, it is in Edinburgh Castle, the one in front of the chapel is a replica
Roaming the grounds were lots of peacocks including white ones, which we had never seen before. Inside the palace we walked through the rooms, sadly it is not allowed to take photos, but I sneaked some anyway. There were guides in each room to inform the visitors of the history of the palace, it was all very interesting.
We descended to the cafe for some refreshments, the usual scones with cream and jam (getting to be a habit). Then we walked around the grounds some more lots of trees, plants and flowers to look and also there is the Murray Star Maze. You are able to get an overall view of the maze climbing up the stairs and then we decided how best to get to the middle and the fountain.
So off we went trying to get to the middle, trying not to lose any of our party especially the wee ones. Round and round we went, then it started to rain, we started to get annoyed so we cheated and went in the exit way to get to the middle.
If the weather had been nicer we would have spent longer in the grounds, but as it was raining we left. I would definitely recommend a visit if in the area.