Outlander, a drama based in Scotland during the Jacobite risings has won the hearts of people worldwide. The romance of Clare and Jamie, the incredible Scottish scenery. A series of books written by Diana Gabaldon they have introduced a new wave of people to Scotland and Scottish history. Here we’ll look at the places, people and history in Outlander and we are also privileged to only online UK retailer selling the official Outlander products. Please take a look at our Outlander products >
Outlander Film Locations in Scotland
1. Doune Castle
Doune Castle, which stands in for Castle Leoch plays a leading role in the show. Home to Column MacKenzie and his clan in the 18th century episodes. It also features in the 20th century episode where Clare and Frank visit the castle in ruins on a day trip. Once a royal residence, Doune Castle – although now in a ruined state – is still full of character. find out more about Doune Castle >
2. Kinloch Rannoch
Dunalastair Estate near Kinloch Rannoch, in Perthshire, provides the famous backdrop to Clare’s mysterious disappearance through the standing stones. Even though you won’t find the Craigh na Dun stone circle there, you can still admire the area’s awe-inspiring mountain scenery which features in the background of the scene.
The rustic town of Culross in Fife is a unique example of what Scotland would have looked like during the 17th and 18th centuries. It saw its Mercat area transformed into the fictional village of Cranesmuir – the home of Geillis Duncan and her husband Arthur. A stroll along the town’s charming cobbled alleyways is about as close to stepping back in time to the 18th century as you can get. Find out more about Culross >
4. Tulloch Ghru
The hilly and wooded area of Tulloch Ghru hosts several key scenes from the series, including the journey Claire takes with Jamie and the Highlanders from Craigh na Dun to Castle Leoch, as well as featuring in the opening credits.
Home to Mrs Baird’s Guesthouse in the Covenanter Hotel as well as the Bruce Fountain that all plays a large part in the TV series, where Frank witnesses the ghost of Jamie looking up at Claire in the first episode. Campbell’s Coffee Shop is just across the road and further down the street is Fayre Earth Gift Shop which stood in for Farrell’s Hardware and Furniture Store where Clare stops to look at the window stocked with authentic period merchandise. Find out more about Falkland >
6. Glencorse Old Kirk
The charming Glendora Old Kirk near Edinburgh, nestled in the grounds of the Glencoe House in the foothills of the picturesque Peatland Hills, is where Claire and Jamie tie the knot. Glencorse church was built 1665, and was developed from an originally rectangular plan, the N and S aisles being added in 1699. There is a later tower with a timber spire, but the building is now roofless, having been superseded in the late 19th century by a much larger church.
7. Highland Folk Museum
Replicas of 18th century turf-roofed Highland crofts at the Highland Folk Museum Newtonmore made the ideal choice for period scenes, including in and around the MacKenzie village. They also provide the background for the scene where Claire, Jamie and his clansmen shelter in the first episode, and later when Dougal collects the rent.
8. Bo’ness & Kintail Railway
The Bo’ness & Kintail Railway in West Lothian was transformed to double as a wartime London railway station where Claire and Frank say their goodbyes.
9. Aberdour Castle
The delightful 12th century Aberdour Castle doubles as Sainte Anne de Beaupré monetary in France where Jamie flees to; the castle’s Old Kitchen and Long Gallery were used for filming. find out more about Aberdour Castle >
10. Hopetoun House
The splendid Hopetoun House, situated in South Queensferry on the outskirts of Edinburgh, doubles as the stately home of the Duke of Sandringham. It’s considerably superior in real life to how it appear in the TV show as some of its wings were digitally erased. find out more about Hopetoun House >
11. Linlithgow Palace
The majestic ruins of Linlithgow Palace, once a favoured royal residence of the Stewart kings and queen and the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, stands in for the prison entrance and corridors in the scene where Jamie is imprisoned. find out more about Linlithgow Palace >
12. Blackness Castle
Standing looking out over the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh is impressive Blackness Castle. This 15th century fortress provides the setting for the Fort Williams headquarters of Black Jack Randall as well as featuring in the heart-wrenching scene of Jamie’s incarceration. find out more about Blackness Castle >
13. George Square Glasgow
The historic George Square in Glasgow was turned into a 1940s set to film Frank’s spontaneous proposal to Claire.
This quaint seaside town of Troon in Ayrshire is the setting for the scene where Claire, Jamie and Mutach arrive at the coast and board a 17th century ship to deliver Jamie to the Abbey of Sainte Anne de Beaupré in France.
15. Preston Mill
In the village of East Linton is the picturesque Preston Mill – one of the oldest, working, water-driven meal mills in Scotland. It provided the backdrop for a number of scenes in the 1940s.
16. Pollok Country Park
It is at the Pollok Country Park where Claire searches for medicines and herbs to treat the ill in the show. It also doubles as the grounds surrounding the fictional Castle Leoch.
17. Balgonie Castle
The large courtyard and Lundie Hall were the venue for episode 15. This was ‘MacRannock’s’ home.
18. Midhope House (Lallybroch)
Lallybroch, also known as Broch Tuarach, is Jamie’s fictional home in the series. In real life it’s a part-ruined 16th-century tower house near Edinburgh. If you do visit, please don’t go inside; the interior is derelict and not entirely safe. Just admire it from a distance.
19. The Devil’s Pulpit (Finnich Glen)
The truth forcing spring scenes in episode 6 of Outlander were filmed at Finnich Glen, also known as The Devil’s Pulpit, a very narrow 100ft deep gorge hidden away in trees next to the A809 approx 4 miles south of Drymen and a mile west of Killearn.
20. Tibbermore Church
THE church near Perth in Scotland was used to film the witch trials in Outlander – and it was the perfect backdrop.
21. Culross West Church
Culross West Church doubles as the dreaded Cranesmuir Black Kirk, where children dare themselves to venture, and some come out poisoned. Claire, of course, wishes to check it out too, finding the culprit plants almost immediately. The ruined old parish church of Culross was built circa 1500-1560. It didn’t have a very long tenancy as the village’s spiritual center, as an Act of Parliament switched those duties over to the Abbey Parish Church in 1633. Nevertheless, people continued to be buried in its hallowed grounds right up until the 18th and 19th centuries.
Outlander action is all leading up to the bloody Battle of Culloden in 1746. More than 1,200 men were killed in the defeat of the Jacobite clans. Whet Claire’s knowledge of the outcome will keep her beloved Jamie out of the fight remains to be seen. find out more about The Battle of Culloden >
23. Rannoch Moor
Rannoch Moor in Perthshire is a 130km squared area of flat marshland west of Loch Rannoch which features in the Outlander series as the place where the lead character finds the standing stones which transport her back in time. This essential part of the series is filmed exclusively on the Rannoch Moor, with the smoothness of the landscape contributing well to the eerie atmosphere created by the show’s producers. The landscape is dominated on all sides of the boggy moor by towering Munros of over 3000ft, while the moor itself creates a deep contrast to this.