Scone Palace was once home to the Stone of Destiny- the stone on which the Kings of Scotland would sit when being inaugurated.
Scone Palace, Perthshire
Scone Palace is one of Scotland’s most important stately homes, and is where Scotland’s Kings were once crowned.
The Kings of Scotland would sit on a lump of stone, known as the Stone of Destiny or Stone of Scone, when they were being inaugurated. Previous Kings inaugurated here include Macbeth and the legendary Robert The Bruce.
The current Stone of Destiny now resides in Edinburgh Castle. There is a replica of the Stone of Destiny that sits near the Presbyterian Chapel outside the palace, where the original once sat.
It was the family home of the Earls of Mansfield; today the palace is surrounded by over 100 acres of woodlands and gardens, an excellent way to spend a fine day. There is also a pinetum to explore and a life-size maze that children and families will delight in.
Other famous visitors to the palace include Bonnie Prince Charlie, Queen Victoria and Charles II. Charles II was the last king to be crowned at Scone Palace in 1651.
Travel information: Scone Palace is located less than 15 minutes from Perth by car. Regular buses run from Perth to Scone Palace, check Stagecoach website for more information. Stagecoach #3 leaves from South Street and Stagecoach Strathtay #58 leaves from Perth Bus Station or Kinnoull Street.
It currently costs £14 per adult; £11.50 senior/student; and £9 per child. Pay on entry.