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Mary Queen of Scots

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Mary Queen of Scots

6 Days

Mary Queen of Scots is undoubtedly one of Scotland’s most intriguing historical figures. The centre of numerous films, TV shows, and books, now is your chance to follow her story through the country she ruled.

On this tailor made programme, Dream Escape will take you to the key sites associated with Mary’s short and tragic life. Complemented by five-star accommodation and chauffeur-driven transportation, this tour is perfect for history lovers and those wishing to dive deep into Scotland’s fascinating past.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



All of Dream Escape’s programmes are bespoke but could be designed to include any of the following experiences:

  • Visit the pleasure palace of Stuart royalty, also the birthplace of Mary and where she inherited the Scottish throne at just six days old.

 

  • Follow in Mary’s footsteps as you board a boat to cross Loch Leven just as she did before being imprisoned in the medieval tower in the middle of the water.

 

  • Perched atop a rocky crag is the crowning place of Stuart Kings and Queens, one of the most important castles in Scottish history. Explore its hallowed halls and learn of its complex history.

 

  • Step inside one of the most perfectly preserved castles in Scotland, still a comfortable residence surrounded by fine gardens. It became a sanctuary of safety for Mary in her lifetime.

 

  • Explore a Renaissance palace, partially in ruins, partially reconstructed and filled with elaborate painted ceilings, antique furnishings, and 17th century tapestries.
  • Tour Edinburgh with a local, qualified guide and see portraits of Mary in the national gallery and an exquisite collection of her jewellery in the national museum.

 

  • See the dazzling Scottish Crown Jewels, once locked away in a chest for over one hundred years, they are now on display in all their glory.

 

  • Go ‘behind the ropes’ at the palace which saw the most turbulent years in Mary’s life and see exhibits and rooms usually off limits to the general public.

 

  • Led by a specialist in-house guide, explore the family seat of the Duke of Hamilton, once the home of one of Mary’s most loyal supporters, who died for his devotion to his queen.

 

  • Walk across the battlefield which saw the decisive skirmish that marked the beginning of Mary’s downfall.

 

Dream Escape recommends using Edinburgh as your base and staying in the city’s landmark hotel. A luxury property in every sense of the word, it has a Michelin-starred restaurant and a splendid spa, and comes complete with kilted doormen.

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THINGS TO DO

EDINBURGH CASTLE

Edinburgh Castle, perched on ancient volcanic rock, has stood guard over the city for 900 years and is brimming with tales, from it near destruction on the order of King of Scots, Robert the Bruce to its role as a garrisoned fortress through the Glorious Revolution and the Jacobite Risings.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND

Taking no more than 60 minutes, this museum will take you back in time into a world of Jacobite plots, royal feuds and ancient loyalties.

PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE

The official residence in Scotland of HM, The Queen and The Royal Family. It is also home to the changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection, featuring old master paintings, rare furniture, decorative arts and images from the vast photograph collection.

STIRLING CASTLE

Perhaps one of Scotland’s most important castles as whoever ruled here, often ruled the nation.

LINLITHGOW PALACE

Linlithgow Palace was the pleasure palace of Stewart royalty and is now a magnificent set of ruins. It was the birthplace of three monarchs, including Mary, Queen of Scots in 1542.  Step inside to gain a unique insight into the life of Scottish Royalty, admire elegant architecture, and enjoy views of Linlithgow and the surrounding countryside from Queen Margaret’s Bower.

 

CRAIGMILLAR CASTLE

Craigmillar Castle is one of the most perfectly preserved castles in Scotland to this day.

A comfortable residence surrounded by fine gardens and pastureland, the castle played an important part Mary, Queen of Scots’ life. She fled here following the murder of Rizzio, her secretary, by her jealous husband. As a result it was in Craigmillar that the murder of Lord Darnley, the said husband, was first hatched.

PLACES VISITED

EDINBURGH

Scotland’s historic capital city. Edinburgh, sometimes referred to as the “Athens of the North”, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It has two distinct areas: the Old Town, dominated by a medieval fortress; and the neo- classical New Town, dating from the 18th The harmonious connection of these two contrasting historic areas, each with many important buildings, is what gives the city its unique character and saw it awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1995.

The Royal Mile, which lies at the heart of the Old Town is arguably one of the most famous streets in the world. Today, it is peppered with stores selling cashmere goods and hand crafted silver jewellery. However, in centuries gone by it was a different story: delving into the Old Town is like leafing through the pages of a dusty historical novel, as each era unfolds with its own legends and characters.

STIRLING

Stirling is dominated by it’s towering castle, perhaps one of Scotland’s most important: whoever ruled here, ruled the nation.

Built on a crag and tail rock formation, the castle commands the countryside for many miles around. It towers over some of the most important battlefields of our history including Stirling Bridge, the site of William Wallace’s victory over the English in 1297, and Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce defeated the same foe only 17 years later.

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