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Where was ‘The Traitors’ filmed?

Here’s how you can visit the Scottish castle that stars in the BBC show

Written by
Faima Bakar

The UK version of The Traitors became a bit of an overnight sensation over the Christmas period. And now here comes the US version hosted by legendary Scottish actor Alan Cumming, which is streaming on BBC iPlayer now.

The game of skill and deception – where the winner gets up to £120,000 (or $250,000 in the US version) – is based on Dutch series De Verraders. It essentially involves 22 strangers having to work out who among them was named a ‘traitor’ at the very start of the show.

But it’s not just the game gripping viewers, but the stunning location too. Here’s what to know about where the series were filmed.

Where is ‘The Traitors’ filmed?

The Traitors is filmed in the nineteenth-century Ardross Castle, 25 miles north of Inverness in Scotland.

The castle is in the Scottish Baronial style and set within beautiful formal gardens. It’s surrounded by more than 100 acres of parkland on the banks of the River Alness.

Can you visit the castle?

If you’re watching the show and want to give the castle a visit, the good news is you can, as it’s available for hire. However, this is only for parties and corporate events, with individual visits not allowed.

If your workplace wants to hire it out for team-building, Ardross Castle also offers group activities including bike riding and guided walks.

Who lived at Ardross Castle?

In 1937, Austin Mardon purchased Ardross Castle, Lealty Farm and more than 80 acres of land. He lived there until 1983, when the estate was sold.

In 1983, the McTaggart family (who are the current owners) acquired the estate and began to restore the gardens. The castle and estate properties have been extensively renovated.

What’s ‘The Traitors’ about?

The game features 22 contestants, who firstly find out their fate: whether they are playing as a ‘Faithful’ or as a ‘Traitor’. The role of the Faithfuls is to identify the Traitors in the group and banish them all before the game ends.

The Traitors meet in secret and have the opportunity to choose a Faithful they wish to ‘murder’ in each episode, eliminating them from the series. 

The contestants also carry out a series of missions to raise money for the prize pot – up to a total of £120,000 (or $250,000).

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