In June I visited the ruins of Linlithgow Palace which are situated in the town of Linlithgow in West Lothian. The palace was once of the principal residences of the monarchs of Scotland in the 15th and 16th centuries and was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. This gorgeous ancient building has been a ruin since 1746 as a result of a big fire. When you enter the courtyard you can imagine how brilliant it once was. There is big stone fountain in the courtyard which has scary face sculptures carved into it which look like vampires! Four five-floor buildings surround the courtyard, and it has the appearance of a castle. Once you are inside the building there are lots of stairs to climb and the windows sit very high inthe walls. The main banqueting hall is a rectangular room which could seat around 100 peoplefor grand dinners and the kitchen is in the adjacent room. Roasted food was the primary food for banquets during these times so there is very large oven in the kitchen which could be used to cook a whole wild boar. The room for queens and princesses has a very beautiful view overlooking the lawn and lake.