Four ancient Scottish castles feature in this tour – Linlithgow Palace , Blackness Castle , Stirling Castle and Doune Castle. We’re calling this a castles mini-tour because of the unique circumstances we find ourselves in this year .
Visitors can usually go inside each castle on our tours. However on this castles mini-tour we can explore each castle , but only from the outside. Your private tour includes a pickup from your hotel / Airbnb in Edinburgh to Doune , a driver/guide , a stay of up to 45 minutes plus a return to Edinburgh .
Your guide will give details of the history of the castle and information about films and TV shows made at each location . Your guide will always be friendly, helpful and informative .
1 . Blackness Castle
One of Scotland’s most impressive strongholds, Blackness Castle near Linlithgow was used as the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall in Outlander .
The 15th-century ex-artillery fortress overlooks the Firth of Forth and is known as “the ship that never sailed” due to its unusual shape.
It was built in the 15th century by one of Scotland’s most powerful families, the Crichtons. Blackness also featured in the Outlaw King and Mary, Queen of Scots .
2. Linlithgow Palace
Linlithgow Palace ( Wentworth Prison in Outlander )
This royal pleasure palace and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots became the backdrop for some of the most harrowing scenes in the Outlander TV show.
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.
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4 Doune Castle
Originally dating to the 13th Century, Doune Castle near Stirling was a favourite place for Mary Queen of Scots .
Doune Castle has five claims to movie fame –
- Outlander – Doune was Castle Leoch , and it also features in the 20th century episode when Claire and Frank Randall visit the castle on a day trip.
- Game of Thrones . Doune represented the castle Winterfell in Game of Thrones.
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- Outlaw King
- Mary Queen of Scots
Once a Royal residence, Doune Castle was rebuilt by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany in the late 14th Century.
2 Blackness Castle
Blackness Castle was built in 1440 by Sir George Crichton . At this time, Blackness was the main port serving the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, one of the main residences of the Scottish monarch.In 1453 King James II annexed the castle due to a dispute with Crichton, and the castle has been crown property ever since.
In 1650 Oliver Cromwell took the castle when he invaded Scotland .
The castle was used as a state prison, holding Cardinal Beaton and the 6th Earl of Angus
Blackness Castle has three claims to movie fame –
- Outlander – Blackness Castle was Fort William , where Jamie was whipped by Black Jack Randall
- Outlaw King
- Mary Queen of Scots
The Outlaw King tells the story of how Robert the Bruce, who defied England’s King Edward I, became a hunted fugitive but turned the tables to inflict crushing defeat on the English army at Bannockburn and ultimately won Scottish independence. Film tourism is booming in Scotland, with Outlaw King and Mary Queen of Scots some of the exciting new films set to feature the country on screen. Film and TV productions not only showcase the unique mix of stunning landscapes, rich heritage and fascinating stories Scotland offers, but can inspire set-jetting fans to visit, with research showing that one in five visitors come here after seeing Scotland on the big and small screen.