Scone Palace


Scone is a place that breathes history like nowhere else in Scotland.

Today, in the 21st century, it is the home of the Earls of Mansfield and a major attraction to visitors from all over the world. Fifteen hundred years ago, it was the capital of the Pictish kingdom and the centre of the ancient Celtic church.

In the intervening centuries, it has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of Kings. It has housed the Stone of Destiny and been immortalised in Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Poised above the River Tay, Scone Palace overlooks the routes north to the Highlands and east through Strathmore to the coast. The Grampian mountains form a distant backdrop and, across the river, stands the Fair City of Perth.

Two thousand years ago, the Romans camped here. In the early 7th century the Culdees, a group of early Christians, established themselves here. In the 9th century, Kenneth MacAlpin, the first King of Scotland, brought the Stone of Destiny here and, for the next 7 centuries, the Kings and Queens of Scotland were crowned at Scone.

Today, Scone Palace lies in magnificent grounds and houses priceless collections of porcelain, ivories, clocks and objets d'art.

The present Earl and Countess of Mansfield bid you welcome to their family home and hope that you will enjoy a visit to the crowning place of Scottish Kings.