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Blackness Castle

On Location tour – Blackness Castle and Outlander

A new tour of Blackness Castle will explore its starring role in television show Outlander.

Visitors are invited to explore the castle at Historic Environment Scotland’s first On Location event this weekend (September 1 and 2).

Outlander castle tours featuring a visit to Blackness Castle can be booked on 07305-294773 .

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Blackness Castle Outlander

Locations and techniques used for filming at the stronghold, which featured in season one of the time travelling fantasy, will be explored.

The 15th Century stronghold doubled as Fort William in the show with several key scenes, including the lashing of lead character Jamie Fraser by Captain Randall, shot at the property.

Historic Environment Scotland has built a weekend of events around the film event, with visitors invited to learn Gaelic songs and get involved with crafts and stonemasonry.

Performances featuring Mary Queen of Scots, Robert the Bruce, and the Jacobites and Redcoats will also be staged.

Blackness Castle, one of over 70 staffed Historic Scotland attractions managed by Historic Environment Scotland, stands by the Firth of Forth at the port that served the royal burgh of Linlithgow in medieval times.

Known as ‘the ship that never sailed’, Blackness Castle has been used as a royal castle, garrison fortress, state prison and ammunition depot since it was built in the 15th century.

Kellie Holmes, Assistant Events Manager at HES, said: “This event offers a great opportunity for visitors to find out more about the rich history of the ship that never sailed, as well as find out how it is utilised today.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors to the event and giving them a sneak-peak into how the historic site is used in popular films and TV shows such as Outlander.”

– On Location: Blackness takes place from 12pm – 4pm on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September. Entry is free for Historic Scotland members.

READ MORE: Author Diana Gabaldon backs new Inverness Outlander map

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Shore excursions

Shore excursions Edinburgh

Shore excursions from your Edinburgh port start at 10 am . Our private group tours take up to four people to three Outlander filming locations. We also offer bespoke private tours with the option of choosing your own itinerary .

Tours start from locations in Edinburgh or Glasgow .
Normal pickup point is your port in Edinburgh including Queensferry , Rosyth and Newhaven , Edinburgh  .

Itinerary

On this shore excursion we visit various locations used for filming the hit series Outlander. Based on the best selling novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is filmed in a number of locations in castles and towns in  central Scotland.

The first location on this Outlander tour is the historic town of Falkland. The town is the setting for episode one where Frank and Claire Randall come to Scotland on holiday. Falkland Palace is a historic building and shops and  features can be recognised , including the town square fountain where Frank encounters Jamie’s ghost watching Claire through the window.

doune castle outlander

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.

Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland.

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Blackness Castle goes back to 1440 . The castle provides the setting for Fort William, as the original fort no longer exists.

The castle is long and narrow because of the shape of the rock on which it is situated and it is sometimes called ‘ the ship that never sailed ‘ . It guards the bay at Blackness and is only a few miles from Linlithgow Palace . The first castle was built in the middle of the 15th century by Sir George Crichton , Earl of Caithness , a member of one of the most powerful families in Scotland . King James II acquired Blackness in 1453 when he annexed the lands of the Crichtons . From then on the castle was mainly used as a prison . In 1543 Cardinal Beaton was held here for a month . Rebuilding started in the 1530s under the direction of Sir James Hamilton of Finnart who also worked at Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Castle . He was instructed to make the castle safe from artillery , and he achieved this by making the south and east walls very thick . A new tower was built at the south end . In the 1560s , in the reign of Mary Queen of Scots , a Spur was built to protect the main gate . In the 1870s the castle was the main ammunition depot for Scotland .The Castle is a popular location for historical re-enactments and has changed little in 600 years . Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland.

Hamlet has scenes filmed at Blackness Castle and Dunnottar Castle.
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Starring: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Paul Scofield, Alan Bates, Ian Holm, Helena Bonham Carter, John McEnery

Filming of the Outlander TV series has taken place 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 (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 2 is expected to premiere sometime in the first half of 2016

The tour spends an hour at each location .

  • Travel by saloon car
  • Small private group tour with a maximum of 4 people
  • shore excursions from ports including South Queensferry , Rosyth and Newhaven , Edinburgh

Tour costs – £200 for up to 4 people .

Lunch , refreshments and entrance tickets are not included in the price.

Outlander set locations tour from Edinburgh £200

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Private tour of St Andrews and Fife

This private tour visits the home of golf ,  St Andrews and historic Fife .   Tours start at 10 am .

