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The mystery of the stones – Craigh na Dun

Craigh na Dun, Lallybroch ( Midhope Castle) Outlander tours

Claire Beauchamp Randall never would’ve met her true love, if she hadn’t put her hands on a magical rock. Craigh na Dun, the site of an ancient stone circle in the Scottish Highlands, is an iconic place in the world of Outlander, 

In the very first episode, Claire visits Craigh na Dun to pick flowers while on vacation; moments later, she’s transported from 1945 to 1743 after tumbling through a Craigh na Dun stone that turns out to be a portal of sorts. Eventually, we learn that Claire isn’t the only time traveler on the show, and there are at least two other standing stone portals in the world.

Outlander‘s success has been great for tourism  in Scotland, where the majority of the show’s five seasons have been filmed. And while we’re all pretty clear on the fact that time travel isn’t possible, no one could blame a person for wanting to visit Craigh na Dun themselves…you know, just to make sure there’s not a Jamie-esque soulmate waiting on the other side.

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What is the cheapest way to visit Lallybroch ?

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What is the cheapest way to visit Lallybroch From Edinburgh ?

Visit Lallybroch Castle ( Midhope Castle ) for just £90 . Hourly service from Edinburgh between 10 am and 2 pm . Free pickup and dropoff from Edinburgh. Add two more Outlander film locations – Fort William and Wentworth prison –  for a unique tour costing just £150 . Phone 07305-294773 for details and availability.

See Jamie Fraser’s ancestral home – Lallybroch .

Need a bit more Outlander ? Listen to Jamie as he guides you around Castle Leoch ( Doune Castle ) on our Jamie Fraser Outlander tour

Midhope Castle, a 16th-century tower house, is used as Lallybroch (also known as Broch Tuarach) in Outlander . 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. With Lallybroch being an important part of the Outlander story, much use is made of Midhope Castle. Phone (+44) 0131-549-9785 for details and bookings .

On this tour you can visit Jamie Fraser’s ancestral home – Lallybroch Castle .

Also available from April 2020 – Lallybroch tours – visit Lallybroch, Fort William, Hopetoun House and Wentworth Prison on our unique Outlander tours – from £200 .

Lallybroch Castle tours can be booked on +447305-294773. In just half an hour from Edinburgh you can be at Jamie Fraser’s ancestral home .

Toll free number 1-866-233-2644 or online .

Perhaps the greatest mystery in Outlander is the actual location of the standing stones at Craigh na Dun

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What castle is used for Lallybroch ?


Real life Midhope Castle is used as Lallybroch in Outlander .  Lallybroch (also known as Broch Tuarach in Gaelic ), Midhope Castle is a 500 year old tower house located on the Hopetoun estate near Abercorn, a few miles west of South Queensferry, and about half an hour from Edinburgh . Lallybroch tours are available . Lallybroch gifts , including stickers, throw pillows and t-shirts , can be bought online

Can you actually visit Lallybroch ?

Visiting Lallybroch
Lallybroch castle has become a bit of a tourist attraction nowadays and it features on Lallybroch tours . You can access Lallybroch / Midhope Castle  , a 500 year old tower house located on the Hopetoun estate from the outside . You can knock on the door and see if Jamie’s there . The inside of the castle is derelict and blocked off . Lallybroch gifts , including stickers, face masks, throw pillows and t-shirts , can be bought online

Are Lallybroch tours from Edinburgh available ?

yes, you can book Lallybroch tours from Edinburgh . It takes about half an hour to travel to Lallybroch . Edinburgh is one of the great cities of the world with millions of visitors a year. Check our our Edinburgh hotels guide .

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Jamie announces his new whisky

Outlander fans will soon have something new to toast. Actor Sam Heughan, who stars as Jamie Fraser in the popular time-travel drama, is launching a whisky brand, which appears to be called ” The Sassenach.”

Heughan posted a logo on his Instagram account today, which reads “The Sassenach Unique Spirits,” and features the national animal of Scotland, a unicorn.

The caption elaborates: “Unique. @sassenachspirits Distilling now in Scotland… Drop by drop.”

In his stories, he also added “Can’t wait for you to try this…!”

The whisky is part of Heughan’s new business, Great Glen Company, and in an interview with The Scotch Malt Whisky Society published earlier this year, he spoke of his dream to create his own spirit.

“I set up the Great Glen Company to produce products that I believe in, using my heritage and passion as inspiration,” he said. “We are currently working on my brand of whisky with our first announcement soon. First stop is obviously the lifelong dream of having my own dram.”

The project has been in the works for several months, with Heughan sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the process on social media.

Back in May, for example, he teased the first photoshoot for the brand on social media.

And in June, he posted a photo of several whiskies on his Instagram account, writing, “When setting out on an adventure, the journey always comes to an end. The perfect Whisky blend is almost there…!”

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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 .

