Hermitage Castle, Newcastleton, Scotland
Hermitage Castle
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'Clan' is set primarily around Hermitage Castle near the town of Newcastleton in the Scottish Borders. Built originally by the de Soulis family, it once guarded what was known as "the bloodiest valley in Britain" and was the home of the evil William de Soulis who is the main protagonist in the story. It sits close to the once disputed border between Scotland and England on the edge of what was once known as "The debatable lands."

Newcastleton Cemetery
Cemetery Newcastleton
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The Cemetery where Elliot meets the Red Cap and a Bauguest

The Grapes Hotel, Newcastleton
The Grapes Hotel
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This is inside The Grapes Hotel where most of the meetings with Thomas Truman took place.

The Cottage
The Cottage
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This is the Cottage near Hermitage where the family stayed where Elliot first saw the Red Cap and the slaughtered sheep.