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

Midhope Castle – Outlander’s Lallybroch

Midhope Castle – Outlander’s Lallybroch

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Midhope Castle

Located on the Hopetoun Estate is Midhope Castle which is the external location for fictional Lallybroch, the family home of character Jamie Fraser. Midhope Castle dates back to the 15th Century and although the exterior is relatively intact the castle is derelict inside and not open to the public . Book your Outlander tours on 07305-294773 .

 

Hopetoun House

Hopetoun House was designed by William Bruce and then altered and extended by William Adam, Hopetoun House is one of the finest examples of 18th century architecture in Britain.

The magnificent interiors which have remained virtually unchanged for three centuries reflect the elegance of the Georgian era and are decorated with the best period furniture, paintings, tapestries and clocks, with beautifully crafted finishes of carving, gilding and plaster work.

Sam Heughan tweets support for Trump baby blimp

Sam Heughan, the Galloway-born actor and star of one of the most popular historical dramas to be broadcast in recent years Outlander ,  upset some of his many fans by sharing a Scotsman story on the so-called “Trump baby blimp” which was paid for by UK protesters against the US president’s visit this weekend.

The giant inflatable was not allowed to fly over Donald Trump’s Turnberry golf course when he visited over the weekend. Yet when Mr Heughan, best known for playing Jacobite clansman Jamie Fraser in the hit series Outlander, retweeted The Scotsman’s coverage of the story, it proved too much for some Americans.

One replied: “I guess when that is all you have to get attention, it’s what you do. Too many actors doing this. I have no issue with them expressing themselves, but must remember they alienate. And, it would be better if they saved for their personal circle, not the accounts fans follow.”

But the actor hit back: “My job is portray every aspect of the human condition. To understand each character. To be able to empathise means I have to understand and therefore have an opinion. You want “entertainment”, I suggest you stop watching drama. Everyone is entitled to an opinion.”

Another fan tweeted: “Sam, I am disappointed that you retweeted this. No matter your opinion of the man , you should respect the office. Since you are usually so kind to others I find it strange that you would promote hatred like this.”

Mr Heughan later thanked his fans for interacting with him. “Love your support and debate is what makes us grow,” he said. “Just dislike being controlled or silenced. We live in a democracy. (I think).” Mr Trump left Scotland yesterday after spending time at his Turnberry golf course in South Ayrshire. Thousands attended protests in Edinburgh and Glasgow over the weekend against his visit.

Read more at: https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/tv-radio/sam-heughan-under-fire-from-angry-outlander-fans-over-trump-story-retweet-1-4769518

Outlander tour – six film locations

Our private group tours take up to four people to six Outlander film locations – Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison)
Castle Leoch (Doune Castle) Blackness Castle (Fort William)
Midhope (Lalllybroch) Hopetoun House and
Culross ( Cranesmuir )

Tours start at 9.30 am .  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 Edinburgh/ Glasgow city centre , your hotel or the airport .

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.

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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. 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.

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 .

Linlithgow Palace photos , 44 print

This royal pleasure palace and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots became the backdrop for some of the most harrowing scenes of the TV show Outlander .

Depicted as Wentworth Prison, the prison corridors and entrance were used in episode 15 of the first series when Jamie Fraser was brutally incarcerated by his adversary, Black Jack Randall.

Built in the 1400s and 1500s, the now-ruined palace is set among the spectacular surrounds of Linlithgow Loch and Peel.

Midhope Castle – Outlander’s Lallybroch

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Midhope Castle 

Located on the Hopetoun Estate is Midhope Castle which is the external location for fictional Lallybroch, the family home of character Jamie Fraser. Midhope Castle dates back to the 15th Century and although the exterior is relatively intact the castle is derelict inside and not open to the public ..

Hopetoun House

Hopetoun House was designed by William Bruce and then altered and extended by William Adam, Hopetoun House is one of the finest examples of 18th century architecture in Britain.

The magnificent interiors which have remained virtually unchanged for three centuries reflect the elegance of the Georgian era and are decorated with the best period furniture, paintings, tapestries and clocks, with beautifully crafted finishes of carving, gilding and plaster work.

