As you can imagine there is a great deal for visitors to see during a tour of Scone Palace befitting of one of Scotland's leading tourist attractions. Our Enhanced Guided Tour will take you through the Palace State Rooms - see where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert dined during their visit on 6th September 1842 as guests of the 4th Earl and his mother, the Dowager Countess. The Frensh themed Drawing Room with the imposing paintings of King George 111 and his Queen, Charlotte. The Gothic Library which leads to the Ambassador's Room which houses the beautiful painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle and her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray. A walk through the Inner Hall passing fine examples of Italian, French and Oriental furniture before arriving at the Long Gallery, where Queen Vistoria witnessed a demonstration of curling and where Scottish Kings walked along to be crowned on Moot Hill. You can even see the bedroom in which Queen Victoria slept and no visit would be complete without seeing the replica Honours of Scotland in the Lennox Room. Scone Palace really is a place of splendour!
We know you will greatly enjoy the porcelain, ivories, clocks and Vernis Martin collections, together with the furniture, paintings and other family belongings and heirlooms on display throughout the Palace.
From the time of the 1st Earl of Mansfield, many of the Earls have been avid collectors and Scone Palace would be incomplete without its superb treasures.
The 2nd Earl, in particular, was able to bring a great many fine things to the Palace, collected while an Ambassador abroad.
From furniture to clocks, from ivories to porcelain, Scone Palace houses some of the very finest private collections on display anywhere in Britain. The Library houses a breathtaking collection of fine quality porcelain, beautifully displayed in glazed bookcases. The fabulous collection of large European ivories came from Bavaria, Italy and France. They were carved in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries in elephant and walrus tusk, and collected mainly by the 4th Earl of Mansfield.
A Unique Collection
The unique collection of papier mâché objets d'art was made mostly by the Martin family, whose work was directed largely to making decorative panels for carriages, sedan chairs, furniture and the panelling of entire rooms in 18th century France. There are also many very fine clocks on display throughout the Palace. Together, they form a collection of interesting and unusual clocks from the 18th and 19th centuries.
After 10 years of painstaking work, local volunteers from the Scottish National and Decorative Fine Arts Society have completed the full restoration of the embroidered silk Ambassadorial canopy which can be viewed within the Ambassador’s Room. This was completed under the supervision of Alison Docherty, textile conservator. Alison’s enthusiasm extends to the next project; the restoration of a set of 17th century James VI drawing room chairs which include conservation of both the embroidery and wooden frames.