Monday, 29 October 2018

Looking for things to do in Edinburgh ? How about a tour of Scotland's castles , landscapes or film locations from Edinburgh ?
midhope castle outlander tours
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 ) .
The Kelpies sculptures are the largest works of art in Scotland, and the largest equine sculptures in the world.
kelpies tours Falkirk
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.
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.

[caption id="attachment_2642" align="alignleft" width="300"]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[/caption]
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.
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.
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.
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

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Northumberland Three Castles golf tournament set up

A new event this season – the Northumberland Three Castles – has been confirmed for the end of July. The Castles, as it will inevitably be called, is being played on successive days at Bamburgh Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle and closing out at Alnwick Castle.
And to add to Alnwick’s good news, this week they became the first club in Northumberland to be awarded High Achiever Status for GolfMark, the England Golf scheme which identifies and recognises junior and beginner friendly golf facilities.
To put that distinction into context, only 14 of the 42 clubs affiliated to the Northumberland Union of Golf Clubs – exactly one third – have even the standard GolfMark accreditation.
All this arrives only 18 months after an Alnwick club then £60,000 in debt was heading for extinction until being saved by new owner Simon Kimble.
He has bankrolled so much investment into what were fast fading greens, fairways and bunkers that club manager Neil Foggon said: “There has been a 100% improvement in the course and in the long run we shall improve another 100% on what has been achieved already.” The event named after Deeble honours a Northumberland player, now in his late fifties, who was struck down in his prime by a rare form of motor neurone disease after winning the English Amateur twice in four years.
On the first occasion, in 1976, Deeble succeeded Nick Faldo as champion. Faldo went on to set a European record of six wins in majors and become a multi-millionaire, but Deeble has been unable to play golf for almost a quarter of a century.
Deeble represented Great Britain & Ireland in the 1977 and 1981 Walker Cups in New York and California, helped England win the European Team Championship in 1977 and amassed 67 England caps.

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Duns Castle hosts art exhibition

Duns Castle will host its  annual exhibition with a top line-up of local artists . Organiser Caroline Hay of Art Amatoria is looking forward to welcoming a host of talented individuals to the grounds of the famous local landscape.
Amongst the number is the talented Earlston teenager William Foyle, who is taking part in one of his first exhibitions.
William uses thick layers of paint to create vibrant and slightly abstracted landscapes, inspired by the Borders and visits to Ireland, and his large canvases are certain to be a talking point.
Berwick’s Kate Philp is a hugely successful landscape artist, and Caroline is thrilled to have some of her new work on show as well as her ever popular prints.
Angela and Brunton Hunter, a couple from Innerleithen, share a studio but work in completely different media, with Angela favouring bronze resin to create wildlife sculptures and Brunton focussing on marble.
The exhibition will also feature two very different wildlife artists in the form of Cornhill’s Claire Weeks and Susan Mitchell, whose lively watercolours are always popular.
Another painter on show is Douglas Davies, a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Peckforton Castle, near Tarporley, damaged by arson after wedding

100 fire fighters and 20 appliances spent most of Sunday tackling the "major" blaze at the landmark  Peckforton Castle, near Tarporley, Cheshire.   Up to 100 staff and guests, many of whom were attending a wedding, were evacuated just before 5am, after the fire broke out in a drawing room in a wing of the 19th Century gothic castle.

 Such was the severity of the fire, appliances were called in from four different counties amid fears the blaze would completely destroy the Grade I-listed property. It has been claimed that the fire damage could top £1million. The fire started just hours after the groom became embroiled in a dispute with management over the event’s bill.  While police declined to confirm the claims, it is believed the groom, who has not been named, was arrested on suspicion of arson.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Castle for sale in France

a 15th century listed castle and its listed chapel in the Poitou region is for sale. In the heart of the Poitou region, 380 km (238 miles) south of Paris (330/206 of which are on the A10 motorway), and a little less than 50 km (31 miles) from Poitiers-Briard airport with direct flights to London, Edinburgh and other European capitals.
Close to a small medieval town with a good tourist trade and all amenities, the property nestles in an authentic hamlet situated in the Gatine area

Stirling Castle skeleton revealed as knight Sir John de Stricheley

A medieval knight whose skeleton was discovered at Stirling Castle has been identified. This Thursday, BBC Two’s History Cold Case series will attempt to discover the identity of the warrior who may have been killed during Scotland’s Wars of Independence with England in the late 13th and 14th centuries. The castle changed hands several times and scientific tests have been used to work out whether he might have been a Scot, an Englishman or even French. The programme focuses on two of 10 skeletons excavated from the site of a lost royal chapel at the castle. he was almost certainly at the centre of efforts to repel sieges of the castle when Scots were trying to reclaim it in the 14th century. Forensic experts, archaeologists and historians have joined forces on a project that has unearthed a likely name for the warrior – Sir John De Stricheley – after records showed an English knight of that name died in the castle in October 1341. The remains were found with nine other skeletons under a paved floor in a lost royal chapel in 1997, but their identities were shrouded in mystery until recently, when new scientific tests were carried out.
This work will be carried out by Dr Jo Buckberry of the University of Bradford and archaeological scientists Dr Janet Montgomery (University of Bradford) and Professor Julia Lee-Thorp (University of Oxford).

Friday, 16 October 2009

Braveheart statue goes back to sculptor

The Braveheart statue at the Wallace Monument has been returned to sculptor Tom Church. Historians were up in arms about it because of its remarkable resemblance to the film's star Mel Gibson. That was taking historical inaccuracies to a whole new level. The 13 foot statue was 12 tonnes and carved out of gold sandstone . A new visitor centre is being built where it stood in the car park at the foot of the Monument.Church said he had been inspired to create the statue, which took him five months to carve, after watching the 1997 film.

He said: "I know the purists didn't think too much of it but the tourists absolutely loved it.

"I believe it's rightful home is at the Wallace Monument. It was the ideal place for it.

"I think they were maybe a bit angry that some people just wanted their picture taken with the statue and didn't bother going into the monument."