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Game of Thrones castle tours

Doune Castle is Winterfell in Game of Thrones and 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

  • Doune Castle is Winterfell in Game of Thrones
  • Featured in Monty Python’s Holy Grail
  • Castle Leoch in Outlander
  • Private tour for up to 4 people
  • In the BBC adaptation of “Ivanhoe” in 1996

Doune Castle tours

The 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.

Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland.

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 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. The castle was used as a stand-in for the fictional “Leoch Castle” in the TV adaption of the Outlander series of novels.

Game of Thrones Castle

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Can you visit Game of Thrones set?

The popular TV series Game of Thrones® was filmed in Scotland at Doune Castle – Winterfell . The Great Hall in Doune Castle was the perfect setting for the Feast of Winterfell . Explore this filming location with a Game of Thrones tour.

Can you visit Winterfell?

Game of Thrones® was filmed in Scotland at Doune Castle – Winterfell on TV . Fans of the show will be able to visit the actual location in the Westeros world where scenes from Winterfell were filmed.

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Outlander Lallybroch tours

Visit Lallybroch , Jamie Fraser’s  ancestral home in this private group tour to Lallybroch ( Midhope Castle) , Castle Leoch ( Doune Castle ) and Fort William ( Blackness Castle )  .Tours start at 10 am . We also offer bespoke private tours with the option of choosing your own itinerary . Phone 07305-294773 for booking or contact us online .

Special offer – one free castle explorer pass for tours in January, February and March . The pass gives one person free entry to 70 castles in Scotland for three days , including Blackness Castle , Linlithgow Palace and Edinburgh and Stirling Castle. Quote code pass2020 when booking to get this special offer . For more details phone +44131 549 9785 or contact us online .

Tours start from locations in Edinburgh or Glasgow .
Normal pickup point is Edinburgh/ Glasgow city centre , your hotel or port . Other pickup points can be arranged . Small groups of up to four people three Outlander filming locations .

Itinerary

On this tour we visit three castle locations used for filming the hit series Outlander. Based on the best selling novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is filmed in a number of locations in castles and towns in  central Scotland.

1  Midhope Castle – Lallybroch
Lallybroch is the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser , filmed at 15th century Midhope Castle .Scenes were shot at Midhope Castle near the Hopetoun Estate near South Queensferry.
Midhope was built in the 15th Century and was built by John Martyne, laird of Medhope. 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 .

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. Midhope Castle tours can be booked on

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2 . Doune Castle was built in  1400 for the first Duke of Albany and provides the setting for Castle Leoch in Outlander. It was also the set for Winterfell in Game of Thrones and Monty Python’s Holy Grail.

Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland.

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

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 . King James II acquired Blackness in 1453 when he annexed the lands of the Crichtons . From then on the castle was mainly used as a prison . In 1543 Cardinal Beaton was held here for a month . Rebuilding started in the 1530s under the direction of Sir James Hamilton of Finnart who also worked at Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Castle . He was instructed to make the castle safe from artillery , and he achieved this by making the south and east walls very thick . A new tower was built at the south end . In the 1560s , in the reign of Mary Queen of Scots , a Spur was built to protect the main gate . In the 1870s the castle was the main ammunition depot for Scotland .The Castle is a popular location for historical re-enactments and has changed little in 600 years . Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland.

Hamlet has scenes filmed at Blackness Castle and Dunnottar Castle.
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Starring: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Paul Scofield, Alan Bates, Ian Holm, Helena Bonham Carter, John McEnery

The tour spends up to an hour at each location .

  • Travel by saloon car
  • Small private group tour with a maximum of 4 people

Tour costs – £235 for up to four people .

Lunch , refreshments and entrance tickets are not included in the price.

Outlander set locations tour from Edinburgh £235

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