Doune Castle Game of Thrones Castle in Scotland – Winterfell

Doune Castle was built in  1400 for the first Duke of Albany and provides the setting  for Winterfell in Game of Thrones and Monty Python’s Holy Grail. Visit Doune Castle on a unique private tour of the Game of Thrones Castle in Scotland – Winterfell . Phone 07305-294773 for more details or contact us online .

Doune Castle Game of Thrones tour costs £140 for up to 4 passengers on a private tour from Edinburgh .

 

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Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland.
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The Great Hall is 20 metres by 8 metres , and 12 metres high to its timber roof, again a 19th-century replacement.The hall has no fireplace, and was presumably heated by a central fire, and ventilated by means of a louvre like the one in the modern roof. No details of the original roof construction are known, however, and the restoration is conjectural.Large windows light the hall, and stairs lead down to the three cellars on ground level.

The hall is accessed from the courtyard via a stair up to a triangular lobby, which in turn links the hall and kitchens by means of two large serving hatches with elliptical arches, unusual for this period. The kitchen tower, virtually a tower house in its own right, is 17 metres (56 ft) by 8 metres (26 ft). The vaulted kitchen is on the hall level, above a cellar. One of the best-appointed castle kitchens in Scotland of its date, it has an oven and a 5.5-metre (18 ft) wide fireplace. A stair turret, added in 1581 and possibly replacing a timber stair, leads up from the lobby to two storeys of guest rooms. These include the “Royal Apartments”, a suite of two bedrooms plus an audience chamber, suitable for royal visitors.

Doune Castle has featured in several literary works, including the 17th-century ballad, “The Bonny Earl of Murray”, which relates the murder of James Stewart, 2nd Earl of Moray, by the Earl of Huntly, in 1592. In Sir Walter Scott’s first novel, Waverley (1814), the protagonist Edward Waverley is brought to Doune Castle by the Jacobites. Scott’s romantic novel describes the “gloomy yet picturesque structure”, with its “half-ruined turrets”.

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The castle was used as a location in MGM’s 1952 historical film Ivanhoe which featured Robert Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor. The BBC adaptation of “Ivanhoe” in 1996 also featured Doune as a location. The castle was used as the set for Winterfell in the TV series Game of Thrones (2011–present), an adaptation of the A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels by George R. R. Martin. The castle was used as a stand-in for the fictional “Leoch Castle” in the TV adaption of the Outlander series of novels.

Game of Thrones Castle
Game of Thrones Castle

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Five castles tour
Our private group visits five castles used as film locations. This tour visits Doune Castle ( Winterfell in Game of Thrones and Castle Leoch ) ,  Midhope Castle ( Lallybroch ) , Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison ) , Aberdour Castle and Blackness Castle
The Outlander TV series continues to be a smash hit in the UK and America .  Five Scottish castles in particular feature heavily in the story lines – Midhope Castle ( Lallybroch ) , Doune Castle ( Castle Leoch ) , Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison ) , Aberdour Castle ( Sainte Anne de Beaupré’s monastery ) and Blackness Castle ( Fort William army headquarters ) .
1 Midhope Castle – Lallybroch
Those seeking a glimpse of the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser won’t find the real Lallybroch deep in the Highlands.
Scenes were shot at Midhope Castle on the fringes of the Hopetoun Estate near South Queensferry.
Midhope was built in the 15th Century and was built by John Martyne, laird of Medhope. It was rebuilt in the mid 1600s and remains much the same today.
Visitors are asked to admire Midhope from a distance as the interior remains largely derelict.

Doune Castle pictures

Doune Castle was built in  1400 for the first Duke of Albany and provides the setting for Castle Leoch in Outlander .  It was also the set for Winterfell in Game of Thrones and Monty Python’s Holy Grail. Visit Doune Castle on a unique private tour of Outlander film locations .

doune castle tours, outlander
doune castle tours

Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland.
great hall ,doune , outlander

The Great Hall is 20 metres by 8 metres , and 12 metres high to its timber roof, again a 19th-century replacement.The hall has no fireplace, and was presumably heated by a central fire, and ventilated by means of a louvre like the one in the modern roof. No details of the original roof construction are known, however, and the restoration is conjectural.Large windows light the hall, and stairs lead down to the three cellars on ground level.

