Mary Queen of Scots Full Day Private Tour

Edinburgh, UK

Saltire Executive Travel
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Duration: 1 day
Group size: 1 - 8
Mary Queen of Scots Full Day Private Tour
Edinburgh, UK

Saltire Executive Travel
  • Email address verified

Duration: 1 day
Group size: 1 - 8

About this trip


Embark on a  journey through the tumultuous life and  legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots, as we delve into the historic landmarks that shaped her story. From the dramatic halls of the Palace of Holyroodhouse,  to the majestic Edinburgh Castle.  Explore the grandeur of Linlithgow Palace and visit the tranquil surroundings of St. Michael's Parish Church. Traverse the fortified walls of Stirling Castle, and discover the serene beauty of Falkland Palace. Finally, venture to the secluded island of Loch Leven. Join us for an unforgettable exploration of Mary, Queen of Scots, and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Scottish history.

The trip


Queen Mary’s Trail

Palace of Holyroodhouse: Mary, Queen of Scots spent most of her turbulent life in the Palace - a dramatic and often tragic chapter in the history of the building. She married two of her husbands in the palace. Her private secretary David Rizzio was murdered in her private apartments by a group led by her husband Lord Darnley, who was jealous of Rizzio's influence over Mary. 

Edinburgh Castle: Mary’s most obvious connection to Edinburgh Castle is that she gave birth to the future King James VI here, on 19th June 1566. Mary was the first monarch to be crowned with the Honours of Scotland, the crown, sceptre and sword that make up Scotland’s crown jewels.

Linlithgow Palace: Mary’s birthplace in 1542. After a fire in 1424, James I started construction of the present palace, but this took over 200 years to complete.

St. Michael’s Parish Church: Where Mary was baptised, with a bronze statue overlooking Linlithgow Peel.

Stirling Castle: Where Mary was crowned and lived as a young child. Stirling Castle was a Scottish Royal residence and a fortress and several Scottish Kings and Queens were crowned at Stirling, including Mary who was crowned Queen of Scots on 9 September 1543. King Henry VIII wanted Mary to become the wife of his son in the hope to unify England and Scotland.

Falkland Palace: Was one of the favourite places of Mary, Queen of Scots, who took refuge there from political and religious turmoil of her times. Mary enjoyed hunting, tennis and falconry while there.

Lochleven Castle: A medieval tower on the island of Loch Leven which is famous for its association with Mary Queen of Scots - it was here in 1567 that Mary was imprisoned and forced to sign an abdication document passing the throne to her son. Mary escaped from the castle in 1568, with the help of George Douglas, son of the castle's keeper.


Please note that this itinerary is adaptable, and we are dedicated to accommodating any special requests, whether it's a photo stop, a coffee break, or a detour to explore something unique.

Terms and Conditions

Please note that if the date you request is not available, we will do our best to suggest and alternative date for you. If this is not acceptable, then we will offer you a full refund.

What’s included

  • Passionate guide
    Services of a highly trained, friendly and responsible local guide who will give you interesting facts and show you some amazing places with lots of historic information
  • Leisure time
    Your driver will make sure you have leisure time for comfort breaks, photo opportunities and for lunch and dinner.
  • Mobility
    All our tours are easy going for all levels of mobility. Please advise if you have any special requirements
  • Luxury vehicle
    You will be travelling in a Mercedes Vito people carrier. We also have luxury cars available for an extra cost for up to 4 passengers
  • Pick up and drop off
    You will be collected from an agreed location, hotel, airport, cruise terminal etc and returned there.

What’s not included

  • Lunch and Dinner
    Our guide will recommend eateries depending upon your requirements.
  • Food and drinks
    Food and drinks are not included. Bottled water is available during your tour at no cost to you
  • Gratuities
    Gratuities are optional
  • Travel insurance
    We do not include travel insurance
  • Optional tickets
    Tickets to Castles, Distilleries and other tour attractions are extra and not included in the price of the tour

Available Packages

Group of up to 4 People.
Available until 10 days before departure


This package is for up to 4 people and the price is £550 for the entire group

Group of 5 - 8 People.
Available until 10 days before departure

This package is for between 5 - 8 people and the price is for the entire group

Group of 9 or more People.
Available until 10 days before departure


If you have 9 or more People in your group, please select this package and we will contact you to discuss prices.


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Saltire Executive Travel
Providing tailor made tours throughout Scotland, including Distilleries, Golf, Castles, Ancestry, Scenic Tours and History.