Scone Palace, Perth
Poised above the River Tay in Perthshire, Scone Palace is surrounded by extensive gardens
Poised above the River Taynear Perth in Perthshire, Scone Palace overlooks the routes north to the Highlands and east through Strathmore to the coast. The Grampian mountains form a distant backdrop, and across the river stands the city of Perth
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. A replica of the famous Stone of Scone sits in front of the Chapel.
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 structure is erected within sight of the towering conifers at Scone and features other timbers sourced from the Estate. Scottish slate, recycled from the Estate, was also used in the construction.
Whilst the gardens and grounds are beautiful throughout the year, there are a number of seasonal highlights.
Early Spring is heralded by the arrival of snowdrops followed by the drifts of daffodils throughout the Grounds.
The Primulas and bluebells bloom in the woodland areas throughout April and May.
In May and June, the Grounds explode with colour from the Rhododendrons and Azaleas, while the Laburnum Walkway will also dazzle you with its distinctive bright yellow flowers.
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- Telephone: 01738 552300
- Street: Scone Palace
- Postcode: PH2 6BD
- City: Perth
- County: Perthshire
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