Palaces may seem like a dime a dozen when you are traveling through Europe, but really, they are all special in their own way. Too many have crumbled to the ground, so the ones that have been preserved are always worth a look. We saw plenty of castles in Scotland, but Linlithgow Palace was the most surprising of them all.
Once again I was reminded to always do my homework before we explore a new place. I knew about Linlithgow Palace outside of Edinburgh. I knew that it was one of the principal residences of the royals in the 15th and 16th centuries. Historic Scotland now maintains it for tourists to visit. I thought this would be a huge palace with massive tapestries, furnishings and factoids. Maybe even a mannequin or two pretending to eat supper in the Great Hall.
Yeah, not so much.
There were no tapestries. There were no carpets, paintings or old wooden tables used at feasts. No mannequins either. There were a few plaques and factoids though. Even without all of these furnishings, the palace was better than I could have imagined. The boys and I, along with my parents, climbed towers, danced in the Grand Hall, walked through fireplaces and looked up into the largest kitchen chimney I have ever seen.
The view from the one tower you can climb all the way to the top is magnificent. One one side you see a lake, while the other shows off the city. The little princess in me waved majestically at my subjects, as I simultaneously made sure my 6-year-old son didn’t fall off the top. Don’t worry. It was perfectly safe. Windy, but safe. Maybe I didn’t do my research like I should have so my expectations could be in their proper place, but then again, I don’t really need to see more tapestries, at least not at this palace. The bones of this massive structure were enough for us. We let our imaginations add in the furnishings.