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Outlander filming locations in Scotland


The popular Outlander TV series and books are set mainly in Scotland, and many of the Outlander filming locations are also real-life places you can visit on a trip to Scotland.

A visit to these filming locations is often a must for fans of the TV series, where they can see the locations that brought the series to life.

In this guide, we’re going to share with you all our favourite Outlander filming locations in Scotland that you can visit for yourself. It’s based on our own explorations in Scotland since we lived there, as well as a specific tour of the Outlander locations we did.

If you’re an Outlander fan and you’re traveling with friends or family who haven’t seen the series, we recommend taking them on your Outlander adventure. You definitely don’t need to be a fan of the TV series or have seen many episodes to enjoy visiting the locations, as many of them are interesting and picturesque. After all, that’s often why they were chosen to appear in the series!

Most of the Outlander filming locations can easily be visited on a day trip from Edinburgh or Glasgow, although it would take more than a day to visit them all. However, the best option is to stay in Edinburgh or Glasgow, as you will be able to access most of the filming locations quite easily.

In this guide I’m going to go through all of our favourite Outlander filming locations in Scotland, and provide you with all the information you need to visit them yourself. Please note that this will contain spoilers for all seasons of the series to date, as I describe the scenes and events that occur at each location.

Let’s get started!

Where is Outlander filmed?

Outlander is filmed mainly in Scotland. Much of the filming takes place at Wardpark Studios near Glasgow. However, some scenes have been shot in locations all over the country. Even scenes set outside Scotland, such as those in North Carolina (USA) and France, were also shot in Scotland.

Although almost all of Outlander has been filmed in Scotland, some filming locations outside Scotland have been used, such as Prague (Czech Republic) and Cape Town (South Africa).

During the early seasons of the series, many well-known and publicly accessible locations in Scotland were used.

However, as the series became more popular, the studio had to move to filming more in the studio, on private estates and at locations further away from the usual filming locations, to avoid all the fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the stars. That’s why you’ll find more locations from the early seasons of the series in this guide.

In addition to using our travel guide to Outlander filming locations, we can also recommend purchasing the official companion books to Outlander, available here for seasons 1 and 2, and here for seasons 3 and 4. They have hundreds of photos from the sets, information from cast and crew about the filming process and locations, and much more to get you in the mood to visit the real Outlander locations!

Callanish Standing stones
Callanish standing stones circle – believed to be the inspiration for Outlander’s Craigh na Dun standing stones circle.

40+ Outlander filming locations in Scotland.

There are a whole host of locations where Outlander was filmed in Scotland. Here are some of our favourite locations.

They’re not in any strict order: we’ve grouped some that are easier to visit together, and tried to list some of the most iconic places first. However, everyone has their own idea of what the best places in Outlander are, so you can pick and choose which ones you want to visit, of course.

Kinloch Rannoch – Craigh Na Dun

One of Outlander’s most famous moments is when Claire travels back in time in the stone circle of Craigh na Dun.

Fans visiting Scotland always want to know how to visit Outlander’s standing stones. Unfortunately, you can’t visit them because they don’t exist. The circle of stones in the series was created from Styrofoam and the set was built on private land near the village of Kinloch Rannoch.

The good news is that it is of course possible to visit Kinloch Rannoch, as the surrounding landscape, as seen in the series, is very real. Loch Rannoch, in particular, is gorgeous, and there is beautiful Highland scenery in the area.

If you prefer to see some standing stones, you have plenty of options in Scotland. Firstly, the stone circle that is thought to have inspired the look of the Craigh na Dun stones is the 5,000-year-old Callanish stone circle on the Isle of Lewis & Harris.

Another popular choice is the Clava Cairns, near Inverness, where there is a split stone similar to the one in the show.

Clava Cairns standing stone outlander

As for visiting, the village of Kinloch Rannoch is on the shores of Loch Rannoch. It is about two hours drive from Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness. It is not on any public transport routes, so you will need to have your own vehicle to visit.

Clava Cairns is much easier to visit, being just a few miles from Inverness. Several tours include the Clava Cairns on their day trips from Inverness.

To see the standing stones at Callanish you will need to visit Lewis & Harris, either with your own vehicle or on an excursion such as this one.

Cairns Nail

Doune Castle – Leoch Castle

Doune Castle, located just outside the village of Doune, is a 15th-century medieval fortress about an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Doune Castle appears as Castle Leoch, the home of the Mackenzie family, in the first season of Outlander. Both the exteriors and interiors of the castle were used for several scenes and a small village was built opposite the castle entrance to appear in the series.

