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ashbourne, United Kingdom
September 21, 2013
From journal A week in the Highlands
Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
December 10, 2009
From journal Attractions in Perth and nearby
by Green Dragon
Fairmont, West Virginia
May 29, 2003
The palace had a replica of a cake made in the shape of the castle, as well as a room where Queen Victoria stayed when she was there, a couple stuffed bears, and the Scottish regalia. I bought a toffee crisp bar at the gift shop and we checked out the replica of the Stone of Scone, out on Moot Hill, where Scottish coronations were held for hundreds of years.
From journal Trekking through England, Scotland and Wales Augus
Ayr, Scotland, United Kingdom
April 20, 2003
It was Kenneth MacAlpin, the first king of the Scots, who in 838 brought the Stone of Destiny to Moot Hill at Scone in the year 838. This identified with both Jacob’s Pillow at Bethel and the Stone of Destiny at Tara in Ireland. Since then it was the Coronation Chair for Scottish kings. The last Scottish king crowned here was Charles II in 1651.
The first recorded Scottish parliaments were at Scone. Despite its historic setting, the splendid castellated gothic building in red sandstone we see today dates from 1802. English architect William Atkinson built it on to the remains of the old Abbey of Scone. Scone Palace has now been the family home of the Earls of Mansfield for 400 years.
A replica replaces the Stone of Scone. Its position in front of the picturesque medieval chapel on the Moot Hill attracts many visitors in search of Scotland's heritage. In 1996 the real Stone, which had placed in under Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey returned to the people of Scotland and is now on view in Edinburgh Castle.
Scone Palace stands in 100 acres of stylish grounds bordering a further 300 acres of attractive parklands, which host major events each year. The beautifully laid out gardens at Scone are worth seeing. Take a stroll past the Mercat Cross and through the site of a medieval village attached to the Abbey. There is a beech hedge maze, a pinetum planted in 1848 and long borders of flowers and mature trees.
Our visit to the Palace was memorable. Displays include the 1st Earl of Mansfield's collection of porcelain, housed in the library. Assembled in the Dining Room are collection of 17th, 18th and 19th century hand-carved ivory statues and 19th century bronzes. Two stuffed brown bears in the Inner Hall unfortunately attract attention from the two carved oak fireplaces. In the Long Gallery, at the end of which is a 17th century organ are the most magnificent items on display. These are the Vernis Martin - gold-mounted papier mache objets d'art once owned by King Louis XV of France.
Admission palace and grounds: Adult £6.35, Child £3.75.
From journal Scone Palace and Cairngorms National Park