Mary's Progresses

Mary, Queen of Scots Home Page

Mary was a very busy lady during her time as Queen of Scotland, and she travelled extensively through her realm. The tables below retrace her steps. For pictures of and more information on some of the listed places, click on the links (where a site has appeared earlier on the page, the link is not repeated). Click on the thumbnails to open a map in a separate window. Some of these sites no longer exist or are no longer open to the public. Where applicable, I have included a link to other sites.

Progress No 1:

Date: From 11th September 1561 to 29th September 1561.
Places Visited: Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, Linlithgow Palace, Stirling Castle, Kincardine Castle, Leslie Castle, Perth, Dundee, St Andrews, Cupar, Falkland Palace, Edinburgh.

Progress No 2:

Date: From 10th August 1562 to 21st November 1562.

Northern Progress

Places Visited: Edinburgh, Calder/Cawdor Castle, Linlithgow Palace, Callendar House, Stirling Castle, Kincardine Castle, Perth, Coupar Angus, Glamis Castle, Edzell Castle, Pittarrow, Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeen, Balquain House, Chapel of Garioch, Rothiemay Castle, Castle of Grange, Balvenie Castle, Boharm, Elgin, Kinloss Abbey, Darnaway Castle, Nairn, Inverness, Kilravock Castle, Darnaway Castle, Spynie Palace, Cullen, Boyne Castle, Banff, Gight Castle, Esslemont, Aberdeen, Dunnottar Castle, Montrose, Craig Castle, Bonnytown, Kincardine Castle, Arbroath Abbey, Dundee, Kilspindie Castle, Perth, Drummond Castle, Tulliebardine, Stirling Castle, Linlithgow Palace, Edinburgh.

Progress No 3:

Date: From 30th June 1563 to 7th September 1563.

Western Progress

Places Visited: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hamilton, Glasgow, Paisley, Dumbarton Castle, Rossdhu Castle, Carrick Castle, Toward Castle, Inveraray Castle, Strachur Castle, Dunoon Castle, Toward Castle, Southannan, Eglinton Castle, St John the Baptist Monastery, Dunure Castle, Ardmillan Castle, Ardstinchar Castle, Glenluce Abbey, Whithorn Priory, Clary House, Kenmure Castle, St Mary's Isle Priory, Dumfries, Drumlanrig Castle, Boghouses, Cowthally Castle, Skirling Castle, Neidpath Castle, Borthwick Castle, Dalhousie Castle, Roslin Castle, Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh.

Progress No 4:

Date: From 22nd July 1564 to 15th September 1564.
Places Visited: Edinburgh, Linlithgow Palace, Stirling Castle, Kincardine Castle, Perth, Blair Atholl, Glen Tilt, Blair Atholl, Inverness, Beauly Priory, Redcastle, Dingwall, Gartly Castle, Aberdeen, Dunnottar Castle, Dundee, St Andrews, Edinburgh.

Progress No 5:

Date: From 19th January 1565 to 24th February 1565.
Places Visited: Edinburgh, Falkland Palace, Collairnie Castle, Ballinbreich Castle, Balmerino Abbey, St Andrews, Anstruther, Newark Castle, St Andrews, Lundie Castle, Durie Castle, Wemyss Castle, Queensferry, Edinburgh.

Progress No 6:

Date: From 11th May 1565 to 4th July 1565.
Places Visited: Edinburgh, Stirling, Innerpeffray Abbey, Perth, Ruthven Castle, Dunkeld, Perth, Callendar House, Edinburgh.

Progress No 7:

Date: From September 1565 to October 1565.

Chaseabout Raid

Places Visited: Edinburgh, Stirling, Linlithgow Palace, Stirling Castle, Brig of Calder, Glasgow, Kilsyth, Stirling Castle.

Edinburgh, Queensferry, Dunfermline, Loch Leven, Falkland Palace, St Andrews, Dundee, Perth, Ruthven Castle, Dunfermline, Edinburgh.

Edinburgh, Linlithgow Palace, Stirling Castle, Hamilton, Lamington, Castlehill, Dumfries, Lochmaben Castle, Moffat, Peebles, Edinburgh.

Progress No 8:

Date: Autumn 1566.

Eastern Progress

Places Visited: Edinburgh, Borthwick Castle, Jedburgh, Hermitage Castle, Jedburgh, Kelso Abbey, Wark-on-Tweed, Hume Castle, Langton, Wedderburn, Halidon Hill, Eyemouth, Coldingham Priory, Dunbar Castle, Tantallon Castle, Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh.

Progress No 9:

Date: From 10th December 1566 to 14th January 1567.
Places Visited: Edinburgh, Stirling Castle, Drummond Castle, Stirling Castle, Tulliebardine Castle, Stirling Castle, Edinburgh.

Escape to England:

Date: From 2nd May 1568 to 16th May 1568.

Escape South

Places Visited: Lochleven Castle, Niddry Castle, Hamilton, Craignethan Castle, Hamilton, Langside, Sanquhar Castle, Queenshill, Culdoach, Corra Castle, Terregles House, Dundrennan Abbey.