Amazing tours of Scotland

Looking for things to do in Edinburgh ? How about a tour of Scotland’s castles , landscapes or film locations from Edinburgh ?

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private Outlander tour of six film locations

Private outlander tour

Our private group tours take up to four people to three Outlander filming locations. We also offer bespoke private tours. This tour visits Falkland ( Inverness ) , Doune Castle ( Castle Leoch ) and Blackness Castle ( Fort William ) .

Superb day trip to Falkirk to visit the world famous Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel

The Kelpies sculptures are the largest works of art in Scotland, and the largest equine sculptures in the world.

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Sculptor Andy Scott was on hand for the opening, along with Duke, a Clydesdale horse which was one of the models for the 30m (100ft) works.

More than 1m people have visited the Kelpies since they were completed in April 2014.

The Kelpies, the centrepiece of the 350-hectare, £43m Helix parkland project, have boosted the local economy by £1.5m per year.

They have won a number of design awards, and were named “Scotland’s national treasure” by the National Lottery.

A £1.8m visitor centre has opened at the attraction .

The pair of sculptures are made from 600 tonnes of steel and more than 10,000 special fixings, and tower over the nearby M9 motorway.

The Kelpies sculptures in Falkirk were open to the public in April last year. An exhibition of local schools kids artwork celebrating The Kelpies and The John Muir Way will also be unveiled by Kelpie artist Andy Scott. The artwork will be on display inside The Kelpies for three weeks afterwards for tour guests to admire.

The completion of the £5 million venture marked a significant stage in the £43 million Helix project, which has transformed 865 acres of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth.

Game of thrones castle tour

visit the Game of Thrones castle – Doune Castle – on our unique tour. Visit Doune Castle on a unique private tour of the Game of Thrones Castle in Scotland – Winterfell .

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 is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland.

Five Scottish castles tour

Our private group visits five castles used as Outlander film locations. This tour visits Midhope Castle ( Lallybroch ) , Doune Castle ( Castle Leoch ) , Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison ) , Aberdour Castle and Blackness Castle.

 

Blackness Castle, Outlander TV series
the Outlander TV series has filmed in Scotland . One of Outlander’s first scenes was filmed in the picturesque town of Falkland, which stands in for Inverness in the 1940s . The show is based on American author Diana Gabaldon’s series of historical novels, which sees nurse Claire Beauchamp Randell mysteriously swept back from 1945 to 1743 Highland Scotland
 .  Falkland features some familiar sights from the TV series , including  Mrs Baird’s Guesthouses (actually the Covenanter Hotel), the Bruce Fountain where Claire comes across the ghost of Jamie, and the building that doubles as Farrell’s Hardware and Furniture Store.
Most of the filming will take place in Scotland,  according to the show’s executive producer Ron Moore . 
Scotland’s stunning landscape, with its rolling hills, rugged mountains, picturesque towns and villages, castles and sprawling beaches has provided the perfect backdrop for the world of cinema.
The show is based on American author Diana Gabaldon’s series of historical novels, which sees nurse Claire Beauchamp Randell mysteriously swept back from 1945 to 1743 Highland Scotland where rebellion and romance are afoot.  Executive Producer Ron Moore has commented on Scotland : “The landscape itself is a character in the show. There’s a particular quality to the light in Scotland, even to the grass and the trees.” 
Outlander season 2 is expected to premiere sometime in the first half of 2016

The Outlander TV series continues to be a smash 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 ) , Aberdour Castle ( Sainte Anne de Beaupré’s monastery ) and Blackness Castle ( Fort William army headquarters ) .

Midhope Castle – Lallybroch

Those seeking a glimpse of the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser 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 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.

Unique four Scottish castles tour

Our private group visits four unique Scottish castles. This tour visits Drummond Castle and Gardens , Stirling Castle , Doune Castle and Linlithgow Palace

 

 

Four ancient Scottish castles feature in this tour – Drummond Castle and Gardens , Stirling Castle , Doune Castle and Linlithgow Palace

1 Drummond Castle and Gardens

Drummond Castle Gardens, near Crieff, Perthshire, doubles as the French royal Palace of Versailles in TV drama Outlander.The grounds, which date back to 1630, are considered “the best example of formal terraced gardens in Scotland”.

