Balvaird Wing at Scone Palace

Perth, Scotland

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Your own private wing at the historical crowning place of the Kings of Scotland

Exclusive Use

You can have the venue to yourself (sleeps 8 guests in 4 rooms). Check Availability

The iconic Scone Palace has an exciting and colourful history as one of Scotland's most historically significant stately homes. Poised high above the River Tay in Perthshire, it has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, including Macbeth, Robert The Bruce and Charles II.


Available for hire on a self-catered basis, the newly-refurbished Balvaird Wing is located in the north-west aspect of the palace and provides 5-star luxury accommodation for up to six guests.


Inside

The Balvaird Wing sleeps up to eight guests in three beautifully decorated, en-suite bedrooms, with additional double-sofa-bed in the sitting room, providing an ideal base for holidays with family and friends, golfing breaks, country sporting breaks and wedding parties.


The MacGregor Room


The MacGregor Room 1
The MacGregor Room 2

Super king-size bed. En-suite bathroom has an original, very deep bath (no shower).


Colonel Andrew’s Room


Colonel Andrew’s Room 1
Colonel Andrew’s Room 2

Two king-size beds. En-suite bathroom with bath and a separate shower.


Lady Carnegie’s Room


Lady Carnegie’s Room 1
Lady Carnegie’s Room 2

Two king-size beds. En-suite bathroom with shower over the bath.


A double sofa-bed is also available in the comfortable sitting room with magnificent views over the parks to the River Tay.


The Sitting Room
The Kitchen

There is a spacious, fully-equipped kitchen with a dining table. Bespoke welcome packs, picnic lunches, a private cook and housekeeping service can also be arranged on request.


If you would like to dine out, the centre of Perth is only a 10-minute drive away, where you will find a variety of award-winning restaurants.


Recognised as one of the top tourist attractions in central Scotland, guests staying in the Balvaird Wing receive complimentary tour tickets for Scone Palace during April to October when the palace is open to the public. During the rest of the year, we can arrange a private tour, subject to availability.


In the palace you can wander down the long gallery where Charles II was crowned in 1661, admire bed hangings worked on by Mary Queen of Scots while she was in prison on Loch Leven, or see the State Rooms where Queen Victoria was entertained in 1842.


Please note that accommodation in the Balvaird Wing is situated on the second floor and is only accessible via a staircase.

Grounds

The gardens are as stunning as the palace itself and are home to a variety of wildlife. The red squirrel is attracted to the great woodlands, as are roe deer. The estate grounds provide a sanctuary for birdwatchers, where the rare hawfinch can be spotted. On a warm and sunny day, look out for an array of butterflies in the colourful Butterfly Garden.


Grounds 1
Grounds 2

The unique Murray Star Maze is planted in a mixture of copper and green beech, designed to resemble the family tartan and is in the shape of a five-pointed star which is part of the family’s emblem. At the centre of the maze is a bronze statue, a representation of the water nymph, Arethusa.

Activities

Scone Palace is situated in rural Perthshire, an ideal location for those looking to explore the great outdoors. There is something to suit everyone's tastes, whether you're a hiker, cyclist, angler or stalker.

History

There are very few places in Scotland as historically significant as Scone Palace. When you visit the palace, you are walking in the footsteps of Scotland’s ancient founding fathers, both pagan and Christian. It was an important religious gathering place of the Picts, it was the site of an early Christian church and it housed the Stone of Scone (or “Stone of Destiny”) for over 400 years.


The celebrated Moot Hill at Scone, the ancient crowning place of the Kings of Scots, 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.


From the time of Kenneth MacAlpin, who created the Kingdom of Scone in the 9th century, all the Kings of Scots were crowned on the Moot Hill, seated upon the Stone of Scone. Even after the Stone's removal by King Edward I in 1296, the Moot Hill continued to be the crowning place of the Kings of Scots.


The first Lord Scone was Sir David Murray, a Flemish noble and captain of the king's guard. The palace has been home to the Murray family, the Earls of Mansfield, for over 400 years and is currently occupied by the present 8th Earl of Mansfield, William David Murray.

Prices

During 2021, short breaks start at £900 for 3 nights. 7 nights are available from £2100. Accommodation is offered on a self-catered basis for up to 8 guests. Check availability.

Location

Scone Palace overlooks the routes north to the Highlands and east through Strathmore to the coast. The Grampian mountains form a distant backdrop. Perth is just 10 minutes' drive away, Glasgow and Edinburgh less than 90 minutes' drive away.