Mary Queen of Scots tours

Mary Queen of Scots tours

Our tour features a visit to the key places in the life of Mary Queen of Scots tours. This private tour takes up to 4 people to Linlithgow Palace, Stirling Castle, Loch Leven and Falkland in Fife .

Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace is where Mary was born in 1542.

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Next to the Palace is the medieval St Michael’s Parish Church where Mary was baptised . A new bronze statue of Mary has been erected next to the church .

Linlithgow Palace featured as Wentworth Prison in Outlander.
This royal pleasure palace and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots

 

 

 

 

 

Stirling Castle is where Mary was brought to be crowned as an infant.

 

This was her home until she was 5 years old. The castle features the royal palace , rose gardens and Royal Apartments. In the castle Mary saw the baptism of her son, James VI . Sadly this is also the place where she sees him for the last time.

Loch Leven

Loch Leven recalls one of the more sombre periods in Mary’s life. Loch Leven Castle is where Mary was imprisoned for nearly a year, suffered a miscarriage and was forced to abdicate in favour of her son James. She eventually escaped with the help of George Douglas but went on to suffer defeat at The Battle of Langside, and on to imprisonment in England.

 

falkland palace

Falkland Palace, the favourite retreat of the Stewarts. Mary is thought to have enjoyed some of her happiest days here, enjoying hunting and hawking and playing tennis on the world’s oldest tennis court. On a more haunting note, it is here that her father James V was said to utter the prophecy of The Stewart Dynasty “It cam’ wi’ a lass and it’ll gang wi’ a lass” and you can also see a copy of her death mask.

Nine key dates in the life of Mary Queen of Scots

  1. Born 8 December 1542 in Linlithgow Palace.
  2. Crowned Queen of Scots in the Chapel Royal, Stirling Castle, aged just nine months.
  3. Smuggled to France aged five, where she lived until she was 18.
  4. Gave birth to her only child in Edinburgh Castle. He would rise to become James VI of Scotland and I of England.
  5. Some believe she arranged to have her second husband, Lord Darnley, assassinated.
  6. Married for a third time to Lord Bothwell – some believe he abducted her against her will.
  7. Imprisoned for almost a year in Lochleven Castle in Kinross before managing to escape.
  8. Last hours in Scotland were spent in Dundrennan Abbey in Dumfries & Galloway before journeying to England to seek protection from her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.
  9. Confined in England for 18 years before Elizabeth sanctioned her death warrant and she was beheaded. She died 8 February 1587 in Fotheringhay Castle.
Glen Coe, the Highlands , Scotland
Glen Coe, the Highlands , Scotland

The new Mary Queen of Scots film features Oscar Nominee Saoirse Ronan performs the role of the ambitious Mary, whose attempts to reclaim the throne of Scotland incurs the wrath of the maniacal virgin queen, Elizabeth I, played by Margot Robbie. Former Dr Who David Tennant also features in the film . Much of the filming for the £180 million project has taken place in Edinburgh, 20 miles from the queen birthplace in Linlithgow, with scenes also shot in Glencoe, Blackness Castle , Oxford and Derbyshire. The film also features a digital recreation of Linlithgow Palace ,  birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.

Mary Queen of Scots tours – tour price £300 – phone 07305-294773 or book online .

Linlithgow Palace entrance HDR image – features as Wentworth Prison in Outlander

Linlithgow Palace entrance HDR.

Linlithgow Palace featured as Wentworth Prison in Outlander.

This royal pleasure palace and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots became the backdrop for some of the most harrowing scenes of the show.

Linlithgow palace HDR

Depicted as Wentworth Prison, the prison corridors and entrance were used in episode 15 of the first series when Jamie Fraser was brutally incarcerated by his adversary, Black Jack Randall.

Built in the 1400s and 1500s, the now-ruined palace is set among the spectacular surrounds of Linlithgow Loch and Peel.

Over 50 photo gifts of Linlithgow Palace are available including throw pillows , greeting cards, prints, t-shirts, phone cases, mugs and lots more.

Linlithgow Palace is the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots

Linlithgow palace HDR, Outlander

10 Outlander film locations to visit in Scotland

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An Outlander fan’s guide to Scotland: 10 filming locations to visit

The TV series Outlander was adapted from a series of novels written by Diana Gabaldon

Popular TV series Outlander made use of several beautiful locations across Scotland, standing in for Claire and Jamie’s fantastical world. From spectacular castles to historic churches and mysterious woodland, any Outlander fan will enjoy a visit to these stunning spots. Outlander tours

Midhope Castle, South Queensferry

This small castle doubles as Jamie’s home, Lallybroch, in the television series. In reality, it is Midhope Castle, a 16th century tower house near South Queensferry, on the outskirts of Edinburgh. However, it is now derelict and not safe to enter. We recommend you admire the exterior from afar.

