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Five Scottish castles tour - private tour of of five castles

  Five Scottish castles tour – Midhope Castle ( Lallybroch ) , Doune Castle ( Castle Leoch ) , Linlithgow Palace  (Wentworth Prison ) , Aberdour Castle and Blackness Castle ( Fort William army headquarters ) . If you want to visit castles not on this tour please contact us direct. Midhope Castle – LallybrochMidhope was built in the 15th Century and was built by John Martyne, laird of Medhope. It was rebuilt in the mid 1600s and remains much the same today.Visitors should admire Midhope from a distance as the interior remains largely derelict. Midhope Castle is the external location for fictional Lallybroch, the family home of Jamie Fraser , and it is located on the Hopetoun Estate .  Midhope Castle dates back to the 15th Century .Doune Castle – Castle Leoch Dating to the 13th Century, Doune Castle plays Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie .It is in the 20th century episode when Claire and Frank Randall visit the castle on a day trip.Once a Royal residence, Doune Castle was rebuilt by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany in the late 14th Century.Doune has appeared several times on screen and was used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It was also the castle Winterfell in Game of Thrones. Linlithgow Palace – Wentworth Prison This royal palace and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots became the backdrop for some of the most harrowing scenes of the show.Depicted as Wentworth Prison, the prison corridors and entrance were used in episode 15 of the first series when Jamie Fraser was brutally incarcerated by his adversary, Black Jack Randall.Built in the 1400s and 1500s, this ruined palace is set among the spectacular  Linlithgow Loch and Peel. Aberdour Castle  Aberdour – possibly Scotland’s oldest standing castle, was depicted as The Abbey of St. Anne de Beaupré.The fictional Benedictine monastery is where Jamie Fraser was taken to recover from his ordeal at Wentworth Prison. One of his six uncles was an abbot there.The Old Kitchen and Long Gallery at Aberdour, in the village of Easter Aberdour, feature in the show.The original hall house of Aberdour was built around 1200 by Alan de Mortimer with the castle largely the creation of the Douglas Earls of Morton.Blackness Castle – Fort William army headquarters One of Scotland’s most impressive strongholds, Blackness Castle was used as the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall.The 15th-century ex-artillery fortress overlooks the Firth of Forth and is known as “the ship that never sailed” due to its unusual shape.It was built in the 15th century by one of Scotland’s most powerful families, the Crichtons.Souvenir t-shirts , phone cases and photos available to purchase

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Republic Rail Picnic RailCart Tour

Depart Douglas at 8.30am.  Arrive at Whangamomona approx 11.30am. Depart Whangamomona approx 1.00pm arriving back in Douglas at approx 4.00pmither meet our team at Douglas or arrange to shuttle out from Stratford.  Board the RailCarts and head off into the hills arriving in Whangamomona to enjoy either your packed picnic lunch, or hearty Republic fare at the Whangamomona Hotel (additional cost to the tour). Take time to stroll around the Republic before heading back to the station for your return journey home on the rails.  Included in your day:Morning tea      (Note: lunch is not included in this tour)What to bring:Your picnic lunch if required or means to purchase lunch at the historic Whangamomona HotelIn this region the weather is changeable and it’s best to prepare for all conditions no matter the season  Clothing that can be layered, including warm thermal/merino clothing with a good wind/rain jacket or shell is idealIt can be very cool in the tunnels even in summerWe suggest you have the following:SunglassesCameraBinocularsWater and extra snacks if requiredWindproof jacket with hood even in fine weatherHat, scarf and glovesSturdy footwear with warm socksPack a rainproof coat and over-trousersAny personal medication as required Often we now have local artisans offering a variety of local produce for sale at some of our stops.  You may like to bring along a little cash in case something appeals.