Come See Scotland With Me! – Part Two

Posted July 29, 2023 by Lisa Mandina in Uncategorized / 13 Comments

Whew! It took me a few hours to get the first post ready, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, HERE is the link! There was just so much to share I had so much trouble leaving pictures out. I mean I took over 1200 I think, that’s the wonder of digital phones in cameras these days I guess! This post will start with the 3rd day of my 5 day tour. After putting this one together, we did so much on this third tour day that I think I’m going to split my posts into one more section for the last two days.

Fifth Day in Scotland and Third Day of the Tour

For the 3rd day of the tour we switched tour guides, as they split up the time, and we had Anne. It also seems like the places we stopped I took so many more pictures than I did the days before too!

Doune Castle

We started the day at Doune Castle, which is known for much more than just Outlander filming there for Castle Leoch as mentioned in my post HERE. It was also used in the pilot of Game of Thrones as Winterfell, in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and also the Outlaw King, just to name a few. Besides the movies and tv though, it has a history that was interesting to see as well. They had an audiotour that you got a little device you could listen to, and there were a few of the spots narrated by Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser in Outlander. They also play a lot on the Monty Python bit, and sell coconut shells in the gift shop so you can recreate the scene yourself, which one of our couples on the tour did. If you know what that means, you know what I’m talking about. As it is their video though, I don’t have it to share.

Tullibardine Distillery

Sadly July is the time of year when normally the distilleries are not “in season”, so we were unable to go to the Deanston Distillery which is used in the filming of Outlander. We did go to a distillery. And since I decided I was trying whisky even though I’ve never liked it in the past, I tried the three samples they had. And I can honestly say now I am NOT a whisky person.

Lunch was again not my favorite meal of the trip. It wasn’t bad, but it was kind of more what I think of as fancy food. I did have a yummy souffle/quiche type of meal though. And it was Gloagburn Farm, and I actually found a ton of the souvenirs I bought for family and friends in their gift shop.

Tibbermore Church

This is the location where they filmed the witch trial episodes of Outlander, as I first talked about in THIS post. It was close to where we had lunch, so we stopped there afterwards and took pictures. You have to make arrangements for this place, so they had the key for us to get in.

Drummond Gardens

After the church, we headed to Drummond Gardens which was used as the gardens in Versailles in Outlander, as I talked about in THIS post. The gardens here were beautiful, but we ran into the same heavy rain we’d had at Culloden the day before. It didn’t stop most of us from still wandering and taking pictures. I mean we all brought raincoats or ponchos and umbrellas on this tour, knowing how it might rain.

Tullibardine Chapel

Next was the chapel where they filmed the scene in the first season of Outlander where Rupert lost his eye, and Claire had to turn herself over to the Redcoats to save the rest of them. It happened at a different scene in the books, which I was actually to that part in my reading as I was in Scotland.

Dinner was at a fancy restaurant, and the food there was good!

Settle Inn Pub

So our final stop of the evening was something they hadn’t done before. We went to a pub that had local musicians who just all showed up on Wednesday nights when they felt like it and played together. It was fun to hear them play! The pub was the oldest in that town of Stirling, 1733 it said outside! I had to tell the bartender how to make my go-to drink of a Fuzzy Navel, lol. My aunt watched the videos I posted on Facebook of the musicians playing, and if you are a believer in orbs, she noticed one that looks like it is dancing around in both videos, not following my camera/phone. Although I wonder if it could just be something from someone behind me on their phone/camera as they were recording as well.

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13 responses to “Come See Scotland With Me! – Part Two

  1. Anna Xu

    It seems like you had a great time! Thank you for sharing these photos of your trip to Scotland! The Doune Castle looks gorgeous!

    • Lisa Mandina

      There were so many cool things, and I didn’t even get to see all that is there to see in Scotland.

  2. Drummond Gardens are beautiful! And it’s funny that there were so many sheep around that it ceased being photo-worthy. lol The evening at the pub sounds like a good time, too! Kind of like enjoying a night with the locals.

    • Lisa Mandina

      I kept forgetting to take pictures of them, but then just realized I’d have too many if I did, lol. It’s like cows around where I live kind of.

    • Lisa Mandina

      It was so neat to see all these places and be able to see or remember the shows/movies they were in.

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