It should be noted that the Clan MacKenzie exists in real life, and their family home is in Castle Leod. It is located about 14 miles northwest of Inverness. Although it served as the inspiration for Castle Leoch in the Outlander novels, it was not chosen as a filming location. However, many fans still look forward to visiting Castle Leod. You can see more information about Castle Leod in my section on Outlander-related locations later in this guide.

Doune Castle is no stranger to the big screen. Before Outlander, it was well known for being the filming location of the Monty Python and Holy Grail. The TV series Game of Thrones also filmed its first scenes here, with the castle standing in for Winterfell.

Doune Castle is open to visitors and, when you visit, you can learn about the filming of Outlander and Monty Python. It is run by Historic Scotland, and there is a charge to visit. It is free for Historic Scotland members and English Heritage members.

You can also get a Historic Scotland Explorer pass which gives you access to a number of attractions for a period of time. It’s worth getting if you plan to visit some of the other Historic Scotland attractions on our list, or in Scotland in general.

Doune Castle is a popular attraction in Scotland, and is included on several tours from Edinburgh, such as this one and this one. You can also visit it on a tour from Glasgow like this one.

Of course, if you have your own transport, you can also visit Doune Castle by car. There is also a public bus from Stirling to Doune, and Stirling can be reached by train from places all over Scotland. You can check train timetables and book tickets here, and you can get general information about public transport in Scotland from the Traveline Scotland website here.

Outlander filming location - Doune Castle.

Hill of the Row – Fraser’s Ridge

When visiting Doune, you might try looking for the iconic location of Fraser’s Ridge, where Jamie and Claire live in North Carolina. The log cabin they live in is located on Row Hill, a stretch of high ground southeast of Doune.

The exact location of the cabin, which appears from the fourth season of the series, is not publicly known. However, it is believed to be in a wood not far from the David Stirling memorial, if you’re feeling adventurous.

Culloden Battlefield

The battlefield of Culloden, outside Inverness, was the climax of the Jacobite rebellion, upon which the Outlander series largely revolves.

This battlefield saw the Jacobite army defeated by British forces in 1746, with great loss of life, largely on the Jacobite side.

The Battle of Culloden appears in episode 12 of the second season of Outlander. The main filming location for the battle scenes was Cumbernauld Glen, a beautiful ancient woodland that lies between Falkirk and Glasgow. The actual Battle of Culloden is a historical monument with thousands of war graves, so it was not used for the battle scenes in the series.

However, later in episode 12 of the second season, we see Claire in 1960s Scotland visiting the clan Fraser’s memorial tablet at the Battle of Culloden. This was filmed on the actual battlefield, and the Clan Fraser memorial stone can be visited today. There are also memorial stones of many other clans and English fallen on the site.

Culloden battlefield is open to visitors. The site is managed by the National Trust for Scotland, and there is a charge to visit. It is free for National Trust members. Overseas visitors can purchase a National Trust Touring Pass which gives access to over 300 properties across the UK for several days.

You can see details of opening times and prices here.

Culloden battlefield is 5 miles east of Inverness. You can reach it in about 40 minutes by public bus from Inverness, or you can drive yourself in about 15 minutes. You can also visit it on a tour like this one.

Clan Stone Monument

Blackness Castle – Fort William

One of my favorite Outlander filming locations in Scotland is the spectacular Blackness Castle. This 15th century maritime fortress is a 45-minute drive from Edinburgh, and replaced Fort William in Outlander’s first and second seasons.

Specific scenes filmed at Blackness Castle include Jamie being whipped in the courtyard by Black Jack Randall, and Jamie and Claire’s escape later in the season. In the second season, Brianna and Roger visit Fort William, and Blackness Castle once again plays a role.

The castle is quite a work of engineering. It looks very much like a ship, with a high triangular-shaped wall surrounding the imposing central tower.

Blackness Castle is managed by Historic Scotland, and there is a charge to visit. It is free for Historic Scotland and English Heritage members.

Blackness Castle is also visited on a number of day trips, including this visit to Outlander filming locations near Edinburgh.

Blackness Castle can of course be visited by car, and parking is available on site. By public transport, the best option is to take the train to Linlithgow from Edinburgh or Glasgow, and then take a local bus to Blackness.

You can check train timetables and book tickets here, and you can get general information about public transport in Scotland from the Traveline Scotland website.

Outlander filming location - Blackness Castle.

