Outlander castles, whisky and lochs tours

Our Outlander castles, whisky and lochs tours feature a visit to two Outlander castles  – Midhope Castle ( Lallybroch ) and Doune Castle ( Castle Leoch ) – plus a tour of Deanston Distillery , producer of Highland malt whisky .

  • private tour
  • Midhope Castle ( Lallybroch )
  • Doune Castle ( Castle Leoch )
  • Deanston distillery
  • Loch Lubnaig
  • Loch Lubhair

Doune Castle

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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. 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.

Once a Royal residence, Doune Castle was rebuilt by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany in the late 14th Century.

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Visitors spend up to one hour at each location .

Deanston Distillery

In 1785 the Deanston Cotton Mill opened its doors. Designed by one of the fathers of the industrial revolution, Richard Arkwright, Deanston was at the forefront of new beginnings as Scotland moved from agriculture to industrialisation.

In 1949 Deanston’s historic and long running commitment to sustainable energy was secured with the installation of new electrical turbines which to this day provide all of its  electricity using water from the river and original lade.

In 1974 Deanston produced the very first bottle of Deanston Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

The standard tour at Deanston costs £9 per person ( not included on tour price )

Each tour warmly welcomes you into the heart of the distillery, where Deanston makes award-winning Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Here you will see a traditional open top mash tun, gleaming copper stills and a must-see vaulted maturation Warehouse 2B. Join the experienced tour guides on a journey through time, taking you back to the past as a cotton mill and through the evolution of Deanston. The Standard Tour finishes off with a tasting of Deanston 12 year old whisky .

Guided tour of the distillery Includes a tasting of Deanston 12 year old , £5 voucher towards the purchase of any bottle of Deanston 70cl single malt whisky in the distillery shop

Duration: 50 minutes

Every drop of Highland Single Malt is a marriage of the finest local ingredients and the skill of the craft to create the wonderful, fresh, honeyed sweetness that Deanston is known for. The Distillery has a  commitment to using a traditional, hand crafted approach to our whisky embodies the honesty of our community. Our adherence to traditional methods combined with the skills and experience of our distillery team makes Deanston the unique single malt it is today.

Deanston Distillery was used as Jared’s wine warehouse.

Midhope Castle

Lallybroch is the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser , filmed at Midhope Castle .

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Scenes were shot at Midhope Castle near 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. For Midhope Castle tours booking enquiries and availability check phone 07305-294773

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Exclusions

Lunch, snacks and entrance fees are not included in the price .

 Outlander castles, whisky and lochs tour – £250 ( private tour for up to 4 passengers )

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Outlander gets a name check on the Simpsons

Outlander has been a big success but now it can finally claim respect from the only thing that really matters: The Simpsons.

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On Monday, series star Sam Heughan, 38, tweeted out a video he’d recorded of a Simpsons episode that joked about the romantic drama.

The episode, which originally aired in November, shows a jury of Springfield residents deliberating Homer Simpson’s career as a TV recap writer and a negative review he wrote for Outlander.

The highest honor: On Monday, Outlander star Sam Heughan, 38, tweeted out a video he'd recorded of a Simpsons episode that joked about the romantic drama


The highest honor: On Monday, Outlander star Sam Heughan, 38, tweeted out a video he’d recorded of a Simpsons episode that joked about the romantic drama

‘This is better than any award…..’ tweeted the Scottish heartthrob.

His co-costar, Caitriona Balfe, 39, replied, ‘Whaaaaaaaaaaat???????? HOOOmer M G ..!!!! Well I can now die happy! @Outlander_STARZ @SamHeughan @TheSimpsons.’

In the episode, number 647, Krusty the Clown is accused of trying to run Homer down in his car after the bumbling cartoon father gave Krusty’s TV show a bad rating.

