Recommended as a 3-day Tour, but you can pick and choose from any of these iconic Castles and Palaces for a 1-day tour.
Day 1 – Mary receives and loses her throne
We start the day at Falkland Palace, a stunning Renaissance building with equally impressive grounds. This is where Mary’s father, King James V, died and 6-day old Mary acceded to the throne.
We then undertake a 30-minute drive to Loch Leven where we take a lunch break in one of the many eateries surrounding the Loch.
After lunch, we take a short boat ride to the island where Loch Leven Castle is situated. Although mostly a ruin, this is the castle where Mary was imprisoned for 1 year and forced to abdicate her throne. From here you can also marvel at some of the wonderful scenery surrounding this Perthshire castle.
Day 2 – From Birth to Monarch
Linlithgow Palace, based in extensive grounds next to Linlithgow Loch, is the birthplace of both Mary and her father. Although classified as a ruin, this impressive building still allows the visitor to view rooms such as The Great Hall and the famed fountain.
We then travel a short distance to Stirling Castle, the childhood home of Mary and was where she was crowned as Monarch in the Chapel Royal. As one of Scotland’s most impressive Royal Residences, most of your day is spent here; however, if time allows, you can also visit Argyll’s Lodgings, a superb 17th Century townhouse just outside the Castle walls.
A lunch break is not scheduled on this day, allowing you to break during your visit to the castle as and when it suits you.
Day 3 – Marriage to Motherhood
Our day in Edinburgh starts at the official residence of the British Monarch in Scotland, Holyroodhouse Palace. Visiting the Mary Queen of Scots Apartments, here is where Mary married Lord Darnley and later witnessed him murdering her secretary, David Rizzio.
Leaving the Palace, we give you time to explore the shopping area of Princes Street and stop for lunch before completing the walk along The Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle.
With spectacular views of the capital city, Edinburgh Castle is where Mary’s mother died and where she gave birth to her son, James VI and the Crown Jewels, housed here, were used at Mary’s coronation.