Outlander tour of 5 Scottish castles

The smash hit series Outlander hits UK TV screens this week . Most of the first 2 series were shot in Scotland with 5 castles in particular featuring heavily.

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.

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

4 Aberdour Castle – Sainte Anne de Beaupré’s monastery

The Kingdom of Fife posed as the north of France in Season One when Aberdour – possibly Scotland’s oldest standing castle, was depicted as The Abbey of Ste. Anne de Beaupré.
The fictional Benedictine monastery is where Jamie Fraser was taken to recover from his ordeal at Wentworth Prison, Happily, one of his six uncles was an abbot there.
The Old Kitchen and Long Gallery at Aberdour, in the village of Easter Aberdour, feature in the show.
The original hall house of Aberdour was built around 1200 by Alan de Mortimer with the castle largely the creation of the Douglas Earls of Morton, who held Aberdour from the 14th century.

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Blackness Castle – Fort William army headquarters

outlander , blackness castleOne 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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Castle Grant sold after 2 weeks on market

Castle Grant on the outskirts of Grantown-on-Spey has been sold for over £1.1million after just 2 weeks on the market .
Music industry PR man Jordan Harkins, from Aberdeen, tweeted: “Just found out my auntie bought the castle Craig Whyte was evicted from … might tell her to rent him back a room seeing as he is a legend.”

Kevin Maley, of selling agents Strutt & Parker, said: “This has been a very quick sale for a property of this size.

“But it is a fantastic place in a great setting at a very good price indeed.”

Whyte bought the castle for £720,000 in 2006 with a 110 per cent mortgage but he fell into arrears with the £7000-a-month mortgage payments.

His lender took him to court in Inverness but the day before he was forced to give up the keys, the Record caught Whyte’s dad Tom siphoning oil from the heating system and removing fittings.

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Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle is the most photographed castle in the world .
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Visits to the castle can be arranged by taxi transfers from Edinburgh Airport . Download the Airport transfers Scotland booking app .

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Castle Gogar in Edinburgh for sale

Castle Gogar near Edinburgh is for sale at £2.9 million . The castle has  everything you would expect in a property fit for a king or queen: towers and turrets with arrow slots, a vaulted crypt, an oak panelled dining room and hall, and even spiral staircases.
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The turrets were only added to the 1625 property in the 19th century and have never housed archers. Other more modern additions include a wet room and sauna, a handmade oak kitchen with a built-in American fridge freezer, and outbuildings housing a gym and games room. There are seven bedrooms, but you’ll have to climb all the way up to the third floor to rest your head in the master bedroom. Climb more stairs and you can survey your 3.65 acres from your very own battlements. The price is almost as lofty as the top floor tower room: £2.9m.In today’s market , only a rich Russian or American are likely to be interested. Although Britain is supposed to be coming out of recession , the property market remains flat , even at the top level.

The owners of Castle Gogar may be in for a long wait for a buyer . St Andrews castle is  a fascinating historic building in the university town in Fife .
A taxi from Edinburgh to St Andrews costs from £85 .

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Orsini Castle for sale

Europe has been in financial turmoil since 2008 with the UK in a double dip recession . Real estate markets in many of the major countries have recorded huge drops in price. The prices of properties in Ireland plunged vertically, leaving the country chasing the shadows of the levels that were reached during the bubble in the mid-2000s. Castle domains for sale

The plight of Italian properties

Mario Monti, the Prime Minister of Italy, is making efforts to sell state properties quickly as a way to reduce the mounting debt in the country. Historic army barracks, hilltop castles and Venetian palazzos are all fair game and being put up for sale as the nation looks to slash its debt. Many prime properties are available for potential investors to assess, and the government is hoping to pocket a staggering $1.9 billion after selling over 350 more buildings that are expected to be made available in the market from the turn of the year.

The Orsini Castle, a 13th Century former papal dwelling that overlooks the Soriano nel Cimino towards the northern region of Rome is one of the main spots. However, potential investors will have to shell out big bucks, as Milan’s Palazzo Bolis-Gualdo is anticipated to cost a whopping $38 million.

Prices of homes in Greece and Spain fell by around 20 per cent in the last five years. However, other European nations such as Norway, Serbia and Austria have enjoyed rises in real estate prices. Amid the disorder, astute buyers have plenty of investment opportunities as they remain alert about the current economic situation. Investors from all over the world are looking to purchase properties at bargained prices here.

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Italian castle for sale

A 40,000 square foot, 30-bedroom medieval castle in Piemonte, Torino is for sale at £45 million . It is regarded asPiemonte, Torino castle for sale , Italy one of Italy’s most beautiful monuments and it is considered one of the most scenic and extraordinary castles in the world. Its courtyard, with the suggestive Fountain of the Mysteries, is surrounded by impressive, historical walls (built between the 9th and 14th century). It will only set you back 45M Euros (roughly $56 million).


 

 

 
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