Drummond Castle Gardens, which are protected as a category A listed building — in contrast to the B listed castle — already attract thousands of visitors per year, and are included on the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland.The gardens — complete with peacocks — feature ancient yew hedges and the remaining beech tree planted by Queen Victoria in 1842.

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Doune Castle

Originally dating to the 13th Century, Doune Castle near Stirling plays Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan in Outlander TV series .

It also features in the 20th century episode when Claire and Frank Randall visit the castle on a day trip.

Once a Royal residence, Doune Castle was rebuilt by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany in the late 14th Century.

Doune has appeared several times on screen and was widely used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It also represented the castle Winterfell in Game of Thrones.

photo tours of the Highlands of Scotland

Private tours of the Highlands including a visit to Glencoe, Black Mount and Buachaille Etive Mor . Your guide will take you to the best spots for taking pictures of the beautiful scenery of Glencoe and the Highlands .

This photo tour is ideal for beginners/ intermediate photographers . Your photo guide will offer assistance as required with taking pictures.

Our promise – your guide will always be friendly , helpful and informative .

Glencoe – see the stunning scenery of the paps of Glencoe , one of the most impressive peaks in Scotland. Glencoe is a beautiful rocky landscape featuring the Paps of Glencoe – giant mountains of solid rock. In the summer you might hear the piper in the car park playing a lament . When it goes quiet the silence is quite eery . Listen carefully and you might hear the wailing of ghosts from the Massacre of Glencoe. Your guide will take to the two best viewing points in Glencoe . One of the viewing points involves a short walk up the hillside facing the paps of Glencoe .

Kelpies tours, visit the amazing 30 metre high Kelpies in Falkirk

Kelpies, the Helix, Falkirk , Scotland

Falkirk tours and transfers, visit the Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel, two unique attractions connected by the Union Canal

Private tours Edinburgh offer a wide range of tours of Scotland’s castles , film locations and landscapes , visit Outlander , Monty Python and Outlander film locations

Lallybroch castle is the ancestral home of Outlander star Jamie fraser , real life Midhope Castle is just 25 minutes from Edinburgh. Our private group tours take up to four people to three Outlander filming locations. This tour visits Lallybroch – Midhope Castle, Blackness Castle ( Fort William ) and Linlithgow Palace ( Wentworth Prison )

Tours start at 10 am . We also offer bespoke private tours with the option of choosing your own itinerary .

Tours start from locations in Edinburgh or Glasgow .

Normal pickup point is Edinburgh/ Glasgow city centre , your hotel or the airport .

Other pickup points can be arranged .

  • Lallybroch – Midhope Castle, ancestral home of Jamie Fraser
  • Linlithgow Palace – Wentworth Prison
  • Blackness Castle
  • half day Outlander tour
  • Take in unique views of three historic castles featured in Outlander
  • Small private group tour with up to of four people

Doune Castle pictures , Doune featured in Monty Python , Game of Thrones and Outlander

Glentana – airport transfers from Edinburgh to Glasgow Airport

Outlander tours , tour the real film locations used in Outlander, including Lallybroch and Castle Leoch

Castle tours , tour the ancient castles of Scotland and their history in films

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Outlander tour map

The  gives details of most , but not all , the film locations in Scotland .

Outlander castles tour

The Outlander TV series continues to be a smash 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 ) , Aberdour Castle ( Sainte Anne de Beaupré’s monastery ) and Blackness Castle ( Fort William army headquarters ) .

1  Midhope Castle – Lallybroch
Those seeking a glimpse of the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser 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 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

Outlander tour Map

The map does not include some of the most recent and slightly obscure film locations , including Polmont .
The location map was produced by Visitscotland and can be downloaded on their website .


Outlander tours

Glenborrodale Castle for sale

A historic Scottish castle that boasts lake views and comes complete with two islands is on the market for £3.75 million.
Glenborrodale Castle has 16 bedrooms as well as a walled garden, a gate house and an impressive 133 acres of land.
The baronial home, on the idyllic Ardnamurchan peninsula in Lochaber, Scottish Highlands, was built during the early 20th century and looks fit to feature in a Hollywood fairy tale blockbuster or period drama.

