Central Scotland - Visit the grounds of Hopetoun House - Scotland's finest stately home

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Visit the grounds of Hopetoun House - Scotland's finest stately home

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(29 reviews)
45 mins

About the tour

We have been given exclusive access to the grounds of Hopetoun House, while it remains closed to the public. Join Anne as shares the beautiful architecture and history of this magnificent 18th century residence, and enjoy the tranquility of the estate. The house and grounds have also been used extensively for filming period dramas, including several scenes from Outlander, which we will point out as we meander around.

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

Kathleen D.

08 April 2021

Terrific job! Well worth tuning in. Thank you Anne!

Stacy (Shenandoah Valley, Virginia) H.

05 April 2021

Fantastic tour! I felt like I was really there. Anne is a very knowledgeable & fun guide! Looking forward to future tours with Anne & Emma on VirtualTrips and in person! :)

Caroline K.

05 April 2021

great job - very enjoyable!

Cheryl B.

05 April 2021

Anne is an excellent guide, love her knowledge and special tips about the area. I’m really getting the urge to travel again, putting this at top of list.

Jane A.

04 April 2021

Very interesting tour and how lovely to be the only people there, very special, thank you

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