Mary Queen of Scots pippins

Mary Queen of Scots

In the days of bodices and doublets the upper classes could use dolls to get an idea of how a particular outfit would look at life size. They’re the only known evidence for the use of “pippins” (from the French poupée) in Renaissance Scotland, and were used by the European glitterati in the 16th and 17th century as a way of keeping up with the latest trends. Research undertaken by Dr Michael Pearce on behalf of Historic Environment Scotland shows that after the battle of Carberry (which led inexorably to her downfall) “pippens, fantasies, and feathers” belonging to Mary Queen of Scots were packed away and locked up in Edinburgh Castle. Dr Pearce comments: “The inventory also reveals how Mary dressed these pippins in the best silks to fashion her European court, as it records a payment in 1563 to Jacques, her tailor, to make grey and silver clothes for a set of dolls. “Much more useful than diplomatic accounts or portraits, these dolls’ outfits would have been exquisitely crafted to display the latest trends in materials, accessories and dress styles. Hello Dollies … Stuart era fashionistas used these 16th century Barbies as guides to the latest style “The miniature versions could then be exchanged and replicated by tailors elsewhere”. Rachel Pickering, Senior Cultural Resources Advisor at HES, said: “While fashion dolls such as these became common in the 17th century, evidence for their earlier use is poorly documented – making this new interpretation of Mary’s inventories so significant. “There is evidence of use of these dolls in 16th century France, with records showing Francois I requested a set from Isabella d’Este, one of the leading women of the Italian Renaissance, for the women of his court. “Mary Queen of Scots was raised at the court of Francois’ son Henry II, and his wife, Catherine de Medici also had a set of dolls among her personal belongings”.

Visit the key locations in the life of Mary Queen of Scots on our private tours. Phone 07305-294773 for more details

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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

Toll free number 1-866-233-2644

on  or online .

 

 

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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Highlander Fling 2018

Highlander Fling 2018 Glenrothes

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The Highlander charge into Glenrothes for our annual Highlander Fling.
Guests from all over the world will descend on The Rothes Halls for our traditional Scottish ceilidh followed by a highlander buffet and a chance to meet some of the cast and crew from the smash hit television show Outlander.
The Highlander Fling 2018 will be our biggest and best event to date!
Tickets are now ON SALE!
Saturday 15th September 2018 (7:30pm)
7:30pm, The Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Fife (Scotland)!

The Highlanders charge into Glenrothes for the annual Highlander Fling celebrating all things Outlander . Outlander tours can offer an exclusive package of a private transfer from the airport plus an Outlander tour of three film locations including Lallybroch .

Outlander tours – private transfer from the airport plus an Outlander tour of three film locations , price £120 .

Private transfer from Edinburgh airport to Glenrothes , price £50 .

Phone 07305-294773 or contact us online .

Guests from all over the world will descend on The Rothes Halls for a traditional Scottish ceilidh followed by a Highlander buffet and a chance to meet some of the cast and crew from the smash hit television show Outlander.

The Highlander Fling 2018 will be the biggest and best event to date.

Tickets are on sale now .

Saturday 15th September 2018 at the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Fife (Scotland)

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