Author: David

March 16, 2020

Robert the Bruce and the Declaration of Arbroath

In Robert the Bruce’s day, battles were short but wars were long. The First War of Scottish Independence, with England, lasted thirty-two years, from 1296 until 1328. Scotland, which had long understood itself as independent, kept having to repel the English, who disagreed. The Second War of Scottish Independence, still with England, ran for another twenty-five years. During these decades, the Pope served as a […]

March 12, 2020

could Jamie be the new James Bond ?

Daniel Craig has announced the next Bond film No time to Die will be his last outing as Bond . But who will be the new James Bond ? Scottish star Heughan – best known for appearing in time-travel drama Outlander – is among the names regularly linked with the job. Outlander news from Outlander tours Vin Diesel – who stars alongside Heughan in comic […]

February 17, 2020

Is the the Outlander effect really a “double edged sword” ?

The BBC have reported that tourism is booming in Scotland , not least because of the Outlander effect. But is that , as they claim , really a double edged sword ? I am quite surprised to see the BBC publishing this article based on rather flimsy evidence . Is this their attempt to emulate the Daily Mail , which publishes hundreds of articles a […]

February 12, 2020

Edinburgh has its best ever year for filming

Filming of the new Fast & Furious blockbuster in Edinburgh was worth £5.2 million to its economy and helped the city to one of its most lucrative ever years as a destination for movie and TV shoots, according to official industry figures. Vin Diesel’s new movie, which was shot across three weeks in the autumn and involved more than 50 road closures, saw a 500-strong […]

February 12, 2020

Billie Eilish is singing the new Bond theme

Billie Eilish has said that performing the theme song to the upcoming James Bond film is a “life goal”. visit James Bond film locations Glencoe Eilean Donan Castle Ardverikie James Bond tour details Last month, Eilish confirmed that she was recording the theme for upcoming Bond film, No Time To Die, making her the youngest artist in history to do so. The ‘Ocean Eyes’ singer posted an image of the iconic spy […]

February 6, 2020

Outlander star becomes Edinburgh Castle guide

Outlander star and Ian Rankin become Edinburgh Castle ‘tour guides’ Outlander star Andrew Gower, who portrayed Bonnie Prince Charlie in the time-travel series, will voice the Young Pretender, while Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin discusses the “Black Dinner” at Edinburgh Castle and the inspiration behind Game of Thrones’ most famous episode, the “Red Wedding”. Outlander and Game of Thrones tours of Scotland can […]

February 6, 2020

Outlander Valentine gifts

“Outlander” is not back on TV until next week , but a Sassenach’s love for the Starz drama never fades. Surprise your lovely lass with an “Outlander”- inspired Valentine’s Day  tour or one of these “Outlander”-themed Valentine’s Day gifts on February  14, and you’ll be able to say you’re the Jamie to her Claire. Outlander tours of Scotland – call +44131-549-9785 now for availability Private […]

January 29, 2020

Is Outlander’s Fraser’s Ridge a real place ?

After 20 years apart, Claire and Jamie are finally building a life together in the American colonies. And central to their storyline in Outlander‘s fourth season is the establishment of their home, Fraser’s Ridge. Once they reunite with their daughter Brianna in Wilmington, she too, returns to Fraser’s Ridge, completing their family unit. According to Diana Gabaldon, the author of the books the show is based on, […]

December 12, 2019

Craigh na Dun mystery

Craigh na Dun The mystical and enchanting spot where Claire and Frank first come across the standing stones that soon after were to propel Claire back in time. They have been an ever present since, including in Season four . No standing stones actually exist here but I think they are based on a combination of  Clava Cairns and Callanish , both of which are […]

December 3, 2019

Outlander five castles tour

The Outlander TV series continues to be a huge hit in the UK and America .  Five Scottish castles in particular feature heavily in the story lines – Midhope Castle ( Lallybroch ) , Doune Castle ( Castle Leoch ) , Linlithgow Palace  (Wentworth Prison ) , Culross Palace and Blackness Castle ( Fort William army headquarters ) . 1  Midhope Castle – LallybrochGet a glimpse of the ancestral home […]