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.

Outlander news from Outlander tours Scotland . Phone 07305-294773 for more details .

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.”

Jamie Fraser Outlander tours

NEW ! Outlander + Game of Thrones tour available now for 2019

 

Outlander and Game of Thrones are the two most popular shows on TV . Game of Thrones season 8 has just finished .

Our new Outlander and Game of Thrones tour features a visit to four castles – Outlander’s Jamie Fraser –  Lallybroch  ( Midhope Castle , Linlithgow Palace ( Wentworth Prison ),   Blackness Castle and the Game of Thrones castle Doune Castle.

Our new Outlander and Game of Thrones tour is perfect for fans of the two most popular TV shows on screen this year .  First of all we take a unique tour of three key locations in the life of Outlander’s Jamie Fraser – Lallybroch ( Midhope Castle ) , Jamie’s ancestral home , Linlithgow Palace ( Wentworth Prison ) and Blackness Castle ( Fort William ) . Then we visit Doune Castle , heavily featured in Game of Thrones , and also Castle Leoch In Outlander .

Castle tours can be booked on 07305-294773, toll free number 1-866-233-2644 or online .

Tours start at 10 am . Our private group tours take up to four people . We also offer bespoke private tours with the option of choosing your own itinerary . This tour costs £190.

Tours start from your hotel or accommodation in Edinburgh or Glasgow .

Other pickup points can be arranged .

  • Lallybroch– Midhope Castle, ancestral home of Jamie Fraser
  • Linlithgow Palace – Wentworth Prison
  • Blackness Castle – Fort William
  • Doune Castle – Winterfell in Game of Thrones & Castle Leoch in Outlander
  • half day tour
  • Take in unique views of four historic castles featured in Outlander & Game of Thrones
  • Small private group tour with up to four people

Itinerary

1 . Lallybroch – Midhope Castle

The first location on this tour is Lallybroch – Midhope Castle, ancestral home of Jamie Fraser . Outlander scenes were shot at Midhope Castle on the fringes of the Hopetoun Estate near South Queensferry.

Midhope was built in the 15th Century by John Martyne, laird of Medhope. It was rebuilt in the mid 1600s and remains much the same today.

The interior of Midhope is inaccessible .

Lallybroch ( Midhope Castle) Outlander tours, Lallybroch , real life Midhope Castle , is the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser , visit the castle on our tours

Midhope Castle, a 16th-century tower house, is used as Lallybroch(also known as Broch Tuarach) inOutlander. Left to Jamie by his parents, Brian and Ellen, Lallybroch is also home to Jamie’s sister, Jenny, her husband Ian Murray and their children. Lallybroch is a crucial part of Jamie Fraser’s life in Outlander .

Outlander & Game of Thrones tours can be booked on 07305-294773 or toll free number 1-866-233-2644 or online .

2 . Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle goes back to 1440 . The castle provides the setting for Fort William, as the original fort no longer exists.

Blackness Castle in the Outlander TV series

 

The castle is long and narrow because of the shape of the rock on which it is situated and it is sometimes called ‘ the ship that never sailed ‘ . It guards the bay at Blackness and is only a few miles from Linlithgow Palace . The first castle was built in the middle of the 15th century by Sir George Crichton , Earl of Caithness , a member of one of the most powerful families in Scotland .

Jamie Fraser Outlander tours can be booked on 07305-294773 , toll free number 1-866-233-2644 or online .

3 . Linlithgow Palace

This royal palace is where Jamie Fraser was imprisoned and it featured some of the most harrowing scenes of the TV show Outlander . The Palace is also famous as the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots .

Linlithgow Palace and Loch , Wentworth prison in the Outlander TV series

Depicted as Wentworth Prison, the prison corridors and entrance were used in episode 15 of the first series when Jamie Fraserwas 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 Lochand Peel. Visitors can climb to the top of the palace for a magnificent panoramic view of the Loch and Palace . Jamie Fraser t-shirts and gifts 4 . Doune Castle 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

Game of Thrones t-shirts Doune Castle toursDoune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland. The Game of Thrones castle private tour starts at 10 am 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 ) . Game of Thrones t-shirtsThe 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. 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
  •  Outlander
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • 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 / Outlander Castle tour costs £190 . Check availability by phoning us now on 07305-294773 or contact us onlineToll free number 1-866-233-2644

Exclusions

  • entrance tickets ( contact Historic Environment Scotland for information about Explorer Passes for their castles )
  • refreshments
  • lunch