Celebrate Halloween in your own coffin !

Halloween is fast-approaching and if you’re after some terrifying plans, we’ve just found the sleepover of your dreams (or in this case, nightmares!).

Edinburgh Dungeon has revealed it will be launching a ‘Séance Sleepover‘ for Halloween, where guests can get in touch with the underworld with a spooky séance… and then spend the night sleeping in a coffin in the Dungeon’s notorious Torture Chamber. If this doesn’t float your boat , why not try one of our tours of Scotland ?

Basically, it’s not one for the faint-hearted (and unsurprisingly, it’s only open for those aged 18 or over).

The thrilling attraction has teamed up with Booking.com to offer the spooky stay, and if you’re obsessed with all things ghoulish then it needs to be on your radar.

Guests will be treated to a complimentary dinner at the Hard Rock Café, before joining the last Dungeons tour of the day.

When the last of the visitors have left, you’ll be joined by a professional medium, and use a Ouija board to attempt to summon whatever spirits may lurk in the depths of the dungeons.

It’s not a night out for the faint-hearted

All of the excitement getting a bit too much? Then you can go and lie down to get some rest for the night… in a custom made coffin bed.

Oh, and we’re also loving the extra touches such as the free skeleton pyjamas and slippers for guests!

The stay kicks off with the last Dungeon tour of the day including a spooky Halloween show

For those who can’t get to sleep, the Black Jester will be on hand to come and share one of his favourite bedtime stories – and provide a much needed dram of whiskey before midnight.

From then on, you’re on your own…

Conjure spirits with the Ouija board seance

The Séance Sleepover is available for up to two guests, and will only be running on Halloween (the 31st October).

It can be booked exclusively on Booking.com on the listing here from 10am on Friday 25th October so you’ll want to get in quick to bag the stay.

The offer also includes a complimentary breakfast at the nearby Motel One Hotel the next morning.

Outlander fans help to restore Preston Mill’s wheel

Preston Mill stood in for Lallybroch , the Highland home of Jamie Fraser when the Redcoats came calling during the first season of the hit drama Outlander.

The appearance of 200-year-old Preston Mill on TV networks around the world has helped ensure its wheel will keep turning for a few more years at least.

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A crowdfunding appeal sent out by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) after the iconic building’s waterwheel ground to a halt has been a raging success with donors digging deep to help pay for repairs, which have now got it moving again.

And it was the Outlander connection which help the fundraising effort smash through its £12,000 target, with an American fan of the show matching donations made by others.

A working mill until 1959, the historic Preston Mill in East Linton, East Linton, has a curious Dutch-style, red-tiled conical roof and is an architectural oddity which attracts thousands of tourists each year.

The engineer and millwright Andrew Meikle, who invented the threshing machine, was once a tenant and until September last year its machinery – powered by the River Tyne – was still turning.

It is now used to give tour groups an insight into the gruelling life of a 18th century miller, and is also beloved by painters because of its unusual design.

The mill stood in for a part of Lallybroch Castle in Outlander, in a scene where star Sam Heughan was fixing its wheel when Government troops came looking for Jacobites.

He plunged under the water to hide while time-travelling heroine Claire Fraser, played by Catriona Balfe, talked her way out of trouble.

Other scenes at ‘Lallybroch’, which the series places in Inverness-shire, were actually filmed at Midhope Castle, located between South Queensferry and Linlithgow on the edges of the private Hopetoun Estate.

But real life imitated art when the wheel stopped working last year, with the NTS appealing for help getting it moving again.

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The Outlander effect continues to boost tourist numbers

The “Outlander effect” continues , telling us what we already know , that Outlander has provided a major boost to the economy in Scotland . Visitor numbers to Scotland’s attractions increased for the fifth year in a row.

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The two top sites – the National Museum of Scotland and Edinburgh Castle – each attracted more than two million visits, only the second time any visitor attraction in Scotland has surpassed the two million milestone, according to the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA).

