Mary Queen of Scots

Images © National Museums Scotland; Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

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.’

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Download this handy guide to Mary Queen of Scots, one of Scotland's most fascinating historical icons.
Discover Something About Mary Queen of Scots ››

Download this brilliant guide and find out about her tumultuous life, and discover the artefacts and the places from her past.

An aerial view over Inchmahome Island, Lake of Menteith
Mary Queen of Scots Trail  ››

Mary Queen of Scots is the most famous, most intriguing and most studied of all Scottish monarchs.