The hall is accessed from the courtyard via a stair up to a triangular lobby, which in turn links the hall and kitchens by means of two large serving hatches with elliptical arches, unusual for this period. The kitchen tower, virtually a tower house in its own right, is 17 metres (56 ft) by 8 metres (26 ft). The vaulted kitchen is on the hall level, above a cellar. One of the best-appointed castle kitchens in Scotland of its date, it has an oven and a 5.5-metre (18 ft) wide fireplace. A stair turret, added in 1581 and possibly replacing a timber stair, leads up from the lobby to two storeys of guest rooms. These include the “Royal Apartments”, a suite of two bedrooms plus an audience chamber, suitable for royal visitors.

Doune Castle has featured in several literary works, including the 17th-century ballad, “The Bonny Earl of Murray”, which relates the murder of James Stewart, 2nd Earl of Moray, by the Earl of Huntly, in 1592. In Sir Walter Scott’s first novel, Waverley (1814), the protagonist Edward Waverley is brought to Doune Castle by the Jacobites. Scott’s romantic novel describes the “gloomy yet picturesque structure”, with its “half-ruined turrets”.

doune castle , outlander

The castle was used as a location in MGM’s 1952 historical film Ivanhoe which featured Robert Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor. The BBC adaptation of “Ivanhoe” in 1996 also featured Doune as a location. The castle was used as the set for Winterfell in the TV series Game of Thrones (2011–present), an adaptation of the A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels by George R. R. Martin. The castle was used as a stand-in for the fictional “Leoch Castle” in the TV adaption of the Outlander series of novels.

Edinburgh Castle pictures

 

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Edinburgh Castle remains the most popular visitor attraction in Scotland according to figures released by Historic Scotland .

All saw a rise in visitors over the year before.The main reason for the increase is the fact that the weak pound made Scotland an attractive holiday destination for Europeans.

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Edinburgh Castle is Scotland’s most popular visitor attraction,” Dr Murray said. “More than 1 million visitors are drawn each year by its spectacular location and history. They can see the Crown Jewels, the One O’Clock Gun and the Stone of Destiny as well as the Great Hall, St Margaret’s Chapel, and Mons Meg. “This new exhibition will explore more of the castle’s complex story, with links to Scots-born John Paul Jones – renowned in America as founder of the US Navy  and in Britain for capturing one of the Royal Navy’s warships – and the turbulence of revolutionary Europe at the end of the 1700s.”Edinburgh Castle is a world-class attraction and today’s well-traveled tourists have high expectations.”The vaults at Edinburgh Castle were constructed around 1500 and later used as soldiers’ barrack-rooms and a bakehouse. However they were used for many years as prisons of war from the 1750s into the early 1800s. Graffiti carved into prison doors reveal the names and sentiments of many of the men there, and some of them etched crude drawings of their vessels. One drawing shows a gallows and noose, with the inscription Lord Nord (North) – the British Prime Minister at the time of the American War of Independence. Another shows a ship flying what appears to be the stars and stripes: one of the earliest known depictions of the American flag.

The Castle is at the top of the Royal Mile . If you walk down the Royal Mile you can see a large number of gift shops , pubs and restaurants . At the foot of the Royal Mile is the new Scottish Parliament building and the Palace of Holyroodhouse , the official residence of the Queen in Scotland .
Kari Coghill of Historic Scotland said: “Our attractions enjoyed a good summer right across the country.
At the same time we obviously benefited from the fact that a weak pound made Scotland an attractive destination for Europeans. But we have also been doing a huge amount to market all that Historic Scotland has to offer, and the good value it provides, and that has seen our membership numbers pass 100,000 for the first time.” Historic Scotland is one of 2 main agencies in charge of Scotland’s castles , the other one being the National Trust for Scotland. more Edinburgh Castle pictures

Lallybroch / Midhope Castle Outlander tours

Midhope Castle, a 16th-century tower house, is used as Lallybroch (also known as Broch Tuarach) in Outlander . Left to Jamie by his parents, Brian and Ellen, Lallybroch is also home to Jamie’s sister, Jenny, her husband Ian Murray and their children. With Lallybroch being an important part of the Outlander story, much use is made of Midhope Castle.

