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.
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.
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.
There’s lots of fun to be had in the grounds of the palace, both in and out of the water.
That goes for the wildlife, too.
There are lots more Thursday Doors and interesting places to visit over at Norm’s blog.