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Scone, pronounced ‘scoon’, is a small town just to the
northeast of Perth. It is an ancient royal site and early centre of Christianity. An Augustinian monastery was established in 1120 but burnt in 1559. In the early 19th century the Earl of Mansfield removed most of Old Scone to provide a parkland around Scone Palace, rebuilt as a great Gothic pile by William Atkinson (1803—12), now open to the public; the adjoining chapel contains a splendid memorial to Viscount Stormont (1618—19). The population was moved to New Scone to the east; in 1997 it was renamed Scone; it is the site of Perth racecourse.

Stone of Scone
Stone of Destiny. Kenneth mac Alpin is said to have brought the Stone of Destiny, also known as the Stone of Scone, symbol of sovereignty and, according to legend, the stone used by Jacob as a pillow, from Dunstaffnage to the Moot Hill at Scone, the seat of government. Edward I took the stone to Westminster
Abbey in 1297, but all Scottish kings were inaugurated at Scone until James I. Some allege that the real stone was hidden in a cave and a replica taken to London. The stone was removed from Westminster in 1950 by Scottish Nationalists and was found on the altar of Arbroath Abbey Church in 1951. It was finally returned to Scotland in 1996, and is kept in Edinburgh Castle.

Express By Holiday Inn, Perth. Ideally located for access to the main motorways in central Scotland, this hotel provides great value for the business or leisure traveller. All 81 modern bedrooms have power shower, hairdryer, television including SKY Sports 1 & 2 and SKY News. Wireless internet access is available. Free car parking is provided. Perth Hotel Breaks.

The Quality Hotel Perth is an elegant Victorian hotel in the hub of social activity, with its Scottish fare and fine whiskies. Bedrooms have television and tea and coffee making facilities. An excellent Perthshire touring base in good golfing country, close to a number of whisky distilleries and the Caithness glass factory.

The Ramada Perth hotel is a former 15th century watermill, located in the centre of Perth, the gateway to the Highlands. Fresh running water is still visible through portholes in the reception and lounge areas. The hotel is an ideal location to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside.

If you would like to Tour Scone on a highly personalized small group tour of my native Scotland please e-mail me: Sandy Stevenson

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