The success of Outlander needs to be built on

One of Scotland’s leading film producers has warned that the country is missing out on tens of millions of pounds because of its failure to open a proper studio

– as it emerged that a pledge to have one operational by the end of the year will not be met. Outlander news from Outlander tours

Glasgow-born Iain Smith, whose credits include The Fifth Element, Children of Men, Seven Years In Tibet and Cold Mountain, said his home country was missing out on a huge UK industry boom from streaming services like Netflix.

Smith, chair of the British Film Commission, said the government had failed to build on the success of attracting the Sony-Starz series Outlander and warned that developments in CGI meant Scotland could no longer rely on being used for location filming.

Scottish film-makers have been lobbying for decades for the country to have a full-time studio to attract blockbuster film productions and high-quality drama series.

The Scottish Government set up a “film studio delivery group” in May 2013, before production began on Outlander in a converted warehouse in Cumbernauld, in Lanarkshire. Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop said at the time: “There is clearly an appetite for a large-scale film studio in Scotland, particularly for one with an effective sound stage facility.”

Outlander has been credited with more than doubling the value of the industry to £95 million since then, along with films like Avengers: Infinity WarOutlaw King and Mary Queen Of Scots.

A Holyrood inquiry into the state of the screen sector in Scotland, which reported in June 2018, warned that there was an “urgent need to deliver new infrastructure – not just plans for new infrastructure” within six months.

By the end of the year a new Screen Scotland agency was up and running and had announced that a former wave power plant in Leith Docks was the preferred site for a permanent studio and that it had to have an operator in place by the spring.

When the deadline passed, Screen Scotland insisted it was in “advanced negotiations” with a preferred bidder and was planning to open the studio by the end of 2019. But there have been no further updates since the end of April, other than to drop the pledge it would be operational this year.

Smith said: “I work at a UK level and if you look at how much inward investment is coming into the industry we’re talking about several billions every year.

“I understand a studio has to be relatively down the list of priorities compared to housing, education and so on.

“But at the same time our world and our nationhood is defined by the presence that we have in the international content business.

“There were warnings quite a few years ago about the need to build proper shooting spaces in Scotland.

“Scotland could be making tens of millions of pounds that it is not making at the moment. Streaming services like Netflix are lining up to land their jumbo jets to land on our airstrips in Britain.” Smith added: “The filming of Outlander in Cumbernauld has proved that there is business there. You’d have thought would have spurred the government into action. It needs to look much more seriously and more purposefully at the issue of shooting space that is fit for purpose.

“If you only get productions that are coming to Scotland to shoot in a fishing village or a Highland glen you’re not going to get very much. You need to have a shooting space and then people will start to marry up a complete production schedule. Scotland has become a location base rather than a shooting base.

“It doesn’t have to be huge or Hollywood or anything like that. But it needs to give all the young talent that is coming through some kind of avenue other than a taxi to the airport. We have to be very careful about relying on locations in Scotland now, with the developments in CGI and other visual effects.”

A spokeswoman for Screen Scotland said: “We are completing due diligence on the necessary technical and legal processes and will have more to say shortly. We’re unable to say anything further at this stage due to commercial confidentiality.”

Outlander Lallybroch tours

Visit Lallybroch , Jamie Fraser’s  ancestral home in this private group tour to Lallybroch ( Midhope Castle) , Castle Leoch ( Doune Castle ) and Fort William ( Blackness Castle )  .Tours start at 10 am . We also offer bespoke private tours with the option of choosing your own itinerary . Phone 07305-294773 for booking or contact us online .

Tours start from locations in Edinburgh or Glasgow .
Normal pickup point is Edinburgh/ Glasgow city centre , your hotel or port . Other pickup points can be arranged . Small groups of up to four people three Outlander filming locations .

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On this tour we visit three castle locations used for filming the hit series Outlander. Based on the best selling novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is filmed in a number of locations in castles and towns in  central Scotland.

Lallybroch being an important part of the Outlander story, much use is made of Midhope Castle.
Lallybroch is an important part of the Outlander story, as Jamie Fraser’s ancestral home ( Midhope Castle)

1  Midhope Castle – Lallybroch
Lallybroch is the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser , filmed at 15th century 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. Midhope Castle tours can be booked on

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2 . Doune Castle was built in  1400 for the first Duke of Albany and provides the setting for Castle Leoch in Outlander. It was also the set for Winterfell in Game of Thrones and Monty Python’s Holy Grail.

Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland.

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3 . Blackness Castle goes back to 1440 . The castle provides the setting for Fort William, as the original fort no longer exists.

