Dunnett Related Places to Visit
Linlithgow 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.
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.
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
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!
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.