Castles tour – visit five locations – Blackness Castle , Linlithgow Palace , Stirling Castle , Doune Castle and Dunblane Cathedral.
1 Blackness Castle
Blackness Castle was built in 1440 by Sir George Crichton . Blackness Castle was Fort William , where Jamie was whipped by Black Jack Randall
In the 15th century , Blackness was the main port serving the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, one of the main residences of the Scottish monarch.In 1453 King James II annexed the castle due to a dispute with Crichton, and the castle has been crown property ever since.
In 1650 Oliver Cromwell took the castle when he invaded Scotland .
The castle was used as a state prison, holding Cardinal Beaton and the 6th Earl of Angus
Blackness Castle has three claims to movie fame –
- Outlander – Blackness Castle was Fort William , where Jamie was whipped by Black Jack Randall
- Outlaw King
- Mary Queen of Scots
2 Linlithgow Palace
Built in the 1400s and 1500s by the Stewart kings of Scotland , the now-ruined palace is set among the spectacular surrounds of Linlithgow Loch and Peel.
3 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.
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 .
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 .
4 Doune Castle
Doune Castle was built in 1400 and provides the setting for Castle Leoch in Outlander.Originally dating to the 13th Century, Doune Castle near Stirling was a favourite place for Mary Queen of Scots .
Doune Castle has five claims to movie fame –
- Outlander – Doune was Castle Leoch , and it also features in the 20th century episode when Claire and Frank Randall visit the castle on a day trip.
- Game of Thrones . Doune represented the castle Winterfell in Game of Thrones.
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- Outlaw King
- Mary Queen of Scots
Once a Royal residence, Doune Castle was rebuilt by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany in the late 14th Century.
5 Dunblane Cathedral
Dunblane Cathedral is a medieval church . Sir Rowand Anderson restored the cathedral in the late 1800s. The four-storey red sandstone tower is the oldest part of the church, built in the 1100s . The choir stalls date from the 1400s and it has an ornate Gothic western doorway.
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