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.”
Our private group tours take up to four people to three Outlander filming locations. We also offer bespoke private tours. This tour visits Falkland ( Inverness ) , Doune Castle ( Castle Leoch ) and Blackness Castle ( Fort William ) .
The Kelpies sculptures are the largest works of art in Scotland, and the largest equine sculptures in the world.
Sculptor Andy Scott was on hand for the opening, along with Duke, a Clydesdale horse which was one of the models for the 30m (100ft) works.
More than 1m people have visited the Kelpies since they were completed in April 2014.
The Kelpies, the centrepiece of the 350-hectare, £43m Helix parkland project, have boosted the local economy by £1.5m per year.
They have won a number of design awards, and were named “Scotland’s national treasure” by the National Lottery.
A £1.8m visitor centre has opened at the attraction .
The pair of sculptures are made from 600 tonnes of steel and more than 10,000 special fixings, and tower over the nearby M9 motorway.
The Kelpies sculptures in Falkirk were open to the public in April last year. An exhibition of local schools kids artwork celebrating The Kelpies and The John Muir Way will also be unveiled by Kelpie artist Andy Scott. The artwork will be on display inside The Kelpies for three weeks afterwards for tour guests to admire.
The completion of the £5 million venture marked a significant stage in the £43 million Helix project, which has transformed 865 acres of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth.
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Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland.
Our private group visits five castles used as Outlander film locations. This tour visits Midhope Castle ( Lallybroch ) , Doune Castle ( Castle Leoch ) , 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.
Our private group visits four unique Scottish castles. This tour visits Drummond Castle and Gardens , Stirling Castle , Doune Castle and Linlithgow Palace
Four ancient Scottish castles feature in this tour – Drummond Castle and Gardens , Stirling Castle , Doune Castle and Linlithgow Palace
1 Drummond Castle and Gardens
Drummond Castle Gardens, near Crieff, Perthshire, doubles as the French royal Palace of Versailles in TV drama Outlander.The grounds, which date back to 1630, are considered “the best example of formal terraced gardens in Scotland”.
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.
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 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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Lallybroch castle is the ancestral home of Outlander star Jamie fraser , real life Midhope Castle is just 25 minutes from Edinburgh. Our private group tours take up to four people to three Outlander filming locations. This tour visits Lallybroch – Midhope Castle, Blackness Castle ( Fort William ) and Linlithgow Palace ( Wentworth Prison )
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Lallybroch – Midhope Castle, ancestral home of Jamie Fraser
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Despite his death, Frank remains an important character in Outlander Season 4. After all, he played a huge role in Brianna’s upbringing, and there are going to be comparisons she’ll make between him and her biological father. It’s just human to make comparisons.
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Since the closing of Season 3, the showrunners have been clear that they would like to bring Tobias Menzies back into the series. How is that possible when both his characters are dead? And yes, Black Jack Randall certainly died at Culloden as Claire told him. Now the showrunners have said that Frank will hopefully come back into the series.
Jack Randall was in command of the garrison at Fort William ( Blackness Castle ) for four years.
In 1740, Jamie Fraser is arrested at Lallybroch while trying to defend Jenny, taken to Fort William and brutally flogged by Jack Randall.
It’s all about the flashbacks
Outlander Season 4 could always use flashbacks for Brianna. She’ll still have stories to tell Roger and she’ll continue to watch out for her mother by reading the historical documents to track them. After all, she’ll want to know where her mother is and when she dies.
As she’s going through the documents, Brianna could find something her dad knew or mentioned. She could find paperwork that belonged to him. This would allow her to delve more into stories about him, using flashbacks to tell the stories for the audience.
While we’ve seen some of the scenes from Claire and Frank’s points of view, is it possible that Brianna actually heard some of the arguments? Could she have watched them and those are moments that stand out for her? The flashbacks could be of her side of those arguments.
Filling in the gaps
There are still elements to the story that Outlander hasn’t told yet. Frank wouldn’t have been able to just forget about Jamie. Brianna’s red hair would have prevented that. He had to know done his research, known where he was and what had happened to him. He may have even learned that Claire would eventually go back to the past.
In fact, is it possible that when Frank wanted to take Brianna to England it was to allow Claire to journey back to the past? Did he want to give her the chance to make the decision she wished she could have made years ago?
Outlander Season 4 could fill in some of the gaps, using flashes of Frank to make it easier on the audience.
Would you like to see Frank return to Outlander? What do you think of the idea of bringing Tobias Menzies back? How could you see it working? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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.
