To coincide with the latest series of Outlander, here’s a chance to win some amazing prizes from locations featured in the show. Like to enter and please share to spread the word!
Locations & prizes: ⚔ Callendar House Festive Afternoon Tea for 2 ⚔ Family ticket for 4 to Living Christmas Nativity Farm Tour (any date) at Muiravonside Country Park ⚔ Family entry to Blackness Castle (2 adults & 6 children) ⚔ Family ticket to Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway (valid for 1 year, can’t be used on Santa Trains or Day out with Thomas) ⚔ “Midhope and more – Memories from Outlander Filming Locations” by Mary’s Meanders in conjunction with The Edinburgh Sketch.The winner will be chosen at random and announced on the 30th of October at 5pm. Good luck! Find out about all these attractions and more at www.visitfalkirk.com
Doune Castle is 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 . Check availability by phoning us now on 07305-294773 or contact us online . Toll free number 1-866-233-2644
Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland.
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”.
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.
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Doune Castle – Castle Leoch
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.
Outlander tour of 5 Scottish castles – 2 passengers
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In what proved to be a tender moment on Season 3 of Outlander, Jamie (Sam Heughan) offered himself to Lord John Grey (David Berry) to ensure the safety of his son, Willie. Although the scene was well done given its complexity – Grey is a closeted soldier while Jamie was sexually abused in Season 1 – Berry admitted it was challenging to pull off in such a short time frame.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Berry revealed the sex offer was tricky for him and Heughan, and required a few rewrites to get perfect. Berry explained how they wanted viewers to buy into the idea that Jamie would do everything in his power to keep Willie safe, even if that meant essentially getting raped by Grey. In the books, the scene in question takes place over several chapters. The show, however, had to condense that down to a few quick scenes, which made everything more complicated.
“It was important for both Sam and I to endow Jamie’s proposal with as much sincerity as possible so that we could then subvert the expectations of the audience when Grey rejects him. And for Grey it was important for the rejection not to seem cruel but come from a place of honor and compassion for Jamie,” Berry shared. “This helps the audience to understand the depth of their friendship. Grey loves Jamie but would never abuse or transgress his friendship with Jamie for his own selfish purposes.”
Speaking of Jamie’s sacrifice for his son, Outlander executive producer Matthew B. Roberts recently opened up about casting Clark Butler for the role. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Roberts explained how it didn’t take long for them to cast Willie and how they were not looking for somebody who resembled Jamie. Instead, they picked an actor who was best for the character, and Butler immediately stood out above the rest.
Roberts also revealed that casting has undergone a lot of changes over the past few years. Most of the casting is now done online, and the entire crew can review auditions on their own time. Fortunately for Butler, everyone quickly agreed that he was the perfect fit for the role.
While Butler did a great job as Willie in episode four, titled “Of Lost Things,” we won’t be seeing much of his character for the remainder of the season. Willie was part of a handful of characters who were quickly introduced and sent away during the installment, including Isobel Dunsany, Geneva Dunsany – whom Jamie slept with to keep his identity safe – and Lord Ellesmere.
Scotland has been voted the most beautiful country in the world
Scotland has been voted the most beautiful country in the world by a respected travel company. Rough Guides, the leading publisher of travel and reference guides, tasked its readers to choose the top 20 most beautiful countries in the world, and Scotland came out on top, ahead of Canada and New Zealand. The website said: “Who can deny that these wild beaches, deep lochs and craggy castles are some of the most wonderful and beautiful sights in the world?” The industrial landscape across the Dee Estuary. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) The recognition was welcomed by VisitScotland who hope to welcome more tourists exploring the diversity the country offers. Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland said: “We are delighted that Scotland has received this remarkable accolade from Rough Guide readers, but of course it will not be a surprise to anyone who has encountered our wonderful country. Luskintyre beach in Harris (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images). From our awe-inspiring landscapes to our remarkable historic attractions, to our bustling but beautiful urban centres, Scotland takes people’s breaths away. “Our latest campaign, the Spirit of Scotland was based on feedback from visitors that they get a special feeling while in the country – whether it’s in the wilds of Glen Coe on a stormy day or taking part in a ceilidh on Burns’ Night – there is something different about Scotland that they can’t experience anywhere else in the world. Black Rock Cottage and Buachaille Etive Mor in Glen Coe (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images). “Of course with great beauty comes great responsibility and we urge both visitors and residents alike to respect Scotland’s natural assets to protect and preserve them for many generations to come. “Off the back of this accolade, we look forward to welcoming more visitors from across the world who want to encounter Scotland’s unique beauty and spirit.” Dail Mor beach in Lewis (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images).
Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/scotland-voted-beautiful-country-world/
Alongside our normal choice of tours , Private Tours Edinburgh also offers bespoke private tours customised to the requirements of each customer .
You can set your own itinerary and decide exactly where you want to visit . Customers interested should contact us online for a quote
Tours normally start at 9.30 am .
Normal pickup point is Edinburgh or Glasgow city centre or the airport .
Your tour can feature a visit to Outlander film locations , the Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel , Edinburgh Castle , Stirling Castle or any other visitor attraction .
Stirling Castle is one of the top tourist attractions in central Scotland . The castle features the Royal Palace , the Great Hall and the castle.
Stirling Castle has been named Scotland’s best visitor attraction at the inaugural 2016 Scottish and Outdoor Leisure Awards. The castle, which attracts about 460,000 visitors per year, beat competitors including Edinburgh Zoo and Dynamic Earth.
If you go into the Great Hall in the castle you can take a seat at the top table and picture yourself as the King or Queen of Scotland .
‘ So let us pass … to the ports of Sterling ; where stands a beautiful and embellished Castle, elevated on the precipice of an impregnable rock , that commands the vallies ( as well as the town ) and all those habitable parts about it … ‘- Richard Franck , Northern Memoirs , 1656
Stirling Castle is built on the volcanic rock high above the town. From the castle you can see Stirling Bridge and the Wallace Monument.
A historic Scottish castle that boasts lake views and comes complete with two islands is on the market for £3.75 million.
Glenborrodale Castle has 16 bedrooms as well as a walled garden, a gate house and an impressive 133 acres of land.
The baronial home, on the idyllic Ardnamurchan peninsula in Lochaber, Scottish Highlands, was built during the early 20th century and looks fit to feature in a Hollywood fairy tale blockbuster or period drama.
: Glenborrodale Castle, a 20th century baronial home in the Scottish Highlands, is on the market for £3.75million
: The grand hallway and reception area in Glenborrodale which features an attractive open fireplace
Glenborrodale is located on the Ardnamurchan peninsula in Lochaber and boasts panoramic views of Loch Sunart
Prospective buyers will be met with wrought iron gates and stone pillars as they make their way onto the grounds of the estate.
Inside, the elegant castle offers a beautiful feature staircase with marble steps, a dining room with an open fireplace and a turret with panoramic views of the surroundings.
Also included in the remarkable property is a gym and sauna, adjoining tennis court, commercial kitchen, games room and a boat house complete with a jetty.
According to estate agents Bell Ingram who are selling the property, ‘Glenborrodale Castle is situated on the southern shore of the picturesque Ardnamurchan Peninsula.
‘The area offers some of the most outstanding coastline scenery together with an abundance of wildlife.
‘Glenborrodale Castle dates from 1902 and is a five storey Scots baronial mansion built of red Dumfriesshire sandstone.
Pictured: Buyers can enjoy the surrounding loch and beautiful countryside from the castle’s turret or relax on the raised patio
Pictured: The castle’s vast dining room is fit for a regal banquet with enough room to entertain large crowds of guests
Pictured: The castle boasts incredible views of Loch Sunart and its grounds include the Isle of Risga and Eilean an Feidh’
‘The castle itself dominates the steep south facing hillside which overlooks Loch Sunart.’
However, the most interesting aspect of the sale is the inclusion of two picturesque islands.
The estate agent added in the brochure: ‘The panoramic view takes in the islands of Risga, Carna and Oronsay and the Morven Hills on the far North side of the loch.
Pictured: Prospective residents can relax in the castles manicured gardens or walk around its lush and vast grounds
Pictured: Glenborrodale could easily be mistaken for a scene from a period drama or Hollywood fairy tale with its impressive red brick turrets and beautiful grounds +9
Pictured: The property’s islands are uninhabited and are accessed on by boat but they can be gazed upon from the comfort of the castle +9
‘The grounds of the Castle extend to about 132.99 acres (53.82ha) and include the Isle of Risga and Eilean an Feidh.’
The isolated islands are uninhabited and are accessed on by boat but they can be gazed upon from the comfort of the castle.
this A-listed building is currently under private ownership and is not open to the public, but it has previously been used as a wedding venue and for exclusive accommodation.