Back in July we visited Linlithgow Palace (maintained by Historic Scotland) during a hosted jousting show. We had a wonderful time, but I never got the pictures published from that visit (and a few other castles from July). Now I have a whole new set of pictures to edit from our Durham trip.
In the mean time, here are the pictures from Linlithgow and the jousting tournaments. There are many more pictures in our photo album: Jousting at Linlithgow Castle - July 2010
Linlithgow is an magnificent 'pleasure palace' used by royalty; it is truly an impressive structure, even in ruins.. It was the midway point and a welcome stopping-place for the royal family along the busy road linking Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle. It is also the birthplace of both James V and Mary Queen of Scots.
This front gate opens into the courtyard, with a lovely fountain that we newly restored. The great hall is amazing, even without the roof. We loved exploring all the passageways and staircases.
In addition to the jousting, the castle was full of people in period costumes telling us about the food, lifestyle, etc. of the original inhabitants. The kids enjoyed watching the juggler putting on shows in the courtyard.
The back of the castle, overlooking the lake, if filled with windows to allow the inhabitants to enjoy the view, but must also have been colder, due to the extreme winds. While we were there, the wind was blowing constantly and the gusts of wind could literally knock the kids over.
Remember to check out the rest of the pictures at Jousting at Linlithgow Castle - July 2010.
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