The 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 . The first castle was built in the middle of the 15th century by Sir George Crichton , Earl of Caithness , a member of one of the most powerful families in Scotland . King James II acquired Blackness in 1453 when he annexed the lands of the Crichtons . From then on the castle was mainly used as a prison . In 1543 Cardinal Beaton was held here for a month . Rebuilding started in the 1530s under the direction of Sir James Hamilton of Finnart who also worked at Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Castle . He was instructed to make the castle safe from artillery , and he achieved this by making the south and east walls very thick . A new tower was built at the south end . In the 1560s , in the reign of Mary Queen of Scots , a Spur was built to protect the main gate . In the 1870s the castle was the main ammunition depot for Scotland .The Castle is a popular location for historical re-enactments and has changed little in 600 years . Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland.

Hamlet has scenes filmed at Blackness Castle and Dunnottar Castle.
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Starring: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Paul Scofield, Alan Bates, Ian Holm, Helena Bonham Carter, John McEnery

The tour spends up to an hour at each location .

  • Travel by saloon car
  • Small private group tour with a maximum of 4 people

Tour costs – £210 for up to four people .

Lunch , refreshments and entrance tickets are not included in the price.

Outlander set locations tour from Edinburgh £210

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Is there a real Lallybroch in Scotland ?

Yes , there is – Midhope House . Lallybroch, also known as Broch Tuarach, is Jamie’s fictional home in the series. In real life it’s a part-ruined 16th-century tower house near Edinburgh. If you do visit, please don’t go inside; the interior of Lallybroch is derelict and not entirely safe.

Visit Lallybroch Castle ( Midhope Castle ) for just £90 . Free pickup and dropoff from Edinburgh. Add two more Outlander film locations – Fort William and Wentworth prison –  for a unique tour costing just £150 . Phone 07305-294773 for details and availability.

See Jamie Fraser’s ancestral home – Lallybroch .

Need a bit more Outlander ? Listen to Jamie as he guides you around Castle Leoch ( Doune Castle ) on our Jamie Fraser Outlander tour

Midhope Castle, a 16th-century tower house, is used as Lallybroch (also known as Broch Tuarach) in Outlander . Left to Jamie by his parents, Brian and Ellen, Lallybroch is also home to Jamie’s sister, Jenny, her husband Ian Murray and their children. With Lallybroch being an important part of the Outlander story, much use is made of Midhope Castle. Phone (+44) 0131-549-9785 for details and bookings .

On this tour you can visit Jamie Fraser’s ancestral home – Lallybroch Castle .

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Outlander season 4 episode 1

Outlander season 4 episode 1  America The Beautiful

Claire and Jamie have very often been strangers in a strange land, but Outlander fully commits to the framework of an immigration tale in its Outlander season four opener.

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When we catch back up with Claire and Jamie in America The Beautiful, the wife and husband have been in Colonial America for four months now, and they have found happiness, but they have also found pain.

For one, their friend Gavin Hayes is about to be hanged for killing a man in self-defence. Jamie isn’t able to save Gavin from the noose, but he does save a man who was meant to hang beside him: Stephen Bonnet, an Irish pirate who clearly appeals to Jamie’s grief and sense of powerlessness over having just lost a close friend. Claire and Jamie risk their lives (or at least their freedom) to bring Bonnet to safety and, when a soldier injures Bonnet with his bayonet, Claire uses her medical knowledge to heal the vulnerable stranger.

In one of the most interesting and later ironically tragic scenes of the episode, Claire and Bonnet bond over their fear of drowning, one that Claire has felt since she almost drowned last season and that Bonnet says has haunted him for his entire life. No doubt that fear is a metaphor for something larger (though, yeah, the sea is frakking scary): a fear of drowning in this new land with its often unkind rules, so far away from the support systems of community and family that can cushion so much of that potential pain in an ideal situation.

But, if we’ve learned anything from Outlander, it’s that even love and family and support can only go so far in a cruel world. Loved ones can help you move on from traumatic experiences, but they can’t completely shield you from pain. We’ve seen these characters tormented again and again, as often if not more so than they have been able to live happily and with some semblance of peace. One such example is brought up early in the premiere: the rape of Young Ian, and Jamie’s own history of sexual assualt.

“Some ghosts can only be banished by speaking their names and foul deeds aloud,” Jamie tells Ian in one of several nurturing, fatherly moments in the episode. He straight-up cuddles a sobbing Ian, and it is a thing of beauty — one we don’t normally get to see from our strapping male protagonists. Strength is far too often equated with emotional stoicism, but Jamie knows the truth: There are few things scarier and therefore braver than being emotionally vulnerable. And he’s passing that lesson on to Young Ian, as well, in a moment when he needs that kind of positive reinforcement of sharing his pain more than ever.

