Midhope Castle, West Lothian
Abercorn, South Queensferry
B Roads off A904 & M9
Midhope Castle is an extensive five storey 16th century tower house with vaulted basement and wonderful bartizans on its corners.
There is stone inscribed "AD 1582 MB" commemorating Alexander and his wife Marjory Bruce.
Today the castle is better known as the fictional "Lallybroch" castle from the TV series Outlander. As a result, the estate experiences increased interest in thecastle which is located on a private area of the Estate near Abercorn. The castle grounds are open to the public with the provision of a small car park for a small fee. Unfortunately, the inside of the castle is not deemed safe enough to explore.
~ History ~
1478 ~ The Martin family own the estate and castle of Midhope.
1487 ~ Alexander Drummond remodels the tower.
1592 ~ Lord James Lindsay receives a ratification for the lands and castle. The castle belonging to the Drummond family.
1619 ~ Sir Robert Drummond becomes laird and marries a Hamilton heiress.
1664 ~ The castle passes to the Livingstone's.
1678 ~ The castle is remodelled by their new owners the Hope family.
1710 ~ Midhope Castle is described as ‘a fine towerhouse with excellent gardens, one of the seats of the Earls of Hopetoun’.
1850's ~ The castle is used to house 53 farm workers after the building of nearby Hopetoun House, but it is later abandoned.