An Outlander fan’s guide to Scotland: 10 filming locations to visit
The TV series Outlander was adapted from a series of novels written by Diana Gabaldon
Popular TV series Outlander made use of several beautiful locations across Scotland, standing in for Claire and Jamie’s fantastical world. From spectacular castles to historic churches and mysterious woodland, any Outlander fan will enjoy a visit to these stunning spots. Outlander tours
Midhope Castle, South Queensferry
This small castle doubles as Jamie’s home, Lallybroch, in the television series. In reality, it is Midhope Castle, a 16th century tower house near South Queensferry, on the outskirts of Edinburgh. However, it is now derelict and not safe to enter. We recommend you admire the exterior from afar.
Doune Castle, Perthshire
Doune Castle near Stirling, Scotland is a medieval courtyard fortress (Photo: Shutterstock) In the Outlander universe, Jamie’s uncle, Colum Mackenzie, calls this castle home. Fans of the programme will know it as Castle Leoch, but it is really Doune Castle, near Stirling. In reality, this is a 14th century courtyard castle, with a 100 foot high gatehouse and one of the best preserved great halls in Scotland.
Aberdour Castle, Fife
The ruins of Aberdour Castle in Fife . Aberdour Castle is portrayed as a monastery in Outlander, and its hall house is possibly Scotland’s oldest standing castle. The structure was built in the 1100s and was home to three generations of noble families. In the east range, you can find a rare painted ceiling from the 1600s.
Hopetoun House, Queensferry
Hopetoun House, (a stately home near Edinburgh) stands in for the residence of the fictional Duke of Sandringham. Simon Callow plays the Duke, but the real owner of the house is Adrian John Charles Hope, Marquess of Linlithgow. The grand house was built between 1699 and 1701 and was designed by Sir William Bruce, then extended by William Adam from 1721. William Adam also designed the English garden-style landscape park that surrounds the building. Glencorse Old Kirk, Midlothian Fans will remember that Claire and Jamie got married at this tiny Midlothian church, which was built in the 17th century. The author of Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson, worshipped here, and even wrote about the kirk and its surroundings. “If my spirit returns to earth it will be found wandering through Glencorse Woods or sitting on the old bridge at Glencorse Kirk, the finest spot on earth,” he said.
The Royal Burgh of Culross in Fife . The National Trust manages this time capsule of a town, which stands in for the fictional village of Cranesmuir, home to Claire’s friend, Geillis Duncan. Culross is Scotland’s most complete example of a 17th century burgh, with a reconstructed period garden at its centre. Culross Palace is also worth a visit, with its meticulously restored 17th century interiors.
George Square and Pollok Country Park, Glasgow
Pollok Country Park in Glasgow In one of Outlander’s scenes set in the 1940s, George Square in Glasgow serves as the location where Frank proposes to Claire. Pollok Country Park is another Outlander location, which doubles for a Highland field in which Claire gathers healing herbs.
Blackness Castle, West Lothian
Blackness Castle is a boat shaped fortress which sticks out into the Firth of Forth near Bo’ness . Blackness Castle on the Firth is used for ‘Black Jack’ Randall’s Fort William base in Outlander. The castle was originally built in the 15th century and strengthened in the 16th century as an artillery fortress. Unusually, the castle is shaped like a boat, which is how it earned its nickname – ‘the ship that never sailed’.
Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore
Traditional building of turf and thatch, at The Highland Folk Museum . This Newtonmore museum has six replica Highland crofts, exactly like those in which tenant farmers would have lived in the 18th century. The crofts feature prominently in the scenes of Outlander set during this era. As well as the 18th century crofts, the museum also has a working 1930s croft.
Linlithgow Palace, West Lothian
Linlithgow Palace and St Michael’s Church Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, stands in for the fictional Wentworth prison in one of Outlander’s episodes. The real palace was one of the Stuart family’s main royal residences in the 15th and 16th centuries, having previously been the site of a manor house.
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