Thursday Doors

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Thursday Doors hails from Scotland this week. These photographs are from a trip I made to Edinburgh a few years ago, to visit family who live there. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to explore Edinburgh Castle but it’s the first place on my list next time and I’ll be sure to take lots of photos. I love the architecture of Edinburgh, both historical and modern.

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Although there is plenty to see in the city, it’s well worth taking the time to explore the surrounding countryside. The town of Linlithgow is twenty minutes by train from Edinburgh city and situated close by the ruins of a royal palace, set in its own park beside Linlithgow Loch. A royal manor existed on the site in the 12th century but this was replaced with a fortification in the 14th century by England’s King Edward l.

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The palace was a favourite residence of the Stewart kings and queens from James I (1406-37) onward. Both James V (1512) and Mary Queen of Scots (1542) were born there. Although maintained after Scotland’s monarchs left for England in 1603, it wasn’t used very much and was destroyed by fire in 1746, by the Duke of Cumberland’s army. Thankfully, what’s left of the palace has been kept in a good state of preservation since the early 19th century.

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There’s lots of fun to be had in the grounds of the palace, both in and out of the water.

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That goes for the wildlife, too.

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There are lots more Thursday Doors and interesting places to visit over at Norm’s blog.

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About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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43 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Norm 2.0 says:

    The palace looks like a really peaceful spot to spend an afternoon exploring. Wonderful post Jean.

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  2. Mel & Suan says:

    When we road tripped the last time we only explored Edinburgh. Our next intent is to drive all around Scotland all the way to the isles of skye and the Hebrides. Scotland is fantastic not just for the landscape but the history too and we sure like to taste some “exotic” Scottish food along the way!

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  3. prior.. says:

    Wonderful door post – as usual – have a nice day jean

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  4. oh this place looks lovely. Scotland has long been on my bucket list. Hope to be able to cross it off one day with at least one visit.

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  5. jan says:

    The castle at Linlithgow looks a little dangerous to go inside but the surrounding park is lovely.

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  6. Dan Antion says:

    Beautiful photos, Jean. I love the building in the second one. I also love castles, which we don’t see much over here, so thanks for including them.

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  7. Kenneth Somerset says:

    Merry Christmas Jean to your entire family also from Virginia

    ________________________________

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  8. Joanne Sisco says:

    You can never go wrong with a post about castles 🙂
    These ruins look huge … imagine how imposing it would have been when fully ‘active’!!

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  9. slfinnell says:

    We’ve been seeing “visit Scotland ” commercials quite a bit here lately on tv. Of course I would Love to!!

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  10. We’re planning on taking the ferry next Summer and seeing as much as we can by car. I hope you get to visit some time.

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  11. socialbridge says:

    Smashing post, Jean. The palace is most alluring!

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  12. Scotland is still on my bucket list so thank you for the short but nice tour. 🙂

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  13. I was in northern Scotland in the mid-seventies and Edinburgh for just a few days about five or so years ago. I’d love to go back and explore more, something I could say about many other places I’ve been in the past! 🙂 Thanks for the tour.

    janet

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  14. joey says:

    Fantastic 🙂

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  15. jorgekafkazar says:

    Thought of you when I saw Frenchy Wanderlust’s “Vines, St. Paul de Vence, France photo via pixdaus,” with three rather striking doors. Looks like the sort of thing you’d enjoy.

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  16. inesephoto says:

    Brilliant post! I was in Edinburgh once, fell in love with the city.

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  17. Nice, Jean. Since you shot this a few years ago that means you must be busy on your cottage remodel?

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  18. pattimoed says:

    Scotland is on my list too. What an interesting mix of architecture and sights. Thanks for the tour today!

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