Forth Bridge

This is the Forth bridge or Forth rail bridge as it is now commonly referred to .  It was opened in 1890  and was constructed by the engineer John Fowler and was the longest cantilever bridge in the world at the time. 

The bridge was built to provide a railway link over the Firth of forth between the areas of Lothian and Fife and  It is now an unesco  world heritage site

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Craigmillar Castle

This is Craigmillar Castle on the outskirts of Edinburgh.  It may seem familiar with any Outlander fans as it was used in season 3 as Ardsmuir prison where Jamies friendship with Lord John Grey began.

One of its claim to fame is that Mary Queen of Scots used the castle as a safe haven in 1566.  The castles owner Sir Simon Preston who gave her sanctuary would  turn against her only one year later.  It is also rumoured that the plot to kill her husband Lord Darnley was hatched here by the Earl of Bothwell.   

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Falkland's Bruce Fountain

This is The main square of Falkland village, here you can see the Bruce fountain which was donated to the town by Tyndall Bruce in 1856.  He was the local Laird of the estate and who also funded the local church.

Outlander fans will instantly recognise the picture as 1940’s Inverness where the Silhouette of a highlander is standing in the rain watching Claire in the top right window of Mrs Bairds guesthouse and is one of the Outlander film locations you can visit on one of my Outlander tours.

 

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Dunrobin castle

This is Dunrobin castle in the highlands, ancestral home to the Sutherland clan for over 700 years.

It boasts to be the largest house in the highlands with a total of 189 rooms and has beautiful gardens for you to visit as well.  During the season the castle has falconry displays twice a day which are not to be missed.

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The Falkirk Kelpies

These are the fantastic looking Kelpie statues at Falkirk.  They were made by  the sculptor Andy Scott and stand guard over the Forth and Clyde canal.

The Kelpie is a creature from Scottish folklore that lived in the lochs of Scotland and would turn into a handsome horse when on dry land, it would wait for a victim to sit on it's back and run into the water and devour them.

This is just one of the places Bespoke Scotland car tours can take you on your journey around Scotland.

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Smallest distillery in Scotland

This is Edradour whisky distillery who claim to be the smallest in the country.  I stopped here on a tour with 4 American boys who wanted to sample some of their drams.

It is extremely picturesque and well worth a visit, if you fancy having a dram tasting of your own then why not make it  one of the stops on your very own personalised tour with Bespoke Scotland car tours.

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Balquhidder Church

Took a trip to Rob Roy MacGregor's grave at the picturesque Balquhidder Church, the name Roy or Ruadh (in Gaelic) was given to him due to his red hair.  He was born in 1671 and lived an adventurous life during which he fought in the Jacobite battle of Killiecrankie , became a successful cattle drover and then made an outlaw by the Duke of Montrose over a debt of money.

In later life he was granted a Royal Pardon in 1726 and went on to live a quieter life, he died in 1734 aged 63.

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Neolithic Croft

This is the Neolithic Croft Moraig standing stones which lie a few miles east from the lovely village of Kenmore on Loch Tay.

They are believed to be around 2000 years old and in 1819 a man called Alexander Huchenson drew up the first decent ground plan of the stones and later they were properly excavated in 1965. The stones are often overlooked by travellers passing by so if you are in the area then go and have a look .

Devils pulpit

This is the Devils pul pit near Glasgow, it is part of the Finnich glen which is a deep narrow gorge where my parents used to bring me as a child.

Some may recognise it as the liars spring from Outlander where Claire drinks from it and then finds out that if you lie it will burn your insides, It apparently gets its name from the story that the Devil himself preached to his followers from a large rock and that the water runs red in colour and there are also other stories of Witches and Druids. You access it by climbing down an old stone staircase known as Jacob's ladder or the Devils Steps but be careful as the stones are worn and slippery and remember that if you decide to have a drink to quench your thirst then don't tell a lie!!!