Published on : Monday, July 24, 2017
It has the makings of any gripping thriller, a story filled with betrayal, revenge, love and even murder, but far from a work of fiction, these are the dramatic events surrounding the reign of Mary Queen of Scots.
The turbulent life of the young monarch, which includes her forced abdication of the throne exactly 450 years ago this Monday, has captured the imagination of visitors, historians and even TV producers, with the successful Netflix series Reign inspired by the life and times of the famous queen.
The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017 offers the perfect opportunity to discover more about the life of Mary Queen of Scots and pay a visit to the many regional attractions that carry a link to her legacy.
A dedicated page on VisitScotland’s website is full of inspiration to help you embark on your own quest into the life of Mary Stuart, whilst this September 2-3, the Mary Queen of Scots Festival will take place in Kinross, celebrating the rich cultural history and heritage of the area, and most notably it’s famed connection to one of Scotland’s most famous royal figures.
Follow in the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots
Mary’s story begins in Linlithgow Palace where she was born December 8th 1542 to Marie De Guise and King James V. The magnificent Royal Palace was once a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens. Today, the ruin is set in its own park and overlooks the stunning Linlithgow Loch. Nearby lies St Michael’s Parish Church where the infant Queen was baptised.
At just nine months old, following the death of her father, Mary was crowned Queen of Scots at the Chapel Royal in Stirling Castle. The historic site was a haven for the Queen through some of her most turbulent years. You can get a feel for Royal life in 16th century Scotland with a visit to the Royal Apartment which bears the style and décor of life in that era.
For her own safety following a campaign by Henry VIII to force a marriage between Mary and Prince Edward, the young Queen spent time in Dunkeld in 1544 and later,Inchmahome Priory in late 1547.