Information on visiting Lallybroch aka Midhope Castle

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.

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.

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.