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PALACE Continued 001 for protecting this side which was most exposed to assault, the south side on which is now the principal entrance is quite smooth and level and the same elevation as the interior court The outside of the Palace presents a gloomy and prison like appearance, the windows being very few for a building of such extent and height, particularly on the West and East fronts the majority of openings are little more than slits or loopholes The East, West, and South walls, though erected at different periods harmonise in character and terminate with embattled parapets resting on a double row of corbels The North front which looks towards the loch is a more modern erection and was built by James VI; it is five storeys high with corresponding rows of square stone framed windows, this front commands a view of the whole lake an, in particular from an oriel window, a half hexagon, that lighted an interior arched recess adjoining the Kings bed room and said to have been the Royal robing room and confessional The original approach to the palace was by an Avenue leading to its Eastern front and is still marked by a few fine Sycamore and Ash trees In this side, high up in the wall was a splendid gateway, defended by an outwork of masonry, parallel to the main wall and strengthened at intervals by circular towers Only a portion of this outwork with the remains of three towers now remain, they formed a dry moat between the termination of the approach and the building communication having been effected by means of a drawbridge' the iron sockets still remain in the wall at the lower angles of the gateway This gateway is the only remarkable and relieving feature in the East front, above it are two grooves in which the apparatus for working the drawbridge was placed between the grooves is a raised pannel

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