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Central Scotland - Thirlestane Castle: One of Scotland's Oldest Inhabited Castles

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Thirlestane Castle: One of Scotland's Oldest Inhabited Castles

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(32 reviews)
Scottish Borders, Central Scotland, United Kingdom
45 mins
Tip-Supported

About the tour

Thirlestane Castle, a magnificent 16th century castle in the Scottish Border town of Lauder has been home to the Maitland family for over 400 years. In addition to enjoying the unique architecture, we have been given special permission to take you inside and show you some of the wonderful historical decorations, pictures and artifacts, which help bring the stories to life. We'll share the stories of the prominent roles the family played in key events in history. And did you know... you can stay here too!


Meet Mary's Meanders Tours

Mary's Meanders Tours

Emma and Anne run Mary’s Meanders Tours & both have been guiding around Central Scotland for 8 years. They are lucky to be based in the historic Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots their namesake. A Dublin lass, born and bred, Emma came to Scotland via San Francisco, having married a Scotsman. Now resident, with her family, in the Linlithgow area since 2003, she brings a warm Irish hospitality to everyone she meets. Anne hails originally from Glasgow, but also boasts a proud Gaelic heritage, with her Mum, one of the dwindling band of native Gaelic speakers, and her MacLeod ancestors, coming from the Isle of Harris, where she spent her childhood summers on a traditional croft. They both love sharing the history, stories, and culture of Scotland with their guests including historic fiction, especially Outlander. One of their highlights of the past few years was when Visit Scotland asked Mary’s Meanders to host Diana Gabaldon the author on an Outlander tour. Anne is also an enthusiastic amateur genealogist and loves nothing better than getting immersed in the family trees of our ancestry visitors – and unearthing new information or special places to visit. Join Emma and Anne as they transport you to the world of Mary Queen of Scots and the home of Jamie Fraser, with Mary’s Meanders, you’ll arrive a visitor and leave a friend!


What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Central Scotland 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 Central Scotland. 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

Barbara C.

19 April 2021

Excellent tour

Toni T.

18 April 2021

Very good, but had to leave during it!

Myra (Canada) S.

17 April 2021

This was an excellent tour and Anne was an excellent tour guide! Absolutely fascinating to tour inside this castle and to learn I could stay there. Wow. Can hardly wait to go there in person!

DONNA P.

17 April 2021

Thanks

Karla L.

17 April 2021

This was my first 'trip'. Enjoyed it a lot. Wish there were more time to see more rooms. Thank You


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