Day Fourteen - Linlithgow Palace

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We had a relaxed Sunday breakfast at the Dryburgh Arms and one of the women who served us sat & talked with us for an hour afterwards. She has a degree in Hospitality, and amazed us all by her stories of how far she has traveled, in the current year. 

Edinburgh was only an hour's drive to the north and we arrived at Linlithgow, 20 miles to the west of the City, around noon. We were able to check in to our 3rd floor rooms at the Star & Garter Hotel, which unfortunately had no lift.  Once settled, we had comfortable rooms, in a very pleasant old building.    

The Hotel is in the center of town, with a ScotRail station next door, and a Tesco grocery across the street. 

In the afternoon we had a short walk to Linlithgow Palace, where Mary Stuart, soon to be crowned as Queen of Scotland, was born on December 8, 1542.  Mary's stay at the Palace only lasted seven months and then her French mother (Mary of Guise) moved her child to Stirling Castle. 

The Palace was ravaged by fire in 1746 but stone stairways & passages survived, and there's plenty to see. 

There was a fairly strong & cold wind blowing through the skeletal five-floor structure, as we explored. 

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where we stayed for three nights near Linlithgow Palace uphill to the  main sights St. Michael's
  Kirk yard terrific ceilings, continued fresh flowers  
the altar expressive stained glass windows   history of head ministers
  Palace court yard w/ James V fountain  close up of the  sculpture a windswept Great Hall
  huge fireplace   interiors
  2nd floor passageway old circular stairs apartment dwellers in a Royal Palace  
  fierce wind at the top of the Palace a good day for sailing on the Loch  
the northeast 'turnpike', by James VI   Loch again Palace, Church & town

This elevated lochside location was the site of a Royal residence as early as the 1100s.  King David I (1124-53) was the first Scottish monarch to build a residence here, and he also founded the town of Linlithgow.  After a fire in 1424, James I (ruled from 1406-37) began rebuilding.  Between 1424 and 1625 Scottish Kings James I, III, IV . V, and VI each added successive rooms, stairs, and layers.  (from the official brochure)

We had dinner that night at the Star & Garter.  We were the only overnight guests once again and the staff seemed glad to have some occupancy and someone to wait on.   

Having stayed in very quiet places for the last 13 nights, R&L found the street noise on the front side to be noisy, continuing until 11 pm or so.  Our room was on the bread of the Hotel, and a ScotRail station was about a hundred feet from our open windows, and seemed louder than normal, but only on the first night there.  (by the 2nd and 3rd nights it was not a factor at all) 

One thing we could not adapt to was a bright alien green LED light emanating from an emergency exit light located just above the entry door.  It was amazingly bright.

We laughed the next morning at breakfast comparing notes on how each of us had brought out band aids to cover the dang thing, plus you had to drag a chair there to stand on to reach it.  Late at night antics...LED flashlights do help.  Fortunately I had brought a lot of 2 inch x 4 inch band aids along, part of a hiking safety pouch, and it took three of them to do the job.  

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