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Eilean Donan Castle tours

Private tours of Eilean Donan Castle and the Highlands from Edinburgh including a visit to Glencoe & Buachaille Etive Mor. We take you to the best spots for taking pictures of the beautiful scenery of the Highlands.Phone 07305-294773

Private tours of Eilean Donan Castle and the Highlands from Edinburgh including a visit to Glencoe and Buachaille Etive Mor . Where are the top three locations for pictures of Eilean Donan Castle ? Your guide will take you to the best spots for taking pictures of the castle and the beautiful scenery of Glencoe and the Highlands . Phone +44131-549-9785 for more details and bookings .

This photo tour is ideal for beginners/ intermediate photographers . Your photo guide will offer assistance as required with taking pictures. Shore excursions– all of our tours are available as shore excursions from the Edinburgh ports South Queensferry, Newhaven and Rosyth . Daytime phone number 0131 549 9785.

Our promise – your guide will always be friendly , helpful and informative .

  • Glencoe
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Buachaille Etive Mor
  • Private tour of the Highlands
  • Photography tour
  • Tour of the Highlands from Edinburgh 

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle is the stunning Highlands castle set on an island in the middle of three lochs. The castle is the most photographed castle in the UK and it featured in the films Highlander and James Bond . Your tour guide will take you to the three best locations for pictures of the castle .

Eilean Donan means Island of Donan (a religious figure from the 12th century). Eilean Donan was Clan MacKenzie’s most important stronghold from the 13th Century until it was destroyed in 1719. Robert the Bruce was given refuge in Eilean Donan Castle by John MacKenzie, Second of Kintail when he was being hunted by the English at the beginning of the fourteenth century.

In 1719 three English frigates sailed into Loch Duich and bombarded the castle with cannon fire until it was in ruins. The castle them lay in ruins for nearly 200 years. In 1911 John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the castle and spent 20 years restoring it .

Eilean Donan Castle t-shirts and prints can be bought online . Phone +44-7305-294773 for more details .

Glencoe

Glencoe – see the stunning scenery of the paps of Glencoe , one of the most impressive peaks in Scotland. Glencoe is a beautiful rocky landscape featuring the Paps of Glencoe – giant mountains of solid rock. In the summer you might hear the piper in the car park playing a lament . When it goes quiet the silence is quite eery . Listen carefully and you might hear the wailing of ghosts from the Massacre of Glencoe. Your guide will take to the two best viewing points in Glencoe . One of the viewing points involves a short walk up the hillside facing the paps of Glencoe .

Black Mount is a range of mountains stretching from Glen Orchy to Glen Coe, beside Rannoch Moor. The range features two Munros (Scottish mountains over 3000ft) and Lochan na h-Achlaise , a small loch in front of the mountains .

Need more information ? Contact Private tours Edinburgh online or by phone / text on +447305294773 / +44131-549-9785

Buachaille Etive Mor

Buachaille Etive Mor is the iconic mountain in the heart of the Highlands. Your guide will take you to the best viewpoints for capturing great pictures of Etive Mor and the waterfall on the River Coupall in front of the mountain .

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

This tour starts at 10 am and costs £295.

Eilean Donan Castle tours – phone 07305-294773

Edinburgh transfers

Our photo tours of Scotland set off from Edinburgh and feature visits to the top scenic locations in the Highlands of Scotland. Perfect for iPhone and DSLR users with a passion for landscape photography .

For more details about availability phone 0131 549 9785 / 07305-294773 . Shore excursions– all of our tours are available as shore excursions from the Edinburgh ports South Queensferry, Newhaven and Rosyth . Daytime phone number 0131 549 9785.

Edinburgh transfers

This day trip from Edinburgh is ideal for solo travellers and small groups of up to to 4 people .

Day trip from Edinburgh

Game of Thrones castle sold

Ever dream of living like your favourite Game of Thrones characters?

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A 19th century castle in Ireland used to shoot exterior scenes during the HBO series third season just sold for less than a million dollars.

On Monday, Ireland-based announced Gosford Castle, a sprawling 15-bedroom estate in Markethill, Northern Ireland has been bought after several months on the market.

The castle, which also includes ten bathrooms, was listed last summer for 500,000 pounds or $656,000.

Winterfell Castle  was real life Doune castle in Game of thrones

 

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Maison real estate agent Jeremy Baird confirmed that castle was used for exterior scenes throughout the third season of HBO’s hit series ‘Game of Thrones.’

“The scene of the execution of Rickard Karstark, who is beheaded by Robb Stark in the episode “Kissed by Fire,” also took place here,” Baird said.