Analysis of statistics submitted by 232 of the organisation’s member sites for its annual Visitor Trends Report, confirms that 30.3 million visits were made to those sites in Scotland in 2018 – a rise of 0.1 per cent over 2017 figures. The increase comes on top of a 9.7 per cent jump in 2017, which itself followed a 6 per cent rise in 2016.

Overall, some 59 per cent of all visits were made to attractions that featured in the top 20 list, with ten of the top 20 attractions situated in Edinburgh. Dundee attractions including Discovery Point, which saw a 42 per cent uplift in visitor numbers, also fared well, boosted by interest surrounding the new V&A museum, which opened in September, the ASVA said. Another area of Scotland which fared well in 2018 was the Highlands. RZSS Highland Wildlife Park near Aviemore enjoyed a major uplift in visitor numbers of 68 per cent, driven in part by the birth of Hamish, the first polar bear cub to be born in the UK for 25 years.

Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: “Visitor attractions are a hugely popular and valuable part of Scotland’s world-famous tourism offering, allowing visitors to explore our rich history, vibrant culture, famous heritage and stunning natural environment in more detail. “A growth in visits of any size is a welcome achievement and something we hope will continue. The arrival of V&A Dundee, as well as the increasing interest in set-jetting, thanks to TV series like Outlander or films such as Outlaw King, have only strengthened Scotland’s appeal, and with the opening of Moat Brae in Dumfries and the redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery taking place this year, there is plenty to look forward to in 2019.” The “Outlander effect” continued to benefit many sites featuring in the cult TV series, as well as others with Jacobite connections, with large increases in visitor numbers recorded at attractions including Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Glasgow Cathedral, Blackness Castle and Aberdour Castle.

 

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What does Broch Tuarach mean?

Named for an old broch on the land, Broch Tuarach means “north-facing tower” in Gaelic. Lallybroch, as the estate is known among those who live there, in turn means “lazy tower”.

Lallybroch is also known as Broch Tuarach

Jamie Fraser Outlander tours

Looking for Jamie Fraser tours from Edinburgh ? How about taking a unique tour of three key locations in the life of Jamie Fraser –  Lallybroch  ( Midhope Castle ) , Jamie’s ancestral home , Linlithgow Palace ( Wentworth Prison ) and  Blackness Castle ( Fort William ) .

Lallybroch ( Midhope Castle) Outlander tours, Lallybroch , real life Midhope Castle , is the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser , visit the castle on our Outlander tours
Lallybroch ( Midhope Castle) Outlander tours, Lallybroch , real life Midhope Castle , is the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser , visit the castle on our Outlander tours

Lallybroch is Midhope Castle , a 16th-century tower house of five storeys and a garret, to which has been added a later and lower wing.

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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.  Lallybroch first appears in a flashback scene during the second episode of season 1, when Jamie attempts to rescue Jenny from the Redcoats, only to end up being whipped and carried off to Fort William. Later in episode 12, Jamie returns with Claire where, after an initially unpleasant exchange with Jenny (mainly because Jamie calls her son a bastard, and partly because Claire is English) they settle in for a few episodes, until dealings with ‘The Watch’ causes them to leave.

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Game of Thrones whisky

Winter is here, and so is a special type of Scotch to warm your bones. In November, the popular Johnnie Walker whisky brand announced its release of a limited edition, Game of Thrones-themed beverage. The Scotch – named “White Walker” after the supernatural foes in the HBO fantasy series – is made of a blend of single malts from the Cardhu and Clynelish distilleries.