Tour itinerary

  • Queensferry Crossing
  • Anstruther
  • St Andrews
  • Falkland Palace

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Your journey to Fife takes you over the new Queensferry Crossing with views of the Forth Road Bridge , built in 1964 and the Forth Bridge, a cantilever railway bridge built in the 19th century  and UNESCO World Heritage site.

Forth Bridge to Fife

World heritage status is given to sites of “outstanding universal value” with the aim of protecting them for future generations. The distinctive red bridge has carried trains over the Forth since 1890. The award puts it alongside the Pyramids of Egypt, the great Wall of China and the Sydney Opera House in terms of cultural significance.

The bridge, which spans the Firth of Forth between South Queensferry on the outskirts of Edinburgh and North Queensferry in Fife, was opened in 1890 after eight years of construction. Scots call the bridge the eighth wonder of the world .

Anstruther

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anstruther, tours of St ANdrews and Fife

This village on the Fife coast has a beautiful harbour for leisure and fishing boats .

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St Andrews , tours of St ANdrews and Fife

St Andrews is the home of golf on the coast of Fife . You will be able to see the world famous Old Course and club house . St Andrews is a medieval  coastal town with the oldest university in the world with an ancient castle and round abbey .

Falkland is transformed into Inverness for Outlander
The Bruce Fountain , Falkland is Inverness for Outlander, Jamie looks up at Claire in the tavern

The final stop is at Falkland, a location used in the TV series Outlander . The Bruce Fountain in the town square is where Jamie looks up at Claire in her hotel , watched by Frank . Falkland was transformed into Inverness for Outlander .

Exclusions

  • entrance tickets
  • lunch
  • refreshments

Tour prices

– private tour for up to four passengers £240

Any questions ? Phone 07305-294773 for enquiries or contact us online .

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Lallybroch

Outlander tours featuring Lallybroch , home of Jamie Fraser

Unique Outlander tour
– see Lallybroch , ancestral home of Jamie Fraser ( Midhope Castle)
– hear Jamie Fraser guide you around Castle Leoch ( Doune Castle )

Tours start at 10 am . Our private group tours take up to four people to three Outlander filming locations – Lallybroch ( Midhope Castle) , Castle Leoch ( Doune Castle ) and Falkland ( Inverness ) .

We also offer bespoke private tours with the option of choosing your own itinerary .

For more details about availability phone +44-131 549 9785 / +44-7305-294773 .

Tours start from locations in Edinburgh or Glasgow .
Normal pickup point is Edinburgh/ Glasgow city centre at your hotel , accommodation or port in Edinburgh  .

Shore excursions – all our tours are available as  shore excursions from any of the Edinburgh ports – South Queensferry, Newhaven and Rosyth . For more details phone 07305-294773 or contact us online .

Other pickup points can be arranged .

Itinerary

On this tour we visit various locations used for filming the hit series Outlander. Based on the best selling novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is filmed in a number of locations in castles and towns in central Scotland.

1   Lallybroch – Midhope Castle 
The ancestral home of Jamie Fraser is actually 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.

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. Midhope Castle tours can be booked on

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Doune Castle – Castle Leoch

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Doune castle Outlander tours

On our unique tour you can hear Jamie Fraser guide you around Castle Leoch ( Doune Castle ).

Originally dating to the 13th Century, Doune Castle near Stirling plays Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan.
It also features in the 20th century episode when Claire and Frank Randall visit the castle on a day trip.
Once a Royal residence, Doune Castle was rebuilt by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany in the late 14th Century.
Doune has appeared several times on screen and was widely used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It also represented the castle Winterfell in Game of Thrones.

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.

Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland.

Falkland

This Outlander tour visits the historic town of Falkland which is Inverness in Outlander . The town is the setting for episode one where Frank and Claire Randall come to Inverness in Scotland on holiday. Falkland shops and  features can be recognised , including the town square fountain where Frank encounters Jamie’s ghost watching Claire through the window. Some scenes were filmed in Falkland Palace .

  • Travel by saloon car
  • Up to an hour at each location
  • Small private group tour with a maximum of four people

Tour costs – £250 for private group of up to four people

Lunch , refreshments and entrance tickets are not included in the price.

Outlander set locations tour from Edinburgh
For bookings phone 07305-294773 or contact us online .

