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Game of Thrones Castle tours

Doune Castle is Winterfell in Game of Thrones and featured in Monty Python’s Holy Grail. Visit Doune Castle on a unique private tour of the Game of Thrones Castle in Scotland – Winterfell .  Check availability by phoning us now on 07305-294773 or contact us online . Toll free number 1-866-233-2644.

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Good news for Game of Thrones fans ! Our Game of Thrones tours now run twice a day with a 10 am and 2.30 pm start . Book now on 07305-294773

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

The Game of Thrones castle private tour starts at 10 am 2.30 pm and it includes a transfer from Edinburgh to Doune , a driver/guide , a stay of about an hour at the castle plus a return to Edinburgh .
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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The castle was used as the set for Winterfell in the TV series Game of Thrones (2011–present), an adaptation of the A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels by George R. R. Martin. The castle was also used as  “Castle Leoch” in the TV adaption of the Outlander series of novels.

The Great Hall is 20 metres by 8 metres , and 12 metres high to its timber roof, again a 19th-century replacement.The hall has no fireplace, and was presumably heated by a central fire, and ventilated by means of a louvre like the one in the modern roof. No details of the original roof construction are known, however, and the restoration is conjectural.Large windows light the hall, and stairs lead down to the three cellars on ground level.

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The hall is accessed from the courtyard via a stair up to a triangular lobby, which in turn links the hall and kitchens by means of two large serving hatches with elliptical arches, unusual for this period. The kitchen tower, virtually a tower house in its own right, is 17 metres (56 ft) by 8 metres (26 ft). The vaulted kitchen is on the hall level, above a cellar. One of the best-appointed castle kitchens in Scotland of its date, it has an oven and a 5.5-metre (18 ft) wide fireplace. A stair turret, added in 1581 and possibly replacing a timber stair, leads up from the lobby to two storeys of guest rooms. These include the “Royal Apartments”, a suite of two bedrooms plus an audience chamber, suitable for royal visitors.

  • Doune Castle is unique in that it actually has five claims to movie fame
  • Game of Thrones
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  •  Outlander
  • the Outlaw King
  • Mary Queen of Scots

Doune Castle has featured in several literary works, including the 17th-century ballad, “The Bonny Earl of Murray”, which relates the murder of James Stewart, 2nd Earl of Moray, by the Earl of Huntly, in 1592. In Sir Walter Scott’s first novel, Waverley (1814), the protagonist Edward Waverley is brought to Doune Castle by the Jacobites. Scott’s romantic novel describes the “gloomy yet picturesque structure”, with its “half-ruined turrets”.

The castle was used as a location in MGM’s 1952 historical film Ivanhoe which featured Robert Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor. The BBC adaptation of “Ivanhoe” in 1996 also featured Doune as a location.

Game of Thrones Castle tour costs £180

Check availability by phoning us now on 07305-294773 or contact us online Toll free number 1-866-233-2644

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Outlander star Sam Heughan heads for the hills in Take a Hike on BBC Two Scotland

Outlander star Sam Heughan has headed for the hills in his latest TV appearance.

He explains his love of the great outdoors to Cameron McNeish for Take a Hike on BBC Two Scotland.

The actor, who grew up in Dumfries and Galloway, said it was a passion which had been with him as long as he could remember.

He said that returning to Scotland to film Outlander had rekindled his desire to enjoy its countryside.

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Image captionHeughan said filming for Outlander in Scotland had made him “fall in love” with the country

“I was born and raised in a place called New Galloway, on the grounds of a derelict castle,” he said.

“It was a great childhood.

“I know I am very fortunate but I got to be outdoors all the time with my imagination and play a lot out there – I think that’s probably where my love of acting came from.

“The whole area was kind of my play park where there were really no boundaries and I think that discovery and excitement as a kid definitely has transferred into why I like coming to remote places.”

The return to his homeland for his acting career took him back to those memories.

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Where did Sam Heughan grow up?

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Image captionThe town is on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park

New Galloway lies on the west side of the valley of the Water of Ken a mile north of the end of Loch Ken in Dumfries and Galloway.

It is largely built around a single north-south High Street that climbs up through town and has a location on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park that gives it a “wonderful air of seclusion”.

The town as seen today dates back to planned development by Viscount Kenmure in the early 1600s, followed by the granting of burgh status in 1630.

But settlement in the area goes back much further with nearby Kenmure Castle fought over in the late 1200s.

Source: Undiscovered Scotland

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Image captionThe actor said his childhood in New Galloway had inspired both his acting and his love of the outdoors

“I moved back to Scotland to shoot Outlander and go to all these amazing locations all over Scotland and it made me fall in love with the country that I knew from my childhood,” he said.

His first climbing experience as an adult was not such a success when he slipped and fell on Ben Lomond.

However, he said that was part of the excitement for him

“I think the challenge of climbing is certainly a part of why I do it,” he said.

“It’s like you’re an adventurer, you’re maybe the first person to ever be here and that’s what I love about the mountains.

“You can get to them quite easily and before you know it you feel like you’re the first man to ever climb here.

“To me, it’s something inside you, something inside your bones, it’s a real connection to the land.”

Take A Hike – A History of Scottish Walking is on BBC Two Scotland on 16 May at 19:00.

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Outlander filming continues in Dunure , Scotland.

Hit US TV show Outlander has begun filming its latest scenes in Scotland.

Cast and crew of the Starz Network blockbuster are shooting in Dunure, just south of Ayr .

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The tiny village has been transformed into a film set for the show, which stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe.

Scenes for season four of the hugely popular show are currently being shot.

Cast members waved to fans as they filmed scenes today (Tuesday) at Dunure Harbour.

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Stars took selfies in the pretty South Ayrshire village of Dunure (Image: AYRSHIRE POST)
Sophie Skelton on location in Dunure (Image: AYRSHIRE POST)

It marks the third time that Dunure has been the location of shooting for the drama series, which has won numerous accolades.

But this is the first time that Dunure will be added to the official Visit Scotland Outlander map.

The show’s fan club has over 100,000 members – many of whom travel to locations where filming is located, which could mean a big boost to tourism in South Ayrshire.

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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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