Doune castle is Castle leoch in Outlander , home of Colum Mackenzie’s clan. Most of the filming of Outlander takes place in Scotland,  according to the show's executive producer Ron Moore .   Scotland’s stunning landscape, with its rolling hills, rugged mountains, picturesque towns and villages, castles and sprawling beaches has provided the perfect backdrop for the world of cinema. The show is based on American author Diana Gabaldon’s series of historical novels, which sees nurse Claire Beauchamp Randell mysteriously swept back from 1945 to 1743 Highland Scotland where rebellion and romance are afoot.  Executive Producer Ron Moore has commented on Scotland : “The landscape itself is a character in the show. There’s a particular quality to the light in Scotland, even to the grass and the trees.”  Outlander season 2 is expected to premiere sometime in the first half of 2016
Doune castle is Castle leoch in Outlander , home of Colum Mackenzie’s clan.
Most of the filming of Outlander takes place in Scotland,  according to the show’s executive producer Ron Moore . 
Scotland’s stunning landscape, with its rolling hills, rugged mountains, picturesque towns and villages, castles and sprawling beaches has provided the perfect backdrop for the world of cinema.

Appropriately, both distilleries are situated in northern Scotland, known for its harsh winters. The Scotch is meant to honour Game of Thrones’ final season, expected to air in early 2019.

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Outlander gets a name check on the Simpsons

Outlander has been a big success but now it can finally claim respect from the only thing that really matters: The Simpsons.

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On Monday, series star Sam Heughan, 38, tweeted out a video he’d recorded of a Simpsons episode that joked about the romantic drama.

The episode, which originally aired in November, shows a jury of Springfield residents deliberating Homer Simpson’s career as a TV recap writer and a negative review he wrote for Outlander.

The highest honor: On Monday, Outlander star Sam Heughan, 38, tweeted out a video he'd recorded of a Simpsons episode that joked about the romantic drama

 

The highest honor: On Monday, Outlander star Sam Heughan, 38, tweeted out a video he’d recorded of a Simpsons episode that joked about the romantic drama

‘This is better than any award…..’ tweeted the Scottish heartthrob.

His co-costar, Caitriona Balfe, 39, replied, ‘Whaaaaaaaaaaat???????? HOOOmer M G ..!!!! Well I can now die happy! @Outlander_STARZ @SamHeughan @TheSimpsons.’

In the episode, number 647, Krusty the Clown is accused of trying to run Homer down in his car after the bumbling cartoon father gave Krusty’s TV show a bad rating.

Sam included a clip of the Simpsons episode recorded from his phone in the tweet.  ‘The celebs are moving in!’ Celebrity Big Brother reveals cast

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Stamp of approval: 'This is better than any award.....' tweeted the Scottish heartthrob; pictured with Caitriona Balfe, 39, on Outlander

 

Stamp of approval: ‘This is better than any award…..’ tweeted the Scottish heartthrob; pictured with Caitriona Balfe, 39, on Outlander

Barely containing herself: Sam's co-star Caitriona replied, 'Whaaaaaaaaaaat???????? HOOOmer M G ..!!!! Well I can now die happy! @Outlander_STARZ @SamHeughan @TheSimpsons'; pictured in Beverly Hills in January

 

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Barely containing herself: Sam’s co-star Caitriona replied, ‘Whaaaaaaaaaaat???????? HOOOmer M G ..!!!! Well I can now die happy! @Outlander_STARZ @SamHeughan @TheSimpsons’; pictured in Beverly Hills in January

The jury members judging him seem more concerned with Homer’s misjudgment of the time traveling erotic drama than Krusty’s crime. 

‘It was justifiable Homer-cide,’ says Patty Bouvier, Homer’s long-suffering sister-in-law.

‘He gave Outlander a B minus!’ interject her sister Selma.

Another juror pipes in with, ‘That show knows what it wants to be! Come on.’