Thematically, this episode is very much about what the dream of America can and will mean for Jamie, Claire, and the little family they’ve created. Plot-wise, it is very much about trying to find a buyer for a gemstone Team Sassenach salvaged. It’s the kind of heavy-handed, ludicrous plot point that probably won’t matter in a few episodes and that Outlander endearingly makes use of all the time. (There’s a reason why the term MacGuffin is Scottish, amirite?)

In the process of showing off the gem to potential buyers, Jamie and Claire inadvertently sell something else: their status as white Europeans with friends they can convince to come settle and an aunt, Jamie’s Aunt Jocasta, in a position of power. The local governor offers Jamie a land grant in exchange for his loyalty to the crown and the promise that he will encourage more white Europeans like himself to come over.

Already, the fine print on the “American dream” Claire explained to Jamie is beginning to reveal itself. There are the indigenous people, who Claire tells Jamie will be slaughtered or, their ancestral homes taken from them and made to live in reservations. There are the many slaves who have no say in their own fates. There are the unconnected poor who cannot afford to pay the fees that come along with making their way to the New World and who don’t have rich and/or powerful relatives to make the deal possible. And there is anyone who isn’t “white,” by whatever definition those in power deem that to be in this time period.

“A dream for some can be a nightmare for others,” Jamie says wisely, understanding that the Jacobite cause is just one example of the powerful elite controlling, killing, and using the vulnerable masses to sustain and grow their own power and wealth. It doesn’t stop Jamie from wanting to stay in America, however, and try to have a positive influence on this land that will one day be his daughter’s home, but Jamie and Claire are going to have to get a lot more radical if they want to make a difference as white landowners in Colonial-era North Carolina. I await their community-organising subplot…

Jamie and Claire’s illusion of the American dream is also tainted by Stephen Bonnet, who comes back into their lives in a blaze of cold-blooded villainy. Boarding Claire and Jamie’s boat set for River Run (Jamie’s aunt’s place), Bonnet and his band of pirates slit the throat of the boat captain, beat up Jamie and Ian, and steal everything of value they have on them, including one of Claire’s wedding rings. Perhaps worst of all, they remind this family that the misuse of power is not something specific to the English or to Europe or even to institution. It can be anywhere, even in this new land of hope.

Stirling Castle tours

Looking for day trips from Edinburgh ? How about taking a tour from Edinburgh of historic Stirling Castle and the Kelpies ?

Visit Stirling Castle , an ancient Scottish castle and the Kelpies in this tour –

  •  Stirling Castle
  • Bannockburn
  • the Wallace Monument featuring the newly refurbished statue of Wallace
  • the Kelpies

 

Normal pickup point is your hotel in Edinburgh city centreFive hour private tour around Stirling for up to four passengers. Tours start at 10 am weekdays .

Itinerary

  • 5 hour private tour group day trip to Stirling
  • visit Bannockburn
  • visit Stirling Castle , overlooking the two most important battles in the Wars of Independence – Bannockburn and Stirling Bridge , and home of the Stewart kings of Scotland
  • Take in unique views of the historic Stirling Castle
  • the Kelpies are the largest equine sculpture in the world
  • Small private group tour with a maximum of 4 people

 

William Wallace – Braveheart- famous the world over, led Scotland in its first wars of Independence in the 13th Century.

A busy day that will let you follow in the footsteps of Wallace, see the Wallace Sword and get the chance to climb the 246 steps to the top of the Monument.

We offer a comprehensive service , which includes collection from your hotel , transport to each location , and personal tour guide for the day.

1 Bannockburn

Bannockburn is the site of Robert the Bruce’s historic victory over the English army in the Wars of Independence

2 The Wallace Monument

William Wallace – Braveheart- famous the world over, led Scotland in its first wars of Independence in the 13th Century.

A busy day that will let you follow in the footsteps of Wallace, see the Wallace Sword and get the chance to climb the 246 steps to the top of the Monument.

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s most impressive castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture. Built by the Stewart kings of Scotland , the castle was completely renovated over a 10 year period which finished in 2011.

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Stirling castle tours

From Stirling Castle’s ramparts, visitors can take in views of the Forth Valley and Ben Lomond , as well as two of Scotland’s most important battle sites – Stirling Bridge (1297) and Bannockburn (1314). The castle is at the head of Stirling’s historic old town.Like Edinburgh Castle , Stirling sits on a volcanic rock dominating the city skyline .

