Balvenie Castle near Dufftown in Moray.Balvenie Castle near Dufftown in Moray.
Balvenie Castle near Dufftown in Moray.

Mary, Queen of Scots: 9 Scottish castles linked to the doomed monarch

The castles and priories where Mary, Queen of Scots sought refuge, friendship and safety are as breath-taking as the story of our most intriguing monarch

A Queen at a week old and then executed for treason at the age of 44, the life of Mary, Queen of Scots was married by troubled marriages, betrayal, sickness, rebellion and murder.

As she sought to hold her reign, the castles of Scotland became central to her peace and safety as she sought sanctuary and the loyalty of her supporters. Born at Linlithgow Palace in 1542, here we look at nine other castles central to the story of Scotland’s doomed queen.

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