On Progress with Anne Boleyn September 2021

20th - 24th June 2021

When Mary Stuart was born on an icy December day in 1542, no-one could have imagined that she would die some 45 years later upon a scaffold, deep in English territory, having been the prisoner of her English cousin, Elizabeth, for some 20 years. But the little Scottish queen had been born into a land that whose religious landscape was changing. 

Having returned from France at the age of 19, Mary was thrust headlong into a hostile climate. She may have been young, cultured and very beautiful, but her Catholic religion had been displaced by Protestantism - and her lords all too often unmanageable and at dangerous loggerheads with one another.

Undermined by a series of her own cataclysmic decisions, almost as soon as Mary had returned to Scotland, she became embroiled in events that would set her upon a path that would ultimately end with her execution at Fotheringhay.

It is always a deeply moving experience to follow in the footsteps of any great historical character. Now, in this 5-day, 4-night tour, you will have the chance to explore Mary’s Scotland. We will follow in the Scottish Queen’s trail from the place of her birth, Linlithgow Palace, to Stirling Castle, where her mother took Mary to escape King Henry VIII’s rough wooing of the infant queen. 

Of course, Edinburgh, and its dramatic castle, are a must! There, we will be touring two residences that were central to the young queen’s life story: The Palace of Holyrood, where we will stand in the very room in which her secretary, David Riccio, was brutally murdered in front of her eyes, as well as Edinburgh Castle, where Mary retreated after Riccio’s murder – and where she subsequently gave birth to her son, James, the future King of Scotland and England.

Finally, we pick up Mary’s trail at Loch Leven and (weather depending) we will be able to relive Mary’s doleful voyage across the loch to the place where she would spend her first few days in imprisonment, and where she would miscarry of twins and finally be violently forced to abdicate her throne. 

Many of these places remain remarkably intact – and so there remains a strong, felt sense of connection to the Scottish Queen. So, I hope you can join us in search of Mary, Queen of Scots, as we retrace her steps through Bonnie Scotland, immersing ourselves in iconic places that bore witness to moments of triumph and tragedy in the life of this most captivating of women.

  • Luxury Coach Interior

    Luxury Coach Travel

  • 4 Nights at the 4* Greenway Hotel

    4 Nights at the 4* Macdonald Houston House

  • Dinner and Breakfast Included

    Dinner and Breakfast Included

  • Following in the Steps of Mary, Queen of Scots

  • History Talks

  • Dr Sarah Morris is our Resident Historian

Tour Highlights

  • Visit 5 iconic locations important in the story of Mary, Queen of Scots

  • History Talks (speakers to be confirmed)

  • Expert Guides

  • Resident Historian and Tudor author, Sarah Morris.

  • 4 nights at the 4* Macdonald Houstoun House, in a secluded location outside Edinburgh

  • Luxury Coach Travel

Historians on this Tour

Sarah Morris

Dr Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris, also known as The Tudor Travel Guide, lives in the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside.
She has written two novels of Anne Boleyn, Le Temps Viendra Volumes 1 and 2 plus co-authored two non-fiction books; In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn and In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII.
In 2018, Sarah established The Tudor Travel Guide: your visitor’s companion to the houses, castles and manors of sixteenth century. She has appeared on numberous TV shows on the Tudors and was central in the rediscovery of the ‘Anne of Cleves’ Heraldic Panels’.
Sarah also produces a monthly podcast, The Tudor Travel Show, exploring Tudor places and artefacts.
Philippa Brewell

Philippa Brewell

Philippa is well respected within the history and travel industries for creating historical experiences which consistently exceed expectations.

Philippa entertains thousands each week with her videos and stories from across the UK and British History. This ability to engage an audience in British history as well as being an expert in travelling the historical sites of the UK, makes her the perfect tour manager.

Her aim is to provide once in a lifetime experiences but which you'll want to repeat!

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 - 20th June

    Meet at the designated, convenient pick-up point where you will board our luxury private coach bound for our hotel.

    We meet again early evening to enjoy a welcome drinks reception before our evening meal and welcome talk, from Sarah Morris.

  • Day 2 - 21st June

    On our first full day, we will visit Linlithgow Palace where both Mary and her father, James V of Scotland, were born. Linlithgow was built in the 15th century and was apparently the first place to be called a "Palace" in Scotland!

    In the afternoon we will visit Stirling Castle where the infant Mary was taken for safety by her mother during Henry VIII's "rough wooing" before returning to our hotel for a 3-course dinner.

  • Day 3 - 22nd June

    On day 3 we will be touring two residences that were central to the young queen’s life story: The Palace of Holyrood, where we will stand in the very room in which her secretary, David Riccio, was brutally murdered in front of her eyes, as well as Edinburgh Castle, where Mary retreated after Riccio’s murder – and where she subsequently gave birth to her son, James, the future King of Scotland and England.

  • Day 4 - 23rd June

    Lockleven Castle, a castle in the middle of a lake where Mary was held prisoner, miscarried twins and forced to abdicate. (The castle is only accessible via boat, a rather exciting way to approach a castle but this does also mean that the crossing is weather dependent.) 

  • Day 5 - 24th June
    We say our final farewells before being returning to our drop off point.

 

 

Ticket Prices

£2,350*

per person with Double Occupancy, Single Person Supplement of 50% Applies

Sharing opportunities may be available - please enquire

 

What's Included

  • 4 nights Accommodation at a 4* at Macdonald Houstoun House

  • Breakfast

  • 3-course evening meals each night with drinks*

  • All Admissions as stated in the itinerary

  • History Talks

  • Resident historian for the tour - Dr Sarah Morris

  • Philippa as Tour Manager

  • Luxury Coach Travel from pick up to drop off


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Ticket Prices

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Sharing opportunities may be available - please enquire

 

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