Edinburgh boasts not only modern festivals and a vibrant culture but ancient wonders and breathtaking history. Mary Queen of Scots has been an iconic figure in Scottish history for centuries and now you can get to know her like never before. Discover the many sites across Scotland where Mary visited and even stayed; or follow in her footsteps at Palace of Holyroodhouse where you can view her bedchamber as well as the stunning rooms that have hosted Royalty throughout the decades.
At the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, you'll find fascinating collection of jewellery, textiles, drawings, documents and other artefacts associated with this queen. Visit and get insight into the myth and reality that surrounds one of the most enigmatic and romanticised figures in Scottish history.
You can discover how Mary’s remarkable story lives on at a number of sites across the country. Look upon historic relics from her time as part of permanent collections at the National Museum of Scotland and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Visit the haunting castles, stately homes and abbeys where her gripping drama unfolded, many of which are looked after by Historic Scotland. As Mary Queen of Scots wrote, ‘In my end is my beginning.’
Visit the ancient seat of the Stewart kings and Mary Queen of Scots' birthplace at the majestic ruin of Linlithgow Palace. Take in the roofless, but still ever impressive, Great Hall and stroll around the nearby loch for splendid views of this castle.
Make a trip to the National Museum of Scotland and glimpse into life in 16th century Scotland. Explore the Edinburgh house of Mary of Guise, the mother of Mary Queen of Scots, and discover artefacts associated with the ill-fated queen herself.
Explore the exquisite royal residence where Mary Queen of Scots stayed on returning to Scotland from France, aged 18. You can follow her footsteps up a steep spiral staircase into her apartment and bedchamber.