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.
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The smash hit series Outlander hits UK TV screens this week . Most of the first two series were shot in Scotland with five castles in particular featuring heavily.
1 Midhope Castle – Lallybroch
Those seeking a glimpse of the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser won’t find the real Lallybroch deep in the Highlands.
Scenes were shot at Midhope Castle on the fringes of the Hopetoun Estate near South Queensferry.
Midhope 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 are asked to admire Midhope from a distance as the interior remains largely derelict.
Midhope Castle is the external location for fictional Lallybroch, the family home of character Jamie Fraser , and it is located on the Hopetoun Estate . Midhope Castle dates back to the 15th Century and although the exterior is relatively intact the castle is derelict inside
2 Doune Castle – Castle Leoch
Originally dating to the 13th Century, Doune Castle near Stirling plays Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan.
It also features 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 widely used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It also represented the castle Winterfell in Game of Thrones.
3 Linlithgow Palace – Wentworth Prison
This royal pleasure 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, the now-ruined palace is set among the spectacular surrounds of Linlithgow Loch and Peel.
4 Aberdour Castle – Sainte Anne de Beaupré’s monastery
The Kingdom of Fife posed as the north of France in Season One when Aberdour – possibly Scotland’s oldest standing castle, was depicted as The Abbey of Ste. Anne de Beaupré.
The fictional Benedictine monastery is where Jamie Fraser was taken to recover from his ordeal at Wentworth Prison, Happily, 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, who held Aberdour from the 14th century.
5 Blackness Castle – Fort William army headquarters
One of Scotland’s most impressive strongholds, Blackness Castle near Linlithgow 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.
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The bold women of ‘Game of Thrones’ have origins in Scottish history
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Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, one of the show’s many strong women. Game of Thrones news from GoT it rocks , phone 07305-294773 for tour details
Beginning April 14, the world will tune in to watch the Starks, Daenerys Targaryen’s armies and some wayward Lannisters do battle with an undead army and a zombie dragon.For most of the past decade “Game of Thrones” has awed viewers with its bold plotlines and political intrigue. But its fantasy world is not as mythical as it seems, and some of its most pivotal moments are rooted in history.Author George R.R. Martin often draws from the historical record, and there are a plethora of historical parallels in his “Song of Ice and Fire” series upon which the HBO series is based. The Dothraki’s fearsome bloodriders mirror the indomitable force of Genghis Khan’s cavalry. And the shocking Red Wedding was practically torn from the pages of Scottish history as it was based on the Glencoe massacre of 1692, in which Archibald Campbell’s soldiers slaughtered members of the McDonald clan amid a bitter blood feud.
‘me of Thrones’ is wrapping up and we have SO many questions we need answeredFeuding is rampant in “Game of Thrones” and likely inspired in part by the Wars of the Roses in 15th-century England between the Lancasters and the Yorks — and the feuding in Scotland, which was far more prevalent.Blood feuding, both in Scotland and in Westeros, evokes images of bloodthirsty men of the aristocracy, eager to exact retribution for slain family members. However, for every Rob Stark we have a Catelyn Stark, who took it upon herself to avenge her dead husband.So what does history tell us about these bold women?Historian Keith Brown, Dean of Humanities at the University of Manchester, notes that the women of early Scottish history were seen as “soft targets” in the eyes of acquisitive neighbors — or sometimes their own family — and their “best defense lay in marriage.” Yet these women could also wield power to avenge their families, not unlike Cersei Lannister, Margaery Tyrell and Sansa Stark.
Janet Scott, the Sansa Stark of Ferniehirst
Sansa Stark is coming into her own as a strong and savvy leader.Dame Janet Scott was certainly not a “soft target” during the vicious Scott-Kerr feud of the 1500s.She had a reason to resent the Kerr clan, just as Catelyn Stark hated the Lannisters or Daenerys Targaryen loathed Robert Baratheon.Her grandfather was stabbed to death in Edinburgh by a group of Kerrs in 1548 and her father was murdered that same year. Her mother was killed when the Kerrs locked her inside a tower and set it aflame.
