Royal Apartments, Stirling Castle

This morning, we departed our Edinburgh lodgings and drove south for about 20 mins to visit Edinburgh’s ‘other’ castle, Craigmillar. ¬†This was originally owned by the Preston family then Gilmours and finally Government ownership after it fell into ruin. The fabric is now in good order and affords visitors an excellent insight into the medieval castle.

Mary visited Craigmillar in September, 1563 and again in November, 1566.

Happy visitors inside Craigmillar

Yew tree growing in inner courtyard at Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle

Next we drove north for about one hour to visit Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions. It was here that Mary was crowned Queen on May 9th, 1543, age nine months.

At Stirling we visited all the key aspects including Great Hall, Royal Apartments, Chapel Royal, Kitchens and Tapestry Studio.

Tapestry Studio, Stirling Castle

Kitchens at Stirling Castle

Chapel Royal at Stirling Cast;le

Ceiling decoration at Royal Apartments

Entrance to Stirling Castle, Scotland.

Next, we moved on to nearby Doune Castle, a former Royal hunting lodge. Doune has no known connection with Mary but has become famous as a location for Monty Python and Outlander filming.

Doune Castle, Scotland

Finally, we moved on to Dunkeld in central Scotland where Mary was taken for safety in May 1544 owing to English attacks.

Dunkeld, Scotland

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