As a festival in Kinross marks the 450th anniversary of Mary Queen of Scots’ abdication and imprisonment at Loch Leven Castle, tourism chiefs hope more people will visit sites associated with the tragic monarch throughout Scotland – including sites in Tayside and Fife.  Michael Alexander from The Courier reports.

It has been a site of strategic significance since at least the 13th Century when it saw action during the Wars of Scottish Independence and from the 14th Century its castle served as a state prison.

But it’s the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots in Loch Leven Castle during 1567/68 that forms the hook for a national Mary Queen of Scots Festival taking place at nearby Kinross this weekend.

This year marks the 450th anniversary of the end of Mary Queen of Scots’ reign in 1567, and the time of her captivity in Loch Leven Castle.

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