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Stirling Castle is not only one of Scotland’s grandest and most imposing castles, it was also a real favourite with Scotland’s Stewart kings and queens. James IV created the Great Hall, the largest medieval banqueting hall ever built in Scotland, and James V’s Royal Palace, with its lavishly decorated Renaissance façades, was a masterpiece of the period.

Major conservation work has been carried out at Stirling Castle over many years to preserve the attraction as a major national and international monument. The refurbishment of the Great Hall was completed in 2011 . A particular feature of the Great Hall is stained glass windows featuring clan crests . A number of banquets and concerts are held in the Hall throughout the year .

Stirling Castle tours cost £250 .

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Outlander season five preview – what next for Jamie and Claire ?

Outlander’s Claire Fraser (played by Caitriona Balfe) and husband Jamie (Sam Heughan) have been busy starting their new life in North Carolina at the start of season five .

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Season four saw them joined by their daughter Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and her partner Roger MacKenzie (Richard Rankin).

Now, one fan believes they could be joined with a face from Claire’s past and time in France – Master Raymond.

With the focus of the fifth season on the Revolutionary War, Claire star Caitriona revealed the family will spend less time interacting with the Native Americans.

Speaking at New York Comic Con, she said it was “unfortunate” they wouldn’t feature as prominently and episode 13 of season four really stood out to her.

“It was so beautiful to tell that time in American history,” she explained.

“It’s unfortunate we don’t have as many elements of that this time, I think it was just so rich and so beautiful, it just added another element to the show that we didn’t have before. So that’s special for that reason.”

Co-star Sam added: “Yeah the Native American side of it for me as well is just so fun to play and we have these fantastic cast that came over from Canada and brought their own culture and their own life to it.

“For me, it was really the scene with Willie when he saves Jamie from the Native Americans.

“For me it was really interesting point where you see him being Jamie’s son.”

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Celebrate Halloween in your own coffin !

Halloween is fast-approaching and if you’re after some terrifying plans, we’ve just found the sleepover of your dreams (or in this case, nightmares!).

Edinburgh Dungeon has revealed it will be launching a ‘Séance Sleepover‘ for Halloween, where guests can get in touch with the underworld with a spooky séance… and then spend the night sleeping in a coffin in the Dungeon’s notorious Torture Chamber. If this doesn’t float your boat , why not try one of our tours of Scotland ?

Basically, it’s not one for the faint-hearted (and unsurprisingly, it’s only open for those aged 18 or over).

The thrilling attraction has teamed up with Booking.com to offer the spooky stay, and if you’re obsessed with all things ghoulish then it needs to be on your radar.

Guests will be treated to a complimentary dinner at the Hard Rock Café, before joining the last Dungeons tour of the day.

When the last of the visitors have left, you’ll be joined by a professional medium, and use a Ouija board to attempt to summon whatever spirits may lurk in the depths of the dungeons.

It’s not a night out for the faint-hearted
All of the excitement getting a bit too much? Then you can go and lie down to get some rest for the night… in a custom made coffin bed.

Oh, and we’re also loving the extra touches such as the free skeleton pyjamas and slippers for guests!

The stay kicks off with the last Dungeon tour of the day including a spooky Halloween show
For those who can’t get to sleep, the Black Jester will be on hand to come and share one of his favourite bedtime stories – and provide a much needed dram of whiskey before midnight.

From then on, you’re on your own…

Conjure spirits with the Ouija board seance
The Séance Sleepover is available for up to two guests, and will only be running on Halloween (the 31st October).

It can be booked exclusively on Booking.com on the listing here from 10am on Friday 25th October so you’ll want to get in quick to bag the stay.

The offer also includes a complimentary breakfast at the nearby Motel One Hotel the next morning.Private tours of Scotland 0131-549-9785 seven days a weekPrivate tours Edinburgh 0131-549-9785 . Looking for day trips Edinburgh ? How about taking an Outlander tour from Edinburgh to visit Jamie Fraser’s home in Scotland’s amazing Outlander film locations ? For tour information call +44131-549-9785 now *** check availability now for our unique tours of Scotland +44131-549-9785 seven days a week

Edinburgh travel tips

Edinburgh travel tips
Edinburgh welcomes millions of travellers every year eager to enjoy the sights of an amazing city .Here are my two top travel tips for anyone visiting the capital for the first time .
1 Castle explorer pass
Scotland has over a thousand castles . Edinburgh Castle is probably the most famous castle in the UK. If you want to visit a few castles during your stay I recommend an Explorer Pass , available from Historic Environment Scotland . The pass allows you skip the line entry to all of the castle and country houses run by HES , including Edinburgh Castle, Stirling , Doune and Blackness Castle , Linlithgow Palace and many more places. Castle tours are available from Private tours Edinburgh .

