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
Midhope Castle is on the Hopetoun Estate. A vehicle pass can be obtained from the Hopetoun Farm shop which is situated off A904.
Note from Hopetoun Estates –
As from Monday 8th August when you pick up your vehicle pass from Hopetoun Farm Shop there will be a small charge of £2 per guest in your group (excluding the guide). We already know that the average group size visiting the castle is 3-4 guests so we feel this is not an unreasonable amount to charge. Any funds raised will go towards further improvements in the Midhope area including a new information board on Midhope’s history arriving soon.
Hopetoun Estates have been very accommodating with Outlander visitors, this small charge can help improve information and access to Midhope Castle. Please remember to get your pass.
Part of the back of Hopetoun House was used in series 2 as the entrance to the brothel.
Hopetoun House was used in series 1 as the house the Duke of Sandringham was staying at and where the dual took part.
In the series finale Claire returns to Lallybroch so on a lovely Thursday morning I revisited Midhope Castle. I first had to get a parking permit from Hopetoun Estate Farm Shop. I wasn’t the first of the day – two other groups had got permits before me.
View from the driveway.
Front of the house.
Back of the house.
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.
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.
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.
The second trip of the day was to Blackness Castle. It is called the ship that never sailed as it is built in the shape of a ship. The castle is situated on the shore of the river Forth.
It was even more windy here but we still manage to venture for a walk around the walls.
When visiting locations I like to think how they were used for filming. The courtyard in the castle is very rocky so it would have made for interesting transformation into the crowd scenes of the flogging.
Only Jamie and Claire made an appearance here. Again like Doune castle there were several visitors at Blackness Castle on a very windy day.