Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Jousting at Linlithgow Palace

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.


The back of the palace overlooks a beautiful lake. We sat on the hillside to watch the jousting events on the grassy field below. The kids enjoyed the horses especially.... And climbing up and down the steep hill.


The jousting events included horse-to-horse jousting, as pictured above. They also had face-to-face combat, sword fights, and other fun events. It was all staged (obviously), and we all cheered for the 'good' blue team and booed for the 'bad' red team.

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.


We had a wonderful time and would like to go back for a second look on a quieter day. Because of the big events going on this weekend, it took forever to navigate the small staircases and halls because there were so many people around all the time. But we did get to see jousting. This is an amazing palace that I would recommend to anyone looking for a unique castle to visit.

Remember to check out the rest of the pictures at Jousting at Linlithgow Castle - July 2010.

2 comments:

  1. That looks soooo cool! I was sorry we missed it- way to get out there!

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