There were already plenty of good reasons to jump on ferries from Belfast to Stranraer
and visit Scotland this summer, but another has been added.
Mary, Queen of Scots will be the centre of a new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, starting this summer, one of two major displays on at the venue this year, neither of which will be shown anywhere else in the UK.
The other is the current Vikings exhibition, which continues until May 26th and promises to challenge the conceptions people have of the Viking period.
Mary, Queen of Scots is an historical figure over who there has been much speculation and the museum offers a chance to take a fresh look at someone variously described as a victim of betrayal, a catholic martyr and a murdering adultress.
A trip to Edinburgh could never be complete without a walk up two of the hills in the heart of the city - Calton Hill with its observatory and acropolis and the extinct volcano of Arthur's Seat.
Posted by Andrew Smith