Property photography in Falkirk and central Scotland

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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 .

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle is the most photographed castle in the world .
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Visits to the castle can be arranged by taxi transfers from Edinburgh Airport . Download the Airport transfers Scotland booking app .

Eilean Donan Castle is the stunning Highlands castle set on an island in the middle of three lochs. The castle is the most photographed castle in the UK and it featured in the films Highlander and James Bond . Your tour guide will take you to the three best locations for pictures of the castle .

Eilean Donan means Island of Donan (a religious figure from the 12th century). Eilean Donan was Clan MacKenzie’s most important stronghold from the 13th Century until it was destroyed in 1719. Robert the Bruce was given refuge in Eilean Donan Castle by John MacKenzie, Second of Kintail when he was being hunted by the English at the beginning of the fourteenth century.

In 1719 three English frigates sailed into Loch Duich and bombarded the castle with cannon fire until it was in ruins. The castle them lay in ruins for nearly 200 years. In 1911 John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the castle and spent 20 years restoring it .

Book Eilean Donan Castle tours on +44 131 549 9785 / +44 7305-294773

Our photo tours of Scotland set off from Edinburgh and feature visits to the top scenic locations in the Highlands of Scotland .

This tour starts at 10 am and costs £295.

Eilean Donan Castle tours – phone 07305-294773

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Our photo tours of Scotland set off from Edinburgh and feature visits to the top scenic locations in the Highlands of Scotland. Perfect for iPhone and DSLR users with a passion for landscape photography .

For more details about availability phone 0131 549 9785 / 07305-294773 . Shore excursions– all of our tours are available as shore excursions from the Edinburgh ports South Queensferry, Newhaven and Rosyth . Daytime phone number 0131 549 9785.

Eilean Donan Castle inspires Pixar’s Brave

Eilean Donan Castle inspires Pixar's Brave

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Pixar’s new blockbuster Brave film is set in Scotland and has been inspired by a number of Scottish castles, mainly Eilean Donan Castle and Dunnottar Castle. The film has made $66.7m (£42.8m) in its opening weekend, knocking Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted off the top spot. Brave is the first Disney Pixar animation with a female protagonist. Brave, which will close the Edinburgh International Film Festival later this week, is the the 13th consecutive Pixar release to open at number one. “Their track record is just unbelievable,” said Paul Dergarabedian, analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com.
“The Pixar brand just carries so much weight with the audience. It doesn’t matter almost what the story is about if it has the Pixar name.”
Brave’s heroine, who rebels against her family’s plans for her to marry, is voiced by Kelly Macdonald, of Trainspotting and Boardwalk Empire fame.She was born and bred in Scotland , as were most of the cast, which includes Robbie Coltrane, comedian and now chat show host Craig Ferguson and Macdonald’s Trainspotting co-star Kevin McKidd, better known to American audiences for his role in Grey’s Anatomy.
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Eilean Donan Castle inspiration

Eilean Donan has inspired many artists and photographers down the years. Images of the castle have featured in countless calendars and postcards. It is one of my favourite castles in Scotland because of the huge potential it offers throughout most of the year.


VisitScotland marketing campaign

VisitScotland found out that Mel Gibson’s film Braveheart in 1995 brought a whole flood of visitors to Scotland , mainly from America.They have decided to try and capitalise on Brave to promote Scotland and bring a whole new generation of visitors to Scotland.
VisitScotland has launched its biggest ever global marketing campaign, working alongside Disney Pixar to reach millions of potential visitors across the world. The campaign will showcase every corner of Scotland through a new TV and cinema advert, a new website and extensive marketing and events activity in countries ranging from the US and UK to France and Germany. The TV and cinema campaign will reach around 80 million people in the UK and abroad and is expected to boost the Scottish economy by around £140m.
The campaign will see the airing of VisitScotland’s first TV advert in North America for ten years – thanks to a major funding boost by the Scottish Government. The timing of the campaign is crucial, with this market showing encouraging signs of recovery. The number of American visitors increased by 15% last year and it is Scotland’s biggest overseas market, with more than 400,000 visitors spending £311m every year.
UK audiences will also be treated to the new advert in cinemas and TV in a special UK version which will launch when the film opens in August.
The new 30-second advert, which is voiced by the BBC’s historian and presenter Neil Oliver, will be broadcast on some of the world’s largest networks and in cinemas before the film, taking creative inspiration from the theme “Scotland. Where legends come to life.”

