Outlander fans help to restore Lallybroch wheel at Preston Mill

Preston Mill stood in for Lallybroch , the Highland home of Jamie Fraser when the Redcoats came calling during the first season of smash hit drama Outlander.

The appearance of 200-year-old Preston Mill on TV networks around the world has helped ensure its wheel will keep turning for a few more years at least.

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A crowdfunding appeal sent out by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) after the iconic building’s waterwheel ground to a halt has been a raging success with donors digging deep to help pay for repairs, which have now got it moving again.

And it was the Outlander connection which help the fundraising effort smash through its £12,000 target, with an American fan of the show matching donations made by others.
A working mill until 1959, the historic Preston Mill in East Linton, East Linton, has a curious Dutch-style, red-tiled conical roof and is an architectural oddity which attracts thousands of tourists each year.

The engineer and millwright Andrew Meikle, who invented the threshing machine, was once a tenant and until September last year its machinery – powered by the River Tyne – was still turning.
It is now used to give tour groups an insight into the gruelling life of a 18th century miller, and is also beloved by painters because of its unusual design.

The mill stood in for a part of Lallybroch Castle in Outlander, in a scene where star Sam Heughan was fixing its wheel when Government troops came looking for Jacobites.

He plunged under the water to hide while time-travelling heroine Claire Fraser, played by Catriona Balfe, talked her way out of trouble.

Other scenes at ‘Lallybroch’, which the series places in Inverness-shire, were actually filmed at Midhope Castle, located between South Queensferry and Linlithgow on the edges of the private Hopetoun Estate.

But real life imitated art when the wheel stopped working last year, with the NTS appealing for help getting it moving again.

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Hopetoun House – a key location in Jamie Fraser’s story in Outlander

Hopetoun House is Scotland’s finest stately home . On the outskirts of Edinburgh, Hopetoun has a 6,500 acre farm which produces beef, lamb and poultry plus wild game sold directly through Hopetoun Farm Shop located on the Estate.

Outlander tours feature a visit to Hopetoun House, Lallybroch, Fort William and Wentworth Prison . The tour costs £180 for up to four visitors . Phone 07305-294773 for more details or contact us online .

More importantly for Outlander fans Hopetoun is a key location .

Many locations within Hopetoun House and the grounds have been used throughout Season 1, 2, 3 and 4. Midhope Castle is the external location of the Jamie Fraser family home known as ‘Lallybroch’.

Outlander at Hopetoun House

Here are a few notable examples of scenes filmed within our stately home and grounds:

  • Hopetoun Red Drawing Room
    Red Drawing Room

    The House is the setting for the home of the Duke of Sandringham in Series 1. These scenes were filmed in the Red Drawing Room

  • The Sea Trail and West Lawn to the rear of the House was the location for the dual between the Duke and the head of the McDonald clan.
  • The rear steps of the house were the scene for a sword fight in Season 1
  • The courtyard behind the Stables Tearoom features regularly as a Parisian street location in Series 2.

The House is open to the public from Easter until the last Sunday in September.

Midhope Castle – Outlander’s Lallybroch

Midhope Castle
Midhope Castle

Located on the wider Hopetoun Estate is Midhope Castle which is the location for fictional Lallybroch, the family home of character Jamie Fraser. Midhope Castle dates back to the 15th Century and although the exterior is relatively intact the castle is derelict inside.

Midhope Castle

 

ADMISSION 

  • £3.50 per person – “CASH ONLY” –  payable at the Midhope Castle Ticket Kiosk
  • Outlander tours feature a visit to Hopetoun House, Lallybroch, Fort William and Wentworth Prison . The tour costs £180 for up to four visitors . Phone 07305-294773 for more details or contact us online .

Amazing ! Sam Heughan appeared in something before Outlander

OUTLANDER star Sam Heughan has been reminded by a fan of his appearance in Midsomer Murders as a fresh-faced young actor.

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The Scots hunk, 39, starred in an episode of the murder mystery, called King’s Crystal, in 2007.

 Sam Heughan was sent a throwback snap by a fan

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Sam Heughan was sent a throwback snap by a fan  Credit: Splash News

Twitter user Anna stumbled across the episode yesterday and tweeted Heughan with screengrabs of his youthful self starring as Ian King.

She said: “Ehy @SamHeughan do you know this actor??


“He seems pretty damn good, young but already good!!

“I believe he has a bright future ahead.”

 He was reminded of his role as Ian King in Midsomer Murders

He was reminded of his role as Ian King in Midsomer Murders

And he joked he didn’t recognise himself, replying: “Hmmmm no. Any clues?”

Other fans were also loving seeing throwbacks of their favourite actor.

Bonnie K said: “Awwww…Sam. I’ve seen these before and loved them even then. You’re like a fine wine….you just get better with time.

Another wrote: “The charisma and charm of Sam is from birth. So cute. So sweet.”

Jamey Jeffries said: “Sweet young man. Now grown in very handsome man.”

Another added: “Continuing to be a very handsome man,growing as an awesome actor, a wonderful giving spokesperson for charities of great cause,an inspirational motivator & entrepreneur,a strong & genuine ambassador for a gorgeous country.”

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