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You’ve NEVER heard of it!?

Posted by Heliocentrism on February 20, 2018

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

This day Mark drove from Glasgow to Inverness. The drive itself was only 3 hours long, but we stopped several times along the way to look at castles and abbeys. We had only two deadlines. One was check-out time at our SYHA in Glasgow, which was at 10:00. That made sure we started off our day in a timely manner. The next was at 17:00, which was when most Historic Scotland sites closed.


Our first stop was Doune Castle, near the town of Stirling. Mark put a star next to this one in our booklet because one of the Monty Python movies was filmed here. As we stood in line to show our pass and be let in, I asked Mark, “Which movie was filmed here?” Before he could answer me, a lady behind me answered.

“It’s not a movie. It’s a TV series.”

“A very good series based on some very wonderful books,” another lady added. There was a humming of agreement throughout the crowd.

“Wait,” I turned around to ask, “Monty Python started out as a book series and later was made into a TV show?”

“Not Monty Python,” some other lady responded. “Outlander.”

“Highlander was filmed here?” I replied, still not fully understanding the topic. “I thought that was set in New York City…”

“Not Highlander,” the first woman rolled her eyes. I had clearly pissed her off with my ignorance. “Outlander!”

“I’ve never heard of it,” I told her. A loud gasp rippled through the line followed by scornful chattering. “That foolish woman has never seen Outlander,” someone in the back must have said. “Is it good,” I asked the lady behind me who initially butt into my conversation with Mark.

She nearly fainted in the most Victorian way possible. As her friend fumbled through her purse to find some smelling salts, the lady, with what few breaths she could muster told me of the series Outlander. “Do you like romantic stories?” She was clearly expecting an affirmative answer.

Since I was already scandalizing the crowd and had brought on the ire of all these women, I thought I would just go ahead and stab everyone in their hearts so they could really feel some pain. “No, I actually don’t like romantic stories. I hate them.” The crowd hissed at me. Someone may have tried to sprinkle holy water on my head.

But there was one woman in the crowd that would not give up on me. “Do you like time travel,” she asked stepping out from the line and walking towards me. That had my attention. I do love time travel. I couldn’t even hide it, my face gave me away. She continued, “A woman, on a honeymoon with her husband in Scotland is transported back in time and she has all sorts of adventures…” The crowd cooed with delight.

“You should check it out. You can watch the series on Amazon Prime.” The brave woman stepped back to her place in line.

“Amazon Prime,” I said with disgust. “If it’s not on Netflix, I’m not watching it.” After that I narrowly missed a stoning from everyone in the crowd.

On the way to Inchmahome Priory

It turns out Outlander is on Netflix. I have watched the first episode. It’s okay. I’ll have to watch a few more to see if it’s really my thing. But, do you know what else is on Netflix? Highlander!

The United Kingdom

How to get there:

You can enter this country by land via an underwater tunnel, air, or sea.

Check with your local UK embassy for visa information.


  • Use 112 or 999 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance






  • If you’re going to do a lot of travel by train or bus, looking for a Rail card or bus pass before you buy your first ticket.
    • Railway Cards
    • Oyster Card
    • Even getting a day pass on a bus could be cheaper than getting 3 single passes, or a return ticket and a single pass.
  • If you’re going to travel around the United Kingdom, you might want to get membership at one of the following:
    •  English Heritage – £54 / year for 1 person
    • National Trust England – £64.80 / year for 1 person
    • Scottish Heritage –  £49 / year for 1 person
      • Scottish Heritage Membership Handbook 2017 pdf
      • All of these are a little cheaper when getting a group or family membership.
      • Many come with discounts for other things, like:
        • The Scottish Heritage gives you 20% off at all of their gift shops and cafes.
        • English Heritage gives you free parking at many of their sights.
      • As a bonus, it helps you when planning what to do and see in the country.
  • If you are going to stay in hostels, join Hosteling International, or any of its subsidiaries.
    • YHA – England & Wales
    • SYHA – Scotland
      • Membership at any of these will get you the discounted rate at any of the other hosteling organizations.
      • These hostels tend to be better than most hostels.

Doune Castle

Basic Information




  • £6
  • Free for Scottish Heritage Members
    • Entrance come with a complimantary audio guide narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones.


  • 1 April to 30 September: Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5.30pm
  • 1 October to 31 March: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm




Inchmahome Priory

Basic Information



  • £7.50
  • Free for Scottish Heritage Members
    • The boat ride over is included in admission


  • 1 April to 30 September: Monday to Sunday, 10am (first outward sailing) to 4.15pm (last outward sailing)
  • 1 October to 31 October: Monday to Sunday, 10am (first outward sailing) to 3.15pm (last outward sailing)
  • 1 November to 31 March: Closed



  • Mary Queen of Scots, stayed here once, but where has she not stayed?
    • This lady seemed to have wondered around Scotland like a homeless monarch.

Huntingtower Castle

Basic Information



  • £5
  • Free for Scottish Heritage Members


  • 1 April to 30 September: Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5.30pm
  • 1 to 31 October: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
  • 1 November to 31 March: Daily except Thursday and Friday, 10am to 4pm


  • Enjoy some dressing up in period clothes in the gift shop.
  • There is a legend of a girl who leaped from one of the castle’s tower to the other so her mother wouldn’t find her with her lover.
    • If you she her ghost, misfortune will come to you.
  • St Conval’s Well, which is beside the road below the castle, has water with healing power, according to legend.
    • You must collect the water in complete silence and leave a little token or charm behind.
  • The parking lot is for small cars only.

Stanley Mills

Basic Information



  • Adult £6
  • Free for Scottish Heritage Members


  • 1 April to 30 September: Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5.30pm
  • 1 to 31 October: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
  • 1 November to 31 March: Closed



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