‘Oo, I’ve heard that gets really good about eight episodes in,’ says Judge Roy Snyder, before finding Krusty not guilty of trying to kill Homer.’Sometimes life takes unexpected turns’: Outlander season

He deserved it: 'It was justifiable Homer-cide,' says Patty Bouvier, Homer's long-suffering sister-in-law. 'He gave Outlander a B minus!' interject her sister Selma

 

He deserved it: ‘It was justifiable Homer-cide,’ says Patty Bouvier, Homer’s long-suffering sister-in-law. ‘He gave Outlander a B minus!’ interject her sister Selma

Embracing it: Another juror pipes in with, 'That show knows what it wants to be! Come on'

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Embracing it: Another juror pipes in with, ‘That show knows what it wants to be! Come on’

Peak TV: 'Oo, I've heard that gets really good about eight episodes in,' says Judge Roy Snyder, before finding Krusty not guilty of trying to kill Homer

 

Peak TV: ‘Oo, I’ve heard that gets really good about eight episodes in,’ says Judge Roy Snyder, before finding Krusty not guilty of trying to kill Homer

The Simpsons, which is the longest-running American sitcom, has been on the air since 1989.

Although its episodes aren’t as well-received now as they were in earlier seasons, it’s still a prestigious honor to be mentioned in one.

Outlander isn’t exactly wanting for recognition, though. The Starz original series has repeated been nominated for the Golden Globes, the Saturn Awards and the People’s Choice Awards since its 2014 debut.

Lead actress Caitriona has been nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actress each year since 2016, though she has yet to win. 

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Outlander Season 4, Episode 12

This has been an amazing Outlander season. On top of the usual dramas — two time periods, two countries, two major couples, a villain, an ever-expanding supporting cast — there were the racial issues of colonial America, Brianna’s rape, and the fracturing of the Frasers. No wonder this week’s episode struggled to weave things back together as we near the season finale.

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It’s so busy that we get only one glimpse of Jamie, Claire and Ian. There just isn’t time for more, given everything else. Fergus and Marsali stage a jailbreak to get Murtagh out of enemy hands. Brianna and Lord John take a road trip to confront Stephen Bonnet. And Roger has a rotten time in the Mohawk village, meets two new friends and ends up lighting one of them on fire. Busy week.

Outlander tours feature Blackness Castle , filming location for Fort William
Outlander tours feature Blackness Castle , filming location for Fort William

The most satisfying subplot is Brianna’s. Not the actual encounter with Bonnet — that’s a real casualty of this episode’s rush. Bonnet races from the season’s monster to tearful fatherhood, and Brianna practically pingpongs back and forth from the cell door as they battle for the last word. Sophie Skelton and Ed Speleers do their best to give weight to the rapid-fire confrontation, but given how long Brianna has suffered, there’s just not enough time for her to settle all those ghosts.

No, the most satisfying thing about Brianna’s journey is watching her navigate it with Lord John, who turns out to be a dream co-pilot. He tells her immediately that Bonnet has been caught. When she says she wants to see him, Lord John expresses concern, but he respects her wishes and offers his help. And in the jail, he honors her choice to go in alone but promises he is nearby if she needs him.

“You are impossible not to like,” Brianna marvels. That’s by design. The show is determined to make you love Lord John. He is shot in endlessly warm light and is endlessly accommodating. Even his sharp edges are getting smoothed over. (He has been a champion of British order against the regulators, but he happily covers for Murtagh.)

And he’s quickly building a rapport with Brianna. It might not be passionate, but it is respectful, which is a nice counterpoint to how other men in her life have treated her.

Even Jamie’s loving letter warns her how important it is that she forgive Bonnet and try not to take revenge. That may be well-intentioned, but it is also a little rich coming from a man currently on a road trip to rescue the guy he nearly killed for revenge. And speaking of that guy, Roger resents his life so much right now that it’s weird she can’t feel it 600 miles south.

This episode seems to delight in comparing Brianna’s two marriage options, as the camera cuts from the considerate, informative, respectful Lord John to Roger, getting more grizzled by the minute as he mutters about his heartbreak: “I’ve learned something from my pain … look out for No. 1. Well, from now on, that’s me.” He’s so cynical that he manages to alienate a priest (Yan Tual) who had been in solitary confinement.

It’s hard to fault Roger for being bitter as he sits in prison impossibly far from home. And yet he has been driven to this despair not by any awareness of his own faults, but by the machinations of a subplot that has encapsulated a lot of this season’s problems with race.