Doune Castle, Perthshire

Doune Castle near Stirling, Scotland is a medieval courtyard fortress (Photo: Shutterstock) In the Outlander universe, Jamie’s uncle, Colum Mackenzie, calls this castle home. Fans of the programme will know it as Castle Leoch, but it is really Doune Castle, near Stirling.  In reality, this is a 14th century courtyard castle, with a 100 foot high gatehouse and one of the best preserved great halls in Scotland.

Aberdour Castle, Fife

The ruins of Aberdour Castle in Fife . Aberdour Castle is portrayed as a monastery in Outlander, and its hall house is possibly Scotland’s oldest standing castle. The structure was built in the 1100s and was home to three generations of noble families. In the east range, you can find a rare painted ceiling from the 1600s.

Hopetoun House, Queensferry

Hopetoun House,  (a stately home near Edinburgh) stands in for the residence of the fictional Duke of Sandringham. Simon Callow plays the Duke, but the real owner of the house is Adrian John Charles Hope, Marquess of Linlithgow.  The grand house was built between 1699 and 1701 and was designed by Sir William Bruce, then extended by William Adam from 1721. William Adam also designed the English garden-style landscape park that surrounds the building. Glencorse Old Kirk, Midlothian Fans will remember that Claire and Jamie got married at this tiny Midlothian church, which was built in the 17th century. The author of Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson, worshipped here, and even wrote about the kirk and its surroundings. “If my spirit returns to earth it will be found wandering through Glencorse Woods or sitting on the old bridge at Glencorse Kirk, the finest spot on earth,” he said.

Culross, Fife

The Royal Burgh of Culross in Fife . The National Trust manages this time capsule of a town, which stands in for the fictional village of Cranesmuir, home to Claire’s friend, Geillis Duncan. Culross is Scotland’s most complete example of a 17th century burgh, with a reconstructed period garden at its centre. Culross Palace is also worth a visit, with its meticulously restored 17th century interiors.

George Square and Pollok Country Park, Glasgow

Pollok Country Park in Glasgow  In one of Outlander’s scenes set in the 1940s, George Square in Glasgow serves as the location where Frank proposes to Claire. Pollok Country Park is another Outlander location, which doubles for a Highland field in which Claire gathers healing herbs.

Blackness Castle, West Lothian

Blackness Castle is a boat shaped fortress which sticks out into the Firth of Forth near Bo’ness . Blackness Castle on the Firth is used for ‘Black Jack’ Randall’s Fort William base in Outlander. The castle was originally built in the 15th century and strengthened in the 16th century as an artillery fortress. Unusually, the castle is shaped like a boat, which is how it earned its nickname – ‘the ship that never sailed’.

Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore

Traditional building of turf and thatch, at The Highland Folk Museum . This Newtonmore museum has six replica Highland crofts, exactly like those in which tenant farmers would have lived in the 18th century. The crofts feature prominently in the scenes of Outlander set during this era. As well as the 18th century crofts, the museum also has a working 1930s croft.

Linlithgow Palace, West Lothian

Linlithgow Palace and St Michael’s Church  Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, stands in for the fictional Wentworth prison in one of Outlander’s episodes. The real palace was one of the Stuart family’s main royal residences in the 15th and 16th centuries, having previously been the site of a manor house.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/culture/television/outlander-fans-guide-scotland-10-filming-locations-visit/

Linlithgow Palace – Wentworth Prison in Outlander

Linlithgow Palace featured as Wentworth Prison in #Outlander.
This royal pleasure palace and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots became the backdrop for some of the most harrowing scenes of the show.
Depicted as Wentworth Prison, the prison corridors and entrance were used in episode 15 of the first series when Jamie Fraser was brutally incarcerated by his adversary, Black Jack Randall.
Built in the 1400s and 1500s, the now-ruined palace is set among the spectacular surrounds of Linlithgow Loch and Peel.
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5 Scottish castles featured in Outlander tours

The smash hit series Outlander hits UK TV screens this week . Most of the first 2 series were shot in Scotland with 5 castles in particular featuring heavily.

1  Midhope Castle – Lallybroch
Those seeking a glimpse of the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser won’t find the real Lallybroch deep in the Highlands.
Scenes were shot at Midhope Castle on the fringes of the Hopetoun Estate near South Queensferry.
Midhope was built in the 15th Century and was built by John Martyne, laird of Medhope. It was rebuilt in the mid 1600s and remains much the same today.
Visitors are asked to admire Midhope from a distance as the interior remains largely derelict.

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Doune Castle – Castle Leoch

doune castle , outlanderOriginally dating to the 13th Century, Doune Castle near Stirling plays Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan.
It also features in the 20th century episode when Claire and Frank Randall visit the castle on a day trip.
Once a Royal residence, Doune Castle was rebuilt by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany in the late 14th Century.
Doune has appeared several times on screen and was widely used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It also represented the castle Winterfell in Game of Thrones.