Culross

Culross, in Fife is the location for Cranesmuir. Geillis Duncan’s house is in Culross and the picturesque town square where Geillis is sentenced to burn for being a witch. Jamie and Claire rescue the thief, Tammas, in Cranesmuir when his ear is pinned to the post.

 

Tour prices

private tour to six Outlander film locations

  • tour for 2 people   £250
  • tour for 3 people   £280
  • tour for 4 people   £310

Exclusions –
lunch

entrance tickets

refreshments

Diana Gabaldon might write an episode of Outlander series five

The good news today is that  seasons 5 and 6 have been confirmed ( as if there was any doubt about that ), and that Diana Gabaldon may be writing at least one episode.

Creator of the Outlander book series that the STARZ show is based on, Gabaldon enjoys a bit more creative freedom with her creation than other authors and adaptations. Showrunner Ronald D. Moore made sure of this from the beginning — Gabs serves as a series consultant from time to time, as well as appearing in episode 4 from season 1.

Also also, Diana has written an episode of the series: season 2, episode 11, ‘Vengeance Is Mine’. The hope was that she would be able to write additional episodes, but continuing work on the ninth novel in the series prevented this from happening in seasons 3 and 4.

During the 44th Annual Saturn Awards, we were able to chat briefly with Diana on the red carpet before the ceremony, where she accepted the award for Best Fantasy TV Series on behalf of the show. (This is the third year running that the STARZ series has taken home the golden statue.)

Diana Gabaldon at the 44th Annual Saturn Awards
Photo by Mary Anne Butler

She mentioned that production was wrapping on season 4, and that she was very excited for fans to see where the season goes.

We asked her about the possibility of her returning to write an episode in the coming seasons, and she said that as long as her writing and editing schedule for book nine, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, goes well, she would be interested and available.

While Outlander will not be present at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) this year, they will have a presence at New York Comic Con (NYCC), where at the very least, a new trailer for the upcoming season 4 is expected to drop, if not the entire premiere episode (as they did last year during SDCC).

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five new characters are introduced to Outlander

Private Outlander tours can now reveal in Outlander season 4 five new characters are introduced to the Starz drama — Billy Boyd as Gerald Forbes, Caitlin O’Ryan as Lizzie Wemyss, Natalie Simpson as Phaedre, Tim Downie as Governor William Tryon, and Simona Brown as Gayle.

Who are these folks, you say? Here is a breakdown of the new additions and how they’ll fit into the narrative for the coming season, which is based on the fourth book in Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling Outlander series called Drums of Autumn. 

 

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Boyd (above) will portray Gerald Forbes, a wealthy lawyer in Cross Creek who is friends with his prominent client, Jocasta Cameron (Maria Doyle Kennedy). Boyd is best known for Lord of the Rings; his other credits includeThe Flying Scotsman, Seed of Chucky, and An Urban Ghost Story.

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Brown pays Gayle, Brianna’s best friend and college roommate. Her TV credits include the new C4/Netflix series Kiss Me First. She was also in Roots for A&E.

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O’Ryan is Lizzie, a Scottish woman who goes on a big adventure with Brianna Fraser (Sophie Skelton), the daughter of Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe). O’Ryan is is a recent graduate from the Oxford School of Drama; this role marks her TV debut.

 

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Simpson will take over as Phaedre, the personal maid and seamstress for Jocasta, and is considered a trusted member of the River Run household. Her TV credits include Les Miserables.

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Downie portrays Governor William Tyron, who was an actual historical figure. The ambitious William is a former British officer who used his family connections to land the position of governor. Downie’s film credits include Transformers: The Last Night, War MachinePaddington, and The King’s Speech.

Earlier this month, Starz  announced it renewed Outlander for a fifth and sixth season. The fourth season is currently filming through June in Scotland.

Outlander Jamie , actor Sam Heughan , meets Holly Willoughby on This Morning

HOLLY Willoughby could barely contain her excitement as she met Outlander actor Sam Heughan on today’s show.

The This Morning presenter, 37, is a huge fan of the hit TV show, in particular the hunky star, who plays Jamie Fraser in the series.

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 Holly Willoughby was smitten with Sam Heughan

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Holly Willoughby was smitten with Sam Heughan

Squealing with delight, she told him: “I will try and control myself!”