Culross – Cranesmuir

The beautiful village of Culross was used for several scenes in various seasons of Outlander. Fans will probably associate it with the fictional village of Cranesmuir, which appears in the first season of Outlander as the home of Geillis Duncan. Part of the town was painted for the series in more muted shades of grey and brown.

Culross is also home to Culross Palace. It appears in Outlander as Geillis Duncan’s drawing room. The garden at the back of the palace was the herb garden of Castle Leoch, where Claire is seen collecting plants for medicinal use in episode 3 of the first season.

Culross Palace also appeared as a tavern in the second season of the series, and the village reappeared in the fourth season as the location of Balriggan Cottage, Laoghaire’s home.

When you visit Culross, you’ll quickly see why the Outlander team were so keen to use it. The town is one of the best examples of a 17th century burgh (self-governing municipal corporation) surviving today. It was a port town on the Firth of Forth and an important coal and salt trading town.

After the 18th century, the town’s fortunes declined and it became a ghost town. This worked in its favour from a preservation point of view, as many of the buildings survived virtually unchanged to the present day.

Parts of the town, including Culross Palace, are preserved by the National Trust for Scotland. The village itself is free and open to visitors, however Culross Palace has an entrance fee. It is free for National Trust members. Overseas visitors can purchase a National Trust Touring Pass which gives access to over 300 properties across the UK for several days.

You can see details of opening times and prices here.

Culross is a 45-minute drive from Edinburgh, and can also be reached by public transport from Edinburgh in about 90 minutes. It can also be visited as a day trip from Edinburgh on a tour like this one.

Culross Palace GardenOutlander filming location - Culross.

Midhope Castle – Lallybroch

Midhope Castle is a 15th-century tower house on the outskirts of Edinburgh, on the Hopetoun estate. Fans of Outlander will immediately recognise the building as Lallybroch, Jamie Fraser’s family home. It appears mainly in the first two seasons of the series.

The building itself is derelict inside, although the exterior is fairly intact. For the series, only the exteriors were used. It is not possible to enter the castle, and there would not be much to see if you could.

Due to the popularity of the site and its proximity to Edinburgh, the owners of the estate charge a small fee for parking on site. Also, it’s not open all year round; check opening times and prices on the website here.

Access may be closed due to estate works or farming activities, so it is worth checking that it is open to avoid a wasted visit. Tour operators may have access at times when they do not allow regular visits, so taking a tour may be a good way to visit this place.

To visit, you can drive yourself or take a taxi from the city. Another option is to visit as part of an excursion like this one.

Outlander filming location - Midhope Castle.

Hopetoun House – Residence of the Duke of Sandringham

Midhope Castle stands in the grounds of the Hopetoun Estate, which is also home to the spectacular 17th century Hopetoun House. It is one of the most impressive stately homes in Scotland. Of course, it was also a filming location for Outlander, primarily as the residence of the Duke of Sandringham.

In the first season, the Red Room of the house was used as the interior of the Duke’s home. The exteriors were also used, with the Sea Path and the West Lawn as the site of the duel between the Duke and the leader of the McDonald clan. A sword fight from the first season took place on the back steps of the house.

The second season of the series featured several scenes set in Paris. The courtyard behind the Stables Tearoom stood in for a Parisian street for part of this season.

Hopetoun House is open to visitors seasonally, and both the house and grounds can be visited. There is a fee to visit. You will need to have your own transport as there is no easy access by public transport. It is also possible to visit on a day trip from Edinburgh such as this one.

If you have your own vehicle, we recommend that you include Midhope Castle, Blackness Castle, Abercorn Church and Linlithgow Palace in your Outlander itinerary, as they are all close by. Culross is also quite close by.

You can see more information on prices and opening times to plan your visit to Hopetoun House and Estate here.

Abercorn Church – Frank’s Tomb

The small village of Abercorn lies between Hopetoun House and Midhope Castle, and is the site of the 11th century Abercorn Church. It is a very pretty little parish church, where there is also a small museum.

Abercorn Church appeared in the fourth season of the series, as a cemetery in 1960s Boston where Frank is buried. Bree visits his grave to pay her respects in episode 7 of the season, and Abercorn Church was the filming location for the scene.

Abercorn church is free to visit. You will probably need your own car, and we suggest you include the other nearby sites, such as Hopetoun House and Midhope Castle, in your trip.

Linlithgow Palace – Wentworth Prison

The massive 15th century Linlithgow Palace was destroyed by fire in 1746. Today, the ruin remains an impressive structure, with most of the walls surviving (if not the roof).

