Thursday, September 14, 2017

Scotland Trip - Outlander tour {part 1} Doune Castle

This week season 3 of Outlander finally premiered after a 14-month break. Yes! I said 14 months. It's not your typical time-frame between seasons. The fans have deemed it "droughtlander" and that it was. I've literally read one of the books and rewatched both seasons a million times probably. I have also recruited quite a few new fans. 
So it was only fitting that I get this part of my trip blogged. {It would've been on Sunday but I was traveling home and had delays because of Hurricane Irma.}

Our tour was with slainte scotland. We were met by our tour guide James at city centre in Glasgow. The only tour we went on that provided bottled water and snacks as well as some whiskey which was awesome! There was only one other person on our tour with us. How great was that! It felt like a little private tour. You can't beat that on vacation. The hubby does not like crowds and I love not having extra people in my pictures. 
First was Doune Castle. Which luckily enough we were able to stop here twice on two separate tours. So we were able to explore the grounds more the second time. Some of Monty Python and the holy grail was filmed here as well. But specifically for the outlander fans this is Castle Leoch in season 1. Sam Heughan even recorded some of the tour for various Outlander spots. Such as the kitchen, the courtyard etc. I took a million pictures because this was one of my favorite tours. So I am going to have to split it into multiple posts. It was like going to a movie set. We actually started watching season one over again just to refresh our memories. I'm so glad we did because it made it that much more exciting to go to these same places. I was in Outlander heaven!

Outside the grounds if you recall is where Claire rode up with the highlanders. Also where her and Frank did their private tour.

Inside the courtyard where Mrs. Fitz comes down to greet them all and sees Claire for the first time.
We were told that when they came in to film they obviously brought all the mud and hay and laid it down on top of everything to make it look like how it is in the show.


They didn't actually film inside the castle because of the lack of light and cramped areas. They came in and took a scan of the whole castle and recreated it in their studios.

The view from the top of the castle

Where Catriona Balfe walked across (with no problem)and looked down to see Dougal playing with his son/nephew. It looked like she was gliding do you see how uneven that is. They have it blocked off now. I had to take a picture with  my phone through the slits in the door.



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