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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 Loch and 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 tours . Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland. The Game of Thrones castle private tour starts at 10 am and it includes free pickup and dropoff in 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
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Sam Heughan ( Jamie Fraser ) shares about his early years before Outlander

Sam Heughan ( Jamie Fraser ) shares about his early years before Outlander

“When I was a child I was lucky to get taken to a lot of live shows by my parents, then I moved to Edinburgh as a young teenager. They had a free ticket scheme for previews at the Lyceum Theatre and we would regularly attend. It was a great insight into the acting world as sometimes things would go wrong and you’d see “behind the curtain” many a time – it made me realise there was a whole world of people working behind the scenes and all the hard work that goes into a single production.”

Phone 07305-294773 for Outlander tours .

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Sam had a few jobs before his acting career took off –   “I applied to go to university to study film and English. I knew I was interested but didn’t know how to get into the industry. After taking two years out I finally applied for drama school. During that time (and in fact more as a “jobbing actor” I’ve done a whole variety of things: Bar/cafe work, an usher at the theatre, reception work, worked at Harrods, delivered sandwiches by bicycle in winter, temp at NHS and most proudly I served whisky at a sushi bar. ”

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Lallybroch Castle tours – Midhope Castle in Outlander

Midhope Castle, a 16th-century tower house, is used as Lallybroch (also known as Broch Tuarach) in Outlander . 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. With Lallybroch being an important part of the Outlander story, much use is made of Midhope Castle. Phone (+44) 0131-549-9785 for details and bookings .

On this tour you can visit Jamie Fraser’s ancestral home – Lallybroch Castle tours – visit Lallybroch, Fort William and Wentworth Prison on our unique Outlander tours – from £150 .

Lallybroch tours – visit Lallybroch, Fort William, Hopetoun House and Wentworth Prison on our unique Outlander tours – from £190 .

Lallybroch Castle tours can be booked on +447305-294773

Toll free number 1-866-233-2644 or online .
Need a bit more Jamie ? Listen to Jamie as he guides you around Castle Leoch ( Doune Castle ) on our Jamie Fraser Outlander tour

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We see this iconic location several times. Our introduction to Lallybroch comes in a flashback scene during the second episode of season one , when Jamie attempts to rescue Jenny from the Redcoats, only to end up being whipped and carried off to Fort William. Later in episode twelve , Jamie returns with Claire to take his place and laird of Lallybroch . Then, in season 2 we see Claire and Jamie return home after their time on France.

In season three we find out that the story of Lallybroch is not yet finished. After Culloden, Jamie is returned home, where he hides from the British before eventually surrendering to the army.

Midhope Castle is on the Hopetoun estate. It is every bit as impressive as Lallybroch, with the familiar approach and entrance to the building.

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If you’re looking for a glimpse of the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser you won’t find the real Lallybroch deep in the Highlands.
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 Midhope. It was rebuilt in the mid 1600s and remains much the same today.
Visitors are asked to admire Midhope from a distance as the interior remains largely derelict.

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Lallybroch Castle tours ,Phone (+44) 0131-549-9785 for details and bookings .

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

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Midhope Castle

Midhope Castle dates back to the 15th Century and although the exterior is relatively intact the castle is derelict inside and not open to the public . Book your Outlander tours on 07305-294773 .

In 1740, Jamie Fraser is arrested at Lallybroch while trying to defend Jenny, taken to Fort William and brutally flogged by Jack Randall.

Experience our unique Outlander tour
– see Jamie Fraser’s ancestral home Lallybroch  ( Midhope Castle)
– hear Jamie Fraser guide you around Castle Leoch ( Doune Castle )

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Sam Heughan tweets support for Trump baby blimp

Sam Heughan, the Galloway-born actor and star of one of the most popular historical dramas to be broadcast in recent years Outlander ,  upset some of his many fans by sharing a Scotsman story on the so-called “Trump baby blimp” which was paid for by UK protesters against the US president’s visit this weekend.

The giant inflatable was not allowed to fly over Donald Trump’s Turnberry golf course when he visited over the weekend. Yet when Mr Heughan, best known for playing Jacobite clansman Jamie Fraser in the hit series Outlander, retweeted The Scotsman’s coverage of the story, it proved too much for some Americans.

One replied: “I guess when that is all you have to get attention, it’s what you do. Too many actors doing this. I have no issue with them expressing themselves, but must remember they alienate. And, it would be better if they saved for their personal circle, not the accounts fans follow.”

But the actor hit back: “My job is portray every aspect of the human condition. To understand each character. To be able to empathise means I have to understand and therefore have an opinion. You want “entertainment”, I suggest you stop watching drama. Everyone is entitled to an opinion.”

Another fan tweeted: “Sam, I am disappointed that you retweeted this. No matter your opinion of the man , you should respect the office. Since you are usually so kind to others I find it strange that you would promote hatred like this.”

Mr Heughan later thanked his fans for interacting with him. “Love your support and debate is what makes us grow,” he said. “Just dislike being controlled or silenced. We live in a democracy. (I think).” Mr Trump left Scotland yesterday after spending time at his Turnberry golf course in South Ayrshire. Thousands attended protests in Edinburgh and Glasgow over the weekend against his visit.

Read more at: https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/tv-radio/sam-heughan-under-fire-from-angry-outlander-fans-over-trump-story-retweet-1-4769518