: Glenborrodale Castle, a 20th century baronial home in the Scottish Highlands, is on the market for £3.75million

: The grand hallway and reception area in Glenborrodale which features an attractive open fireplace

Glenborrodale is located on the Ardnamurchan peninsula in Lochaber and boasts panoramic views of Loch Sunart
Prospective buyers will be met with wrought iron gates and stone pillars as they make their way onto the grounds of the estate.
Inside, the elegant castle offers a beautiful feature staircase with marble steps, a dining room with an open fireplace and a turret with panoramic views of the surroundings.
Also included in the remarkable property is a gym and sauna, adjoining tennis court, commercial kitchen, games room and a boat house complete with a jetty.

According to estate agents Bell Ingram who are selling the property, ‘Glenborrodale Castle is situated on the southern shore of the picturesque Ardnamurchan Peninsula.
‘The area offers some of the most outstanding coastline scenery together with an abundance of wildlife.
‘Glenborrodale Castle dates from 1902 and is a five storey Scots baronial mansion built of red Dumfriesshire sandstone.

: Buyers can enjoy the surrounding loch and beautiful countryside from the castle’s turret or relax on the raised patio +9: Buyers can enjoy the surrounding loch and beautiful countryside from the castle’s turret or relax on the raised patio
: The castle’s vast dining room is fit for a regal banquet with enough room to entertain large crowds of guests: The castle boasts incredible views of Loch Sunart and its grounds include the Isle of Risga and Eilean an Feidh’ +9: The castle boasts incredible views of Loch Sunart and its grounds include the Isle of Risga and Eilean an Feidh’
‘The castle itself dominates the steep south facing hillside which overlooks Loch Sunart.’
However, the most interesting aspect of the sale is the inclusion of two picturesque islands.
The estate agent added in the brochure: ‘The panoramic view takes in the islands of Risga, Carna and Oronsay and the Morven Hills on
the far North side of the loch.

: Prospective residents can relax in the castles manicured gardens or walk around its lush and vast grounds

: Glenborrodale could easily be mistaken for a scene from a period drama or Hollywood fairy tale with its impressive red brick turrets and beautiful grounds
: The property’s islands are uninhabited and are accessed on by boat but they can be gazed upon from the comfort of the castle
‘The grounds of the Castle extend to about 132.99 acres (53.82ha) and include the Isle of Risga and Eilean an Feidh.’
The isolated islands are uninhabited and are accessed on by boat but they can be gazed upon from the comfort of the castle.
this A-listed building is currently under private ownership and is not open to the public, but it has previously been used as a wedding venue and for exclusive accommodation.

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Firenze Castle for sale

Beautiful castle, located right in the heart of Tuscany, just minutes from the birthplace of the Renaissance in Florence.

This luxurious castle is among the best properties for sale anywhere in the world. With its ancient origins dating back to between the XVII – XVIIIth Centuries, this property is a true architectural masterpiece and is nestled in the green Hills of Tuscany, in the heart of the famous Chianti area. The property is divided between a main body, the Castle itself, and 8 other historic homes that are spread out. Each part shares the prestige of living in a castle in Chianti, thus offering guests and family members a unique experience. Many of the rooms have stunning views of the lush hills surrounding Florence. The land which surrounds is spread out over about 156 hectares in total.

Features include:
Stone facade, enclosed courtyards, watch towers, battlements, defensive architecture, arched windows, balconies and porches, These f eatures are typically found in prestigious buildings, thereby creating a really impressive and authentic setting, capable of transporting even the most demanding persons back in time.

The interior of this castle is superb and include arched ceilings, terracotta floors, antique fireplaces and valuable stone finishes. There is also ‘in theme’ furnishings & furniture that help to enhance this superb castle.

There is also a producing vineyard for the production of excellent Tuscan wine and an olive grove for making extra virgin olive oil. This castle rates with any luxury property for sale anywhere in the world and sits in the postcard perfect landscape of Tuscany not far from Florence.

The prestige attached to owning this splendid castle is priceless.