Midhope Castle tours can be booked on

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We see this iconic location several times. Our introduction to Lallybroch comes in a flashback scene during the second episode of season one , when Jamie attempts to rescue Jenny from the Redcoats, only to end up being whipped and carried off to Fort William. Later in episode twelve , Jamie returns with Claire. Then, in season 2 we see Claire and Jamie return home after their time on France.

In season three we find out that the story of Lallybroch is not yet finished. After Culloden, Jamie is returned home, where he hides from the British before eventually surrendering to the army.

Midhope Castle is located in Abercorn, just west of South Queensferry, on the Hopetoun estate. It is every bit as impressive as Lallybroch, with the familiar approach and entrance to the building.

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If you’re looking for a glimpse of the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser you won’t find the real Lallybroch deep in the Highlands.
Scenes were shot at Midhope Castle on the fringes of the Hopetoun Estate near South Queensferry.
Midhope was built in the 15th Century and was built by John Martyne, laird of Midhope. It was rebuilt in the mid 1600s and remains much the same today.
Visitors are asked to admire Midhope from a distance as the interior remains largely derelict.

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Midhope Castle is the external location for fictional Lallybroch, the family home of character Jamie Fraser , and it is located on the Hopetoun Estate .  Midhope Castle dates back to the 15th Century and although the exterior is relatively intact the castle is derelict inside.

Outlander film location tours in Scotland

Outlander film location tours

Filming is currently under way for series four of Outlander .
Most of the filming has taken place in locations around Scotland . We have identified 11 separate locations where filming has taken place . Can you add any more to our list ?
Go to the bottom of this post to see our film locations list. Outlander tours can be booked on the Private Tours Edinburgh website .

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Drummond Castle Gardens, Perthshire, doubles as the palace of Versailles in the series Outlander

Drummond Castle Gardens, near Crieff, Perthshire, doubles as the magnificent pleasure grounds of the French royal palace in a new episode of time travelling drama Outlander.The grounds, which date back to 1630, are considered “the best example of formal terraced gardens in Scotland”.

Now they feature in VisitScotland’s new online guide to Outlander locations.The map contains 11 new sites which feature in the second series of the drama, based on the bestselling novels by American author Diana Gabaldon and starring Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan.Much of the action in the second series of Outlander is set in France, where the Frasers take on a new way of life after leaving Scotland.

DRUMMOND CASTLE

The stunning grounds date back to 1630

However, locations such as Drummond Castle Gardens — as well as Gosford House in East Lothian, Glasgow Cathedral and Dysart Harbour in Fife — served as ideal substitutes for French scenes.

Drummond Castle Gardens, which are protected as a category A listed building — in contrast to the B listed castle — already attract thousands of visitors per year, and are included on the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland.The gardens — complete with peacocks — feature ancient yew hedges and the remaining beech tree planted by Queen Victoria in 1842.But the grounds — which also featured in 1995 feature film Rob Roy, starring Liam Neeson — could now see a huge boost in tourist numbers thanks to the so-called “Outlander effect”.
Fans from throughout the world flock to filming locations.Head gardener Edith Barnes said: “The team here puts a lot of effort into making the gardens look their best and we’re delighted that fans of the series got to see them on screen in all their glory.”We hope visitors will see the hard work for themselves and maybe even be transported to another place and era through their beauty.”Outlander centres around Claire Randall, a World War Two combat nurse living in the 1940s with her husband Frank. On a second honeymoon to Inverness, Claire goes to a stone circle and is mysteriously swept back in time to the Scottish Highlands in 1743.View more Drummond Castle Pictures

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The gardens are protected as a category A listed building – unlike the B listed castle

She meets a young Scottish warrior, Jamie Fraser, and falls for him, leaving her torn between her 18th and 20th century lives.Although the storyline moves to France in the second series, Scotland still provides much of the stunning scenery.Fans of the hit Sony Pictures TV show can follow in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire and visit locations shot in regions such as Dumfries and Galloway, Fife and and The Trossachs.The new map is VisitScotland’s biggest ever guide to Outlander sites, and also includes 18 locations from series one.Drummond Castle Pictures by David Rankin

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Blackness Castle(Fort William)

Drummond Castle Gardens (Palace of Versailles) (May – Oct only)

Midhope Castle ( Lallybroch )

Tibbermore Church (Witch Trials)

Hopetoun House (Duke of Sandringham & French scenes S2) (April-Oct)

Tullibardine Chapel (Where Rupert loses his eye)

Culross (Cranesmuir)

Falkland (Inverness)

Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison)

Dysart (Le Harve)

Castle Leoch (Doune)

Outlander star Sam Heughan has hailed an SNP MP for her speech in parliament revealing her daily Twitter troll hell.

