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The Royal Apartments are as grand as you might expect, with magnificent pictures, particularly those of the kings of Scotland by Jacob de Wet, providing the glitz.
Once the haunt of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the setting for high drama... this is now Queen Elizabeth's official residence in Scotland. Full review →There's plenty to see here, so make sure you have at least two hours to tour the palace, gardens, and the ruins of the 12th-century abbey.
If you're fit and ambitious, climb up to the summit of 250-m (823-ft) high Arthur's Seat, from which the panorama is breathtaking. Full review →
This palace is the royal family's official residence in Scotland, but is more famous as the 16th-century home of the ill-fated Mary, Queen of Scots. Full review →
The buildings of the interior court are a fine example of the renaissance period. Full review →
A tour of the Queen’s official gaff in Scotland will show you more tapestries, paintings and plasterwork than you can shake a sceptre at, as well as Mary Queen of Scots' chambers. Full review →
Every summer, en route to Balmoral from Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II stops at this spectacular, if lesser-known, 16th-century royal residence to host an annual Garden Party. Full review →