Ferniehirst Castle, home of Dame Janet Scott.Just as Sansa Stark remembers how Joffrey slaughtered her father, Janet Scott would never forget that the Kerrs were responsible for murdering her family. When Dame Janet grew older and became responsible for her frequently exiled husband’s lands, she acted on this burning resentment by using the Scottish courts to harass a powerful lord named Robert Kerr.Scott obtained letters ordering Kerr to deliver crops to her. If he failed to respond, she threatened to “put him to the horn,” meaning Kerr would be declared an outlaw and potentially be banished. It was a brave step considering that Kerr once reportedly killed four men to avenge the theft of a sheepdog.This same feminine contempt for powerful men is seen in “Game of Thrones” when Sansa Stark taunts Ramsay Bolton before the Battle of the Bastards. Her words to him — “You’re going to die today, Lord Bolton. Sleep well” — certainly mirror Janet Scott’s attitude towards Robert Kerr. He came from a family that had taken so much from her, and she was not afraid to strike back.
Henrietta Stewart, the Margaery Tyrell of Dunfermline
Margaery Tyrell used her beauty to seduce and manipulate powerful men.Henrietta Stewart is another example of how historical women could be active participants in a blood feud. Her masterful manipulation of Scottish court politics rivals only “Game of Thrones'” Margaery Tyrell and the queen of thorns, Lady Olenna.Margaery knew how to use her charisma to advance her family’s interests. For example, she frequently told Sansa Stark how happy she would be in Highgarden if she married Loras Tyrell. Although the union never happened, Margaery nearly succeeded in securing the north for the Tyrells.In 16th-century Scotland, Henrietta Stewart used similar tactics during a blood feud between her family and the Gordons.
Dunfermline Abbey, home to Henrietta Stewart.Stewart’s masterful politicking reached its height after a scuffle between her husband, George Gordon, and James Stewart (who, despite his name, was from a different family). In December 1590, things became heated when Gordon and James Stewart were both in Edinburgh, surrounded by considerable retinues and on the brink of violence.Henrietta Stewart used her charm, and her friendship with Queen Anne of Denmark, to persuade King James VI of Scotland to broker an agreement between the two parties, forcing the two noblemen to remain in the city. This stalemate spared the Gordons’ lands from attack and gave her family a tactical advantage.It’s clear evidence of how a woman can take a proactive role during a feud. Margaery Tyrell would certainly approve.
Agnes Keith, the Catelyn Stark of Argyle
Catelyn Stark, whose efforts to vanquish the Lannisters ended badly for her.In “Game of Thrones” Lady Catelyn Stark plots revenge after her husband Ned is betrayed and killed by the Lannisters. She spends the rest of her days hassling Lannister family members and recruiting armies to oppose them.
Castle Doune in central Scotland, once home to the Stewart family. “Game of Thrones” has shot scenes there.And in Scotland in the 1500s, Lady Agnes Keith held a terrible grudge against the Gordons over the slaying of her husband, James Stewart. She made life difficult for George Gordon, especially during a quarrel involving fishing rights on the River Spey.Her persistence, like Catelyn Stark’s, shows how widows didn’t cower after the deaths of their husbands. Despite facing eventual defeat, both women proved to be a nuisance for their enemies.
Isobel Sinclair, the Cersei Lannister of Caithness
The ruthless Cersei Lannister.In her thirst to vanquish her enemies, “Game of Thrones'” Cersei Lannister inadvertently causes the death of her son and last surviving child, Tommen.It’s not unlike what happened in Scotland in 1567, when John Gordon, the 11th Earl of Sutherland, and his wife were poisoned at Helmsdale Castle by Isobel Sinclair, whose family was feuding with the Gordons (everyone was feuding with the Gordons).
The Castle of Mey in Caithness was once home to the Sinclair family.But in doing so, Sinclair accidentally poisoned her own son.Both Sinclair and Cersei were schemers who advanced their family’s interests and power — but at the cost of losing a child.