Sam included a clip of the Simpsons episode recorded from his phone in the tweet.  ‘The celebs are moving in!’ Celebrity Big Brother reveals cast

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Stamp of approval: 'This is better than any award.....' tweeted the Scottish heartthrob; pictured with Caitriona Balfe, 39, on Outlander


Stamp of approval: ‘This is better than any award…..’ tweeted the Scottish heartthrob; pictured with Caitriona Balfe, 39, on Outlander

Barely containing herself: Sam's co-star Caitriona replied, 'Whaaaaaaaaaaat???????? HOOOmer M G ..!!!! Well I can now die happy! @Outlander_STARZ @SamHeughan @TheSimpsons'; pictured in Beverly Hills in January


Barely containing herself: Sam’s co-star Caitriona replied, ‘Whaaaaaaaaaaat???????? HOOOmer M G ..!!!! Well I can now die happy! @Outlander_STARZ @SamHeughan @TheSimpsons’; pictured in Beverly Hills in January

The jury members judging him seem more concerned with Homer’s misjudgment of the time traveling erotic drama than Krusty’s crime. 

‘It was justifiable Homer-cide,’ says Patty Bouvier, Homer’s long-suffering sister-in-law.

‘He gave Outlander a B minus!’ interject her sister Selma.

Another juror pipes in with, ‘That show knows what it wants to be! Come on.’

‘Oo, I’ve heard that gets really good about eight episodes in,’ says Judge Roy Snyder, before finding Krusty not guilty of trying to kill Homer.’Sometimes life takes unexpected turns’: Outlander season

He deserved it: 'It was justifiable Homer-cide,' says Patty Bouvier, Homer's long-suffering sister-in-law. 'He gave Outlander a B minus!' interject her sister Selma


He deserved it: ‘It was justifiable Homer-cide,’ says Patty Bouvier, Homer’s long-suffering sister-in-law. ‘He gave Outlander a B minus!’ interject her sister Selma

Embracing it: Another juror pipes in with, 'That show knows what it wants to be! Come on'

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Embracing it: Another juror pipes in with, ‘That show knows what it wants to be! Come on’

Peak TV: 'Oo, I've heard that gets really good about eight episodes in,' says Judge Roy Snyder, before finding Krusty not guilty of trying to kill Homer


Peak TV: ‘Oo, I’ve heard that gets really good about eight episodes in,’ says Judge Roy Snyder, before finding Krusty not guilty of trying to kill Homer

The Simpsons, which is the longest-running American sitcom, has been on the air since 1989.

Although its episodes aren’t as well-received now as they were in earlier seasons, it’s still a prestigious honor to be mentioned in one.

Outlander isn’t exactly wanting for recognition, though. The Starz original series has repeated been nominated for the Golden Globes, the Saturn Awards and the People’s Choice Awards since its 2014 debut.

Lead actress Caitriona has been nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actress each year since 2016, though she has yet to win. 

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Top Scottish film locations tour

Top Scottish film locations tour featuring

  • Doune Castle ( Monty Python , Game of Thrones )
  • Linlithgow Palace ( Outlander, Mary Queen of Scots )
  • Rosslyn Chapel ( the Davinci code )
  • Blackness Castle ( the Outlaw King , Mary Queen of Scots )
  • the historic Hippodrome cinema in Bo’ness

1 The Hippodrome cinema in Bo’ness

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Hippodrome cinema tours . Image courtesy Falkirk Community Trust

The historic Hippodrome cinema was built in 1912  .

A personal guide from Falkirk Community Trust will take your group on a tour round the inside of the Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness: Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema . You will learn about local entrepreneur Louis Dickson – the man with the vision to open Scotland’s first picture palace – his architect Matthew Steele, and the unique building they created together. Hear the fascinating history of this remarkable building, discover some of its quirky mysteries and get behind-the-scenes with an exclusive opportunity to visit the projection box. The tour includes a 15 minute film about the magnificent restoration work undertaken to restore the cinema to its pre-Art Deco glory and time for questions too.

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Hippodrome cinema , Bo’ness tours . Image courtesy Falkirk Community Trust

Access: Please note the balcony and projection box are only accessible by stairs, the latter very steep and narrow. The tour can be modified for people with mobility difficulties on request.

Doune Castle

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

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Game of Thrones
  • Outlander

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.

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.

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Linlithgow Palace

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This royal palace and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots  was featured in the Outlaw King . It also became the backdrop for some of the most harrowing scenes of the TV show Outlander .

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.

 

Blackness Castle

The castle has been used in a number of films including  Hamlet, Outlander , the Outlaw king and Mary Queen of Scots.