The Gosford Castle was originally built for The 2nd Earl of Gosford and was designed by London architect Thomas Hopper. During the Second World War, the castle was used to accommodate troops and prisoners of war.

However, the estate was later purchased by the Ministry of Agriculture to create a Gosford Forest Park. Years later it fell back into military use before being run as a hotel from 1983.

Then in 2006, the castle was bought by Gosford Castle Development Limited group, who put forward a $5 million proposal to restore the building into 23 luxury residences.

According to Maison, the restoration was “undertaken by artisans and craftsmen with a focus on retaining the character and historic integrity of the castle.”

However, the portion of the castle that was sold has only been partially developed in places and converted into six luxury apartments.

Maison did not immediately comment on how much the castle was sold for.

Game of thrones tours

Game of Thrones season 8 , episode one

Outside, a giant Iron Throne sat in the spot more often occupied by Rockefeller Plaza’s iconic Christmas tree, while inside the auditorium, attendees were warned by the actress Sophie Turner of the penalties of recording, taking pictures or leaking plot spoilers of this, the premiere of the first episode of the final season.

“Remember what happened to the last person that f—– with us,” chimed in the voice of her co-star Maisie Williams, aka the trained assassin, Arya Stark.

After seven seasons, 67 episodes and 47 Emmy awards – a record for any scripted show in television history (it also holds the record for the most expensive pilot episode ever , filmed at Doune Castle ) – the wildly popular, critically acclaimed epic fantasy Game of Thrones, is finally bidding farewell.

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And its creators David Bennioff and DB Weiss have wasted no time in getting straight down to business, with a season premiere packed with big plot point moments.

Directed by GoT regular David Nutter, the episode, as yet officially unnamed, is heavy focussed around reunions – many of them familial and long-awaited, between fond siblings (“all Arya has really thought about for a long time is reuniting with Jon Snow again”, said Williams on the red carpet) – others less so; the most unsuited of former wives and husbands are also flung together again, along with a would-be murderer and his seriously damaged would-be victim.  

Game of Thrones's creator George RR Martin makes a rare public appearance at the premiere
Game of Thrones’s creator George RR Martin makes a rare public appearance at the premiere

The show is based on the series of books A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin.“The allegory that I don’t think even George realised he was writing until recently was that, for seven seasons, you’ve got people vying for power, and suddenly, they have to come together and collaborate in order to save the planet,” said Jerome Flynn, who plays the sarcastic sellsword Bronn.

“I think that’s coming from somewhere deep in his subconscious – that the most popular show on the planet contains that metaphor.”

Unlike some season openers in years gone by, this eighth premierecontains no epic battles or large-scale set pieces, but what violence there is, is dark, brutal and unsettling. That’s balanced out, however, by a noticeably lighter, more humorous tone, with plenty of witty one-liners.

Collaboration is also a key theme. In previous seasons, the competing houses were spread out across Westeros, waging wars on one another in a bid to expand their empires.  As season seven set up, however, many of Westeros’ key players are now heading north – to fight together against the White Walkers, who are advancing on the kingdom in colossal numbers.

Danaerys Targaryan (Emilia Clarke) soon learns what the audience already knows from last season too – that the wall has been ruptured, and one of her dragons killed and conscripted into the army of the dead by the Night King.

What was filmed at Doune Castle ?

Doune Castle is unique in that it actually has five claims to movie fame .

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones tours Scotland , phone 07305-294773
Game of Thrones tours Scotland , Doune Castle – phone 07305-294773 for more details

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Outlander

the Outlaw King

Mary Queen of Scots

Game of Thrones castle tour at Doune Castle 1549
Game of Thrones castle tour at Doune Castle 1549

Doune Castle was widely used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail as the castle of Guy de Lombard .

Take the audio tour of the castle narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones or Outlander’s Jamie ( Sam Heughan ) .

Take the Game of Thrones tours at Doune Castle with Private Tours Edinburgh

It also represented the castle Winterfell in Game of Thrones.

Originally dating to the 13th Century, Doune Castle near Stirling plays Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan in Outlander TV series .

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 Castle Game of Thrones

Doune Castle tours

Outlander effect helps Doune

Businesses in Doune say they have experienced a boost from the popularity of hit show Outlander.

Outlander news from Private tours Edinburgh

Businesses in Doune say they have experienced a boost from the popularity of hit show Outlander.

Used as the location for Outlander’s Castle Leoch, the castle last year welcomed 142,091 visitors, a 17 per cent increase on the previous 12 months and a record for the attraction.

Doune Castle has proved to be one of Historic Environment Scotland’s most popular sites in 2018, recording a 36 per cent jump in visitors from 92,703 in 2016-17 to 125,772 in 2017-18.

