The perfect family weekend in Scotland!
On Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd of September your family can witness the opening of the magnificent Queensferry Crossing AND visit the Mary Queen of Scots Festival in Kinross. The Festival, part of The Scottish Government’s Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology celebrations, is a short fifteen-minute drive from the new Queensferry Crossing – so you know which part of Scotland to be in that weekend!
We’re delighted to announce the return of The Mary Queen of Scots Festival to Kinross. On Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September 2017, we will celebrate the rich cultural and historical heritage of the Kinross area, most notably its famed connection to Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. The event commemorates Mary’s life,and the time she was held captive in the Castle on Loch Leven Island in Kinross: the Castle where she spent her most troubled years.
The programme includes living history encampments, jousting, music, food and drink, as well as children’s entertainment, a great day out for all the family.
We’re thrilled that the new Queensferry Crossing is opening on the 30th August. This new bridge replaces the Forth Road Bridge as the main road route between Edinburgh and Fife.
Since the 11th century, when Queen Margaret introduced a ferry to carry pilgrims across the Forth, between what is now known as South and North Queensferry, the crossing over the river Forth has been a crucial link between the communities on either side of the river.
The opening of the new bridge is a significant moment in the history of the area, and we hope that you are one of the lucky 50,000 people who have been chosen to walk across the bridge on the 2nd or 3rd of September 2017.It provides a perfect opportunity to spend time in historic Dunfermline, and Kinross.
It was Queen Margaret in the 11th Century who introduced a ferry to carry pilgrims across the Forth, giving the communities on either side of the Firth their name. The public’s choice of Queensferry Crossing reflects the area’s rich history and the continuing link between the two communities on the estuary’s north and south banks.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are planning to visit that weekend please check out the ‘Where To Stay’ section on Visit Dunfermline. Scotland’s Ancient Capital makes a perfect base for exploring the area (10 minutes from Queensferry Crossing and 15 minutes from Mary Queen of Scots Festival). A beautiful town in its own right, Dunfermline is steeped in history & heritage – the birthplace of Andrew Carnegie,and the burial site of many of Scotland’s Kings and Queens, including King Robert the Bruce… and so much more.
Loch Leven Brewery:
Not forgetting the opening of Scotland’s newest brewery – Loch Leven Brewery – in Kinross!