Doomsday , an action thriller starring screen legends Bob Hoskins and Malcolm McDowell , was filmed at Blackness castle. The  Castle near Linlithgow is used for key scenes in the futuristic movie. The film’s plot centres on a deadly plague called the Reaper Virus, which kills hundreds of thousands of British citizens in 2007. In desperation, the Government evacuates as many survivors as it can from the infected area, then builds a wall to quarantine the remaining population. But 30 years later, with the wall still up and the victims all but forgotten, the virus breaks out again. The authorities send in a crack team of operatives, led by Major Eden Sinclair, to retrieve a cure by any means necessary.

She is played by Rhona Mitra, from TV shows Nip/Tuck and Boston Legal, who is currently on location at the castle – along with Clockwork Orange star McDowell and British actor Adrian Lester, who featured in Hollywood blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow. However, Bob Hoskins – who plays a character called Bill Nelson in Doomsday – is not filming in West Lothian.

Both the interior and exterior of Blackness Castle will feature in the film, and fight scenes were played out at the ten-day shoot . The building, which will appear on screen as an unnamed Scottish castle, has been closed to the public for a fortnight to allow the shoot to go ahead. Nick Finnigan, Historic Scotland’s filming and events manager, said: “In view of the size and scale of the production, the decision was made to grant the film crew exclusive access to the castle for a short period. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to Blackness Castle when it re-opens on May 14.” Doomsday is written and directed by Neil Marshall, whose previous work includes The Descent and Dog Soldiers. Other cast members include Sudanese actor Alexander Siddig,  whose first main role was in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Dr. Julian Bashir  and recently on screen as a reformed villain alongside Kiefer Sutherland in 24, while Sean Pertwee is also thought to be joining the cast.

The stunning chapel from the Davinci Code
Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, near Edinburgh

With more than 100 carvings and scenes depicted in stone, the exquisite masonry of Rosslyn Chapel has to be seen to be believed. Look out for angels playing bagpipes, people dancing with death and the famous apprentice pillar – the story goes that the apprentice mason who carved this exquisite pillar was killed shortly afterwards by his jealous boss.

This tour runs on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week .

Tour price – £295

Exclusions

Lunch and refreshments

Entrance fees to Doune Castle, Linlithgow Palace ,  Rosslyn Chapel and Blackness Castle

  • Scottish film locations tour
  • Doune Castle
  • Linlithgow Palace 
  • Rosslyn Chapel
  • Blackness Castle
  • historic Hippodrome cinema

Phone 07305-294773 or contact us online .

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Droughtlander comes to an end soon

Droughtlander is coming to an end as Season 4 of Outlander is set to premiere in a few weeks . To help fans get through the wait, Outlander stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan dished on the one thing they cannot live without on set.

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Heughan and Balfe were asked to list the five things they depend on while filming new seasons of Outlander. While the two differed on most of the things, they agreed that they absolutely cannot live without coffee while filming Outlander series four .

The two also adorably said they need each other on set, though for Balfe that’s only because she needs “a tall ginger Scott to take the piss out of it.”

According to Town and Country, the rest of the cast and crew also got in on the fun and listed their requirements during filming. This includes Cesar Domboy, who needs access to Wi-Fi, and Ed Speelers, who always has his music on standby.

The cast members also gave plenty of love to the crew and the fans who are constantly sending them goodies.

Season 4 of Outlander will explore Jamie and Claire’s journey as they set up new lives in colonial America. In the process, the two will face many challenges, including coming to terms with slavery and the brewing American Revolution. Much of Outlander series four was filmed at the Wardpark Studios in Cumbernauld, Scotland .

Another big storyline this season is Brianna’s (Sophie Skelton) highly anticipated reunion with Jamie, which should bring plenty of emotions.

In the meantime, Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe are scheduled to make an appearance this weekend at New York Comic-Con. The two will join their fellow cast members for a special panel about the upcoming season. The event, which will be live streamed on the internet, will also feature the likes of Skelton and her on-screen romance, Richard Rankin.

The new season of Outlander kicks off Nov. 4 on Starz.

Visit up to six Outlander film locations in our unique Outlander tours . Phone 07305-294773 for more details or conatct us online .

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