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Highlander Fling 2018

Highlander Fling 2018 Glenrothes

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The Highlander charge into Glenrothes for our annual Highlander Fling.
Guests from all over the world will descend on The Rothes Halls for our traditional Scottish ceilidh followed by a highlander buffet and a chance to meet some of the cast and crew from the smash hit television show Outlander.
The Highlander Fling 2018 will be our biggest and best event to date!
Tickets are now ON SALE!
Saturday 15th September 2018 (7:30pm)
7:30pm, The Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Fife (Scotland)!

The Highlanders charge into Glenrothes for the annual Highlander Fling celebrating all things Outlander . Outlander tours can offer an exclusive package of a private transfer from the airport plus an Outlander tour of three film locations including Lallybroch .

Outlander tours – private transfer from the airport plus an Outlander tour of three film locations , price £120 .

Private transfer from Edinburgh airport to Glenrothes , price £50 .

Phone 07305-294773 or contact us online .

Guests from all over the world will descend on The Rothes Halls for a traditional Scottish ceilidh followed by a Highlander buffet and a chance to meet some of the cast and crew from the smash hit television show Outlander.

The Highlander Fling 2018 will be the biggest and best event to date.

Tickets are on sale now .

Saturday 15th September 2018 at the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Fife (Scotland) Amazing tours of Scotland – call +44131-549-9785 now for availability Private tours Edinburgh 0131-549-9785 . Looking for day trips Edinburgh ? How about taking an Outlander tour from Edinburgh to visit Jamie Fraser’s home in Scotland’s amazing Outlander film locations ?Private tours of Scotland 0131-549-9785 seven days a weekPrivate tours Edinburgh 0131-549-9785 . Looking for day trips Edinburgh ? How about taking an Outlander tour from Edinburgh to visit Jamie Fraser’s home in Scotland’s amazing Outlander film locations ? For tour information call +44131-549-9785 now *** check availability now for our unique tours of Scotland +44131-549-9785 seven days a week

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Could Jamie become James ( Bond, James Bond ) ?

OUTLANDER hunk Sam Heughan has revealed he wouldn’t require a hefty fee to play James Bond – because new movie The Spy Who Dumped Me already handed him the car and tux. Outlander news from Outlander tours .

The actor was participating in a Facebook live stream to promote the new flick.

Sam Heughan revealed his celeb crush

And fans of the Scot were left buzzing at the thought he may portray the agent when Daniel Craig decides to officially pack it in.

Heughan was asked by punters during the live stream about rumours he may be next in line to take over from Craig and star as famous 007.

And, reading the question out, he joked: “Are you really in the running for James Bond? Please say yes.

“Well if you would like me to, of course I will. I feel like I’ve got the tuxedo and I’ve got the car from this movie so I could just take them with me.

Daniel Craig in the Bond role

Daniel Craig in the Bond role

“So, really actually they don’t need to pay me that much because I can bring everything with me.”

Proud Scotsman Heughan delighted in the opportunity to rattle off a few of his favourite Scottish words after the query was raised during the Q&A.

He said: “I love bawbag.

“You can obviously say that to anyone, especially if you really like someone.

“Here’s a tip, go up to someone in Scotland and say ‘you’re a complete bawbag’ – they’ll love you for it.

 

“There’s also tuechter and I like the word raj.

“Someone can be in a raji who is a bit mental as in they’re a bit crazy or a bit off-the-wall all the time.”

Heughan also revealed who his celeb crush is during the stream.

And fans may not have been surprised to learn the Hollywood A-lister who has caught Sam’s eye is none other than new movie co-star Mila Kunis.

The Outlander hunk has always had a crush on Mila Kunis . The Jamie Fraser star explained that the best part of working on the flick was his acting partners Kunis and comedian Kate McKinnon.

He said: “The best part about the movie was Kate and Mila.

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Drummond Castle Gardens tour

Drummond Castle Gardens tour

Drummond Castle and Gardens – the grounds, which date back to 1630, are considered “the best example of formal terraced gardens in Scotland”. The castle was used as the Palace of Versailles in an episode of TV drama Outlander.

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”.

Visit four ancient Scottish castles in our unique tour – Drummond Castle Gardens , Stirling Castle , Doune Castle and Linlithgow Palace. Phone 07305-294773 for more details and bookings.

Take a 360 degree tour of Drummond Castle Gardens. use your cursor to move left, right , up and down .

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