Mary Queen Of Scots Day Tour from Edinburgh

For our history lovers and Mary Queen of Scots enthusiasts, embark on a private tour around Mary Stewart’s favourite palaces, homes and views. Walk where Mary walked and discover the lesser-known, quirky and obscure facts from your very own kilted guide.
Departing

Edinburgh

From

£575

Duration

8 Hours

Tour Details

For history enthusiasts and admirers of Mary Queen of Scots, join our exclusive tour tracing her footsteps through favorite palaces, homes, and scenic views. Walk in the queen’s path and unravel lesser-known, quirky facts guided by your kilted expert. From Linlithgow Palace to Stirling Castle and Falkland Palace, immerse yourself in the fascinating and tragic tale of this iconic monarch, all while experiencing the beauty of Scotland in comfort.

Itinerary

Starting from your preferred location, your very own personal driver will pick you up to start your adventure for the day!

The most fitting place to officially start the tour is where it all began: Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots in 1542.

From the moment she was born, Mary Stewart’s life has been one of intrigue and tragedy, chequered with romances and family betrayals. No doubt you’ve heard her story through Hollywood movies, television series and books, yet, the fascination with Mary Queen of Scots continues to grow every day – and we guarantee your guide will have a few more secrets to share about her history and place in Scottish hearts today.

You’ll not be short of sights to see. Your driver will point them out and give you a few stories about their history. The first one to note: the Kelpies. Silhouetted against the sky, these impressive sculptures are a true tribute to Scotland’s myths and legends. You’ll hear the tales of how these shape-shifting sea creatures haunt the local rivers.

You will venture further north to the City of Stirling. Before arriving, you will pass by a dedication to another famous Scot: William Wallace. Standing proud against the backdrop of Stirling’s countryside, the Wallace Monument is a symbol of strength and passion for Scotland. His story has been forever immortalised by the Hollywood film, Braveheart, and continues to capture the hearts of people all over the world.

From the Wallace Monument, your guide will point out Stirling Castle, sitting high on Castle Hill. You’ll be driven right up to the gates, where you can get a spectacular view over the City of Stirling. Upon entering the castle, you’ll be met with costumed characters who will transport you back to 16th-century life, showing you Mary’s childhood home and how the castle would have looked at that time.

Stirling Castle is arguably one of the most significant places in Mary Stewart’s history. Aged just nine months, Mary was crowned Queen of Scots. The ceremony was conducted in September 1543 in the Chapel Royal of Stirling Castle, and was the first time the Honours of Scotland were used.

On the way to Falkland Palace, you’ll pass through Falkland itself, a beautiful and historic village which was also used as a filming location for the much-loved ‘Outlander’ series. You might recognise it as “Inverness” in the opening scenes where Claire and Frank arrive for their second honeymoon.

As you travel through the village, you’ll catch sight of our next destination: Falkland Palace.

Falkland Palace was used as a Royal Hunting Lodge by Mary Queen of Scots. She was enchanted by the palace and its extensive formal gardens, where she would often pursue her hobbies in falconry, hunting, archery and tennis.

Falkland Palace is actually home to the world’s oldest surviving royal tennis court, so you will be able to see where Mary Stewart played throughout her life.

As you travel back to Edinburgh, you will get to witness the wild and natural beauty of the Scottish countryside once more. Driving through rolling hills and towering mountains, you will pass by the still and beautiful waters of Loch Leven. A fantastic picture opportunity – and a breathtaking end to your tour with memories that will last a lifetime.

Return to Edinburgh

Tour Map

INCLUSIONS / EXCLUSIONS

Private day tour for up to 7 people.
Expert tour driver with years of knowledge and experience.
Pick up from any central Edinburgh location
Luxurious, Mercedes-Benz MPV as your vehicle with 4G WiFi.
Group WhatsApp for communicating with your driver.
Lunch
Access to attraction(s)
Gratuities
Private day tour for up to 7 people.
Expert tour driver with years of knowledge and experience.
Pick up from any central Edinburgh location
Luxurious, Mercedes-Benz MPV as your vehicle with 4G WiFi.
Group WhatsApp for communicating with your driver.
Lunch
Access to attraction(s)
Gratuities

Important Information

Meeting point
  • Edinburgh or Glasgow, we we come to you! So once you have booked your tour we will be with you at the specified time on the day of the trip!
  • Traveling by Sea? We can pick you up at the Cruise Terminals in and around Edinburgh or Greenock.
  • Don’t worry if you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, you can continue to book and confirm these details with us later.
Contact
  • We typically reconfirm all details no later than 48 hours before your travel date. For extra reassurance our team is here should you have any questions so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions.
  • Your guide who will typically aim to be with you 5-10 minutes before your departure time. Unless you tell us otherwise we will always provide the lead passenger’s details which can be used to co-ordinate meeting up should there be any parking restrictions and/or delays at your pick-up point.
  • Upon request, we can arrange a WhatsApp group allowing you to co-ordinate with us and your fellow travellers.
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes and a waterproof jacket is recommended.​
Not allowed
  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed).
Covid-19 precautions – Good to Go!
  • Safety measures in place including daily regular Lateral Flow Tests by all our guides.
  • Our vehicles are thoroughly cleaned and sanitised daily.
  • Based on current government guidelines masks are discretionary. ​

Please refer to our FAQ for any additional queries you may, alternatively feel free to contact us if you need to get in touch.

Looking for other tours from Edinburgh? Check out our Loch Ness Day Tour and our West Highland Day Tour!

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