First Minister Alex Salmond attends Brave premiere

First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond has done his bit to promote VisitScotland’s marketing campaign with his attendance at the film premiere and a raft of press interviews.

‘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.”

Spooky castles – the most haunted Halloween castles in the UK

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The UK has hundreds of ruined castles. But some castles are more spooky than others. Here’s a list of the spookiest , most haunted castles in the UK , ideal for a visit at Halloween . If you’re brave enough to visit one of these castles , why not send a  free Halloween greeting card

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle commands the whole of the city centre , sitting on a volcanic rock . The castle is perhaps the spookiest in Britain because it has many ghosts. There is a drummer who only appears when the castle is
about to be attacked. A piper who disappeared in the
tunnels between the castle and the High Street comes back to haunt the dungeons. The castle is Scotland’s biggest visitor attraction with thousands of visitors each year.

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Eilean Donan Castle

This is one of the most picturesque and most photographed castles in
the world . Robert the Bruce took refuge here in 1306 . The
original castle was destroyed in 1719 when 3 English
frigates attacked the Spanish troops garrisoned there
. The castle was rebuilt in the 20th century . This castle is spooky because the spirit of
a Spanish troop is said to haunt the castle.

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Craigievar
Castle

The Blue Bedroom is the haunt of one of the Gordon clan members, who
fell from a window. He had been pushed to his death by “Red”
Sir John Forbes, a noble. Several people heard the step of
the unfortunate Gordon climbing the stairs to the Blue
Bedroom, as if he was living the moment before his death
again and again.One of the
other ghosts is one of a musician, who is very selective (he
shows himself just to people with the name of Forbes). He
fell in the moat of the castle and drowned. Send free Halloween e-cards

Linlithgow Palace

This was the castle of the Stewart kings of Scotland from the 15th
century . In 1512Mary , Queen of Scots was born here .
Queen Margaret’s Tower at the top of the stair towers
, is said to be haunted by the Queen’s mother , Mary of Guise , waiting for the
return of her husband , James V .

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Crathes
Castle

In the oldest part of the castle, the double tower, there is a room
known as the Green Lady’s Room, because of the several
apparitions of this unknown woman with a baby. It is said
that she’s a member of the Burnett family, proprietor of the
castle.These
apparitions began after the discover of two skeletons,
during renovation work : one of a woman and one of a baby.
The baby is said to be the child of a man who preferred to
kill the baby and the mother to hide their
relationship.The fact
that the apparitions continue, even after the discover of
the bodies means than the two poor beings will never be able
to rest in peace.

Stirling Castle

The castle stands on volcanic rock overlooking the town of Stirling and
the countryside . Mary , Queen of Scots was crowned in the
old chapel in 1533 . The Pink Lady , a beautiful woman in a
pink silk gown , has been seen many times at the castle . It
may be Mary , Queen of Scots. Others say it is the ghost of
a woman searching for her husband who had been killed when
Edward I captured the castle .

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Loch Lomond private tours

Loch Lomond private tours

Loch Lomond is world renowned as a beauty spot .

Normal pickup point is Edinburgh city centre or the airport . Other pickup points can be arranged , subject to an additional fee .

Itinerary

  • 6 hour private tour group day trip to Loch Lomond
  • Explore the Loch and visit the village of Luss
  • Take in unique views of Ben Lomond
  • Travel by luxury car
  • Small private group tour with a maximum of 4 people

Our tour of Loch Lomond features a visit to the world famous Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel .

We stop for an hour at each location .

Tour cost –

£300 for 2 people

£320 for 3 people

£340 for 4 people