Head back into Scotland and to the west of Edinburgh to the picturesque town of Linlithgow. The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace was the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, and Sir Robert Melville of Murdocairnie was Keeper of the Palace at the end of her reign. He was later made Vice Chancellor of Scotland and took the title Lord Murdocairnie.
From Linlithgow, head over the Forth Road Bridge to the Kingdom of Fife. The lands of Leven, Murdocairnie and Monimail were where the Melvilles earned and inherited charters and titles between the 16th and 18th centuries. Explore the country roads and hamlets to discover the 14th century Balgonie Castle to the east of Glenrothes which was the seat of the Earl of Leven.
The stately home Melville House which was built in 1697 for the 1st Earl of Melville, who was Secretary of State for Scotland, can be found on the outskirts of Monimail.
If time allows, stop off in the beautiful town of St Andrews and explore its history.