Outlander star Sam Heughan has hailed ‘brave and intelligent’ Mhairi Black after she gave a powerful speech in parliament on international women’s day revealing her daily Twitter troll hell.

The Scottish hunk took to social media to praise the SNP MP for being an inspiration after she spoke out during a misogyny debate.

Sam, 31, backed the 23-year-old politician after the revealed some of the vile abuse she receives online on a daily basis.

Sam Heughan has backed Mhairi Black after she spoke out against Twitter trolls in parliament (Image: AFP/PA)

Paisley and Renfrewshire South MP Mhairi repeated the shocking comments, becoming the first MP to use the word c*** in parliament.

She said she had been targeted because she is a woman.

Sharing a clip of her speech, Sam wrote: “Brave and intelligent yet again @MhairiBlack is an inspiration”

 

The Outlander star was praised by fans for his support.

One wrote: “Thank you for sharing this Sam! Having only been active on Twitter for a year I am shocked by the behaviour of many on social media… hiding behind keyboards.”

Another quoted Mhairi’s speech, adding: “And when it becomes normalized, it creates an environment that allows women to be abused. Thanks for sharing this.”

During her speech, Mhairi said: “I could soften some of this by talking about the c-word but the reality is there is no softening when you’re targeted with these words and you’re left reading them on my screen every day, day in, day out.

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Scottish castle doubles for magnificent Palace of Versailles gardens

One of Scotland’s most famous gardens was transformed in to the stunning backdrop for the Palace of Versailles.

DRUMMOND CASTLE

Drummond Castle Gardens, Perthshire, doubles as the palace of Versailles in the series Outlander.

Drummond Castle Gardens, near Crieff, Perthshire, doubles as the magnificent pleasure grounds of the French royal palace in a new episode of time travelling drama Outlander.The grounds, which date back to 1630, are considered “the best example of formal terraced gardens in Scotland”.

Now they feature in VisitScotland’s new online guide to Outlander locations.The map contains 11 new sites which feature in the second series of the drama, based on the bestselling novels by American author Diana Gabaldon and starring Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan.Much of the action in the second series of Outlander is set in France, where the Frasers take on a new way of life after leaving Scotland.

DRUMMOND CASTLE

The stunning grounds date back to 1630

However, locations such as Drummond Castle Gardens — as well as Gosford House in East Lothian, Glasgow Cathedral and Dysart Harbour in Fife — served as ideal substitutes for French scenes.

Drummond Castle Gardens, which are protected as a category A listed building — in contrast to the B listed castle — already attract thousands of visitors per year, and are included on the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland.The gardens — complete with peacocks — feature ancient yew hedges and the remaining beech tree planted by Queen Victoria in 1842.But the grounds — which also featured in 1995 feature film Rob Roy, starring Liam Neeson — could now see a huge boost in tourist numbers thanks to the so-called “Outlander effect”.
Fans from throughout the world flock to filming locations.Head gardener Edith Barnes said: “The team here puts a lot of effort into making the gardens look their best and we’re delighted that fans of the series got to see them on screen in all their glory.”We hope visitors will see the hard work for themselves and maybe even be transported to another place and era through their beauty.”Outlander centres around Claire Randall, a World War Two combat nurse living in the 1940s with her husband Frank. On a second honeymoon to Inverness, Claire goes to a stone circle and is mysteriously swept back in time to the Scottish Highlands in 1743.

View more Drummond Castle Pictures

DRUMMOND CASTLE

The gardens are protected as a category A listed building – unlike the B listed castle

She meets a young Scottish warrior, Jamie Fraser, and falls for him, leaving her torn between her 18th and 20th century lives.Although the storyline moves to France in the second series, Scotland still provides much of the stunning scenery.Fans of the hit Sony Pictures TV show can follow in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire and visit locations shot in regions such as Dumfries and Galloway, Fife and and The Trossachs.The new map is VisitScotland’s biggest ever guide to Outlander sites, and also includes 18 locations from series one.

