Mother’s Day – explore the power behind the throne

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There’s plenty ways to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, whether it’s with flowers, chocolates or afternoon tea.

But you can also explore the fascinating stories from some of Scotland’s most powerful and inspirational women and mothers from history.

In 16th century Scotland, Queen Mary of Guise fought to retain the Scottish crown for her young daughter, the fateful Mary Queen of Scots. Head for Stirling Castle on Sunday 30 March for the Power Behind the Throne event, where you’ll meet Queen Mary and hear all about her life and role as a mother. Children can make cards and gifts for their mums too, while tours will focus on other significant women from the castle’s past.

And these connections to powerful women and mothers continue across Scotland.

At Edinburgh Castle, visitors can explore the Royal Palace where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to her son James VI in 1566, and the picturesque St Margaret’s Chapel was built in memory of Queen Margaret who gave birth to no fewer than three kings of Scotland.

But it’s not just royalty who held all the power and influence. In Dundee, the Dundee Women’s Trail celebrates inspirational female figures from across the city. It was even given the nickname the ‘She Town’ as women and children far outnumbered men in the Dundee jute mills of the 19th century.

And if you’re still looking for that afternoon tea – why not continue the royal connection and treat your mum aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh?

Find out more about events and attractions across Scotland, and don’t miss the mothers of the animal kingdom with their young this spring, and our special Mother’s Day moo-vie.

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Sheena Macrae

Sheena Macrae comes from Edinburgh and now lives in West Lothian. She enjoys travel (around Scotland and beyond), photography and arts and crafts.

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