Linlithgow palace, four castles tours
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Four Scottish castles tour

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Our private group visits four unique Scottish castles. This tour visits Drummond Castle and Gardens , Stirling Castle , Doune Castle and Linlithgow Palace , birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots

Looking for things to do in Edinburgh ? How about taking a tour from Edinburgh of Scotland's historic castles and film locations ? This year the new Mary Queen of Scots film comes out , closely followed by the Outlaw King , starring Chris Pine , about the life of Robert the Bruce , King of Scots . Linlithgow Palace features on both of these films .


Four ancient Scottish castles feature in this tour – 

  • Drummond Castle and Gardens ( Outlander )
  •  Stirling Castle 
  • Doune Castle ( Monty Python and Outlander )
  • Linlithgow Palace ( Mary Queen of Scots and the Outlaw King )

  

1 Drummond Castle and Gardens

Drummond Castle Gardens, near Crieff, Perthshire, doubles as the French royal Palace of Versailles in TV drama Outlander.The grounds, which date back to 1630, are considered “the best example of formal terraced gardens in Scotland”.

Drummond Castle Gardens, which are protected as a category A listed building — in contrast to the B listed castle — already attract thousands of visitors per year, and are included on the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland.The gardens — complete with peacocks — feature ancient yew hedges and the remaining beech tree planted by Queen Victoria in 1842.

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Doune Castle

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.

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.

 

 

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Linlithgow Palace

This royal pleasure palace and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots 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.

  

Stirling Castle

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

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 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 .

Contact details

Private tours Edinburgh
40 Dunvegan Place
Polmont
Falkirk
Scotland
FK2 0NX
Starting
Edinburgh Edinburgh - City Centre Edinburgh Airport Glasgow Glasgow Airport Glasgow City Centre
Length
1
Day
Transport
Driver guide
Type
Bespoke Private Small Group (1-16)
Languages
English
Themes
Ancestry Castles Film and TV History Literature

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Private tours Edinburgh

Private tours Edinburgh offers professional tours of Scotland with an expert guide on hand to give advice, information and assistance . Our Outlander tours feature visits to Lallybroch ( Midhope Castle ) & Castle Leoch (Doune Castle). Our five castles tours feature Doune Castle, Stirling Castle , Linlithgow Palace, Midhope castle & Blackness Castle. Our Falkirk tour features a visit to the Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel . Our whisky tours feature a visit to a Highland distillery. Private transfers from Edinburgh Airport to St Andrews and Fife .Phone 07305-294773 for more details

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