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Scone Palace

  • Braemar Rd. Map It
  • Perth
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

The current residence of the Earl of Mansfield, Scone Palace (pronounced skoon) is much more cheerful than the city's other castles. Although it incorporates various earlier works, the palace today has mainly a 19th-century theme, with mock castellations that were fashionable at the time. There's plenty to see if you're interested in the acquisitions of an aristocratic Scottish family: magnificent porcelain, some sumptuous furniture, a fine collection of ivory, clocks, and 16th-century needlework. Each room has a specialist guide who will happily talk you through its contents and their associations. In one bedroom hangs a portrait of Dido Elizabth Belle, a young black slave adopted by the family, who became a well-known society beauty in the 1760s. A coffee shop, restaurant, gift shop, and play area are on-site. The palace has its own mausoleum nearby, on the site of a long-gone abbey on Moot Hill, the ancient coronation place of the Scottish kings. To be crowned, they

sat on the Stone of Scone, which was seized in 1296 by Edward I of England, Scotland's greatest enemy, and placed in the coronation chair at Westminster Abbey, in London. The stone was returned to Scotland in November 1996 and is now on view in Edinburgh Castle. Some Scots hint darkly that Edward was fooled by a substitution and that the real stone is hidden, waiting for Scotland to regain its independence.

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Scone Palace, Braemar Rd., Perth, Perth and Kinross, PH2 6BD, Scotland

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  • £10.50

Published 05/04/2017


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