Fancy Staying at Mary Queen of Scots’ Castle?


Mary Queen of Scots

Film and history fans listen up; thanks to an exclusive event, you can now stay in a Scottish castle which was once home to Mary Queen of Scots.

The famous monarch visited and then sought refuge at Borthwick Castle (located 12 miles from Edinburgh) more than 450 years ago with her new lover, the Earl of Bothwell, following the murder of her husband, Lord Darnley. And now guests are invited for an evening of history and medieval feasting.

Taking place on Saturday 19th January 2019 – the day after the movie’s UK release – Borthwick Castle’s four-course medieval banquet opens one of Scotland’s most exclusive private hire venues to the public for one night only, allowing diners to feast and stay as Mary, Queen of Scots did in the 16th century.

Mary Queen of Scots opens in UK cinemas on 18th January 2019, starring Academy Award-nominated Saoirse Ronan in the title role, and Margot Robbie – whose parents are Scottish – as Mary’s cousin and nemesis, Elizabeth I.

Mary Queen of Scots

Picture: Borthwick Castle

Johanne Falconer, General Manager at Borthwick Castle, said: “Our medieval banquet provides those with a keen interest in Mary, Queen of Scots with an exclusive opportunity to not only discover more about her story, but to go behind the scenes in our private hire castle to experience first-hand the locations where she once dined, slept and eventually fled.

Diners at the banquet can look forward to a four-course feast designed by Head Chef, Derek Johnstone, which will be paired with a wine flight and complementary talks by local history experts, Mary’s Meanders.

Places at the banquet can be reserved for £160 per person. For the full, regal experience, bedchambers, a place at the banquet and breakfast the following morning can be booked for £375 per person. Visit the castle’s website here for more info and how to book.

Borthwick Castle underwent an award-winning, multi-million pound refurbishment in 2016 and offers the ultimate in regal style for private events and functions. Foodies can also book into the quarterly supper clubs, in which specially created seasonal menus are presented and paired with wines.

Rosalind Erskine

I write features and web articles for No.1 Magazine on everything from interiors and homes to beauty, fashion and food and drink.