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Her end was just the beginning, the tale of Mary, Queen of Scots lives on and still ignites the imagination. Sadly, we’ll never fully understand the story of this fascinating woman. But we can get an insight into her life when we follow in her footsteps. So, embark on her trail and explore the places which mark the high and low points in Mary Stuart’s turbulent life in Scotland.

1-day tour, duration 9hrs

A lovely photograph of Stirling Castle which can be visited on a bespoke tour of Scotland
  • Departing from your Edinburgh Hotel, cruise ship birth or other location, you travel past Edinburgh Castle. After David Rizzio’s death, Mary was frightened that there may be a coup against her, and she chose mighty Edinburgh Castle as a place of relative safety, whilst she waited on the arrival and birth of her child, James VI.
  • From here, you make your way to Linlithgow Palace, where Mary was born. Linlithgow has become a silver screen superstar, featuring in Outlander and The Outlaw King as well as the film Mary Queen of Scots. It is a great place to visit and dates from 1442.
  • From here, you travel to one of the jewels in the crown of Scottish Castles, Stirling. Mary was crowned Queen of Scotland in the Chapel Royal here and spent the first five years of her life in The Royal Apartments which are open to the public.
  • By this time, you will probably be ready for some lunch, which you could have in Stirling city itself or perhaps in Falkland, your next stop. Mary would often escape to her beloved Falkland Palace as it embodied the grandeur of the medieval Scottish court and also gave her access to the beautiful countryside. Close to the nature and far from politics, the young Queen could let her hair down and show a bit of her lively spirit. Mary would indulge in her passion for the outdoors, falconry and hunting in Falkland and indulge her passion for Royal Tennis, which you can visit.
  • From here, you return to your accommodation in Edinburgh or other location by arrangement.