The Royal Women

Palace of Holyroodhouse and Holyrood Abbey

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace. It lies at the opposite end of the Royal Mile which connects to Edinburgh Castle. It is still an official residence and The Queen uses it for one week during the summer when she carries out engagements in the area. The current palace was [read more]

Margaret of Denmark

Doune Castle – The Dower House

Doune Castle is in the village of Doune, near Stirling in Scotland. It was originally built in the 13th century and was most likely damaged during the Scottish Wars of Independence. It was then rebuilt in the current form by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany. It was passed into the hands of the crowns in [read more]

Margaret Stewart

Linlithgow Palace – The Birth of a Queen

Linlithgow Palace began its life as a fortification known as “the Peel”, which had been built in the 14th century by occupying English forces. In 1424, the entire town of Linlithgow was partially destroyed by fire and the rebuilding of the palace was begun by King James I. The following century additions were made by [read more]

Anne of Demark

Stirling Castle – Crowning Glory

Stirling Castle is one of the largest castles in Scotland and sits atop Castle Hill in Stirling, about an hour away from Edinburgh. It was one of the most uses Scottish royal residences and several Kings and Queens have been crowned there, including Mary, Queen of Scots. The first record dates from 1110 when King [read more]

Margaret of Wessex

Edinburgh Castle – The Maidens’ Castle

Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline of Edinburgh from the Castle Rock. A royal castle has stood on this site since at least the 12th century. It has been alternatively known as the Maidens’ Castle until the 16th century. Due to its strategic location, it was involved in quite a few conflicts. The oldest building on [read more]