Linlithgow Palace was built and added to over two centuries by the Stewart kings, resulting in a superb Renaissance residence. The impressive retreat was an ideal place for royals to break the journey between Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle.
Published in 1808, Scott's epic poem 'Marmion' described many places in Scotland, acting almost like a visitor guide for literary tourists.
In it, Scott extolls the beauty of Linlithgow and its natural setting.
Listen to 'Beyond Compare'
Listen to Scott's description of Linlithgow and its natural setting.
Read 'Beyond Compare'
Of all the palaces so fair,
Built for the royal dwelling,
In Scotland far beyond compare,
Linlithgow is excelling;
And in its park, in jovial June,
How sweet the merry linnet's tune,
How blithe the blackbird's lay;
The wild-buck bells from ferny brake,
The coot dives merry on the lake;
The saddest heart might pleasure take
To see all nature gay.
Sir Walter Scott - Celebrating 250 Years
In 2021-22, Scotland celebrates the 250th anniversary of one of its most famous sons, Sir Walter Scott. This online exhibition and audio trail of his legacies is part of the celebrations.
'Beyond Compare' has been performed by actor Kirsty Stuart for Pitlochry Festival Theatre, in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland. You may have seen Kirsty in TV productions of Call the Midwife, Shetland or Outlander.