Linlithgow Palace was used in the first season of Outlander as a filming location for Wentworth Prison. It was here that Jamie was held and mistreated by Captain “Black Jack” Randall.

Linlithgow Palace is located in the town of Linlithgow, about 20 miles west of Edinburgh or 20 miles east of Glasgow. It is easy to reach by public transport, as there is a train station offering access to Edinburgh (about 20 minutes by train) and Glasgow (about 30 minutes by train). You can check train timetables and book tickets here.

Of course, you can also visit Linlithgow on a guided tour of Outlander sites, like this one.

Linlithgow Palace is managed by Historic Scotland, and there is a charge to visit. It is free for Historic Scotland members and English Heritage members.

You can also get the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass, which gives you access to a range of attractions for a set period of time. It’s worth getting if you plan to visit any of the other Historic Scotland attractions on our list, or in Scotland in general.

Outlander filming location – Linlithgow Palace.

Newhailes House – Governor Tryon’s House, North Carolina

Newhailes House is a 17th-century Palladian mansion, located just 6 miles from Edinburgh in Musselburgh. It was used as Governor Tryon’s North Carolina home in the fourth season of the series.

In episode 1 of the fourth season, Jamie converses with the Governor about land grants. The show was filmed in the dining room and library of the Newhailes House, which can be visited (although when we visited, photography of the interior was not allowed).

Newhailes House and Grounds are run by the National Trust for Scotland, and there is a charge to visit. It is free for National Trust members. Overseas visitors can purchase a National Trust Touring Pass which gives access to over 300 properties across the UK for several days.

You can check opening times and prices here.

Newhailes House is easily visited by car from Edinburgh, it’s about 20 minutes drive. You can also take a bus or train from Edinburgh to Musselburgh, and then it’s a short walk to the estate.

Outlander filming location – Newhailes House.

Craigmillar Castle – Ardsmuir Prison

Although many people are familiar with the famous castle in central Edinburgh, there is another castle just outside the city centre – Craigmillar Castle. It is one of the places we recommend for those looking for lesser known things to do in Edinburgh.

Dating back to the late 14th century, Craigmillar Castle is a truly impressive castle to visit. In places, the walls are over three metres thick. Today, much of the castle is in ruins, but the main structure is still evident and it is fun to explore all parts of the castle. Its most famous historical visitor was probably Mary Queen of Scots.

Craigmillar Castle appeared in the third season of Outlander, where it played the role of Ardsmuir’s prison. It was here that Jamie and other Jacobite rebels were imprisoned after the Battle of Culloden. In the series, the castle was located in the Scottish Highlands, but in real life it is located just outside Edinburgh and is easy to visit.

Many parts of the castle appear in the series, such as the inner courtyard, the castle exteriors and some of the interior staircases.

Craigmillar Castle is managed by Historic Scotland and there is a charge to visit. It is free for Historic Scotland members and English Heritage members.

You can also get a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass which gives you access to a range of attractions for a set period of time. It’s worth getting if you plan to visit any of the other Historic Scotland attractions on our list, or in Scotland in general.

You can check prices and opening times on the official website here.

You can easily get to Craigmillar Castle from Edinburgh. It’s about four miles by car, or about 35 minutes by bus to Craigmillar, followed by a short walk.

Outlander filming location - Craigmillar Castle.

Backhouse Close, Edinburgh – A. Malcolm’s Printing House

Edinburgh is well known for its closes or narrow alleys which are generally found along the Royal Mile.

One of these, Backhouse Close, was the location of Alexander Malcolm’s printing press in the fifth episode of the third season. Claire walks through Backhouse Close (renamed Carfax Close in the series) to visit the shop and meet Jamie. Here you’ll see her walk up the outside stairs before entering the shop to meet up.

The inside of the shop was actually a set, so you can’t visit it, but the outside looks very similar to the series, despite being set in the 18th century. Backhouse Close is easy to find, it’s right next to the Museum of Edinburgh.

Backhouse Close was also used for other filming locations for the series, to depict scenes from various Edinburgh streets. One notable scene shot here was when Jamie takes Claire to her less salubrious lodgings (the brothel run by Madame Jeanne).

A brothel, the Cock and Strumpet, actually existed on this street in Edinburgh in what is now Acheson House. This 17th-century building appears as the exterior of Jamie’s lodgings in Outlander.

It’s easy to visit this place yourself, or you can take a guided walking tour of Outlander’s Edinburgh locations like this one.

Outlander filming location – Backhouse Close.

