If the infamous history of Mary, Queen of Scots has always fascinated you (perhaps even more so since the release of the eponymous movie starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie), then Gleneagles in Scotland has just the thing. Delve into the past of this controversial royal as the estate’s expert guide, Iris Marhencke, takes you on a private tour of Linlithgow Palace, where Mary was born, and Stirling Castle, where she was crowned Queen of Scotland in 1542.
En route to Stirling Castle in a Rolls-Royce, you’ll stop off at poignant sites such as The Church of the Holy Rude, where Queen Mary’s son King James VI of Scotland and England was crowned in 1567. You’ll also visit Drummond Castle, where Mary spent her honeymoon with third husband James Hepburn, the fourth Earl of Bothwell (the manicured gardens are exceptional) and The Palace of Holyroodhouse, where Mary lived from 1561 to 1567. Back at Gleneagles, we recommend staying in the Royal Lochnagar Suite, an Elite Traveler favorite.