On the trail of Mary Queen of Scots, Private Tour in a premium Minivan
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On the trail of Mary Queen of Scots, Private Tour in a premium Minivan

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At 9am your guide will meet you at your Edinburgh accommodation. The door slides back as you enter your premium Mercedes Minivan for a day exploring Scottish Outlander locations from the capital city.

Leith Docks

After the death of her husband King Francis II of France in December 1560 Mary returned to Scotland grief stricken. She landed in the Port of Leith where her perilous journey through Scotland began as an adult.

Linlithgow Palace

The birthplace of Mary, Linlithgow Palace was a ‘half way house’ between Edinburgh and Stirling and was often used as a recreation and entertainment venue for the Scottish Royal Family. The Palace was destroyed after Bonnie Prince Charlie (the Jacobite young pretender) left in 1745 and much of its history not lies in Ruin.

Stirling Castle

Mary spent a considerable amount of time at Stirling Castle throughout her life and was crowned in the chapel at Stirling Castle when just 9 months old. The Castle has been widely restored to how it would have looked in the 16th century.

Falkland Palace

Arguably one of the most impressive preserved 16th century buildings in the world, Falkland Palace was the Stuart family retreat. Mary spent summertime pursuing country activities such as falconry and Royal tennis (Real Tennis) at the world’s oldest tennis court.

Craigmillar Castle

A stones throw from Edinburgh, Craigmillar is often referred to as Edinburgh’s ‘other castle’. Mary spent two periods of her life here, once whilst quite unwell after the birth of her son and once before the murder of her Husband in the ‘Craigmillar plot’.

Lochleven Castle

Mary was taken to Lochleven Castle and was held Captive there after her defeat at Carberry Hill. The Castle stands on a small island about a 10 minute boat ride from Kinross. Two attempts were made to Rescue Mary from the island, the second was almost successful.

Edinburgh Castle

The castle at Edinburgh has been rebuilt many times and was both a military garrison and royal seat. Mary gave birth to James IV in a birthing room in Edinburgh Castle in June 1566. Centuries later a small coffin was discovered behind wood panelling in the room. Was this the body of the heir to the Scottish throne.

Whilst we typically don’t include Edinburgh in a day tour because of logistics and time required to tour the monument, it is a must-see attraction whilst in Edinburgh.

Cost and inclusions

Tours are priced for the full vehicle (up to 6 passengers) and include all fuel, parking charges and the services of your driver guide. We also provide complimentary still & sparkling water. Access to locations are pay on entry. We recommend a Scottish Heritage Pass for access to included monuments.
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  • Professional local guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Transport by private air-conditioned minivan
  • Bottled water for each guest
  • Note: We are not a chauffeur company and our service is guide / information led.
  • Bottled water
Not included
  • Access to monuments visited (we recommend a purchasing a Scottish Heritage Pass (we can do this for you)
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
5 | 2019-07-26

We really enjoyed our day. The guide took us to nice places and also was nice enough to offer us some different places to what we had been before. Stirling castle is a must, great for adults and kids.

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