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Dunrobin Castle
June 18, 2015, 9:50 am
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Dunrobin CastleDunrobin Castle, the largest house in the north of Scotland, was originally built in the 15th century, probably on the site of an earlier medieval fort although most of the present building and the gardens were added by Sir Charles Berry between 1835 and 1850.

The castle is the family seat of the Earls of Sutherland and Clan Sutherland. On the death of the 18th Earl in 1766, the house passed to his daughter, Elizabeth, who married the politician George Leveson-Gower, later created 1st Duke of Sutherland.

Dunrobin Castle

Falconry at Dunrobin Castle

Leveson-Gower is estimated to have been the wealthiest man of the 19th century and remains a controversial figure for his role in the Highland Clearances.

The castle’s gardens, completed in 1850, were inspired by the gardens at the Palace of Versailles.

The castle and gardens are open to the public and falconry displays are regularly held in the gardens by a resident falconer.

Dunrobin Castle

Dunrobin Castle

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Linlithgow Palace
June 8, 2015, 3:20 pm
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Linlithgow PalaceLinlithgow PalaceSituated 15 miles west of Edinburgh, Linlithgow was a royal palace built and developed mainly by the Stewart kings and queens over the 15th and 16th centuries.

The palace provided a convenient stopping point on the journey between Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle.

James V was born at Linlithgow in 1512 and his daughter, Mary, Queen of Scots, was born here in December 1542.

The palace fell into decline after James VI moved his royal court to London in 1603 following the union of the crowns.

Linlithgow PalaceFire destroyed much of its interior in 1746 and today it is maintained as a visitor attraction by Historic Scotland.

Linlithgow Palace

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