Businesses owners in Doune say the influx of fans of the hit show, now on its fourth series, has been good for trade.

Lorna Bishop of Buttercup Cafe commented: “We have noticed a difference due to the Outlander effect. We’re now in three different guide books, so tourists will often come in while they are up visiting the castle.”

Malcolm Dryden, owner of lifestyle emporium Doune Time, said the boost in tourism has been beneficial to the town but has come with the odd headache for villagers.

Doune Castle also featured in epic TV series Game of Thrones

He said: “Tourism is great but often the tourists often don’t come to the shops. The ‘Outlander Effect’ is good in that it brings in tourists but it does also create local issues such as parking. It’s hard enough for local people to get parked, never mind tourists. But, these are the things that you have to put up with. The castle is performing really well, which is fantastic for tourism.”

Owner of the L’Angolino bistro, Craig Small, added: “ I think a few Scottish Castles have been used recently for new shows and films, and it’s had a good effect.”

Game of Thrones tours

Perhaps the greatest mystery in Outlander is the actual location of the standing stones at Craigh na Dun

Mary Queen of Scots tours

Mary Queen of Scots film day tours

Our tour features a visit to the key places in the life of Mary Queen of Scots including Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Castle plus a visit to Blackness Castle, one of the locations used in the film . The new Mary Queen of Scots film features Oscar Nominee Saoirse Ronan performs the role of the ambitious Mary, whose attempts to reclaim the throne of Scotland incurs the wrath of the virgin queen, Elizabeth I, played by Margot Robbie.

Phone 07305-294773 for bookings or contact us online .

Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace is where Mary was born in 1542.

Linlithgow Palace tours

Next to the Palace is the medieval St Michael’s Parish Church where Mary was baptised . A new bronze statue of Mary has been erected next to the church .

Linlithgow Palace featured as Wentworth Prison in Outlander.
This royal pleasure palace and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots

Stirling Castle is where Mary was brought to be crowned as an infant.

This was her home until she was 5 years old. The castle features the Royal Palace , rose gardens and Royal Apartments. In the castle Mary saw the baptism of her son, James VI . Sadly this is also the place where she sees him for the last time.

Loch Leven

Loch Leven recalls one of the more sombre periods in Mary’s life. Loch Leven Castle is where Mary was imprisoned for nearly a year, suffered a miscarriage and was forced to abdicate in favour of her son James. She eventually escaped with the help of George Douglas but went on to suffer defeat at The Battle of Langside, and on to imprisonment in England. The tour visits Loch Leven to see the location of Loch Leven Castle on an island . A trip to the castle is not included .

falkland palace

Falkland Palace, the favourite retreat of the Stewarts. Mary is thought to have enjoyed some of her happiest days here, enjoying hunting and hawking and playing tennis on the world’s oldest tennis court. On a more haunting note, it is here that her father James V was said to utter the prophecy of The Stewart Dynasty “It cam’ wi’ a lass and it’ll gang wi’ a lass” and you can also see a copy of her death mask.

Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle was used as a location in number of scenes in the film. The castle tower features in a few scenes .

Nine key dates in the life of Mary Queen of Scots

  1. Born 8 December 1542 in Linlithgow Palace.
  2. Crowned Queen of Scots in the Chapel Royal, Stirling Castle, aged just nine months.
  3. Smuggled to France aged five, where she lived until she was 18.
  4. Gave birth to her only child in Edinburgh Castle. He would rise to become James VI of Scotland and I of England.
  5. Some believe she arranged to have her second husband, Lord Darnley, assassinated.
  6. Married for a third time to Lord Bothwell – some believe he abducted her against her will.
  7. Imprisoned for almost a year in Lochleven Castle in Kinross before managing to escape.
  8. Last hours in Scotland were spent in Dundrennan Abbey in Dumfries & Galloway before journeying to England to seek protection from her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.
  9. Confined in England for 18 years before Elizabeth sanctioned her death warrant and she was beheaded. She died 8 February 1587 in Fotheringhay Castle.

The new Mary Queen of Scots film features Oscar Nominee Saoirse Ronan performs the role of the ambitious Mary, whose attempts to reclaim the throne of Scotland incurs the wrath of the maniacal virgin queen, Elizabeth I, played by Margot Robbie. Former Dr Who David Tennant also features in the film as John Knox . Much of the filming for the £180 million project has taken place in Edinburgh, 20 miles from the queen’s birthplace in Linlithgow, with scenes also shot in Glencoe, Blackness Castle , Oxford and Derbyshire. The film also features a digital recreation of Linlithgow Palace ,  birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.

Mary Queen of Scots film day tours . Tour price £250 . Phone 07305-294773 or book online .