She then proceeded to ask him a series of questions about the upcoming fourth series, while Phillip Schofield sat back, clearly amused.

At the end of the interview she stood up as Phillip took a picture of them – unable to hide huge smile.

Holly gushed: “So nice to meet you.”

Those watching at home found the whole interaction very funny and took to Twitter to comment on it.

 Phillip took a picture of them after the interview

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Phillip took a picture of them after the interview
 Holly had a lot of questions for her favourite actor

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Holly had a lot of questions for her favourite actor 

One person wrote: “Holly’s dream just came true and Phil had to drag out a photo with Sam Heughan #ThisMorning.”

Another added: “Love watching Holly fan girl over @SamHeughan . To be fair he is an absolute dream 😍 #ThisMorning.”

While someone else Tweeted: “#thismorning Holly, wipe the dribble off your lip you.”

 Sam has played the role in Outlander since 2014

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Sam has played the role in Outlander since 2014

 

 The actor is best known for his role in Outlander

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The actor is best known for his role in Outlander

Sam, 38, is a Scottish actor best known for his role in Outlander, which he joined in 2013.

The show, which is based on a series of  bestselling novels by Diana Gabaldon,  follows Jamie’s romance with the World War II nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) as she travels back in time to 18th century Scotland.

Outlander star is to join a panel of speakers at a first of-its-kind event in Glasgow

TedX, which organises inspirational talks and speakers across the world, is to hold an event for 12 to 26-year-olds in Scotland.

It is to coincide with the Year of Young People, 2018, and will see more than 2000 young people descend on Glasgow at the end of this month.

Some of the speakers will include Outlander actor John Hunter Bell and Mollie Hughes, who was the youngest Brit to climb Mount Everest.

The theme is “Open Mind: Switch It Up And Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone” which aims to encourage people to discover their full potential.

Outlander castles tour

The Outlander TV series has been a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic ,  with much of the series shot in Scotland . Three castles and the town of Falkland feature heavily. This our selection of unique Outlander castles featuring the film locations in Scotland on our Outlander castles tour .

Doune Castle – Castle Leoch

doune castle , outlanderOriginally 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.

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Linlithgow Palace – Wentworth Prison

Linlithgow Palace photos , 44 printThis royal pleasure palace and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots became the backdrop for some of the most harrowing scenes of the show.
Depicted as Wentworth Prison, the prison corridors and entrance were used in episode 15 of the first series when Jamie Fraser was brutally incarcerated by his adversary, Black Jack Randall.
Built in the 1400s and 1500s, the now-ruined palace is set among the spectacular surrounds of Linlithgow Loch and Peel.

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Blackness Castle – Fort William army headquarters

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One of Scotland’s most impressive strongholds, Blackness Castle near Linlithgow was used as the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall.
The 15th-century ex-artillery fortress overlooks the Firth of Forth and is known as “the ship that never sailed” due to its unusual shape.
It was built in the 15th century by one of Scotland’s most powerful families, the Crichtons.

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Outlander filming location for the standing stones

While Craig na Dun may be a figment of Diana Gabaldon’s imagination, it’s certainly based on a real location. Here’s a look at the Outlander filming location for the standing stones

Diana Gabaldon may have used plenty of real history in the “Outlander” series, but certain locations are just figments of her imagination. They’re beautiful figments, but it meant when the books were turned into a TV series real locations needed to be found. The standing stones of Craig na Dun is just one of those locations.

While you can’t see the stones Gabaldon has created, you can visit the filming location. Here’s all you need to know about the real standing stones.

 

There are many standing stones around Scotland. When the settlers first arrived, they erected monuments like the standing stones but nobody really understands why. While there are theories, nothing is certain as nobody left any messages to tell us.

Clava Cairns is just one of the locations in Scotland, located just a five-minute drive from Inverness. This is the location used for Craig na Dun when filming Outlander and Season 4 filming has been spotted at the stones again.

Visit Scotland describes the stones as a prehistorical burial ground. It can be dated back by 4,000 years, used around 2,000BC when the cairns were built and then around 1,000BC to build the smaller monuments. There is also evidence of farming on the site before the monuments were placed!

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Beltane and the day after as Claire fell through the stones 🌼.
I ask me… where she is right now, watched by Jamie 🙂😉 ?

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