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Scone Palace

Scone Palace isn’t actually a palace but an old house, near the village of Scone itself near Perth, Perth and Kinross.

The name palace derives from the site being that of an Abbey with its accompanying Abbot’s Palace.

The Palace’s grounds contain the ancient coronation site of the Kings of Scotland where the Stone of Destiny, also known as the Stone of Scone, was situated on Moot Hill.

Scone Palace from drive:-

Scone Palace from Drive

Closer view:-

Scone Palace

Old gates. These are not on the main drive but nevertheless a few years ago some delivery driver tried to get through them and knocked the cebtral stones down. The arch has been well restored:-

Scone Palace Gates

Chapel on Moot Hill:-

Chapel on Moot Hill, Scone Palace

Chapel and Stone of Destiny, Moot Hill. You have to look really yard from this angle to see the Stone:-

Chapel and Stone of Destiny, Moot Hill, Scone Palace

Stone of Scone replica (or is it?) There have always been rumours that the stone Edward I of England removed to Westminster Abbey and on which the monarchs of England and, from 1701, the UK have been crowned was not the original:-

Stone of Destiny, Moot Hill, Scone Palace

Scone Palace is also renowned for its peacocks (and peahens):-

Peacocks, Scone Palace

They are reasonably tame and will eat out of your hand:-

Peacock Feeding, Scone Palace

Huntly Castle Interior

Huntly Castle Interior

Arched ceiling:-

Arched Ceiling, Huntly Castle

Stonemason’s circle mark:-

Circle Mark, Huntly Castle


Frieze, Huntly Castle

Castle solar:-

Huntly Castle Solar

Top of castle:-

Huntly Castle Top


Huntly Castle

Fireplace Information Board:-

Fireplace Information Board, Huntly  Castle

Another fireplace:-

Fireplace, Huntly Castle

Information Board, Huntly Castle

The obligatory toilet – every heritage building seems to highlight these. This one is covered with perspex: no doubt to prevent people using it!

Hunly Castle Loo

Huntly Castle Exterior

Huntly Castle in Aberdeenshire must have been really impressive in its day:-

Huntly Castle

The facade has embossed lettering announcing to the world who owned it. A statement of power and prestige:-

Huntly Castle

It reads, “George Gordoun First Marquis of Hvntlie 16” and on the line below, “Henriette Stevart Marquisse of Hvntlie 02.” It’s slightly easier to make out on the information board if you click on the picture to enlarge it:-

Huntly Castle Info Board

After paying the entrance fee you have to walk on the path past the frontage to get to the entrance:-

Huntly Castle

This is a reverse view from the grounds:-

Huntly Castle from Grounds

And this a view from the side:-

Huntly Castle

The entrance tower is covered in carved armorial crests:-

Entrance to Huntly Castle

The courtyard in front of it (behind it?) contains the ruins of some outbuildings:-

Huntly Castle, Inner Portion

Remains, Huntly Castle

One of those was a brewery as I recall, with a stone built drainage channel:-

Huntly Castle Drainage Channel

This mound of grass is all that remains of the original castle, a motte construction:-

Old Motte Castle Remains at Huntly

That was the first of three castles on the site as this information board displays:-

History Board, Huntly Castle

East Aquhorthies Stone Circle

East Aquhorthies Stone Circle is near(ish) Inverurie.

From approach path:-

Aquhorthies Stone Circle


Aquhorthies Stone Circle

Large stones:-

Aquhorthies Stone Circle Larger Stones

Larger Stones Aquhorthies Stone Circle

Interior Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire

Dining room:-

Dining Room, Drum Castle

Ceiling of Library (formerly the servant’s Hall)

Drum Castle Library Ceiling (Formerly Servant's Hall)

Window recess, Library. Note thickness of the wall, for defensive purposes:-

Drum Castle Library, Window Recess

The muniments room was where the owner did his accounts and doled out money. The chair is said to be very old:-

Drum Castle, Chair in Muniments Room

Door to sitting room:-

Sitting Room, Drum Castle

Sitting room:-

Sitting Room, Drum Castle

Sitting room fireplace:-

Sitting Room Fireplace, Drum Castle

Sitting room ceiling:-

Drum Castle Sitting Room Ceiling

van Dyk portrait of King Charles I in Drum Castle. Sadly photo did not turn out well:-

van Dyk Portrait, Drum Castle


Bedroom, Drum Castle

War Death Commemoration, Chapel, Drum Castle. Lieutenant Robert Hugh Irvine, the Gordon Highlanders, aged 22 years, killed at Singapore, 13/2/1942:-

War Commemoration, Chapel, Drum Castle

Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire

We had a trip up north in October 2018 and visited Drum Castle on the way. The castle was originally built in the 1200s.

