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Edinburgh airport now has more domestic passengers than Heathrow airport , the busiest airport in Europe.
Edinburgh, Scotland’s busiest airport, has also seen a drop in domestic passengers while its overseas numbers increase. But the decline was only 14 per cent, allowing it to take over top position from Heathrow.
Looking for things to do in Edinburgh ? How about taking a tour from Edinburgh of Scotland’s amazing castles and whisky distilleries ?
Doune Castle, Scotland: The Game of Thrones Pilot was filmed here. One of the most important locations to see is Doune Castle. Located in Doune, Scotland, this was the location of Winterfell during the unforgettable pilot episode of the first season of Game of Thrones.
Visit the Game of Thrones castle – Doune Castle – on our unique tour. Visit Doune Castle on a unique private tour of the Game of Thrones Castle in Scotland – Winterfell from Private tours Edinburgh. Doune is Winterfell, home of the house of Stark
Doune Castle is Winterfell in Game of Thrones and features in Monty Python’s Holy Grail. Visit Doune Castle on a unique private tour of the Game of Thrones Castle in Scotland – Winterfell . Check availability by phoning us now on 07305-294773 or contact us online . Private tours Edinburgh Toll free number 1-866-233-2644
Doune Castle is Winterfell in Game of Thrones and also features in Monty Python’s Holy Grail. Visit Doune Castle on a unique private day trip from Edinburgh of the Game of Thrones Castle in Scotland – Winterfell . Check availability by phoning us now on 07305-294773 or contact us online . Toll free number 1-866-233-2644
Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland.
The Game of Thrones castle private day trip from Edinburgh starts at 10 am and it includes a transfer from Edinburgh to Doune , a driver/guide , a stay of about an hour at the castle plus a return to Edinburgh . Your guide will give details of the history of the castle , information about the Game of Thrones filming plus all the other films made at Doune Castle including Monty Python and the Holy Grail .
Behind the scenes access
Visitors to the castle can get details about Game of Thrones filming in the Great Hall and courtyard of the castle .
Take the audio tour of the castle narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones and Outlander’s Jamie Fraser ( Sam Heughan ) .
The castle was used as the set for Winterfell in the TV series Game of Thrones (2011–present), an adaptation of the A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels by George R. R. Martin. The castle was also used as “Castle Leoch” in the TV adaption of the Outlander series of novels.
The Great Hall is 20 metres by 8 metres , and 12 metres high to its timber roof, again a 19th-century replacement.The hall has no fireplace, and was presumably heated by a central fire, and ventilated by means of a louvre like the one in the modern roof. No details of the original roof construction are known, however, and the restoration is conjectural.Large windows light the hall, and stairs lead down to the three cellars on ground level.
The hall is accessed from the courtyard via a stair up to a triangular lobby, which in turn links the hall and kitchens by means of two large serving hatches with elliptical arches, unusual for this period. The kitchen tower, virtually a tower house in its own right, is 17 metres (56 ft) by 8 metres (26 ft). The vaulted kitchen is on the hall level, above a cellar. One of the best-appointed castle kitchens in Scotland of its date, it has an oven and a 5.5-metre (18 ft) wide fireplace. A stair turret, added in 1581 and possibly replacing a timber stair, leads up from the lobby to two storeys of guest rooms. These include the “Royal Apartments”, a suite of two bedrooms plus an audience chamber, suitable for royal visitors.
Doune Castle is unique in that it actually has five claims to movie fame
Game of Thrones
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
the Outlaw King
Mary Queen of Scots
Doune Castle has featured in several literary works, including the 17th-century ballad, “The Bonny Earl of Murray”, which relates the murder of James Stewart, 2nd Earl of Moray, by the Earl of Huntly, in 1592. In Sir Walter Scott’s first novel, Waverley (1814), the protagonist Edward Waverley is brought to Doune Castle by the Jacobites. Scott’s romantic novel describes the “gloomy yet picturesque structure”, with its “half-ruined turrets”.
The castle was used as a location in MGM’s 1952 historical film Ivanhoe which featured Robert Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor. The BBC adaptation of “Ivanhoe” in 1996 also featured Doune as a location.
Game of Thrones Castle tour costs £180
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Hampton by Hilton opened its second property in Edinburgh with the 240-room Edinburgh Airport hotel.
The hotel joins an existing 28 Hampton properties in the UK, including Hampton by Hilton luton Airport and Hampton by Hilton
Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh Airport is located within walking distance of the airport terminal and features contemporary guest rooms with free WiFi, a flat-screen HDTV, an in-room coffee maker, an ergonomic work desk, a fitness centre and casual dining area.
Hampton by Hilton now has over 400 hotels located at airports across the globe with the latest addition experiencing an 11% increase in travellers in the past year.
The Outlaw King tells the story of how Robert the Bruce, who defied England’s King Edward I, became a hunted fugitive but turned the tables to inflict crushing defeat on the English army at Bannockburn and ultimately won Scottish independence.
Many or most of the extras involved are Scottish – the production company was besieged by Scots aiming to play the part of foot soldiers in King Robert’s army when it advertised for extras last year. Veteran actor James Cosmo, who appears in the film reportedly says it could be Scotland’s greatest ever movie, likely to replicate for key Scottish historic sites the phenomenal surge of visitors to Stirling in the wake of the 1995 release of Braveheart (in which he also starred). That will mean new droves of tourists heading for Blackness, already benefiting from its appearance in Outlander, and to many other locations across the central belt associated with the Scottish Wars of Independence.
Souvenir t-shirts , phone cases and prints are available for purchase online .
Rounding off a golden year for major Scottish-based history epics a new movie about Mary Queen of Scots also launches in November. Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Scotland has the talent and the opportunity to grow its TV sector and the job of Screen Scotland is to make sure we seize the moment.”
Jenni Steele, film and creative industries manager at national tourism agency VisitScotland, said: “Film tourism is booming in Scotland, with the Outlaw King and Mary Queen of Scots some of the exciting new films set to feature the country on screen. “
The movie is on general release from November 9, and its initial trailer clip, launched this week, registered 26 million views in the first 24 hours. It can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-G1BME8FKw Filmed entirely in 45 locations in Scotland, the movie was shot in key locations around the country, including Berwick.