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Edinburgh - Mary Queen of Scots by Invisible Cities

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Mary Queen of Scots by Invisible Cities

Sat, 31 Jul
(180 reviews)
45 mins
Tip-Supported

About the tour

Join your Guide Paul on his Mary, Queen Of Scots Tour where Paul picks up the story of Scotland’s most controversial Queen on her return from France. The Tour will begin outside Holyrood Palace and Abbey, where we will hear about plots, murders and even rape. We will visit all the key sites on the Royal Mile, one of the most historic miles anywhere in the world. We will visit the grave of her secretary David Rizzio who was brutally murdered in front of a heavily pregnant Mary and defenestrated from Holyrood Palace into the gardens below. You will also hear how she was humiliated, dragged through the streets of Edinburgh, spat upon, and called a whore. The tour will end at Edinburgh Castle which has many connections to Queen Mary as it is where she gave birth to her son James, who would eventually unite the crowns of Scotland and England and we will learn how Mary's death led to a civil war in Scotland and the Long Siege of Edinburgh Castle. Tips on this tour will go to Invisible Cities (and Paul of course) to support the work they do with their own guides and trainees but also within the wider community. Invisible Cities is a not for profit organisation that won Best Community Tour in the World by Lonely Planet for their Best in Travel 2021 List. Please Note: Due to the content of this tour, we recommend viewer discretion is applied with regards to young children who may be watching.


Meet Invisible Cities - Paul

Invisible Cities - Paul

Paul is Invisible Cities's first tour guide to offer tours on Heygo. An Edinburgh local himself, he is passionate about making people discover his city in a unique way. He is also a mentor to other local guides helping people who have experienced homelessness become walking tour guides of their own city. Invisible Cities is a multi-award-winning social enterprise that trains people who have been affected by homelessness to become walking tour guides of their own city. With walking tours in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and York, they give people a voice and opportunities to thrive within the tourism sector. Each of their guides are passionate about their city and want the world to discover all the gems and unknown stories that make them so special. The not for profit supports people with training, skill development but also access to wider professional and educational opportunities and organises events in their local communities to support the most disadvantaged people. Paul, is one of Invisible Cities' guides based in Edinburgh.


What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Edinburgh with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Edinburgh. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.


Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.


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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.


Reviews from travellers

Karen ( Sydney Australia) S.

14 July 2021

Interesting history of Mary, and I hope the statue is built soon. Long overdue! Looking forward to the day Scotland is free.

Elaine U.

14 July 2021

Paul is an absolute pleasure to tour with. His knowledge and vigor for life is contagious Can't wait for the next tour. Thank you mate!

Tony T.

13 July 2021

excellent tour!

Janet (AUS) M.

13 July 2021

Paul gave us a lot of information, I loved his accent.

Deborah (Perth, WA) A.

12 July 2021

So much information and plenty of things to see. Paul stopped frequently to allow us to take postcards, and where he walked was so interesting. And I learned so much! Thank you Paul🙏


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