The grounds of Scone Palace offer the perfect location for a romantic stroll this Valentine's day, with many ideal spots for a modern-day couple's selfie in a historical setting. Of course, if you have more than walks and photographs on your mind, they also offer the most idyllic location for popping that all important question.
A Romantic Stroll Through History
The celebrated Moot Hill was the ancient crowning place of the Kings of Scots. It is located immediately in front of the Palace and is crowned by a tiny Presbyterian Chapel.
There are still many reminders of Scone’s past around the Grounds; from the Mercat Cross and Old Scone graveyard to the 16th century archway which was the grand entrance to the ‘City of Scone’.
David Douglas was born in the village of Scone in 1799 and worked as a gardener here at Scone Palace for seven years. Douglas went on to become an explorer and a great plant hunter. To discover more about David Douglas, some of his fellow Scottish tree planters and the Pinetum visit the David Douglas Pavilion.
Constructed from Douglas Fir, the Pavilion is erected within sight of the towering conifers at Scone and features other timbers sourced from the Estate. Scottish slate, re-cycled from the Estate, was also used in the construction.
Hand-In-Hand In The Pinetum
Stroll at your leisure through the magnificent Pinetum where, amongst others, giant redwoods and Noble Firs tower over you then onto the New Pinetum of less hardy and decorative conifers.
Get Lost Together In The Maze
The unique Murray Star Maze, designed by the world renowned Maze designer Adrian Fisher, is Perthshire's only maze. Designed in the shape of the five pointed star that features in the Murray family crest, the maze comprises 2000 beech trees, half copper and half green, planted in a way to create a unique tartan effect.
Be At One With Nature
The Grounds and open gardens at Scone Palace 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 with the rare Hawfinch which can be spotted in Lime Avenue. Oyster catchers and swallows also make their debuts and you should certainly look out for the peacocks who roam freely around the Palace Grounds!
Perhaps not for Valentine's Day, but on a warm and sunny day look out for an array of butterflies in the colourful Butterfly Garden. Sightings of the rare “comma” butterfly have been recorded.
During the winter months (November & December) and 5th February - 20th March visitors have FREE access to the Palace grounds every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
If you do decide to pop the question within the Grounds of Scone Palace, PLEASE PLEASE let us know! We love a bit of romance here at Small City.
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