Four ancient Scottish castles feature in this tour – Drummond Castle , Stirling Castle , Doune Castle and Linlithgow Palace in Scotland .
Your private tour includes a pickup from your hotel / Airbnb in Edinburgh , a professional driver / guide , a stay of up to an hour at each castle plus a return to Edinburgh .
Your guide will give details of the history of the castle and information about films and TV shows made at each location . Your guide will always be friendly, helpful and informative .
1 . Drummond Castle gardens
Drummond Castle Gardens were featured as the location for a garden party at the French royal Palace of Versailles in TV drama Outlander. The formal gardens are listed as a Category A listed building . They are one of Scotland’s hidden treasures .
2. Linlithgow Palace, Scotland
Linlithgow Palace ( Wentworth Prison in Outlander )
This royal pleasure palace and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots became the backdrop for some of the most harrowing scenes in the Outlander TV 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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3 Doune Castle
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.
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4 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 .
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