Hopetoun House

Last Friday I had a jaunt out with my husband to see Hopetoun House. This is located outside of South Queensferry, which is west of Edinburgh. We had visited part of the estate earlier in the summer to  see Midhope Castle (Lallybroch).

The house was used as were the Duke of Sandringham was staying. They used the back of the house which shows off the original building very well. The red drawing room was used as well as the grounds for filming.

Hopetoun House is a country house near Queensferry, West Lothian, owned by the Hopetoun House Preservvation Trust. The south wing of the house is occupied by the Marquis of Linlithgow and his family as their family home.

The house was built 1699-1701 and designed by Sir William Bruce. The house was then hugely extended from 1721 by William Adam until his death in 1748. The interior was completed by his sons John Adam and Robert Adam. Ref – Hopetoun House

Linlithgow Palace

Another day another location this time Linlithgow Palace. This was used as part of Wentworth Prison in Wentworth and To Ransom a Man’s Soul. The entrance and some corridors were used.

It had been a while since I had been to Linlithgow Palace. The last time was with my children when one of them was studying Mary Queen of Scots at primary school. I had forgotten how beautiful the place is and large. It was fun wandering around trying to work out what and where had been used in the series.

Linlithgow Palace was a royal palace. The last royalty to stay there was Bonnie Prince Charlie on his way to Edinburgh. The palace was destroyed by fire in 1746 after a visit from the Duke of Cumberland!


Midhope Castle aka Lallybroch

To finish of our Friday adventures we visited Midhope Castle. We followed the advice from one of my previous posts and visited Hopetoun Farm Shop before heading to Midhope. We were able to drive onto the private road as we had a permit. As I walked along the lane and Midhope came into sight it was exciting, imaging the scenes filmed here.

Midhope Castle is a 16th century tower house situated on the Hopetoun estate on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

What can be seen today is a derelict much-altered 5 storey oblong tower house. In 1678 Midhope was given a facelift, when an entrance tower was removed and the extension to the east was heightened and extended. A new doorway was added along with a small courtyard to the south.

P1000891During the later 16th century the castle belonged to Alander Drummond of Midhope. A stone inscribed ‘AD 1582 MB’ commemorates Alexander and his wife Marjory Bruce.



Information about visiting Midhope Castle (Lallybroch)

Recently I asked about visiting Midhope Castle on Outlanderish UK facebook page. Thanks to Anne Daly for the following information –
With an increase in visitors to Midhope/Lallybroch, here is the official guidance from Hopetoun Estates today. Tour Groups- please continue to phone or email in advance and then collect a pass- this is simply to control numbers. Individual visitors, please go to The Hopetoun Farm Shop (on the main road) and you will be issued with a pass and directions if needed. The Fireworks people are not keen on visitors using their parking area, so if it is a weekday during working hours, please park in the layby at the top of the road.

This will be reviewed at the end of the summer.