Drummond Castle Gardens

My next visit of the day was to Drummond Castle Gardens. These were used in series 2 as the gardens at Versailles.

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Drummond has all the characteristics of a courtly, 17th century Scottish Renaissance garden. It is a composite garden, restructured in early Victorian times and renewed again in the 20th century when the garden framework and the exceptional interest of the original 19th century design were carefully preserved. Source – Drummond Castle Gardens

The gardens are open to the public from May to October but the castle is not open to the public. Amazing gardens worth a wander around especially on a lovely warm day.

Another visit to Castle Leoch

On hot summer day I went for a return visit to Castle Leoch aka Castle Doune. I had heard that there is now an Outlander part to the audio tour voiced by Sam Heughan. The main audio is done by Terry Jones of Monty Python as the castle was used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

The first place there is an Outlander audio is the courtyard. Sam explains how this part of the castle was used in filming.

The next Outlander audio treat is the castle kitchen. The show was not filmed in the castle but the layout of the kitchen influenced the set design.

The last place there is an Outlander audio treat is on the second floor of the gate house tower. It describes where the shinty match took place and other views.

Before I left Doune Castle I went for a walk round the outside.

Culloden House aka Touch House

Please note Touch House is a private house. Not open to the public. 

In the last two episodes many of the scenes have been focused on Culloden House – filmed at Touch House. Photo Source – Outlander Online

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Touch House is a country house located 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) west of Stirling in central Scotland. It stands at the foot of the Touch Hills, on the south side of the River Forth.   The house incorporates a 16th-century tower house, but its present form dates to the middle of the 18th century when the south facade was added, described by Historic Scotland  as “Probably the finest Georgian elevation in the County of Stirling.” Source – Touch House.

As I was in the area I went to have a quick look. It was raining so only managed a few photos. I don’t know if the house is open to the public though some of the buildings are used as a business centre.

Update – Touch House is a private residence though the stables are a business centre. The photos I took of the house are from the drive where I got a good view of the house without invading privacy.

Inverness College

I was watching the final this morning when Brianna and Roger go to the Inverness College. Photo Source – Outlander Online

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I nearly fell out of bed when I recognised the building as Pathfoot Building at University of Stirling. Well it just so happens that I along with my husband and son visited here today. In September my son will be studying English at University of Stirling and this is the main building he will be in. The building wasn’t open today – hope to get some internal shots on another visit. My son is blind so we were visiting today to practise routes around the campus.

Information on the building can be found on University of Stirling website.

Another visit to Fort William

After a visit to Bo’ness I drove to Blackness Castle which was used as Fort William in season 1. The place of Jamie’s flogging and Claire’s imprisonment. It was used in season 2 as well – Roger and Brianna visit it on their travels.

This trip was to try out my new camera. I didn’t manage to visit all of the castle as it was raining and I was slipping on the wet rocks. Please note if your visiting Blackness Castle in the rain wear footwear with a grip not trainers.

Train Station – Bo’ness Station

The station at Bo’ness was used as the opening sequence in episode 3 of series 1. In the scene Claire is departing for the war saying goodbye to Frank.

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The Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway and Museum of Scottish Railways are operated by volunteers of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS).

The Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway has been developed since 1979 on a reclaimed site on the south shore of the Firth of Forth and now welcomes over 60,000 visitors aboard nostalgic steam and heritage diesel trains and through the doors of Scotland’s largest railway museum every year.

Several historic buildings have been obtained and re-erected to provide a traditional railway setting.  Bo’ness station opened in 1981. The line was extended to Kinneil in 1984 and to Birkhill in 1989, where the Fireclay Mine was open to the public (closed permanently in 2013). From 2010 the passenger service operates over the extension to Manuel where a new platform was opened in mid 2013. Source – Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway website.