Aberdour Castle Tours

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Aberdour Castle
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.

Practical Info

The castle is open April–September daily 9:30am–5:30pm; Oct–Mar Sat–Wed 10am–4pm. Adverse weather conditions may force unexpected closures. Admission for adults is £5.50; seniors & students are £4.40; children aged 5–15 are £3.30. Admission is free with Historic Scotland Explorer Pass. The castle is just off the A921 coast road between the Forth Road Bridge and Kirkcaldy. Alternatively, it is a five-minute walk from Aberdour train station.
Address: Aberdour, Edinburgh, Fife KY3 0SL, Scotland
Hours: Apr–Sept daily 9:30am–5:30pm; Oct–Mar Sat–Wed 10am–4pm
Admission: adults £5.50; seniors & students £4.40; children aged 5–15 £3.30
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Historic Scotland Explorer Pass

Build your own custom (and cost-efficient!) tour of Scotland’s best attractions with the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass! With your 5-day or 14-day pass, visit castles, cathedrals, distilleries and more! Make the most of the advanced ticket entry at popular sites like Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle, and discounted audio tours at select venues. With free entry to more 77 attractions around the country, the Explorer Pass offers something for the whole family.
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  • Duration: 5 days
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Falkland Outlander Day Tour from Edinburgh

Go behind the scenes of the TV Show Outlander with this day tour from Edinburgh. See landmarks you’ll recognize from the series, including Tibbermore Church, Dysart Harbour, and Hopetoun House. Your guide is a fellow Outlander fan and shares stories about the landscapes that serve as a backdrop to the show. A small-group tour ensures an intimate atmosphere.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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Five Scottish castles tour from Private Tours Edinburgh

Immerse yourself in the Medieval landscape as you embark on a private day tour of 5 historic Scottish castles. Maximize your time, and leave the crowded tour busses behind, as you venture to Midhope, Doune, Linlithgow, Aberdour, and Blackness Castles. Learn about the fascinating history behind each castle, and get the best viewpoints for taking photos. Your guide provides round trip transportation from Edinburgh for a seamless experience.
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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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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Outlander film location tour - visit six 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.
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
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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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