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Menootanaboot; Linlithgow

Mac1 has taken up kayaking. Seriously enough that she decided to enter her first race. It was taking place on Linlithgow Loch - known mainly for its fishing. She asked if I would like to tag along. Why not, eh?!

Leaving the watery bits for Thursday's post; today let me share with you some of the external highlights of the palace and kirk, which are right on the shore. We were there in the evening; hence, none of the 'internals' to go with it. The light was low and favoured the stonework nicely. We parked, first, at the community facility on the main street, which backs onto the park which forms part of the lochside and surrounds of the palace. We ducked through the gardens to the supermarket for some snacks, and then I left Mac1 to prepare with her pals. I took myself around the park and up the hill a bit.

For those who are unfamiliar with the importance of Linlithgow Palace in the story of Scotland's royal history, it was the birthplace of many in the Stuart lineage, including Mary (1542). Allow me to direct you to the following if this history is of interest to you. Each offers something different.
Castles of Scotland by M. Coventry.
Historic Environment Scotland
Marie-Stuart a society page. (It may download a small musical item, example of the sounds of the time.)


































14 comments:

  1. WTG...Mac1 kinda like my decision to take on quilting...just jump in and see what fun you have!!
    What a lovely setting for the event and for you to take photos.
    I am quite intrigued by the white contraption on top of the castle. I'm heading to the links.

    Pardon my missing yesterday. I was on the phone with AT&T (my email provider) for 2 hours got off dashed to make supper.
    I was so frustrated never made back. I could do NO emails from my desktop as of 2 pm. Buttt I could send emails from my iPad. They had no clue as they had done nothing. I think google was up to some mischief. This morning everything was normal
    Hugs HiC

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  2. I love a good ghost story with a sweet smell
    Queen Margaret’s bower, very interesting.
    Hugs HiC

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  3. Best wishes, best of luck to Mac 1. I could take up racing if the promoters acknowledged last place.

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  4. Interesting post. Beautiful pics.

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  5. love this castle... the mama always fears for the endless window cleaning when you have a big castle, but it seems this castle is the one where is nothing to worry on that front ;O)

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  6. The colours of the sandstone are particularly lovely.
    Looking forward to the kayaking pics!
    Cheers, Gail.

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  7. You made me chuckle! That statue of you! I thought I knew you, but apparently you are much taller in stone. And wearing some ruffled thing about your neck and a beautiful gown/dress/cape. Hihihi

    Klem, Mara

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  8. if I could fly or float, the first other country I would visit is Scotland, the first castle would be Urquhart Castle because my great, great grandfather was Sir Thomas Urguhart and came here to FL and died here. the family joke is Loch Ness monster was in our family tree. this castle today is HUGE and I love all that stone. I must say I doubt living in that castle way back when was all that comfy. but I would love to see it

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  9. Hi Yam - that must have been so much fun ... and there is so much history attached to Linlithgow - must have been fascinating to have looked around. I hope Mac1 achieved well in her kayaking ... cheers Hilary

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  10. What a beautiful castle to wander and snap. Gorgeous brick detail!!

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  11. I so wish I was a world traveler...would love to visit places like this.

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  12. So beautiful and green. Our grass all over where no one waters is closer to the color of the stone walls. Love all the photos. namaste, jaice xx

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