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Believed to be the oldest standing castle in Scotland, austere Aberdour overlooks the Firth of Forth and has its origins in the 12th century. Built of stone and starting life as a narrow, tall ‘hall-house’, it was the work of the aristocratic De Mortimer family and was later fortified and repeatedly extended until the 17th century.

Today sections of the castle’s gently crumbling ruins are open to the public and visitors can wander around at will. The roof has caved in on the older part of the construction but the later additions are better preserved; the chapel retains some of its original stained glass and there’s a quasi-preserved ceiling painting depicting fruit and trees on the first floor of the eastern wing. Adjacent is a fragrant 17th-century walled garden with formal plantings of flowers and a round hive-shaped dovecote to admire.

Recently the castle has reached a brand-new audience as the stand in for Sainte Anne de Beaupré’s monastery in France from the hit television series ‘Outlander’, written by US writer Diana Gabaldon.

The ancient church of St Fillan’s stands right next to the castle and is also worth stopping by; it dates from 1123. Aberdour Castle is included on private ‘Outlander’ tours and royal tours of the palaces of central Scotland, both of which depart from Edinburgh.

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Apr–Sept daily 9:30am–5:30pm; Oct–Mar Sat–Wed 10am–4pm
Aberdour, Edinburgh, Fife, KY3 0SL
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Private Tour: 'Outlander' TV Locations Day Trip from Edinburgh
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Private Tour: 'Outlander' TV Locations Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Travel back to the action-packed world of Outlander on a private day trip to Scotland's TV filming locations. Enjoy a guided tour from Edinburgh to the Highland areas featured in the popular program like the villages of Culross and Falkland—which represents Inverness in the series—and cinematic landmarks like Castle Leoch (Doune Castle). Along the way, enjoy insider stories and trivia about the series, cast, and crew. 
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  • 9 hours
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3 Day / 2 Night Scottish Highland Experience from Edinburgh

3 Day / 2 Night Scottish Highland Experience from Edinburgh

Start and end in Edinburgh! With the discovery tour 3 Day / 2 Night Scottish Highland Experience from Edinburgh, you have a 3 day tour package taking you through Edinburgh, Scotland and 2 other destinations in Scotland. 3 Day / 2 Night Scottish Highland This experience from Edinburgh includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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Explore The Royal Line

Explore The Royal Line

The magnificent ruin of a great Royal Palace sitting beside Linlithgow Loch a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens from James I to Mary, Queen of Scots. Later, we continue North to Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland. Several Scottish Monarchs have been crowned at Stirling, including Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1542. Back on your luxury VIP Class minibus we head East, towards one of our ancient Capitals, and your visit and tour of Dunfermline Abbey and Palace. After your visit, we continue to our lunch stop and visit to Falkland Palace. Set in the heart of a conservation village, this partly restored Renaissance palace is the perfect place to while away an afternoon. Part of the Palace is in ruins but the reconstructed rooms are packed with 17th-century Flemish tapestries, elaborate painted ceilings and antique furnishings. Heading South our final visit of the day is Aberdour Castle, one of the two oldest standing castles in Scotland.
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Outlander film location tour - visit five Outlander locations

Outlander film location tour - visit five Outlander locations

Premiering in 2014, the 'Outlander' TV series captured viewers’ imaginations with bold tales of time-traveling and adventure. On this tour, delve into 'Outlander’s' exciting world with your guide and visit six of the filming locations made famous in the series. Explore the historic town of Falkland, and take in sites including Aberdour Castle, 16th-century Midhope Castle, and Linlithgow Palace—better-known among fans of the show as Wentworth Prison.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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2-Day Outlander Filming Locations from Edinburgh
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2-Day Outlander Filming Locations from Edinburgh

Calling all fans of the British-American sci-fi drama, Outlander, this 2-day tour from Edinburgh takes you to the series’ most significant Scottish filming locations. In a small group limited to four people, you’ll visit on-screen locales such as Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), Fort William, and the buildings that serve as Wentworth Prison and Mrs Baird’s Guesthouse. At the end of each day, you’ll be returned to your Edinburgh accommodation, not included in the tour price.
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Private Outlander Location Day Tour from Edinburgh

Private Outlander Location Day Tour from Edinburgh

A must for Outlander fans visiting Scotland, this private tour visits the show's filming locations around Edinburgh. With a dedicated guide for just you and your party, you'll enjoy personalized attention, a flexible itinerary, and plenty of chances to ask questions. Round-trip private transportation from your Edinburgh hotel included.
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  • 7 hours
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What are Aberdour Castle hours of operation?
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Aberdour Castle hours of operation: Apr–Sept daily 9:30am–5:30pm; Oct–Mar Sat–Wed 10am–4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Aberdour Castle tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Aberdour Castle can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Aberdour Castle 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Aberdour Castle costs USD 377.62. Guided Aberdour Castle tours start around USD 377.62 per person.
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