Midhope Castle *
Region: Lothian & Scottish Borders
With the increased popularity of the TV series Outlander the Estate is experiencing increased interest in Midhope Castle which is located on a private area near Abercorn. The castle, known fictionally as ‘Lallybroch’, is used as an exterior film location.
The first reference to the castle dates from 1592 when it belonged to the Drummond family. Just a few decades later, the five-storey tower became the property of the Livingstones. George Livingstone, the 3rd Earl of Linlithgow, was responsible for many of the architectural changes that give the castle its unique shape today.
The Earldom of Hopetoun took over ownership in the 17th century and the castle remains in the family’s hands today. However, staying in a castle like Midhope lost its appeal to the nobility in favour of the far grander Hopetoun House on the same estate. Despite this, the castle remained inhabited until the mid-19th century, used as accommodation by farmworkers.
By the early 20th century, the castle had fallen into disrepair. Restoration work has taken place on the roofs and outside walls, but the interiors lie derelict and are closed to visitors.
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