We all know that Outlanderhas boosted the tourism in Scotland. More and more people book holidays to see the filming spots. While this has caused problems due to the few, Scotland is definitely not complaining about the benefits to the country because of the Outlander tours. Individuals have also found ways to boost their family income and do a job they love, such as Andy the Highlander.
It’s not just about tourism. There’s an employment boom happening thanks to the time-traveling love story. More people are moving to the Scottish Highlands to live and work.
The Insider states that there’s a new Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, which is in place for two years and will start in the next financial year (the tax year in the UK runs April 6-April 5 each year). More than 200,000 jobs have been created thanks to the tourism boom, which is excellent for those in Scotland. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has hinted that the new fund is due to the Outlander tourism, so people need to keep it up to continue supporting the people.
It’s not surprising, as the series continues to film around Scotland. Despite Season 4 largely being based in the American Colonies of the 18th century, the crew remains in Scotland for filming. The Highlands give a look of the American Colonies, and it also means sights like Craig na Dun and Lallybroch are still in reaching distance for the Scottish storylines.
Just recently, filming has taken place in Falkland, Cumbernauld Glen, and Culross. The filming is most recently been in Dunure.
Tours start from locations in Edinburgh or Glasgow .
Normal pickup point is Edinburgh/ Glasgow city centre , your hotel or your port .
Other pickup points can be arranged .
1. Culross (Cranesmuir)
2. Blackness Castle (Fort William)
3. Midhope Castle ( Lallybroch ) if available
4. Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison)
On this Outlander tour we visit various locations used for filming the hit series Outlander. Based on the best selling novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is filmed in a number of locations in castles and towns in central Scotland.
The first location on this Outlander tour is Culross (Cranesmuir)
Blackness Castle goes back to 1440 . The castle provides the setting for Fort William, as the original fort no longer exists.
The castle is long and narrow because of the shape of the rock on which it is situated and it is sometimes called ‘ the ship that never sailed ‘ . It guards the bay at Blackness and is only a few miles from Linlithgow Palace . The first castle was built in the middle of the 15th century by Sir George Crichton , Earl of Caithness , a member of one of the most powerful families in Scotland . King James II acquired Blackness in 1453 when he annexed the lands of the Crichtons . From then on the castle was mainly used as a prison . In 1543 Cardinal Beaton was held here for a month . Rebuilding started in the 1530s under the direction of Sir James Hamilton of Finnart who also worked at Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Castle . He was instructed to make the castle safe from artillery , and he achieved this by making the south and east walls very thick . A new tower was built at the south end . In the 1560s , in the reign of Mary Queen of Scots , a Spur was built to protect the main gate . In the 1870s the castle was the main ammunition depot for Scotland .The Castle is a popular location for historical re-enactments and has changed little in 600 years . Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland.
Hamlet has scenes filmed at Blackness Castle and Dunnottar Castle.
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Starring: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Paul Scofield, Alan Bates, Ian Holm, Helena Bonham Carter, John McEnery
Midhope Castle – Outlander’s Lallybroch
Located on the Hopetoun Estate is Midhope Castle which is the external location for fictional Lallybroch, the family home of character Jamie Fraser. Midhope Castle dates back to the 15th Century and although the exterior is relatively intact the castle is derelict inside.
Most of the filming takes place in Scotland, according to the show’s executive producer Ron Moore .
Scotland’s stunning landscape, with its rolling hills, rugged mountains, picturesque towns and villages, castles and sprawling beaches has provided the perfect backdrop for the world of cinema.
The show is based on American author Diana Gabaldon’s series of historical novels, which sees nurse Claire Beauchamp Randell mysteriously swept back from 1945 to 1743 Highland Scotland where rebellion and romance are afoot. Executive Producer Ron Moore has commented on Scotland : “The landscape itself is a character in the show. There’s a particular quality to the light in Scotland, even to the grass and the trees.”
Outlander season three is on air now . Filming for season four is taking place now in various locations in Scotland .
The tour spends about an hour at each location .
Travel by saloon car
Small private group tour with a maximum of 4 people
Tour costs – £250 for 2 people
£280 for 3 people
£300 for 4 people
Lunch , refreshments and entrance tickets are not included in the price.
Outlander set locations tour from Edinburgh £250.
For bookings phone 07305-294773 or contact us online .
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