As the new season approaches, we take a look back at some of the iconic Outlander filming locations in Scotland.
In the village of Doune near Stirling sits the medieval Doune Castle, the setting for the fictional Castle Leoch, home to Jamie’s uncle Colum MacKenzie and his clan. Built for the Regent Albany, it contains one of the best preserved great halls in Scotland. You might also recognize Doune Castle from Monty Python and the Holy Grail!
Driving through the Scottish Highlands is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the world of Jamie and Claire. Home to endless emerald green countryside and jagged mountain peaks, the Highlands are as Scottish as it gets! From Glencoe to Kinloch Rannoch, leave plenty of time to discover this historic region where Jamie lives.
The town of Falkland in Fife stands in as Inverness in Seasons 1 and 2. Just north of Edinburgh, you’ll notice several filming locations within the picturesque town, including Cambell’s Coffee Shop, Covenanter Hotel (Mrs. Baird’s Guesthouse), the Bruce Fountain where the ghost of Jamie looks up at Claire’s room and Fayre Earth Gift Shop, which doubles as Farrell’s Hardware and Furniture Store.
Culloden Battlefield is where Jamie and Claire say goodbye, but it’s also one of the most historically important places in Scotland where the 1745 Jacobite Rising came to a tragic end. Learn more about Scotland’s turbulent history at Glenfinnan Monument, which honors those who fought in the Jacobite Risings.
Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway
Embark on your very own romantic train journey at Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway in West Lothian. This heritage railway dating back to the 19th century was transformed into a wartime London railway station where Claire and Frank say their goodbyes. Explore Scotland’s largest railway museum and board a preserved vintage steam train or diesel-hauled train!
Scotland’s largest city has been featured several times in Outlander, most notably Glasgow Cathedral – used in Season 2 as the inside of the L’Hopital des Anges – and George Square, where Frank proposed to Claire in Season 1. Other notable filming locations include Pollok Country Park, Kelvingrove Park and Glasgow University (the latter two which filled in for Boston).
See where Dougal took Claire to test her trustworthiness at the Devil’s Pulpit, also known as Finnich Glen, located just outside of Glasgow. Known as Liar’s Spring in the series, the 100-foot deep gorge is a mystical place where, according to Scottish legend, the Devil addressed his followers. You’ll need good walking shoes to walk down the steps to the gorge, but the reward is well worth the effort.
Drummond Castle Gardens
Pretend you’re attending a party at the Drummond Castle Gardens, which stood in for Versailles in Season 2. While the castle itself isn’t open to the public, you can stroll the perfectly manicured formal gardens like Claire and Jamie.
Royal Burgh of Culross
The picturesque village of Culross has barely changed since the 17th and 18th centuries, making it the perfect place to double as Cranesmuir, home of Claire’s friend Geillis Duncan. Managed by the National Trust, Culross is a fairytale mix of quiet cobbled streets, ochre-hued cottages, a palace and beautiful gardens.
Used as the setting for Black Jack Randall’s Fort William headquarters and Jamie’s incarceration, Blackness Castle is a 15th-century fortress on the shore of the Firth of Forth. Because of its massive stone ship appearance, Blackness Castle is often referred to as “the ship that never sailed.”
Highland Folk Museum
You’ll recognize this open-air museum location from season 1 episode 5, “Rent”. Claire and Jamie visited here accompanied by Dougal and co. when they were sent by Colum to collect taxes for Clan Mackenzie. Buildings that you may remember include the authentically built (using 18th century methods) and furnished homes, the buildings where Claire helps the village women to dye cloth with urine, and the blacksmiths shop. the open-air museum was used as a filming location.
Bonus: Midhope Castle
Located on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Midhope Castle is a 16th-century castle that is Lallybroch, Jamie’s family home. While visitors cannot enter inside the derelict castle, you can admire it from the outside.
Follow in the Footsteps of Jamie and Claire
If you have found yourself swept away to Claire and Jamie’s world, then this Outlander-inspired vacation is for you! Spend three nights in Edinburgh, then embark on a guided tour where you’ll visit the filming locations of this spell-binding show.