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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 1, when Jamie attempts to rescue Jenny from the Redcoats, only to end up being whipped and carried off to Fort William. Later in episode 12, Jamie returns with Claire. Then, in season 2 we see Claire and Jamie return home after their time on France.
In season 3 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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HIJOBS says the time-travelling Jacobean epic – which has made household names of actors Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser and Caitriona Balfe as Claire Fraser – has had major implications for the job market in the area.
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Arguably one of the biggest stars of the series and the biggest scene-stealer has been Scotland itself with its stunning landscapes and historic buildings, towns and villages.
Outlander has boosted the economy, visitor numbers and now jobs
HIJOBS’ Laura Saunders says: “Things are looking good at the start of the 2018 tourist season. As Visit Scotland has said, the ‘Outlander effect’ continues to benefit many places featured in the cult TV series, as well as others with Jacobite connections.
“The Glenfinnan Monument, just 16 miles from our Fort William office, saw a staggering 58 per cent increase in visitors last year; Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre is up by 28 per cent, year-on-year; Castle Fraser by nearly half, and Glasgow Cathedral by a third.”
The Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions announced that visits to its member sites rose dramatically in 2017 for the fourth year running.
Meanwhile the film company is currently working on the next Outlander series.
At its base – a former Cumbernauld factory – a field nearby was turned into the Culloden battlefield.
Falkland and Culross were also amongst communities experiencing the Outlander magic for themselves.
Venues used have included Blackness Castle, doubling as the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall, which has seen visitors rise year-on-year by 44 per cent.
Doune Castle , doubling as Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan, saw numbers up 42 per cent.
The latest available figures show that spending by tourists in Scotland generates around £12 billion of economic activity for the wider Scottish supply chain and contributes around £6 billion to Scottish GDP, representing about five per cent of total Scottish GDP.
The tourism industry in Scotland supports more than 217,000 jobs accounting for around 8.5 per cent of employment in the country.
Laura added: “We have the two-year Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund due to start in the coming financial year. This is all good news for the Highland economy and job market.”
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said when announcing the project: “The tourist boom that our country is enjoying is great news.
“It means more jobs and investment but it can also mean pressure on transport, services and facilities – especially in rural areas. The Scottish Government is determined to help.”
Spending on film and TV in Scotland hits record high
Fiona Hyslop Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs added: “Last year was another hugely successful year for our world-class visitor attractions. Tourism is of vital importance to communities throughout Scotland, stimulating economic growth.”
OUTLANDER has been cited as helping bring a “phenomenal” boost to tourism in Scotland as new figures show an increase in visits.
Malcolm Roughead, Visitscotland chief executive, said the interest in film and television series locations like Outlander, shot and set in Scotland, has helped the rise in summer visitor numbers last year. Outlander tours of Scotland
He said: “We knew anecdotally that tourism businesses across Scotland had a good summer in 2017, but it is absolutely phenomenal to see just how much growth there was compared to the same period in 2016 with overseas visits up by 14.6 per cent and domestic visits up by 10 per cent from July to September.
“Such exceptional increases across visits and spend can be attributed to a myriad of different factors which have worked together to create a perfect blend for Scottish tourism.
“Key influences include increased capacity on air routes from countries all across the world, favourable exchange rates and of course the Outlander effect which has had a huge impact with many coming to experience the land that inspired the popular books and TV series.”
The head of the national tourism agency went on: “More than that, we are noticing a real uplift in the staycation market with less people flying out of the UK for the first time in a number of years, meaning many are simply getting out and about exploring their own country.
“This is a real testament to the hard work of our tourism industry which is constantly innovating and investing to ensure visitors receive not only a quality experience, but a memorable one.
Pioneering partnerships have been at the heart of Visitscotland marketing activity including key collaborations with TripAdvisor, booking.com and E4, ensuring we reach more potential visitors globally in new and exciting ways.
Mr Roughead said: “Our focus on digital marketing and unique PR campaigns including an ambitious YouTube influencer campaign has been very successful, with Scotland punching above its weight on a global platform.
“Tourism is the heartbeat of the Scottish economy, causing a ripple effect which touches every industry and community, creating employment and economic growth.
“We will continue to work hard to ensure the sector remains a priority for Scotland for many years to come.”
Overseas figures from Office of National Statistics show 11.6m UK visits and domestic tourism statistics of 3.5m visits from the Great Britain Tourism Survey from July to September last year.
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