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2 UK SIM card

For most of us internet access on our phone is essential to keep up with email and social media. Most phone , electrical shops and supermarkets in Edinburgh can supply a UK SIM card for your phone with special deals on data for a month for up to £10.

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Is Broch Tuarach a real place?

Broch Tuarach is a real place – Lallybroch / Midhope Castle, a 16th-century tower house  in Outlander. Jamie calls his home Broch Tuarach in Gaelic or Lallybroch .

Have the unique Outlander tour experience

– See Jamie Fraser’s ancestral home Lallybroch ( Broch Tuarach )

– Hear Jamie as he guides you around Castle Leoch ( Doune Castle ) on our Jamie Fraser Outlander tour

Free pickup from your hotel/ Airbnb/ port in Edinburgh .
Left to Jamie by his parents, Brian and Ellen, Broch Tuarach / Lallybroch is also home to Jamie’s sister, Jenny, her husband Ian Murray and their children. With Lallybroch being an important part of the Outlander story, much use is made of Midhope Castle. Phone (+44) 0131-549-9785 for details and bookings .

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Tours of Scotland – two castles and a distillery

Tours of Scotland – two castles and a distillery

Looking for things to do in Edinburgh ? How about taking a tour from Edinburgh of two amazing castles and a whisky distillery ?

Two ancient Scottish castles and a distillery feature in this tour –

  •  Stirling Castle
  • Doune Castle
  • Deanston Highland Malt Distillery
  • Callander
  • Balquhidder Church

Doune Castle featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail , Game of Thrones and the Outlander TV series.

Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s most impressive castles due to its imposing position and amazing architecture.

Deanston Distillery makes award-winning Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The Standard Tour finishes off with a tasting of Deanston 12 year old whisky .

Toll free number 1-866-233-2644

Phone 07305-294773 for bookings or contact us  online . Shore excursions – all of our tours are available as shore excursions from the Edinburgh ports South Queensferry, Newhaven and Rosyth .

11 Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s most impressive castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture. Visitors to the castle can enjoy stunning 360 degree views of the Forth Valley and the Wallace Monument . Your ticket into the castle includes a dedicated castle guide (tours leave in the castle at regular times and are provided directly by the castle).

Stirling castle tours

From Stirling Castle’s ramparts, visitors can take in views of the Forth Valley and Ben Lomond , as well as two of Scotland’s most important battle sites – Stirling Bridge (1297) and Bannockburn (1314). The castle is at the head of Stirling’s historic old town.Like Edinburgh Castle , Stirling sits on a volcanic rock dominating the city skyline .

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Stirling Castle is not only one of Scotland’s grandest and most imposing castles, it was also a real favourite with Scotland’s kings and queens. And their investment in it demonstrated just how much they loved to use it, as well as their desire to ensure it both impressed all who visited it, and represented a statement of their power and wealth. James IV created the Great Hall, the largest medieval banqueting hall ever built in Scotland, and James V’s Royal Palace, with its lavishly decorated Renaissance façades, was a masterpiece of the period.

Major conservation work has been carried out at Stirling Castle over many years to preserve the attraction as a major national and international monument. The refurbishment of the Great Hall was completed a couple of years ago . A particular feature of the Great Hall is stained glass windows featuring clan crests . A number of banquets and concerts are held in the Hall throughout the year .

Phone 07305-294773 for bookings or contact us  online .

Duration: 1 hour

12.20 Doune Castle

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.

Your guide will give details of the history of the castle , information about the Game of Thrones filming plus all the other films made at Doune Castle including Monty Python and the Holy Grail .

Behind the scenes access

Visitors to the castle can get details about Game of Thrones filming in the Great Hall and courtyard of the castle .

Insider access

Take the audio tour of the castle narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones and Outlander’s Jamie Fraser ( Sam Heughan ) .

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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.

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

 

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Duration: 45 minutes

1.20 Callander , 

the old gateway to the Highlands and explore the streets, this is also a great place to pick up a snack or lunch.

Duration: 30 minutes

2.30  Balquhidder Church Ruins, 

the old church remains of Balquhidder and the resting place of one of Scotlands greatest folk legends, the outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. 

Duration:  30 minutes

3.45  Deanston Distillery

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 Distillery . 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.

Phone 07305-294773 for bookings or contact us  online .

Duration: 1 hour 

Private Tour –  price £300 for groups of up to 4 people.

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