Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Linlithgow Castle

Set on a gorgeous little loch, this is easily one of my favorite places I've visited in the UK. I'm not sure when the last time I was allowed such unrestricted access to an important historic place in ruins without working at it (possibly...2004?)-Historic Scotland has stabilized most of the structures and so visitors are basically given free rein to get lost within this four phased building with multiple floors and two towers to gaze at the vistas across the calm loch.

Linlithgow was a major residential castle for UK royalty during the 15-16 centuries until it burnt out in 1746. It is probably most pop-culturally known as the site for Mary, Queen of Scots's birth.
castle approach



most definitely had stained glass in it once upon a time

nicely preserved courtyard fountain

a look up at the italianate, chronologically later facade

courtyard view

ruins of the great hall

royal apartments I think

the vista was stunning in the sun!

hours spent mildly lost: 1.5



tower spiral stairs



looking down



from across the loch (and a different weather later)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Linlithgow Town

nice walk by the canal

dovecote


town square


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Dunfermline Abbey

An important medieval Benedictine abbey sacked in 1560. Today many tall ruins remain and part of the old church continues to be used.

buttresses

such a nice Romanesque interior!


ceiling painting!!





ruins of the refectory

Wednesday, February 24, 2016