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Mary Queen of Scots

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  • OVERVIEW
  • ITINERARY
  • HIGHLIGHTS


Mary Queen of Scots

6 Days

Mary Queen of Scots is no doubt an intriguing historical figure.  The latest on-screen drama, aptly entitled Mary, Queen of Scots is due for release in the UK early 2019 and will see Saoirse Ronan take the title role and Margot Robbie as her envious English cousin.  Learn more about this charismatic woman born to rule in a man’s world. On this tour, visit some of the key sites associated with Mary and her 44-year life which brimmed with breathless dramas, plots, murders, betrayal and royal rivalries and was brought to a tragic conclusion on the executioner’s block in 1587.

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HOLIDAY ITINERARY



Day One: Arrival to Edinburgh

Day Two: Edinburgh Highlights

Day Three: Linlithgow Palace & Stirling Castle

 

Day Four: Craigmillar Castle & Lennoxlove House

Day Five: Lochleven Castle & Falkland Palace

Day Six: Homeward Bound

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HIGHLIGHTS

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Day One: Arrival in Edinburgh

On arrival at Edinburgh Airport, you are met and welcomed by your chauffeur and taken to your hotel in Edinburgh.

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 Georgian New Town, dating from the 18th century. The harmonious connection of these two contrasting historic areas, each with many important buildings, is what gives the city its unique character and what saw it be awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Check-in to your accommodation for five evenings. It is a luxury hotel in the true sense of the word. Complete with a Michelin-starred restaurant, tranquil spa and kilted doormen, the hotel is the city’s premier property. While many Edinburgh hotels claim to have Edinburgh’s landmarks on their doorstep, few can say their own doorstep is a landmark.

Day Two: Edinburgh Highlights

Visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of HM, The Queen and The Royal Family in Scotland.

Accompanied by an expert guide, enjoy a private tour which provides a unique and special opportunity to go ‘behind the ropes’ in selected rooms.

This baroque palace stands against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat and is closely associated with Scotland’s rich history.  From Mary’s story, it perhaps takes centre-stage as it was the setting for many of the dramatic episodes in her turbulent and short-lived reign and life; she gave audience to John Knox, she was married at Holyroodhouse and in 1566 witnessed the brutal killing of her secretary, Rizzio by her jealous second husband, Lord Darnley, thus setting into motion a chain of events that that saw her abdicate in favour of her only son, James VI (who later became James I of England) and ultimately shape Scotland’s destiny for ever.

 

 

 

Day Three: Linlithgow Palace & Stirling Castle

Visit Linlithgow Palace, the pleasure palace of Stewart royalty.  It was the birthplace of three monarchs, including Mary.

Mary was the only surviving legitimate child of King James V of Scotland. Known as the “Infant Queen”, she ascended the Scottish throne at only six days old and as the history books tell us she went on to lay claim to the English throne with disastrous results.

There is something almost prophetic about the words that she embroidered on her cloth of state in 1569, “In the end is my beginning”.

It is said, that while her jealous cousin (‘once removed’) Queen Elizabeth I ruled with her head and rose above the 16th century’s political and religious storms, Mary was ruled by her heart and was a pawn by those around here.

After pausing for lunch, head to Stirling Castle. It was here that Mary was brought to be crowned as an infant and this was her home until she was five years old. In the castle Mary also saw the baptism of her son and sadly this is also where she saw him for the last time.

Day Four: Craigmillar Castle & Lennoxlove House

Visit Craigmillar Castle, 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 in Mary’s life. She fled here following the murder of Rizzio, viewing it as a haven.  Ironically, its owner, Sir Simon Preston, a loyal supporter of Mary, would turn her jailer just a year later.

From Craigmillar, head east to Lennoxlove House, the family home of the Duke of Hamilton.

By special arrangement, a privately guided tour has been arranged for you.

On your tour, your guide will reveal the history of the building and its previous occupants which include William Maitland of Lethington, who acted as Secretary of State (in effect, Prime Minister) under Mary. He was involved in the plot to murder Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley, but supported Mary after she abdicated. He was taken prisoner after Edinburgh Castle was captured in 1573 and died, possibly after being poisoned, soon afterwards.

 

 

Day Five: Lochleven Castle and Falkland Palace

Travel to Loch Leven where you board a boat to cross the loch, just as Mary once did.

It is at Lochleven Castle where she was jailed in 1567. On your visit, you will see the tower – one of Scotland’s oldest – built in the 1300s where she was held against her will.  It was here that she suffered a miscarriage and was forced to abdicate in favour of her son. Eventually she escaped, never to see Scotland again.

Afterwards, travel to Falkland Palace, the country residence and relaxation spot for dignitaries dating to the Stewarts.   Set in the heart of Falkland conservation village and surrounded by extensive gardens, this Renaissance palace is partly in ruins but the original and reconstructed rooms are packed with 17th century Flemish tapestries, elaborate painted ceilings and antique furnishings.

 

 

Day Six: Homeward Bound

Your chauffeur will take you to Edinburgh Airport in time for your onward flight

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HIGHLIGHTS

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THINGS TO DO

EDINBURGH CASTLE

Known as the “Jewel in Scotland’s Crown”.

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

is the official residence in Scotland of HM, The Queen and The Royal Family. The baroque Palace stands against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat and is closely associated with Scotland’s rich history.

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.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

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