Outlander has become a true phenomenon. Diana Gabaldon’s hugely successful book series and the global smash-hit TV series on which it is based have won legions of fans in all four corners of the world. The show, which follows the adventures of time-travelling heroine Claire and her Jacobite love-interest Jamie, films at locations dotted across Scotland and many have become places of pilgrimage for fans of the show, eager to follow in the footsteps of their favourite characters. These are just some of the best locations in which to recreate your favourite scene.
1. Doune Castle
This impressive 13th century castle, which will be familiar to fans of the series as Castle Leoch, has a long history of roles in TV and film. As well as playing a major part in Outlander it has also been used as a setting for Winterfell in Game of Thrones and was in many scenes in the classic Monty Python film - Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Indeed, you’re as likely to find scripts for that movie as you are Outlander memorabilia in the gift shop. So, when you’re visiting don’t be surprised to hear the occasional click-clack of coconut halves being tapped together by Python fans - the gift shop actually has coconut halves stashed behind the counter for just that purpose.
Address: Castle Hill, Doune, Perthshire, FK16 6EA
Price: Adult 6 GBP (8.50 USD); Children 3.60 GBP (5.10 USD); Under fives go free; Concessions 4.80 GBP (6.80 USD).
Opening Hours: 9.30am to 5.30pm, daily (April 1st to September 30th); 10am to 4pm at other times.
Contact: +44 1786 841 742
Heavily featured in the show’s opening credits, this iconic location is world-famous for its beauty, imposing mountains and bloody history. The area is massively popular with walkers and is also home to a winter ski resort. Its traumatic past has also long held a bleak fascination - the infamous Glencoe Massacre of 1692 saw 38 members of Clan MacDonald murdered by government forces. Dozens of women and children later perished from exposure after their homes were burned.
Address: Glencoe Mountain, Kingshouse, Glencoe, PH49 4HZ
Contact: +44 1855 851 226 or email [email protected]
Website: Glencoe Mountain
These two locations are far apart but one thing connects them - the magical stones of Craigh na Dun. These standing stones, which transport Claire back in time, don’t actually exist. However, the location in which they were filmed in the series exists around the Kinloch Rannoch area. And, if you wish to re-enact your own travel back through time then head for the Clava Cairns on the outskirts of Inverness. These cairns and their standing stones are believed to have been the inspiration behind the stone circle which plays such a pivotal role in the books and show.
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4. Blackness Castle
This 15th century fortification, which sits on the shore of the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh, was used as the setting for Black Jack Randall’s headquarters. It has had many roles down the centuries - including three separate spells as a prison and as a 19th century ammunition depot - and featured in several pivotal moments in history. These included a siege during the Marian civil war following the abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots. Today it is open to the public.
Address: Blackness Castle, Blackness, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7NH
Price: Adults 6 GBP (8.50 USD); Children 3.60 GBP (5.10 USD); under fives go free; Concessions 4.80 GBP (6.80 USD).
Opening Hours: Vary. Check website.
Contact: +44 1506 834 807
Website: Blackness Castle
5. Falkland, Fife
This picturesque village in Fife doubles as Inverness in the show. It is also home to the impressive Falkland Palace, which has also appeared in the series. This striking building was constructed in the early 1500s by Kings James IV and V as a Renaissance palace and is home to a near 500 year old real tennis court - the oldest in Britain. The palace was partially destroyed in a fire while occupied by troops loyal to Oliver Cromwell during his invasion of Scotland but was restored in the late 19th century by the Marquis of Bute.
Address: Falkland Palace and Garden, Falkland, Fife, KY15 7BY
Price: Adults 12.50 GBP (17.71 USD); Families 29.50 GBP (41.80 USD); Concessions 9 GBP (12.75 USD)
Opening Hours: Vary. Check website.
Contact: +44 1337 857397 or email [email protected]
Website: Falkland Palace
This former royal burgh’s many period buildings and Mercat Cross are the most complete examples of a 17th and 18th century Scottish town, making it an ideal filming location for Outlander. The National Trust for Scotland, recognising its architectural importance, has been involved in preservation work at sites around the village for eight decades. Among the notable buildings are Culross Town House, Culross Abbey, and the 16th century Culross Palace.
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7. Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore
This 80-acre (32.4 hectare) living museum is located near Newtonmore in the heart of the Cairngorms and is dedicated to the history of the people of Scotland. One of its main attractions is Baile Gean, a reconstruction of an 18th century Highland crofting community, and it is these evocative turf-roofed buildings which will be familiar to Outlander fans. The museum is also known for its live actors - you’ll feel like you’ve followed Claire back in time.
Highland Folk Museum
Address: Highland Folk Museum, Kingussie Road, Newtonmore, PH20 1AY
Opening Hours: 10.30am to 5.30pm daily, April 5 to August; 11am to 4.30pm daily, September and October. Closed over winter.
Contact: +44 1540 673551 or email [email protected]
8. Preston Mill in East Linton
One of the oldest water-driven meal mills still working in Scotland, there has been a mill on this site for five centuries and it was still in commercial use as recently as 1959. In recognition of its importance, it is now a category A-listed building and its striking silhouette is beloved by Outlander camera crews and amateur photographers alike. Those who visit can tour the site and see its machinery in operation as well as learn more about milling.
