Scottish castles tour

Looking for a unique experience from Edinburgh ? How about taking a tour from Edinburgh of Scotland’s historic castles and film locations ?

Four ancient Scottish castles feature in this tour – 

  • Blackness Castle ( Outlander )
  •  Stirling Castle 
  • Doune Castle ( Game of Thrones , Monty Python, Outlaw King and Outlander )
  • Linlithgow Palace ( Mary Queen of Scots and the Outlaw King )

 Shore excursions– all of our day trips are available as shore excursions from the Edinburgh ports South Queensferry, Newhaven and Rosyth . Daytime phone number +44131 549 9785.

  Private tours Edinburgh Phone +44131-549-9785 for more details or contact us online or Whatsapp +447305294773 .

1 Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle goes back to 1440 . The castle provides the setting for Fort William in Outlander , 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 .

  • professional driver / guide
  • Travel by saloon car
  • Small private group tour with a maximum of 4 people

2 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 represented the castle Winterfell in Game of Thrones.

It features in the first episode in series one in the 20th century 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 featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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3 Linlithgow Palace

This royal pleasure palace and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots became the backdrop for some of the most harrowing scenes of the TV show Outlander .

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.

More Linlithgow Palace pictures

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Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s most impressive castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture.

From Stirling Castle’s ramparts, visitors can take in views of the Forth Valley and Ben Lomond , as well as two of Scotland’s most important battle sites – Stirling Bridge (1297) and Bannockburn (1314). The castle is at the head of Stirling’s historic old town.Like Edinburgh Castle , Stirling sits on a volcanic rock dominating the city skyline .

Stirling Castle is not only one of Scotland’s grandest and most imposing castles, it was also a real favourite with Scotland’s Stewart kings and queens. James IV created the Great Hall, the largest medieval banqueting hall ever built in Scotland, and James V’s Royal Palace, with its lavishly decorated Renaissance façades, was a masterpiece of the period.

Major conservation work has been carried out at Stirling Castle over many years to preserve the attraction as a major national and international monument. The refurbishment of the Great Hall was completed a seven years ago . A particular feature of the Great Hall is stained glass windows featuring clan crests . A number of banquets and concerts are held in the Hall throughout the year .

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For more details about day trips from Edinburgh 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.

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This day trip from Edinburgh is ideal for solo travellers and small groups of up to to 4 people .

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Eilean Donan Castle tours

Private tours of Eilean Donan Castle and the Highlands from Edinburgh including a visit to Glencoe & Buachaille Etive Mor. We take you to the best spots for taking pictures of the beautiful scenery of the Highlands.Phone +44131-549-9785 for booking

Private tours of Eilean Donan Castle and the Highlands from Edinburgh including a visit to Glencoe and Buachaille Etive Mor .

Take an epic journey through the Highlands to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle . Where are the top three locations for pictures of Eilean Donan Castle ? Your guide will take you to the best spots for taking pictures of the castle and the beautiful scenery of Glencoe and the Highlands . Whatsapp +447305294773 , phone +44131-549-9785 for more details and availability or contact us online .

What makes our tours unique ?

  • professional guide
  • private tours – only small groups up to four people
  • Scottish music – TV / film themes and Scottish artists
  • photography – we help customers to take the best possible pictures on their trip
  • information about Scottish culture and arts

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This photo tour is ideal for beginners/ intermediate photographers . Your photo guide will offer assistance as required with taking pictures. Shore excursions– all of our tours are available as shore excursions from the Edinburgh ports South Queensferry, Newhaven and Rosyth . Daytime phone number +44131 549 9785.

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

Private tours Edinburgh are Good to Go – The ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark means we adhere to the respective government and public health guidance, and have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment to ensure the required processes and protocols are in place. Phone +44131-549-9785 for more details or contact us online .

  • Glencoe
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Buachaille Etive Mor
  • Private tour of the Highlands
  • Photography tour
  • Tour of the Highlands from Edinburgh 

Eilean Donan Castle

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 .

In 1719 three English frigates sailed into Loch Duich and bombarded the castle with cannon fire until a direct hit on the arsenal left it 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 .

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