The Royal Burgh of Culross, Culross

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Culross Palace is a late 16th - early 17th century merchant's house in Culross, Fife, Scotland.The palace, or "Great Lodging", was constructed between 1597 and 1611 by Sir George Bruce, the Laird of Carnock. Bruce was a successful merchant who had a flourishing trade with other Forth ports, the Low Countries and Sweden. He had interests in coal mining and salt production, and is credited with sinking the world's first coal mine to extend under the sea.Many of the materials used in the construction of the palace were obtained during the course of Bruce's foreign trade. Baltic pine, red pantiles, and Dutch floor tiles and glass were all used. The exterior boasts the use of crow-stepped gables, including a statue of a veiled woman posing on the gable step. The palace features fine interiors, with decorative mural and ceiling painting, 17th and 18th century furniture and a fine collection of Staffordshire and Scottish pottery.
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  • August 20, 2017
    This is not a castle for royalty, but the lavish (for the times) home of an astute, successful businessman. Having recognized that the "magic" burning rock of coal could both be harnessed as energy, a...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    Lots of charm for this "Palace" (in reality, a beautiful mansion of the XVII century). Very nice restoration. Magnificent ceiling painted (wooden). Very poetic garden / garden in terraces, with the most beautiful view on the roofs of Culross and the Firth.
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  • August 16, 2017
    We spent a very pleasant hour here and could easily have stayed longer. Fascinating buildings and history.  more »
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  • Quaint, old fashioned, small village with cobble stoned streets winding between the small buildings. Palace only open at certain times but tiered garden at rear is still accessible. Garden is well maintained and offers good views across the village and the Forth river. Few coffee places on the lower reaches of the village otherwise steep walk to the Abbey at the top, passing one of the few tourist shops. Plenty of free parking on the river front a short walk from the village centre. Apparently the village was used for outside scenes in Outlander. When the tide is out and the shores accessible you can walk downstream a reasonable distance.
  • A very well preserved / restored piece of history. Some lovely buildings almost from another world.
  • This review is about the palace: NTS guides like Michael transform a visit and make the day. He can stitch stories together - not just the ones he must have to hand but things that just come up in conversation. He had us enthralled and quizzed by turn and wholly engaged. There is a children's trail on request in the shop. To get the benefit of it you need someone like Michael on hand to ask or who engages with you. The team in general seemed good. Interesting summary video at the entrance, gives a brief history of the industrial rise then stasis of Culross which led to its preservation and the key role in this of George Bruce who build the Palace. Lovely small restored terraced 17th century gardens and a flock of rare Dumpy hens in the orchard. A lovely afternoon!
  • A visit to Culross Palace and gardens is well worth it. Very interesting history delightfully told and a walk around the gardens afterwards gives some spectacular views over the river Forth.
  • One of Must see places in Scotland. Unforgettable place. There was filming of Outlanders. 16th century town best examples in UK

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