|The Guided Tour at Linlithgow Palace, a photo by dun_deagh on Flickr.|
Linlithgow Palace is also known as the royal palace of the Stewart dynasty. Its convenient location between Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle made it a place where the royal family used to stop by for a rest. Also, the palace became popular as a site for pleasure. The queens of the Stewart dynasty loved the place and the surroundings because of its peaceful atmosphere and fresh air. James V, Mary Queen of Scots, and Princess Elizabeth (the Winter Queen) lived there in the 16th century.
In the early years of the 17th century the royal court was moved to London, and the palace started to fade. September 1745 was the date that brought misfortunes to Linlithgow Palace, when a fire started and turned this massive building into the ruins we know today.
|Linlithgow Palace, a photo by DaGoaty on Flickr.|
Being a royal palace should hint to you that Linlithgow Palace is beyond something that can be referred to as modest. It features numerous stairways, passages, rooms and a vast open space that might confuse you with its immensity. You can easily end up lost. The apartments are situated around a central courtyard.
|The Fountain at Linlithgow Palace, a photo by dun_deagh on Flickr.|
Over the years the palace was constantly improved by the rulers who inhabited it. During its good days it was an impressive monument with its quadrangular shape, royal chapel, courtyard fountain, and outer gateway. The great hall lost its roof but it still gives the feeling of something grand and spectacular. There are stone-carved sculptures everywhere around the palace.
|Linlithgow Palace, a photo by alistairmcmillan on Flickr.|
|St Michael’s Parish Church, a photo by f_shields on Flickr.|
Today, Linlithgow Palace is turned into a tourist attraction. What’s left of its ruins is conserved and maintained for people to see. The credit for that has to be given to Historic Scotland, a government agency that takes care of historical monuments.
The palace is still surrounded by green meadows and overlooks a small loch that is also known for its wildfowl population. You can visit the site all year round. The aforementioned church of St. Michael is opened for visitors only during the summer. It is said that the ghost of the mother of Mary Queen of Scots is haunting the place; at least these are the rumours that locals spread.
As you look around Linlithgow Palace, think about the times when royalty was walking on the same floors you walk now. So much history…such majesty you’re allowed to have a glimpse at. A true time-travel experience.
This guest post was written by Julia Dawson, a dedicated writer, traveller and blogger. She is constantly striving to improve her style of writing and is searching for new sources of motivation and inspiration. Her present article is focused on vacation destinations in UK related thematic.
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