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.

Jacobite Legends

Culloden Battlefield

Over the years the Jacobites have been romanticised and the stories of the times told and retold leading to some interesting legends that seem to be part fact, part fiction. So, we thought it only fair to share a couple legends and let you decide how much to truly believe.

Firstly ‘The Princes Flower’.

Before he reached Glenfinnan to raise the Jacobite standard in 1745 the ‘young pretender’, Prince Charles Edward Stuart, first arrived at the island of Eriskay. He had travelled on the French Frigate the Du Teillay. The weather was typical for the area and time of year and the small frigate was buffeted by harsh weather. Charles made the decision to land on the island and a small party rowed ashore.

The tiny boat made landfall at a small inlet which has come to be known as ‘Coilleag d’Phrionnso’ (The Prince’s Strand). As the Prince stepped ashore he reached into…

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Another Trip to Fort William aka Blackness Castle

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.

Another visit to Castle Leoch (Doune Castle)

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).

 

Edinburgh Walking Tour

I am catching up on my blog posts and had released I hadn’t posted about The Edinburgh Outlander Experience by Mercat Tours. At the end of October Jan and I went on the tour.

It started at the Mercat Cross next to St Giles Cathedral. The guide showed us where the old Tolbooth use to be – marked in the cobbles outside St Giles near the Heart of Midlothian. While the guide was telling us about the Tolbooth a passer by was seen spitting on the Heart of Midlothian. It is thought that is where the old Tolbooth door was people use to spit on the door.

From St Giles we headed up the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle stopping at a close which showed roughly what it may have been like in the 1700s. At the Castle the guide showed us the monument to the witches who had been burned.

We then walked down the Royal Mile stopping at places of interest. The tour ended at Holyrood Palace.

Diana Gabaldon

At the end of November with my friend Jan and our lovely husbands we went to Stirling Castle to listen to and meet Diana Gabaldon. This was an event as part of Scottish Book Week. Diana was with the historian and new novelist Neil Oliver.

After discussion and questions both authors signed their books. Diana had time for everyone who spoke to her.

Carlisle Castle

Back in November I was away for the weekend with my husband to celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary. On the way back we visited Carlisle Castle which was used as Wentworth Prison. It was a very wet day so we didn’t spend too long in the castle, but I did discover a link to the 1745 uprising.

Prince Charles Edward Stuart takes the city and castle with 400 men. The Duke of Cumberland besieges the castle and the Jacobites surrender. Many are imprisoned and 31 are executed. Source – Carlisle Castle.