Take the first ever walking tour in Edinburgh about the famous royal and discover the dramatic events that took place in the city, during her short and turbulent reign.


My name is Chris Trotter. During this tour I will give you a potted history of this amazing and beautiful woman, for whom I have the greatest admiration. Allow me to share my passion with you, and hopefully instil in you, a passion of your own.

I will take you from Holyrood Palace, where she lived, to Edinburgh Castle, where she gave birth to her son James VI of Scotland and I of England.

Hear what happened to her during her six year reign and find out what kind of woman she was.

I have nine years experience as a tour guide, telling stories with humour and liveliness!


This tour caters for all sorts of people. I have an understanding and experience of people with learning difficulties and other mental health issues.


Please be aware the tour is on an incline, taking you from Holyrood Palace up to Edinburgh Castle. However we do stop a lot, so time to rest and there are places to sit. The tour will go at your pace if you are a little slower than others in the group.


Well behaved dogs welcome! 


Tours will leave from Abbey Strand outside Holyrood Palace at 2pm Wed-Sun

Duration: Approx 1hr 40mins.

Please arrive no less than five minutes prior to start of tour.

PRICES - Adults - £17.50; Children - (5-15) £9; Senior Citizens £12.50; Students (I.D required) £10 


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White Rose Tour ... I recommend this tour.
Chris delivers a great insight to the life of Mary Queen of Scots, in a stroll from Holyrood Palace to the Castle, pointing out some of Edinburgh's hidden places along the way.
Chris clearly has a real passion for Mary's history and delivers an upbeat, well paced narrative with sensitivity, covering the highs and lows of her dramatic life story.


Very good tour, tour guide was very nice and explained everything very well. I did this tour after completing a topic on Mary Queen of Scots in school and really enjoyed going to see all the places she went to in Edinburgh. I would really recommend the tour! Darragh, age 8.


I learned so much about Queen Mary of Scots on this tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and I could ask him any questions as we went along. We went to spots I would have never found on my own !


guide was very knowledgeable about the history of Mary queen of scots and the city .


Extremely knowledgeable guide! The information provide to us on this tour was amazing, brought to places which we most definitely wouldn’t of went too on our own. Our guide was very friendly and very considerate, as it started to rain he asked if we would like to stop for a hot beverage. Would highly recommend this tour! Your not just provided with knowledge about Mary as your walking, your also given information about buildings.


Really enjoyed our tour with Chris: He was knowledgeable, witty, and kind.


Awesome tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting and we learned a lot about the history of Edinburgh's streets as well as the life of Mary!


Enjoyed the walking tour. Chris the guide and creator of the tour is passionate about what he is doing, which makes a difference and pulls you into the stories.


Very knowledgeable guide. Spent lots of time answering questions. Small group.