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

Linlithgow Palace photos , 44 print

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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Outlander tourism boom in Scotland continues

We all know that Outlander has boosted the tourism in Scotland. More and more people book holidays to see the filming spots. While this has caused problems due to the few, Scotland is definitely not complaining about the benefits to the country because of the Outlander tours. Individuals have also found ways to boost their family income and do a job they love, such as Andy the Highlander.

Outlander filming updates from Outlander tours

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Glencoe t-shirt – Outlander Glencoe features in the opening sequence to Outlander. 

 It’s not just about tourism. There’s an employment boom happening thanks to the time-traveling love story. More people are moving to the Scottish Highlands to live and work.

The Insider states that there’s a new Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, which is in place for two years and will start in the next financial year (the tax year in the UK runs April 6-April 5 each year). More than 200,000 jobs have been created thanks to the tourism boom, which is excellent for those in Scotland. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has hinted that the new fund is due to the Outlander tourism, so people need to keep it up to continue supporting the people.

 

It’s not surprising, as the series continues to film around Scotland. Despite Season 4 largely being based in the American Colonies of the 18th century, the crew remains in Scotland for filming. The Highlands give a look of the American Colonies, and it also means sights like Craig na Dun and Lallybroch are still in reaching distance for the Scottish storylines.

Just recently, filming has taken place in Falkland, Cumbernauld Glen, and Culross. The filming is most recently been in Dunure.

Glencoe t-shirt – Outlander

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Bespoke private tours – design your own tour

Alongside our normal choice of tours , Private Tours Edinburgh also offers bespoke private tours and one day Outlander tours customised to the requirements of each customer . Phone 07305-294773 or contact us online .

You can set your own itinerary and decide exactly where you want to visit . Customers interested should contact us online for a quote

Tours normally start at 10 am .

Normal pickup point is Edinburgh or Glasgow city centre or the airport .

Your tour can feature a visit to

  • Outlander film locations
  •  the Kelpies
  •  the Falkirk Wheel
  • Stirling Castle
  • other visitor attractions / film locations

Stirling Castle is one of the top tourist attractions in central Scotland . The castle features the Royal Palace , the Great Hall and the castle.

Stirling Castle has been named Scotland’s best visitor attraction at the inaugural 2016 Scottish and Outdoor Leisure Awards. The castle, which attracts about 460,000 visitors per year, beat competitors including Edinburgh Zoo and Dynamic Earth.
If you go into the Great Hall in the castle you can take a seat at the top table and picture yourself as the King or Queen of Scotland .

‘ So let us pass … to the ports of Sterling ; where stands a beautiful and embellished Castle, elevated on the precipice of an impregnable rock , that commands the vallies ( as well as the town ) and all those habitable parts about it … ‘- Richard Franck , Northern Memoirs , 1656

Stirling Castle is built on the volcanic rock high above the town. From the castle you can see Stirling Bridge and the Wallace Monument.

Bespoke tour prices begin at £250 per day for one person to £350 for four people.

  • Exclusive private tours for up to four people
  • Bespoke itinerary based on your interests
  • Beginning in Edinburgh or  Glasgow . Other pickup points are available
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