Scone Palace

Scone Palace is located in the city of Perth in Scotland.
The Georgian gothic style castle was finished in 1808. Made of red sandstone
with a castellated roof, the estate dates back to Scotland’s 9th
century founding fathers. Scone was known to be the place where the Scottish
kings were crowned for nearly 1000 years as it was home to the Stone of Scone
(Stone of Destiny). Scone was an important gathering place for the Picts in the
8th century, and the site of an early Christian church. The palace
served as an abbey in the 12th century, but it was damaged during
the Scottish Reformation in 1559. The abbey became a secular home for the Earls
of Mansfield for the next 400 years. The palace was enlarged in the 19th
century and in 1842, further work was undertaken to get the castle up to par
for a visit by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The castle has numerous
peacocks on the 200-acre estate, including several albino males; all the male peacocks
are called Robert the Bruce. Scone Palace is open to the public and has a 17th
century chapel, a star-shaped maze garden, a replica of the Stone of Destiny, a
food hall, a gift shop, a coffee shop, and Moot Hill, the crowning place of the
kings of Scotland.