Earl's Palace & Bishop's Palace
St Magnus Cathedral
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Earl's Palace & Bishop's Palace information
These two adjacent ruined palaces are worth poking around. The more intriguing, the Earl’s Palace , was once known as the finest example of French Renaissance architecture in Scotland. One room features an interesting history of its builder, Earl Patrick Stewart, executed in Edinburgh for treason. He started construction in about 1600, but ran out of money and never completed it.
The Bishop’s Palace was built in the mid-12th century for Bishop William the Old. There’s a good cathedral view from the tower.