Lowlands, the Scone and the Stone


Scottish Cows

Scottish Cows

Not far from Perth, the unofficial capital of Scotland, one can find a very remarkable castle, Castle of Scone. It is known not only as a place where ancient Scottish kings were crowned until the time when Edward I took away the independence from Scots, but a mystery secret which was (and some think still is) hidden inside the walls of the Castle.

Castle of Scone

Castle of Scone

The latter I would say are right – the great secret of the right recipe of the Scone Pasty, which you may find in every coffee shop on Earth and which is called so after the place of its origin, is still carefully guarded in the catacombs of the Scone Castle. And you may not only touch, but also taste the original ancient Scottish treasure deep underground in the Scone Cafe.

The Scone

The Scone

Of course the Scone Castle is also known as a place where the Stone of Destiny (or the Stone of Scone), which was used during coronation of those ancient Scottish kings starting from Fergus Mòr, who, it was said, brought the Stone from Ireland. King of England Edward I, took the Stone as an important trophy, which was symbolizing possession of the Scotland by the English Crown. Since him, every King or Queen of England, Great Britain and United Kingdom (including Elizabeth II) were crowned with the Stone laying under the coronation throne.

That was of course causing a great consternation between the Scottish patriots who wanted to bring the Stone back to Scotland as symbol of its independence. The latest, partially successful (and also disastrous) attempt was put as a foundation for the motion picture Stone of Destiny. In 1996 the Stone was returned to Scotland and now it is on display in Edinburgh Castle. However, people say the Edward I took the fake, and the real, original one is still hidden in the place known only to the few…

Glenfarg hotel...

Glenfarg hotel…

...and its backyard

…and its backyard

Road to Highlands

Road to Highlands

Train station

Train station

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