Less than 40 minutes from Edinburgh, located across the River Tay, just 15 minutes from the city of Perth in Scotland, Scone Palace offers the perfect combination of tranquillity and accessibility.
The village of Scone once stood within the grounds of the palace, however, when the Medieval house was rebuilt as a Gothic palace in 1803, and the landscaping of the new palace grounds took place in 1805, the entire village was relocated two miles away and became known as ‘New Scone’.
The celebrated Moot Hill at Scone, the ancient crowning place of the Kings of Scots, 42 of them in all, is located immediately in front of the palace and is crowned by a tiny Presbyterian chapel. A replica of the famous Stone of Scone sits in front of the chapel.
Here's of 'Top 5' of things to do whilst staying at Scone Palace:
1 - Walking up Kinnoull Hill; make sure you bring your camera! Kinnoull Hill has fine woodlands and a dramatic clifftop escarpment above the Tay. It makes a grand setting for a cylindrical tower built as a folly. The whole walk makes an excellent circuit from Perth city centre.
2 - A private tour of Scone Palace is complimentary for guests staying overnight at the property.
3 - A day at the Races at Perth Racecourse; Gold Cup Day is the most prestigious race on the calendar in early June, attracting one of the biggest crowds as fans flock to see some of the best-rated horses compete for the main prize.
4 - Fishing on River Tay, which is internationally renowned for its Atlantic salmon fishing. It is one of the best salmon rivers in the United Kingdom, indeed in the whole of Europe. The Tay is the home of record fish, including the largest ever rod caught salmon in Britain, which was caught by Miss Georgina Ballantine in 1922, weighing 64lbs, and which remains the British Record.
5 - The Black Watch Castle and Museum, set in the origins of Balhousie Castle, is said to date back to the 12th century. Originally an L-shaped tower house, what we see today is the central part, possibly dating from the 17th century. In its present form, the castle dates from the 1860s. In 2008 The Black Watch Heritage Appeal was launched to buy, develop and endow Balhousie Castle to create a permanent home for The Black Watch in Perth at the heart of the Regimental area.
Available for hire on an exclusive-use basis, the Private Wing at Scone Palace provides 5-star accommodation for up to 20 guests and can be hired alongside the Balvaird Wing for a total of 26 guests. The palace is an ideal base from which to explore everything Perthshire has to offer.
For smaller parties, available for hire on a self-catered basis is the Balvaird Wing, located in the north-west aspect of the palace. This apartment provides 5-star, luxury accommodation in one of Scotland's most historically significant properties, for up to 6 guests.