Areas:
– Castle: 5,000m2
– Historic homes: 5,000m2
– Land: 156 hectares

– Main Castle
– 7 adjacent separate quarters
– Furnished in keeping with the type of building
– Olive trees
– Vineyards

Distances
– Firenze: 15 km
– Fiesole: 12 km
– Sesto Fiorentino: 20 km
– Pistoia: 45 km
– Lucca: 75 km
– Pisa: 80 km
– Montecatini Terme: 55 km
– Forte dei Marmi: 100 km
– Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci Firenze: 15 km

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Castle Gogar for sale at £2.9 million

Edinburgh Castle might not on the market but 17th century Castle Gogar certainly is at  a cool £2.9 million.
This renovated six-bedroom castle comes with paddocks and impressive battlements .
The castle has everything you would expect in a property fit for a king or queen: towers and turrets with arrow slots, a vaulted crypt, an oak panelled dining room and hall, and even spiral staircases.

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The turrets were only added to the 1625 property in the 19th century and have never housed archers. Other more modern additions include a wet room and sauna, a handmade oak kitchen with a built-in American fridge freezer, and outbuildings housing a gym and games

Interest in top-notch properties seems to be growing a flat in Ramsay Garden, one of the most instantly recognisable addresses in Edinburgh and slap next to the city’s other castle, has attracted global interest since going on the market for £1.1m.
St Andrews castle is well worth a visit . A taxi from Edinburgh to St Andrews costs about £85 .

‘Castles tax’ criticised by heritage groups

Conservationist and heritage groups have combined to oppose measures outlined by Chancellor George Osborne to remove VAT relief on changes to properties which are protected under the listed building status. Properties which have been renovated but would be taxed under the proposals include Aberdeen’s 19th-century Marischal College buildingKelburn Castle in North Ayrshire, and Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool.
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Under new plans, 20% VAT will be charged on alterations to a listed building, which will leave conversions of old and culturally valuable buildings requiring a far bigger outlay than in the past.

The National Trust for Scotland says the removal of tax relief outlined in the last Budget is ill-thought out and comparable to the fiasco over the much-derided “pasty tax”. The Scottish Government has joined widespread criticism of the proposal with Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop claiming the tax will have economic consequences for the building trade.

Archaeology Scotland, the Architectural Heritage Society for Scotland, the Institute for Archaeologists, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland and the Scottish Civic Trust have united in criticism of these changes . Cliff Hague, chairman of the Built Environment Forum Scotland lobby group, said many smaller-scale projects could be hit hard. He added: “The current fiscal arrangements incentivise sympathetic alteration of these buildings to enable their long-term survival through continued use.

“This Budget proposal will impact most significantly on small charities and private individuals involved in taking on these buildings, not only for themselves but for the benefit of everyone, now and in the future.

“The financial viability of these special and often complex projects means that the current VAT relief can make the difference between a project stacking up or not.”

Under the current scheme, VAT is charged on repairs and maintenance to listed properties but not on alterations, such as installing new window

Apethorp Hall for sale

Downton Abbey is one of the most successful British television dramas of the year. Fans now have the chance to live out their dreams of the high life in a historic property coming up for sale.
Apethorpe Hall, a British manor with no less than 48 rooms, has gone onto the market for a “bargain” price of 2.5 million pounds . There’s only one problem – it doesn’t have a bathroom.
The Daily Mail reports that the house was originally built between 1470 and 1480 by Sir Guy Wolston, then sold to Sir Walter Mildmay. It reportedly stayed in his family for 350 years. In more recent years, the house has been owned by the Catholic Church and Libyan millionaire Wanis Mohammed Burweila. The new owner of the house , located in Northamptonshire, England, should probably be able to afford to install a few modern amenities. However in common with any historic building, there are bound to be certain restrictions on developing a piece of property first constructed several hundred years ago.
As well as  not having a bathroom, the house comes with a few other catches: an annual £100,000 maintenance bill and a requirement that the hall be open to the public for at least 28 days a year.
The government reportedly spent more than £4 million renovating the house, which had fallen into disarray over the years and was at one time “on the brink of ruin.”