I promised you castle photos–now, castle photos ye shall have!
Linlithgow Palace in Linlithgow, Scotland, isn’t quite the oldest castle you’ll ever encounter–though in a ruined state, it’s actually looking pretty good hundreds of years past its heyday in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Back then, it was a part-time royal residence, and today, it allows visitors (especially weird historians like me) to enjoy a thrilling opportunity to roam labyrinthine Renaissance halls and towers and dungeons completely unaccompanied. You can basically do whatever you want here, provided you respect the architecture! I even sang approximately three notes of a Palestrina motet to test the acoustics.
Most importantly, as the title suggests, there is a ridiculously adorable deer sculpture on its very ornate, extant, and functional fountain!
Today’s special guest star is this tiny Scottish family accidentally photobombing my landscape–that little boy at the front of the pack is on an adventure!
The ornamental fountain is the real star of Linlithgow, though. I wish it had been later in the year, since it’s operable and is turned on in the summertime!
You might be able to identify the proud silhouette of a mermaid, admiring her hair in a mirror as most medieval-style merfolk do.
I might not be the biggest fan of enclosed historic spaces…
…but I worked up my courage to investigate some tiny rooms and their even smaller windows!
Fortunately, no claustrophobe could feel uncomfortable in this truly great hall.
How could I resist a charming heraldic unicorn? I know that everyone and their uncle is obsessed with unicorns these days, but I wish they would consult some medieval bestiaries for some more interesting visual inspiration–for one thing, most contemporary unicorns lack the stunning goatees of their historic counterparts. And why doesn’t a certain coffee company released a monocerous-themed drink instead? Bring Back Bearded Heraldic Unicorns And Their Ilk 2017!