you have my hart, linlithgow

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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!

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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!

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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.

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I might not be the biggest fan of enclosed historic spaces…

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…but I worked up my courage to investigate some tiny rooms and their even smaller windows!

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Fortunately, no claustrophobe could feel uncomfortable in this truly great hall.

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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! 

9 thoughts on “you have my hart, linlithgow

  1. printandweave April 28, 2017 / 7:41 am

    Great photos – looks like an incredible place to visit!! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Rotwein Wanderer May 4, 2017 / 11:36 am

    How did you find the place? I thought few tourists visit the place a bit away from touristy Edinburgh.

    • Mailbox Mermaid May 17, 2017 / 7:22 pm

      I first went to Linlithgow Palace when I was in Scotland for a semester, so I took every opportunity to take some time away from the city and explore! It’s amazing how many wonderful places are an easy train’s journey from Edinburgh. I definitely enjoy going off the touristy path!

      • Rotwein Wanderer June 5, 2017 / 10:36 am

        Glad you enjoyed the stay in Edinburgh! I guess the film “One Day” made you miss Auld Reekie!

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