Castle from car park:-

Drum Castle

Rear of castle:-

Drum Castle

From grounds:-

Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire

Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire

Facade and entrance:-

Facade of Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire

The external stairway (in photograph 3 above) leads to a door to these stairs. I believe it was the original entrance:-

Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire, Stairs to Ground Floor


Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire, Tower

Walk round battlements:-

Drum Castle  battlements

Vertiginous view from battlement:-

Drum Castle roof

Historic rose garden:-

Drum Castle, historic rose garden 1

The garden has a human sundial where if you stand in the correct place your body acts as a gnomon. The arc of stones indicates the times of day:-

Drum Castle historic rose garden 13 human sundial 1

The centre portion where you need to stand is marked variously March, April, May, June, July, August, September. I don’t know if the sun is too low in the sky – or too weak – in the winter months:-

Drum Castle historic rose garden 14 human sundial 2

St Serf’s, Dunning

Dunning’s biggest landmark is St Serf’s Church.

St Serf's , Dunning

Church and tower:-

St Serf's and Tower, Dunning


Tower, St Serf's, Dunning

St Serf’s houses the 1200 year-old Dupplin Cross, dedicated to Constantine, one of the last kings of Pictland.

Dupplin Stone cross

This was in place outside the church – subject to all that Scottish weather – until 1999. Despite that it’s in great condition:-

Dupplin Stone Cross, Dunning

Dupplin Stone, Dunning

Haig Memorial, Ladybank

Field Marshal Earl Haig‘s family were the proprietors of Haig whisky. Their Ramornie House was near the town of Ladybank (see the two previous posts) and even had their own waiting room at the local Railway Station, though it was built by a previous onwer of the Ramornie Estate.

Their whisky distillery was a few miles away in Markinch.

There are two memorials to the Field Marshal in Ladybank.

Haig Memorial Gates, Ladybank. The inscription reads, “These pillars and chains were erected by the ex-service men of Ladybank and district to the glorious memory of Field-Marshal Earl Haig.” Ladybank War Memorial is in the background:-

Haig Memorial Gates, Ladybank

The Haig Memorial Garden lies behind Ladybank’s War Memorial. This is how the garden looked in 2018:-

Haig Memorial Garden, Ladybank

Information Board, Haig Memorial Garden:-

Information Board Haig Memorial Garden, Ladybank

A plaque on the wall gives the information that the gardens were refurbished in 1993 and re-opened by Menzies Campbell, then the local MP:-

Refurbishment Plaque Haig Memorial Gardens, Ladybank

Airship R 34 and East Fortune

A plaque at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, commemorates the airship R34 which flew from there on 2/7/1919 to make the first crossing of the Atlantic from east to west (landing on Mineola, Long Island on 6/7/1919) and subsequently made the first double crossing by returning (to Fulham) on 13/7/1919:-

Airship Plaque, National Museum of Flight

The airship’s mooring block is still in evidence:-

Airship Mooring Block

Information Board:-

R34 Information Board, National Museum of Flight

Model of R34. Sorry about the reflectuons. he model is behind glass and not well lit:-

Model of R34, National Museum of Flight

Civilian Aeroplanes, National Museum of Flight

A Comet in Dan Air livery:-


Its interior:-

Comet interior

And its cockpit:-

Comet Cockpit

A BAC-1-11 in the colours of British Airways:-

Bac 1-11

Its cockpit:-

BAC 1-11 Cockpit

The front portion of a Boeing 707 was one of the exhibits. This is its cockpit:-

Boeing 707 Cockpit

Hawker Siddeley Trident Cockpit:-

Hawker Siddeley Trident Cockpit

Sheila Scott’s Piper Commanche:-

Sheila Scott's Piper Comanche

I vaguely remember Scott’s flight round the world in 1966 in the above small aeroplane (the damage obvious in the photo was inflicted by the man she sold it to.)

Sheila Scott

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