Perth & Kinross | Perth | Stately home | ★★★
"Visit the crowning place of Scottish Kings!" declares the website for Scone Palace. This is one of Scotland's better-known visitor attractions, where indeed coronations were held for almost all Scottish Kings in the 500 years up to James IV in 1488. A house tour reveals the suitably opulent interior, including the longest room in Scotland and a huge library. Meanwhile, 100 acres of grounds are surely equally worthy of your time, peacocks strolling over manicured lawns and around the chapel with a replica of the Stone of Scone (used for coronations) in front. Doesn't it sound magnificent? Well, we were (slightly) underwhelmed. The building lacked atmosphere for us, perhaps partly as a result of the grey skies and time of season. Nevertheless, the history might prove too much of a draw to resist a visit.
|[Scone Palace chapel (background) - peacocks roam freely around the grounds]|
📌 Scone Palace ★★★
Location: A93 2 miles north of Perth, G.R.: NO 113266 ///conspire.impose.mutual
Open (2019): Palace: daily, April to October. Grounds: all palace open days plus Friday to Sunday, February to March & November to mid December
Cost (2019): £12.50 (adults), £8.75 (children) for all-inclusive ticket; grounds free if palace is closed
|[Scone Palace from the Old Scone gate]|