I am part of a couple of Facebook groups who exchange post cards and letters. This year I have managed to meet some of them when they have been in Edinburgh.
With some of my Outlander friends I was a tour guide. We visited Midhope Castle and Culross.
Regina Behm and Candy Dell
My husband asked me if there were any locations I hadn’t visited yet and I mentioned Dysart Harbour, so we decided on a jaunt over the Forth Road Bridge into Fife. Upon arriving in Dysart it is a drive down some very steep roads to the harbour but when we got there we were reward by the beautiful harbour.
It is a beautiful harbour with very friendly people – everyone said hello as we passed them by. A reminder of what the harbour looks like on screen.
After a walk around the harbour we went for coffee in the Harbour Masters House – well worth a visit.
Fife Today – Fans Flock to Dysart
Today’s visit was to Falkland which in the series doubled as Inverness. We had lunch at Campbell’s Coffee Shop, outside is featured in the programme. It started to rain so we went around Falkland Palace – worth a visit if your in Falkland especially to see the gardens – check out my blog post about the Falkland Palace.
The sun came out and I was able to take some photos of where they filmed. We saw several marriage stones. A marriage stone is usually a stone lintel carved with the initials of a newly married couple with the date of the marriage. In the tv series these feature as being covered in cocks blood.
A few of the shops and cafes have a pocket Jamie fun to spot!
Before heading out I had discovered a blog post on Adventures Around Scotland. In the post the author mentions Tuilyies Standing Stones, so after Aberdour we drove along A8985 and found the stones. We didn’t manage to go into the field but managed to take some photos from the side of the road. There is a layby just by the stones so it is save to stop.
More information can be found here.
This Friday’s visit with husband was Aberdour Castle. The castle was used in the last episode of series 1 – To Ransom a Man’s Soul.
We enjoyed walking round the castle discovering different parts. In a ruined part of the castle we found the kitchen with a big open fireplace which included a bread oven. The gardens are beautiful though I was surprised to find out they were only rediscovered in the 1970s.
The 12th century fortified residence of Aberdour was extended by the Douglases in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.
It boasts a delightful walled garden and terraces with beehive-shaped dovecot.
The next place I visited – this time with husband – was Culross. The palace gardens were used as Claire’s herb garden and then the town featured as the Cransmuir in the series. The study was Geillis Duncan’s house. It was a gorgeous day so we had a pleasant walk around the palace, gardens and town.
The Royal Burgh of Culross is a unique survival, a town that time has passed by. It is the most complete example in Scotland today of a Burgh of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Town House was built in 1626 and was the administrative centre of Culross with a tollbooth and witches’ prison. The old buildings and cobbled streets create a fascinating time warp for visitors. (NTS website)
Our next stop was West Kirk which is just outside Culross. This was used as the Black Kirk in The Way Out. It was worth the walk, such a peaceful place.
Situated to the northwest of Culross in West Kirk Churchyard and surrounded by agricultural land, this was the former parish church of Culross. It was replaced by the Abbey Parish Church by an Act of Parliament of 1633. However, it appears that the church had been out of use for some time before this, as the Act records that it was already in a ruinous condition. The church is now roofless and a large tree grows inside the western end of the building and much ivy on the walls. The graveyard is surrounded by low rubble boundary walls, which are in a poor state of repair in several places, and is entered at the southeast corner, where there are square gatepiers. In general the graveyard is relatively flat but the church is on a slightly higher area on the northern side. There is a large variety of headstones and table stones within the graveyard dating from the seventeenth -nineteenth centuries. The earlier monuments display symbols of death and mortality and a number of trades are also depicted, such as farmer, mariner and miner.
A late nineteenth century rectangular mausoleum is just outside the western edge of the graveyard, surrounded by sandstone rubble walls. There are three round arched openings in the northern, eastern and southern faces of the mausoleum, each of which is covered by decorative ironwork, but only those on the eastern face are accessible as gates. Each elevation is flanked by column shafts cut into the quoins. The interior of the mausoleum is largely overgrown but several memorial stones to the Dalgleish family are on the back (western) wall.
Source – www.scottishchurches.org.uk
After my trip to Prestonpans I decided to start visiting various filming locations from series 1 of Outlander. The first was Blackness Castle . The castle is situated on the banks of the River Forth. Called the ship that never sailed due to it’s shape. It is run by Historic Scotland. Despite it being so close to Edinburgh I had never visited the castle. It was worth a visit regardless of the Outlander connection.
Blackness Castle was used as Fort William in the series. It features in several episodes – Castle Leoch, The Garrison Commander, The Reckoning and Lallybroch. Flash backs of Jamie being flogged by Black Jack and Jamie rescuing Claire from Black Jack.
I spoke to the woman in the shop. The castle was used for about a month. She didn’t know if they used any of the rooms as she had not seen the tv series.
I enjoyed walking around the castle imaging where they filmed.
Built in the 15th century by one of Scotland’s most powerful families, the Crichtons, Blackness was never destined as a peaceful lordly residence; its enduring roles were those of garrison fortress and state prison. (Historic Scotland Website)