Midhope Castle is a 15th-century tower house based on the Hopetoun Estate, home to the Earl of Linlithgow and situated near Linlithgow Palace. The derelict chateau that stands here represents a much-altered 5-storey, oblong tower house.
During the 16th century, the castle belonged to Alexander Drummond of Midhope who was the brother of Robert Drummond of Carnock, Master of Work to the Crown of Scotland. A stone inscribed “AD 1582 MB” commemorates Alexander and his wife Marjory Bruce.
The popularity of the Outlander TV series has in brought new interest to Midhope Castle which is the location for Lallybroch, the family home of character Jamie Fraser. The castle, named ‘Lallybroch’ in the series is used as an exterior film location during both Season 1 and 2.
Whilst the exterior of the castle is in fairly good condition, the interior is derelict and there is no access to the public. There are windows which have been covered in a transparent covering although it is very difficult to see inside. A painted ceiling from the tower survives and is stored at the Historic Scotland archive in Edinburgh. It features cinquefoil motifs and was decorated to commemorate the marriage of Sir Robert Drummond and a Hamilton Heiress.
Midhope is accessed through narrow farm lanes and is sometimes closed for harvest or other estate activity. A large dovecot sits about 140 metres to the southeast, likely built in the 17th century when such structures were seen to be a sign of prosperity.
A permit must be acquired before visiting Midhope Castle which is organised by your guide.