Dorothy Dunnett

Dunnett Related Places to Visit
in Scotland


Linlithgow Palace & St Michael's churchLinlithgow Palace & St Michael's churchLinlithgow Palace & St Michael's Church

Overlooking the picturesque Linlithgow Loch, the large red-stoned ruined palace, which was the birthplace of both James V and Mary Queen of Scots, is an impressive and evocative place to visit. The oldest parts that still remain were built by James I in 1425 who spent over 4500 pounds on it, although the Peel of Edward I was originally incorporated in it. There is an ornately carved fountain dating from the 1530s in the courtyard of the palace which is remarkable for the fact that it was carved by a one-armed mason.
James III and his court pilfer Nicholas' wine and goods here in Unicorn Hunt before the "Salt Pans" incident. Here is a map of the area to give you a feel for the layout of that hunt which led to the death of Lucia. Linlithgow was strongly associated with Anselm Adorne, who was made Keeper of the Palace in 1477, and the meeting with the Queen's advisors takes place here in Gemini.
St Michael's church dates from the 15th century - the current metal spire was erected in 1964 and replaced an earlier delicate stone spire of a very open design. Adorne is buried here, although it isn't known exactly where, and there is a plaque inside the church which commemorates him.

Blackness CastleBlackness Castle

Situated to protect the bay which acted as Linlithgow's port, it was built by Sir George Crichton in 1440 but later given to the Crown. This was where Nicholas' ship unloaded the goods mentioned above and from where he left after Lucia's death. It was later under Adorne's control and was attacked by the English fleet in Gemini. The castle has had a rich history and was garrisoned until 1920 when it was opened to the public.

Torphichen PreceptoryTorphichen PreceptoryTorphichen Preceptory

For many years this was the headquarters of the Knights of St. John in Scotland. It was granted a charter by David I in 1153. Although extended and reconstructed over the years, some parts of it, such as the vaulted tower, date to the 13th century.

Lake of Menteith

A tranquil setting just to the south of the highland line with the "only lake in Scotland" on which is situated the island of Inchmahome with its priory, where the child Mary and her mother retreated during the English advance. Here Lymond met the young Mary and Christian Stewart following his recovery from amnesia.

Castle Semple Loch and the area of Beltrees

Originally called Loch Winnoch after Saint Winnoc. The village retains that name and was once a bleaching and weaving centre. The belfry of St Winnoc's Church, is also known as Auld Simon!

Dean Castle - click for larger pictureDean Castle - click for larger picture

Dean Castle

Home of the Boyds. (Photographs courtesy of Anne MacMillan)


From where the young Queen Mary set sail for France and Lymond encountered Joleta. The fortifications on Dumbarton Rock are very ancient.



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