Drummond Castle Pictures by David Rankin

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Outlander season four filming starts in Falkland, Fife this week

The cast and crew of Outlander will return to a Fife village this week to shoot scenes for season four of the hugely successful time travelling fantasy. Falkland High Street will be closed to traffic as filming gets underway with East Port, Cross Wynd and Mill Wynd also to be used by producers. The village has already replicated Inverness during the 1940s and the mid 18th Century in earlier episodes. Outlander tours can be booked online .

Falkland features some familiar sights from the TV series , including Mrs Baird’s Guesthouses ( pictured here , actually the Covenanter Hotel), the Bruce Fountain where Claire comes across the ghost of Jamie, and the building that doubles as Farrell’s Hardware and Furniture Store.

Filming for the fourth season of the Outlander TV series has started in Falkland ,Scotland
Filming for the fourth season of the Outlander TV series has started in Scotland . One of Outlander’s first scenes was filmed in the picturesque town of Falkland, which stands in for Inverness in the 1940s . The show is based on American author Diana Gabaldon’s series of historical novels, which sees nurse Claire Beauchamp Randell mysteriously swept back from 1945 to 1743 Highland Scotland
 .  Falkland features some familiar sights from the TV series , including  Mrs Baird’s Guesthouses ( pictures here , actually the Covenanter Hotel), the Bruce Fountain where Claire comes across the ghost of Jamie, and the building that doubles as Farrell’s Hardware and Furniture Store.
Most of the filming will take place in Scotland,  according to the show’s executive producer Ron Moore . 
Scotland’s stunning landscape, with its rolling hills, rugged mountains, picturesque towns and villages, castles and sprawling beaches has provided the perfect backdrop for the world of cinema.
The show is based on American author Diana Gabaldon’s series of historical novels, which sees nurse Claire Beauchamp Randell mysteriously swept back from 1945 to 1743 Highland Scotland where rebellion and romance are afoot.  Executive Producer Ron Moore has commented on Scotland : “The landscape itself is a character in the show. There’s a particular quality to the light in Scotland, even to the grass and the trees.” 
Outlander season 4 is expected to premiere sometime in  2018.

The village’s Convenanter Hotel, which doubled as Mrs Baird’s bed and breakfast in season one, will remain closed this week as shooting gets underway. Meanwhile, claims that the set for Fraser’s Ridge, where the show’s lead characters settle after arriving in North Carolina, has been built in woods near Cumbernauld have been denied.

The appearance of the couple’s rustic cabin is eagerly anticipated by Outlander fans.

A simple, wooden building has appeared in Cumbernauld Glen close to the Outlander studios. But John Gary Steel, the production manager in charge of set design, confirmed on Twitter that it is not the cabin being used in the show. The Outlander production team earlier sought permission to build a temporary set in woods outside Cambusbarron, near Stirling. However, this plan is no longer going ahead.

Photo tours of Scotland

Photo tours of Scotland

Private tours of the Highlands including a visit to Glencoe, Black Mount and Buachaille Etive Mor can be arranged. Your guide will take you to the best spots for taking pictures of the beautiful scenery of Glencoe and the Highlands .
This photo tour is ideal for beginners/ intermediate photographers . Your photo guide will offer assistance as required with taking pictures.
Our promise – your guide will always be friendly , helpful and informative .
For bookings phone 07305-294773 or contact us online .

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Our photo tours of Scotland feature visits to the top scenic locations in the Highlands and Edinburgh .

Photo tour of Rosslyn Chapel and Scott’s View , Melrose , one of the most scenic views in Scotland .
Entrance tickets are not included.

Price £175

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Linlithgow and Stirling photo tours

Tours start at 9.30 am .

Normal pickup point is Edinburgh city centre or the airport . Other pickup points can be arranged , subject to an additional fee .

First stop is historic Linlithgow Palace , birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots .

Stirling Castle is our next stop , high on a volcanic rock above the city of Stirling .

Wallace Monument is our final destination .
Your guide will give you advice and assistance in taking pictures of Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Palace .

Lunch and entry fees are not included in this tour .

Tour costs –

2 people £160.
. Linlithgow and Stirling tour for 2 people. £160

3 people £175

4 people £190

For bookings phone 07305-294773 or contact us online .

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