For some people, myself included, dreaming of becoming a member of the royal family is a fairly regular occurrence.
In Scotland, it’s easy to get carried away. Our magnificent landscape boasts many strong connections with royalty. For generations, the land has played host to many kings and queens, lived through several crowning moments, and it is openly known to be Her Majesty The Queen’s favourite holiday spot.
So, if you want to act like a queen for a day, we can make your fanciful daydreams come true! Read on and discover the huge variety of royal-inspired activities that Scotland has to offer. You’ll want to tell the corgis all about it.
Swing by the Palace
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, and is the former home of Mary Queen of Scots. Step inside Mary Queen of Scots’ Chambers – the setting for many dramatic episodes in the troubled queen’s short and turbulent reign.
Balmoral Castle was a favourite with Queen Victoria, who described the estate as her ‘dear paradise in the Highlands’. Prince Albert purchased the castle for his queen in 1852 and it can still be visited when royals are not in residence.
Conquer the land and seas with an afternoon amble
There is no more delightful a way to spend a summer’s afternoon than at the seaside, and coastal escapes have been enjoyed by the royals for centuries. From the pebbled stones scattered along the Angus coastline to the white sandy shores of the Hebridean isles, there are many different terrains to explore on foot. This year, Seaside Walk Week is happening across the UK from 23 – 31 May, with a series of guided walks ranging in length from two to 12 miles. Starting at Culzean Castle in Ayrshire, you can choose either a short or long route.
Indulge in a few frills and fancies
Take a break from your regal responsibilities and relax with a decadent high tea at the Balmoral Hotel, also known as ‘the grand old lady of Edinburgh’, where you’ll find yourself surrounded by refined treats, irresistible canapés and scrumptious snacks.
Watch over your lands
Just a short drive from Pitlochry in Perthshire, you’ll come across the jaw-dropping Queen’s View. It’s thought to be named after Queen Isabella, the 14th century wife of Robert the Bruce. Enjoy the panoramic views towards Loch Tummel and on clear days, see as far as the mighty mountains of Glencoe.
Do something noble
Queens have been known for their intrepidness throughout the centuries, so now it’s your turn! Try an extreme sport this summer and test your limits. Tear along the beach in a land yacht, or conquer a fear of heights with a bungee jump at Nae Limits in Perthshire.
Have a royal romance
Embark upon a memorable escapade with your partner in tow. Visit one of the oldest universities in the world at St Andrews, where the future king and queen met and fell in love during their studies. The picturesque coastal town is an idyllic backdrop for a fairytale romance. Wander through the medieval town centre, which consists of a series of narrow alleys and cobbled streets with quaint shops, elegant restaurants and seafront cafés.
Turn heads with your sophisticated style
After all of this tomfoolery, you’ll have definitely earned a few hours of pampering. Treat yourself to a beautifying remedy, soothing treatment or massage at some of Scotland’s best spas and luxury retreats. Don’t forget, a queen must look her best at all times. Peruse the stylish designer boutiques in Edinburgh’s New Town or Glasgow’s Style Mile. Add a Scottish twist to your outfit by adding a corsage made from Harris Tweed or a fine cashmere scarf, and create a chic new look for your next big occasion.
Fantastic food, fit for a queen
Your day would not be complete without some exquisite fine dining. Luckily, Scotland is primed and ready for your royal appointment with 12 Michelin-star restaurants dotted across the country. Tickle your tastebuds with the highly-acclaimed French cuisine of Restaurant Martin Wishart in Edinburgh, discover the contemporary menus at the Peat Inn in Fife or sample the sensational seafood of The Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye.
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