My next visit of the day was to Drummond Castle Gardens. These were used in series 2 as the gardens at Versailles.
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.
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.
Took a detour on our way home from Pitlochry. This is the church where the witch trail was filmed. As it had been a spur of a moment decision we couldn’t see inside. It was worth the trip to see around the grounds.
As I am still on holiday I decided it would be nice to revisit some of the Outlander locations. So on a wild windy January day I set forth with my husband to visit Doune Castle otherwise known as Castle Leoch in the series.
I took with me my POP figures of Jamie, Claire and Dougal.
This was my third visit to Doune Castle and my second Outlander inspired trip. We are Historic Scotland members. There is guide book, which I must have somewhere, and a free audio guide – worth using especially if it’s your first visit.
It was fun just to wander round and discover parts of the castle I had missed in pervious visits. On my previous visit I had ventured for a walk by the river but with all the rain there has been recently and the windy weather we opted to go back to the car.
My husband was surprised by the number of visitors there were. While we were there several small bus tours arrived. Don’t know if they were all Outlander fans! Doune Castle has been used for filming Game of Thrones and was used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. (Not sure if the gift shop still sells coconut shells – they may have been replaced by the Outlander merchandise).
Today’s day trip was to Castle Leoch aka Doune Castle. I had been here before a few years ago due to the castle’s connection with Monty Python – Monthy Python and the Holy Grail was filmed here in the late 1970s.
Unlike other Historic Scotland properties there are not many information boards so it is worth using the audio tour narrated by Terry Jones.
Doune Castle features in several episodes of Outlander. It was interesting to walk around the castle imagining where scenes were filmed.
I then went for a walk down by the river – no sign of Jamie.