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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 gifts featuring the film locations in Scotland .

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.

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Linlithgow Palace – Wentworth Prison

This 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

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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Outlander tour of five Scottish castles

The smash hit series Outlander hits UK TV screens this week . Most of the first two series were shot in Scotland with five 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.

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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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is Lallybroch far from Edinburgh ?

It takes about half an hour to travel from Edinburgh to Lallybroch . You can book Lallybroch tours from Edinburgh .Edinburgh is one of the great cities of the world with millions of visitors a year. Check our our Edinburgh hotels guide .

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Top ten Scottish castles ecards

Scotland has hundreds of castles old and new , ruined and modernised . I have compiled a list of my top ten castles . I have been taking pictures of castles for over 10 years and each one offers a unique challenge

Scotland has hundreds of castles old and new ,  some in ruins , some refurbished and inhabited  . I have compiled a list of my top ten castles , now available as free ecards . I have been taking pictures of castles for over 10 years and each one offers a unique challenge .  I have published a new set of castle wallpapers which can be downloaded to your mobile . 

1 Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan is an old favourite . It in a spectacular setting in the middle of 3 lochs and surrounded by mountains . Eilean Donan Castle is one
of the most photographed castles in Scotland , if not the
world . It is on a small island in the middle of 3 lochs .
On a clear day you can see the Isle of Skye in the distance
. The original castle was built in 1220 . It was destroyed
by 3 English frigates in the 18th century and totally
rebuilt in the 1920s by the Macraes . Send a free Eilean Donan Castle ecard

2 Stirling Castle
Stirling is on a rocky crag overlooking the town with great views to the Wallace Monument and Ben Lomond  . Stirling was a vital crossing point during the Wars of Independence . William Wallace , Braveheart , won the battle of Stirling Bridge at the foot of the castle.
Send a free Stirlng Castle ecard

3 Dunnottar Castle
Dunnottar Castle is perched on a spectacular rocky crag on the east coast of Scotland 4 miles from Stonehaven . In olden days the castle was impregnable because of the sheer cliffs on each side . Send a free Dunnotar Castle ecard

4 Urquhart Castle
Urquhart is on the shore of Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland . The Grant Tower is the only part of the castle which is not completely in ruins . If you’re lucky you might see the Loch Ness monster as she swims up the loch for a snack around lunch time . Send a free Urquhart Castle ecard

5 Linlithgow Palace
Birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots . The fountain has been totally refurbished

6 Blackness Castle
Blackness 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 . Send a freeBlackness Castle ecard

7 Blair Castle
Blair Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Atholl and his own private army

8 Caerlaverock Castle
Caerlaverock Castle near Dumfriess is an unusual triangular shape

9 Castle Campbell
Castle Campbell is high on the hillside near Dollar and it has spectacular views over the Forth Valley

10 Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle dominates the Edinburgh city skyline with views over the
whole of the city . The one o’clock gun is fired every day
to wake up sleepy tourists
Send a free Edinburgh Castle ecard

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.

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.

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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Eilean Donan Castle inspires Pixar’s Brave

Eilean Donan Castle inspires Pixar's Brave

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Pixar’s new blockbuster Brave film is set in Scotland and has been inspired by a number of Scottish castles, mainly Eilean Donan Castle and Dunnottar Castle. The film has made $66.7m (£42.8m) in its opening weekend, knocking Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted off the top spot. Brave is the first Disney Pixar animation with a female protagonist. Brave, which will close the Edinburgh International Film Festival later this week, is the the 13th consecutive Pixar release to open at number one. “Their track record is just unbelievable,” said Paul Dergarabedian, analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com.
“The Pixar brand just carries so much weight with the audience. It doesn’t matter almost what the story is about if it has the Pixar name.”
Brave’s heroine, who rebels against her family’s plans for her to marry, is voiced by Kelly Macdonald, of Trainspotting and Boardwalk Empire fame.She was born and bred in Scotland , as were most of the cast, which includes Robbie Coltrane, comedian and now chat show host Craig Ferguson and Macdonald’s Trainspotting co-star Kevin McKidd, better known to American audiences for his role in Grey’s Anatomy.
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Eilean Donan Castle inspiration

Eilean Donan has inspired many artists and photographers down the years. Images of the castle have featured in countless calendars and postcards. It is one of my favourite castles in Scotland because of the huge potential it offers throughout most of the year.


VisitScotland marketing campaign

VisitScotland found out that Mel Gibson’s film Braveheart in 1995 brought a whole flood of visitors to Scotland , mainly from America.They have decided to try and capitalise on Brave to promote Scotland and bring a whole new generation of visitors to Scotland.
VisitScotland has launched its biggest ever global marketing campaign, working alongside Disney Pixar to reach millions of potential visitors across the world. The campaign will showcase every corner of Scotland through a new TV and cinema advert, a new website and extensive marketing and events activity in countries ranging from the US and UK to France and Germany. The TV and cinema campaign will reach around 80 million people in the UK and abroad and is expected to boost the Scottish economy by around £140m.
The campaign will see the airing of VisitScotland’s first TV advert in North America for ten years – thanks to a major funding boost by the Scottish Government. The timing of the campaign is crucial, with this market showing encouraging signs of recovery. The number of American visitors increased by 15% last year and it is Scotland’s biggest overseas market, with more than 400,000 visitors spending £311m every year.
UK audiences will also be treated to the new advert in cinemas and TV in a special UK version which will launch when the film opens in August.
The new 30-second advert, which is voiced by the BBC’s historian and presenter Neil Oliver, will be broadcast on some of the world’s largest networks and in cinemas before the film, taking creative inspiration from the theme “Scotland. Where legends come to life.”

