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Small-Group Mary Queen of Scots Walking Tour

Edinburgh Tours & History

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On your tour we will explore a UNESCO World Heritage status kirkyard.

We visit the resting places of one of the most famous people in the world, Adam Smith AND the secret lover of Mary Queen of Scots and his brutal murder.

You will later see the home he shared with his mother, Panmure House.

We then talk of the most famous two-faced celebrity in Edinburgh society and the site of his final crime, here in Canongate.

We will also stop outside the Scottish Parliament, a modernist structure which contrasts sharply with the many historical buildings in Canongate.

Here our elected representatives decide upon the the future of Scotland.

Your tour completes with a majestic view of Edinburgh's former main volcano, Arthurs Seat. Learn of its formation and the true story of how Arthurs Seat got its name.

We stop outside the Royal palace of Holyroodhouse. Holyroodhouse is also where Mary Queen of Scots lived with her second husband Lord Darnley. Whatever happened to him I wonder.....

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Stop At: John Knox House Museum, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR Scotland

We meet in front of the old water well, outside the main entrance to
John Knox House.

I will be wearing tartan trousers and waving the Lion Rampant, a yellow flag with a red lion on it. I will also have a blue name badge on my chest.

Marvel at the exterior of this 1500s builiing, whilst learning of it's connection with Mary Queen of Scots, it's former owner James Mossman and one time tenant John Knox.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Canongate Kirk, 153 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN Scotland

The kirk - a Scots word for a church - dates back to the late 1600s. It is where the British Royal Family worship when in Scotland to this day.

We will not be entering the kirk, but instead enjoying a walk around the free to enter UNESCO World Heritage status kirkyard - a Scots word for a graveyrd.

Here we will find the final resting place of a secret lover of Mary Queen of Scots.

Canongate kirkyard is lso where world famous philosopher and writer Adam Smith and a literary inspiration lie at rest.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Panmure House, 4 Lochend Cl, Edinburgh EH8 8BL, UK

This is where world famous philosopher and author Adam Smith once resided with his mother, for the final years of his life.

On display inside - clearly visible from the main entrance door - sits an early copy of his best known book, the Wealth of Nations.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The Scottish Parliament, Horse Wynd / Canongate, Royal MIle, Edinburgh EH99 1SP Scotland

We stop outside the Scottish Parliament so you can enjoy its appearance and hear a summary of it.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Arthur's Seat, Queen's Drive Holyrood Park, Edinburgh EH8 8HG Scotland

We see this clearly when we stop outside the Scottish Parliament. I will tell you of its creation many millions of years ago, and the famous story behind its name.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: White Horse Close, 27 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BU, UK

Upon entering White Horse Close you will marvel at a wonderful building darting back to the 1600s, which once served as a coaching in and tavern at the northern end of the Great Road to London.

You will hear of the Stoppit Stravaig which took place there AND be standing where Mary Queen of Scots once kept her favourite white horse!

From here our tour continues to opposite a structure once believed to be a bath house, where Mary Queen of Scots enjoyed bathing in white wine!

The fifteen minutes I state we spend includes both White Horse Close and Mary Queen of Scots bath house.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Holyrood Abbey, Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DX Scotland

Marvel at the ruins of what was once one of Scotland's most important places of worship, where many of our ancient monarchy lies rest today.

At this stop is also a fantastic view of Holyroodhouse. One of the most popular visitor attractions in Scotland.

This was also where - for a short time - Mary Queen of Scots livede with her second husband Lord Darnley. Whatever happened to him, I wonder.....

Holyroodhouse is also often used as a residence for Queen Elizabeth II and her family today!

Duration: 10 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Fully guided English speaking walking tour
  • Entry to Canongate Graveyard (we say Kirkyard in Scotland)

  • Facemasks and hand sanitizer
  • Snacks
  • Soda/Pop
  • Entry to Holyroodhouse, Gardens and Abbey
  • Entry to the Queen's Gallery
  • Entry to the Scottish Parliament
  • Entry/Admission - John Knox House Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Panmure House
  • Entry/Admission - Holyrood Abbey

Departure Point
John Knox House, Scottish Storytelling Centre, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, UK

Departure Time
2:00 PM

70 to 80 minutes

Return Details
Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh EH16 5HX, UK

Voucher Info
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14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here.