Royal Connection Tours in Scotland
Think about the influences of Mary Queen of Scots, The Queen, Queen Victoria, Bonnie Prince Charlie and you are sure to come across a connection or two.
Here are just a few examples of Royal Connections which can be incorporated into a tour:
- Honours of Scotland at Edinburgh Castle: Marvel at Scotland’s glittering crown jewels, the Honours of the Kingdom. The nation’s crown jewels are the oldest royal regalia in the United Kingdom. These precious symbols of the ancient kingdom are displayed in the Crown Room of the castle’s Royal Palace. The room was built specially for the Honours in 1617, as part of King James VI ‘hamecoming’ to Scotland, to celebrate his Golden Jubilee as king of Scots.
- Palace of Holyrood House: The Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen, stands at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat. This fine baroque palace is closely associated with Scotland’s rich history. The Palace is perhaps best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, and as the setting for many of the dramatic episodes in her turbulent reign. Mary was married at Holyroodhouse and witnessed the brutal killing of her secretary Rizzio by her jealous second husband, Lord Darnley, in her private apartments. The Palace briefly served as the headquarters of Bonnie Prince Charlie during the 1745 uprising.
- Royal Yacht Britannia: This magnificent ship has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, she was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. Now in Edinburgh you are welcome on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences.
- Stirling Castle: Stirling Castle is a great symbol of Scottish independence & a source of national pride. The Castle’s long, turbulent history is associated with great figures from Scotland’s past such as William Wallace & Mary Queen of Scots. The Great Hall was built for James IV around 1503. It was part of a huge building programme at the castle designed to provide a setting for major royal gatherings, in part to impress his new queen, Margaret Tudor.