First Minister Alex Salmond attends Brave premiere

First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond has done his bit to promote VisitScotland’s marketing campaign with his attendance at the film premiere and a raft of press interviews.

Thornbury Castle sold for £4 million

It was one of seven venues to be purchased by Halcyon Hotels and Resorts with its joint venture partner Patron Capital last week and it is believed the historic landmark alone went for about £4 million.

In one of the biggest property deals of the year , Thornbury Castle has been sold in a deal worth £30 million .

It was one of seven venues to be purchased by Halcyon Hotels and Resorts with its joint venture partner Patron Capital last week and it is believed the historic landmark alone went for about £4 million.

It was put up for sale seven months ago for £7.5 million when its owners von Essen Hotels went into administration in April, but its asking price had to be reduced to attract buyers.

News that it was to remain a luxury hotel came as a relief in the town after months of uncertainty over the fate of the Tudor castle.

Thornbury Chamber of Commerce vice-chairman Tony Wilcock welcomed the announcement.

He said: “There was a question mark over the future of the castle when von Essen went into administration. We are happy to see that it has found a buyer and that it is going to be kept as a tourist attraction.

“The fact that it will continue as a hotel should be beneficial for the town. It is very popular and it is important that it thrives.”

A Halcyon Hotels and Resorts spokesman said: “The historic castle is expected to be a big hit with the family market and immediate steps will be taken to widen its appeal to children of all ages.”

Thornbury Castle, along with the six other properties, will be under the direction of Nigel Chapman, who heads Halcyon as its chief executive officer.

Mr Chapman said: “I and my colleagues on the management team will set about revitalising these hotels immediately. It’s thrilling to have a genuine castle in our family.”

Jobs could be created as a result of the purchase as Mr Chapman has pledged to recruit staff at most of the locations.

Mayor of Thornbury Gill Brooks said: “That is wonderful news. We were concerned about people losing their jobs at the hotel when the owners went into administration. It would be very good if it brought some jobs to the town.”

One of the town’s most attractive sites, Thornbury Castle was built 500 years ago by the Duke of Buckingham, who was later charged with treason by Henry VIII.

The king and his second wife Anne Boleyn are known to have stayed at the property.

Pusztaradvány Castle for sale Hungary

Pusztaradvány Castle for sale Hungary, Eastern Europe features a large number of ancient castles which occasionally come on the market. A castle in classicist style, run as a castle hotel of superior category, is for sale in Pusztaradvány.
The estate is located just 2 hours from Budapest by car and only 30 minutes from Kosice International Airport, also very close to Tokaj Wine Region (UNESCO World Heritage of Hungary). Castle keeps its gate open for those who long for tranquil relaxation, fresh air and undisturbed nature. Since its reconstruction in 2004 the castle summons the atmosphere of the 19th century with its period fixtures, original paintings, Biedermeier furniture and the 100-120 year-old luminaires, which serve as style- and industry-historical curiosities.

Eastern Europe features a large number of  ancient castles which occasionally come on the market. A castle in classicist style, run as a castle hotel of  superior category, is for sale in Pusztaradvány.
The estate is located just 2 hours from Budapest by car and only 30 minutes from Kosice International Airport, also very close to Tokaj Wine Region (UNESCO World Heritage of Hungary). Castle keeps its gate open for those who long for tranquil relaxation, fresh air and undisturbed nature. Since its reconstruction in 2004 the castle summons the atmosphere of the 19th century with its period fixtures, original paintings, Biedermeier furniture and the 100-120 year-old luminaires, which serve as style- and industry-historical curiosities.

The castle of its size is suitable for a person (family) or company, on the other hand after a relatively small investment can be run as a four-star hotel with its well introduced name with bigger capacity (7 new rooms are ready to build up in a short time).

The estate is a very good place for horse-riding centre with its 620 sqm stable or for hunter tourism (there are many hunting grounds near the castle). Built in 1855 features include

Furnished
Appliances
Gym/Spa
Cable TV
Mountain View The Lounge, The Restaurant, The Kitchen, The Biliard-Room And The So Called “turkish Bath” With Its Bubble Spa, Scented Steam Room And Infra Sauna Can Be Found On The Ground-Floor
Seven Apartments / Rooms And The Assembly Hall With The Latest Conference-Equipment Are Located On The First-Floor.
In The Mansard Of The Building Two Further Rooms And Two Suites Can Be Brought On.
119.000M2 Land
Country-House (100 Sqm) Stable (620 Sqm)
Farm Buildings
In The Park Of The Ancient Trees A Pond, A Play-Ground For Children And Also Resting-Places Provide The Visitors With Recreation, Moreover, An Outdoor Pool Heated By Sun-Energy Can Be Found Next To The Castle.