30 Scottish castles re-open on 30 April

Historic Environment Scotland ( HES ) have made the announcement we have all been waiting for – the Scottish castle drawbridges will be opening on 30 April . Edinburgh Castle , Striling Castle and Linlithgow Palace are among the most popular castles getting ready to re-open . Scottish castle tours can be booked online .

Following the First Minister’s welcome announcement that COVID-19 restrictions are expected to relax with the arrival of spring, HES can now announce that 26 of staffed sites and hundreds of open air, free-to-access sites will be ready for you to visit again from Friday 30 April. 

All visits must be booked in advance .

Castle reopening plans

HES are opening over 250 sites in phases over the coming months.Read our press release

Plan a spring visit  

Between now and the end of April, HES teams are working hard behind the scenes to get everything ready for your visits to Scotland’s iconic sites. 

On Friday 30 April, you can book tickets to visit:

Aberdour CastleFort George
Arbroath AbbeyGlasgow Cathedral
Blackness CastleHuntly Castle
Caerlaverock CastleInchcolm Abbey
Craigmillar CastleJedburgh Abbey
Dirleton CastleLinlithgow Palace
Doune CastleMelrose Abbey
Dryburgh AbbeySkara Brae
Dunblane CathedralSt Andrews Castle
Dundonald CastleSt Andrews Cathedral
Dunfermline AbbeyStirling Castle
Edinburgh CastleTantallon Castle
Elgin CathedralUrquhart Castle

Tickets must be booked in advance. 

HES are closely monitoring Scottish Government plans and considering the circumstances in each local area. If anything changes after you’ve booked tickets, we’ll automatically cancel and refund bookings within 30 days – there’s no need to contact us.  

Please always check the Scottish Government’s latest advice before you travel. 

Midhope Castle Tours

Midhope castle tours , Outlander

Ten years ago Midhope Castle was just another ancient ruined castle in Scotland – unknown and neglected . Nowadays it is the centre of filming for the smash hit TV series Outlander . Midhope Castle is the external location for Outlander’s 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. Filming takes place outside the castle , but interior scenes are filmed at Wardpark Studios in Cumbernauld .

Midhope Castle, a 16th-century tower house, is used as Lallybroch (also known as Broch Tuarach) in Outlander . Left to Jamie by his parents, Brian and Ellen, Lallybroch is also home to Jamie’s sister, Jenny, her husband Ian Murray and their children. With Lallybroch being an important part of the Outlander story, many scenes were filmed at Midhope Castle.

Midhope Castle tours from Edinburgh can be booked on

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We see this iconic location several times. Our introduction to Lallybroch comes in a flashback scene during the second episode of season one , when Jamie attempts to rescue Jenny from the Redcoats, only to end up being whipped and carried off to Fort William. Later in episode twelve , Jamie returns with Claire. Then, in season 2 we see Claire and Jamie return home after their time on France.

In season three we find out that the story of Lallybroch is not yet finished. After Culloden, Jamie is returned home, where he hides from the British before eventually surrendering to the army.

Midhope Castle is located in Abercorn, just west of South Queensferry, on the Hopetoun estate. It is every bit as impressive as Lallybroch, with the familiar approach and entrance to the building.

If you’re looking for a glimpse of the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser you 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 Midhope. 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.

Eilean Donan Castle prints

Eilean donan castle posters

As a landscape photographer selling prints of Eilean Donan Castle is an important part of my income . My best selling Eilean Donan Castle poster is for sale online at Photogold .

It is crucial to publish my Eilean Donan Castle pictures on as many different platforms as possible , so I have posted my pictures on Etsy , Redbubble , Photogold gifts and prints and ebay . Each site offers a different range of users with particular profiles and interests. Pinterest is another website with a huge amount of traffic and a focus on stylish images.