Address: Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot, East Linton, East Lothian, EH40 3DS
Price: Adults 6.50 GBP (9.21 USD); Families 16.50 GBP (23.38 USD); Concessions 5 GBP (7.09 USD).
Opening Hours: Vary. Check website. Advance booking for tours advised.
Contact: +44 1620 860426
Website: Preston Mill
9. Drummond Castle Gardens
This castle in Highland Perthshire is still a private home, but the gardens are open to visitors - and it is these that dedicated Outlander fans will wish to check out. The beautiful formal gardens are a popular attraction in and of themselves, but fans of the show will also recognise them as the grounds of the Palace of Versailles.
Drummond Castle Gardens
Address: Drummond Gardens, Muthill, Crieff, PH7 4HN
Price: Adults 6 GBP (8.50 USD); Children 2 GBP (2.83 USD); Families 14 GBP (19.84 USD).
Opening Hours: Vary. Check website.
Contact: +44 1764 681433
Website: Drummond Castle Gardens
10. Rothiemurchus Forest near Aviemore
These woods are a great retreat for those wishing to experience a Highland landscape, and have provided the backdrop to some of Outlander’s exterior shots - including the moment that Claire and Jamie first meet. The forest, which is close to Aviemore and the Cairngorm ski resort, is great walking country - from challenging mountain hikes up the Lairig Ghru to beautiful low level walks around Loch an Eilean - with its island castle ruin.
Address: Rothiemurchus Centre, Rothiemurchus, Inverdruie, Aviemore, PH22 1QH
Contact: +44 1479 812345 or email [email protected]
Website: Rothiemurchus Centre
11. Hopetoun House
Located in South Queensferry this building has featured as a number of locations - the Duke of Sandringham’s home, a backdrop to the streets of Paris and as the spare room in Claire and Jamie’s apartment in the French capital. This grand building’s position overlooking the Firth of Forth also ensures lovely sea views - indeed a coastal walk from Cramond on the outskirts of Edinburgh towards South Queensferry runs through this building’s grounds and is highly recommended.
Address: Hopetoun House, South Queensferry, Edinburgh, EH30 9SL
Price: Adults 9.85 GBP (13.96 USD); Children 5.45 GBP (7.72 USD); Pensioners/students 8.60 GBP (12.19 USD); Families 27 GBP (38.26 USD); Disabled 5.45 GBP (7.72 USD)
Contact: +44 131 331 2451 or email [email protected]
Website: Hopetoun House
12. Anstruther, Fife
Sticking with the coastal setting, fans may wish to visit this Fife harbour, which is home to The Reaper - a restored two-masted ship that featured in the show when Jamie and Claire escaped to France. The harbour is also home to the Scottish Fisheries Museum, which although not connected to the show, will provide a fascinating glimpse into the history of fishing through the ages.
Scottish Fisheries Museum
Address: The Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust, Harbourhead, Anstruther, Fife, KY10 3AB
Price: Adults 9 GBP (12.75 USD); Concessions 7 GBP (9.92 USD); Children (up to 16 years) go free
Opening Hours: Vary. Check website.
Contact: +44 1333 310628 or [email protected]
Website: Scottish Fisheries Museum
13. Culloden Battlefield
The actual battlefield near Inverness was not used for filming - it’s a war grave. However, the climactic battle is so important to the show, and indeed, Scottish history, that it has become a must-see destination for TV fans and history enthusiasts alike. The battlefield features a purpose-built visitor centre and museum which charts the various Jacobite rebellions and gives a blow by blow account of the battle itself. The wider battlefield is still home to the graves of the fighters who died - marked by clan grave stones - and a large memorial cairn.
Culloden Battlefield visitor centre
Address: Culloden Battlefield, Culloden Moor, Inverness, IV2 5EU
Price: Battlefield access free. Visitor Centre: Adults 11 GBP (15.59 USD); Concessions 8.50 GBP (12.04 USD); Families 26 GBP (36.84 USD)
Opening Hours: Battlefield open all year. Visitor Centre hours vary. Check website.
Contact: +44 1463 796090 or email [email protected]
Website: Culloden Battlefield
14. Glencorse Old Kirk
Romantics will wish to make a beeline for Glencorse Old Kirk. Located near Edinburgh, it was used for the filming of Jamie and Claire’s marriage ceremony. The site itself, somewhat-fittingly, is a popular wedding venue, so anyone hoping to visit should check with the kirk’s owners before popping by as it is likely to be off limits during any services.
Glencorse Old Kirk
Address: Glencorse House, Milton Bridge, Nr. Edinburgh, EH26 0NZ
Contact: +44 1968 676 406 or email [email protected]
Website: Glencorse House
Time to get exploring
Outlander fans hoping to follow in the footsteps of their favourite characters are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to visiting filming locations. These are just some of the popular choices but there are even more out there and, with more episodes on the way, who knows what other fantastic sites will soon join the list.
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