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On the Trail of Mary Queen of Scots Private Tour in a Minivan from Edinburgh

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Our fantastic private guided Mary Queen of Scots tour is a fantastic way to explore many of the locations that were connected to Mary, including her birth, departure to France, return and reign and time in Scotland.

Mary Stuart was a devout Catholic and held claim to the English throne. She was considered a great danger to Protestant Queen Elizabeth I of England. Elizabeth ultimately hanged Mary for treason after almost 19 years under house arrest.

Your friendly and knowledgeable driver guide will take you on a journey of discovery exploring many sights within easy reach of Edinburgh onboard your private Mercedes Minivan. Hear the stories that make these locations famous in Scottish history. You will also see many other sights along the way.

Our vehicles are the perfect size to squeeze down the country lanes that many of the locations are found whilst still being spacious and comfortable for up to 6 guests.

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Stop At: Stirling Castle, Castle Esplanade Upper Castle Hill, Old Town, Stirling FK8 1EJ Scotland

Mary spent a considerable amount of time at Stirling Castle throughout her life. She was crowned in the chapel at Stirling Castle when just 6 days old and returned to the crown palace many times in her adult life.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Falkland Palace & Garden, 11 Miles North of Kirkcaldy, Falkland KY15 7BY Scotland

Arguably one of the most impressive preserved 16th century buildings in the world, Falkland Palace was a royal retreat. Mary spent her downtime here and played tennis at what is now the world’s oldest tennis court.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Linlithgow Palace, 9 Kirkgate Sulisker, Boghall, Linlithgow EH49 7AL Scotland

The birthplace of Mary, Linlithgow Palace was a ‘half way house’ between Edinburgh and Stirling and was often used as a recreation and entertainment venue for the Scottish Royal Family.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Craigmillar Castle Road, Edinburgh EH16 4SY Scotland

Craigmillar is often referred to as Edinburgh’s ‘other castle’. Mary spent two periods of her life here, once whilst quite unwell after the birth of her son and again before the murder of her Husband in the ‘Craigmillar plot’.

Duration: 30 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Experienced Tours is 'Good To Go' and has passed the government Covid-19 assessment. We are now able to resume our private tours of Scotland. A private tour is the best way to travel whilst practicing social distancing without other passengers being in the vehicle.
  • Professional local guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Transport by private air-conditioned minivan
  • Bottled water for each guest
  • Bottled water
  • WiFi on board

  • Access to monuments visited (we recommend a purchasing a Scottish Heritage Pass (we can do this for you)
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
  • Entry/Admission - Stirling Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Falkland Palace & Garden
  • Entry/Admission - Linlithgow Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Craigmillar Castle

Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered


  • Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh EH12 9DN Scotland


  • Leith
  • South Queensferry
  • Newhaven

Departure Time
9:00 AM

8 hours

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Experienced Tours in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.

This offer is not eligible for promo codes.

Fine Print

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. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.