 

 

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Linlithgow Palace – Wentworth Prison

Linlithgow Palace photos , 44 printThis royal pleasure palace and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots became the backdrop for some of the most harrowing scenes of the show.
Depicted as Wentworth Prison, the prison corridors and entrance were used in episode 15 of the first series when Jamie Fraser was brutally incarcerated by his adversary, Black Jack Randall.
Built in the 1400s and 1500s, the now-ruined palace is set among the spectacular surrounds of Linlithgow Loch and Peel.

 

 

 

 

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Aberdour Castle – Sainte Anne de Beaupré’s monastery

The Kingdom of Fife posed as the north of France in Season One when Aberdour – possibly Scotland’s oldest standing castle, was depicted as The Abbey of Ste. Anne de Beaupré.
The fictional Benedictine monastery is where Jamie Fraser was taken to recover from his ordeal at Wentworth Prison, Happily, one of his six uncles was an abbot there.
The Old Kitchen and Long Gallery at Aberdour, in the village of Easter Aberdour, feature in the show.
The original hall house of Aberdour was built around 1200 by Alan de Mortimer with the castle largely the creation of the Douglas Earls of Morton, who held Aberdour from the 14th century.

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Blackness Castle – Fort William army headquarters

outlander , blackness castleOne of Scotland’s most impressive strongholds, Blackness Castle near Linlithgow was used as the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall.
The 15th-century ex-artillery fortress overlooks the Firth of Forth and is known as “the ship that never sailed” due to its unusual shape.
It was built in the 15th century by one of Scotland’s most powerful families, the Crichtons.

 

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Spooky castles – the most haunted Halloween castles in the UK

The UK has hundreds of ruined castles. But some castles are more spooky than others. Here’s a list of the spookiest , most haunted castles in the UK , ideal for a visit at Halloween .
Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle commands the whole of the city centre , sitting on a volcanic rock . The castle is perhaps the spookiest in Britain because it has many ghosts. There is a drummer who only appears when the castle is
about to be attacked. A piper who

Linlithgow Palace 44 HDR print by David Rankin

The UK has hundreds of ruined castles. But some castles are more spooky than others. Here’s a list of the spookiest , most haunted castles in the UK , ideal for a visit at Halloween . If you’re brave enough to visit one of these castles , why not send a  free Halloween greeting card

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle commands the whole of the city centre , sitting on a volcanic rock . The castle is perhaps the spookiest in Britain because it has many ghosts. There is a drummer who only appears when the castle is
about to be attacked. A piper who disappeared in the
tunnels between the castle and the High Street comes back to haunt the dungeons. The castle is Scotland’s biggest visitor attraction with thousands of visitors each year.

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Eilean Donan Castle

This is one of the most picturesque and most photographed castles in
the world . Robert the Bruce took refuge here in 1306 . The
original castle was destroyed in 1719 when 3 English
frigates attacked the Spanish troops garrisoned there
. The castle was rebuilt in the 20th century . This castle is spooky because the spirit of
a Spanish troop is said to haunt the castle.

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Craigievar
Castle

The Blue Bedroom is the haunt of one of the Gordon clan members, who
fell from a window. He had been pushed to his death by “Red”
Sir John Forbes, a noble. Several people heard the step of
the unfortunate Gordon climbing the stairs to the Blue
Bedroom, as if he was living the moment before his death
again and again.One of the
other ghosts is one of a musician, who is very selective (he
shows himself just to people with the name of Forbes). He
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Linlithgow Palace

This was the castle of the Stewart kings of Scotland from the 15th
century . In 1512Mary , Queen of Scots was born here .
Queen Margaret’s Tower at the top of the stair towers
, is said to be haunted by the Queen’s mother , Mary of Guise , waiting for the
return of her husband , James V .

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Crathes
Castle

In the oldest part of the castle, the double tower, there is a room
known as the Green Lady’s Room, because of the several
apparitions of this unknown woman with a baby. It is said
that she’s a member of the Burnett family, proprietor of the
castle.These
apparitions began after the discover of two skeletons,
during renovation work : one of a woman and one of a baby.
The baby is said to be the child of a man who preferred to
kill the baby and the mother to hide their
relationship.The fact
that the apparitions continue, even after the discover of
the bodies means than the two poor beings will never be able
to rest in peace.

Stirling Castle

The castle stands on volcanic rock overlooking the town of Stirling and
the countryside . Mary , Queen of Scots was crowned in the
old chapel in 1533 . The Pink Lady , a beautiful woman in a
pink silk gown , has been seen many times at the castle . It
may be Mary , Queen of Scots. Others say it is the ghost of
a woman searching for her husband who had been killed when
Edward I captured the castle .

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