Queen Mary helps stuff Kinross coffers

The Mary Queen of Scots Festival is likely to have had a “considerable” impact on the local economy, organisers believe. Thousands of visitors poured into Kinross at the weekend to take part in the two-day extravaganza. Linking in with Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, the festival featured a live jousting event and a recreation of Queen Mary’s court. Thomas Moffat, of organisers It’s Not All Black and White, said thousands of people Read more…


The Wee White Dug meets Mary Queen of Scots

Last weekend, the two-day extravaganza that is the Mary Queen of Scots Festival returned to Kinross.  Being a die hard history geek I jumped at the chance to attend.  Kinross sits on the northern shore of Loch Leven.  Surrounded by scenic countryside and green rolling hills, it makes an excellent base for a short break.  It may be a relatively small town but there’s lots to see and do there, including gliding, fishing, cycling, castle Read more…


There’s something about Mary

Meanwhile, this weekend’s Mary Queen Of Scots Festival in Kinross (September 2-3) is dedicated wholly to Mary, with jousting, music and dance. No doubt there will be an outburst of popular publishing to accompany the forthcoming Hollywood blockbuster, which is due for release next year, but first off the literary blocks is the republication of Wormald’s incisive study that brought her extensive work in Scottish history to bear upon a new understanding of Mary Queen Read more…


Tourism hopes from 450th anniversary of Mary Queen of Scots’ abdication and imprisonment

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 Read more…


Acclaimed Writer Sarah Fraser to appear at MQOSF

Sarah Fraser won the 2012 Saltire First Scottish Book of the Year for her acclaimed debut The Last Highlander (HarperCollins 2012), which in 2016 also became a New York Times ebook bestseller. A writer and regular contributor to TV and radio, andnewspapers, Sarah has a PhD in obscene Gaelic poetry, and talks at festivals throughout the UK. She lives in the Scottish Highlands. Her most recent book, The Prince Who would be King (HarperCollins 2017) Read more…


Are you prepared to meet Mary Queen of Scots?

On the Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September, step back in time and join Mary Queen of Scots and her entourage in Kinross, as she attends the Joust. Mary would go on many journeys, called Progress, through Scotland, during her reign. It was an essential part of being a King or Queen during this time. Facebook, tabloid newspapers and TV were of course non-existent, so the only way to see or be seen, and gain the loyalty of the people, was to travel. Read more…


Author Signing New MQoS Book at Festival

In 1567 Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle. Set on an island in the middle of a loch, the castle was thought to be inescapable. To stand any chance of holding on to her throne, Mary would have to achieve the impossible. Why was Mary imprisoned? What happened to Mary at Loch Leven? Who helped her, and how did she escape? What happened afterwards? This short graphic novel-style book has been Read more…


Amazing MQOSF Prizes from The Green Hotel

The Green Hotel in Kinross is offering up 3 fantastic prizes in association with the Mary Queen of Scots Festival. Up for grabs: 1 x overnight stay with dinner, bed and breakfast for 2 people. Valid Sunday – Friday from September 2017 – March 2018. Subject to availability. 1 x meal for 4 people in Jocks Bar. Valid September 2017 – March 2018, pre-booking required. 1 x adult leisure membership. Valid for 6 months from September 2017 – March Read more…


Casper Coming To Meet Mary – Thanks To The Green Hotel

With only a week to go before the Mary Queen of Scots Festival kicks-off, excitement is building in the Wee White Dug household. Casper aka the Wee White Dug will be joining festival goers on Saturday 2nd September, and is hoping for an audience with the queen and maybe even a selfie if he’s lucky. Casper recently spent an enjoyable morning with Thomas from Visit Dunfermline, exploring the historic centre of Dunfermline.  He’s looking forward Read more…


Songs from the Highlands with Ruth Gillies on Sunday at MQOSF

Ruth Gillies is a young singer-songwriter from the Highlands of Scotland who is currently studying composition on Edinburgh Napier esteemed BA(Hons) Popular Music course. Her music leans heavily towards folk but there are obvious influences from country, pop and rock. Come along to the Mary Queen of Scots Festival on the 2nd and 3rd of September 2017 for a FREE weekend of jousting, live music and great food!