Summerhall, Edinburgh – Conference Room

Summerhall is one of our favourite venues in Edinburgh. It has its own gin distillery, microbrewery and entertainment space, as well as a variety of venues for conferences, entertainment and festival events. It was originally built and used as a teaching college for vets.

One of its rooms is an original lecture theatre which would have been used as a teaching space when Summerhall was a veterinary school. It has distinctive curved wooden seats and was used for teaching anatomy. The design allowed all students to have a good view of the animal dissections.

This is the last surviving room of this type in the UK. It was used for the third season of Outlander, and it was here, in episode 2, that we see Claire begin her medical studies in Boston in the mid-20th century. It is also here that she meets Joe Abernathy for the first time.

Parts of Summerhall are open to the public, though the anatomy lecture hall is not always open. In fact, we attended a lecture here during the Edinburgh Science Festival, and it’s also a popular venue at the Edinburgh Fringe. So if you want the full conference experience (minus the dissection), this is a good way to visit. You can also contact Summerhall directly before your visit and ask if you can visit the hall.

Outlander filming location – Summerhall anatomy lecture hall.

Signet Library – Governor’s Mansion, Jamaica.

One of our favourite places for afternoon tea in Edinburgh is the beautiful Colonnades Restaurant, which is located in the ground floor room of the Signet Library building, just off the Royal Mile.

The room above was the location of filming at the Governor’s Mansion in Jamaica for episode 12 of season three. Jamie and Claire visit the mansion to meet with the Governor, and these scenes were shot in both the downstairs room and the upstairs room of the Signet Library.

For tours, the upstairs rooms are generally off-limits to the public, as they are used as private offices. However, you can visit the downstairs, and the best way to do so is to book one of the delicious afternoon teas.

Outlander filming location – Signet Library.

Dunure Beach & Castle – Ayr Harbour & The Silkies’ Isle

The small town of Dunure, on the west coast of Scotland, was used for several scenes in Outlander. First, the harbour was used as the port of Ayr, where Jamie and Claire board the Artemis for Jamaica in episode 9 of the third season. In season 4, Outlander returned to this location, and this is where Brianna embarks for North Carolina in episode 7.

In addition to the harbor scenes in seasons 3 and 4 of the series, the nearby coastline and the ruins of Dunure Castle were also used as filming locations for Outlander. In season 3, during a flashback in episode 8, Jamie escapes from Ardsmuir Prison and travels to Silkies Island.

In the books, the Isle of Silkies is one of three small islands off the north coast of Scotland. However, the filming location used for the Isle of Silkies was not actually an island, but the coast near Dunure. It’s just the magic of the camera that makes you think it’s an island. Here you’ll see Jamie swimming from the beach and exploring Dunure Castle in search of Claire. He doesn’t find Claire, but he does find the MacKenzie treasure.

Other scenes from these episodes were also filmed here, such as the scene where Jamie and Claire watch the pirates kidnap young Ian, which was filmed on the beach.

Both the harbour and Dunure Castle are freely accessible. The castle is in ruins and some parts are fenced off for security, but it is possible to visit the outside.

The easiest way to visit Dunure is by car. It is about an hour’s drive south of Glasgow, or two hours from Edinburgh. Another option is to use public transport, as there are public buses to Dunure. You can check the bus timetables for Scotland on traveline.

Outlander filming location – Dunure beach.Outlander filming location – Dunure Castle.

Glencoe – Opening Credits

The opening credits of Outlander show a number of scenes from the series in many of the locations shot in Scotland. One of the most prominent locations is the beautiful Glencoe Valley, one of the most beautiful in Scotland.

Glencoe has featured in numerous films, including James Bond’s Skyfall, the Harry Potter series and Highlander. It’s not hard to see why: the valley is truly spectacular and picturesque, and is a favourite with landscape photographers and visitors to Scotland in general.

Glencoe is about 2.5 hours drive from Edinburgh or Glasgow. It can also be visited on a day trip from either city, including a day trip like this one from Edinburgh, and a day trip like this one from Glasgow. If you’re visiting Scotland in winter, Glencoe is also a popular destination for skiing in Scotland.

Outlander filming location – Glencoe.

Highland Folk Museum – Village where rent is charged.

Situated in Newtonmore in the Cairngorms National Park, the Highland Folk Museum is a fantastic open air museum showing what life has been like in the Highlands for the last few hundred years.

The museum began on the island of Iona in 1935, and moved several times before settling in its current location on Newtonmore in the 1980s. Today, the site occupies 80 acres and houses numerous buildings and artefacts spanning from the 17th to the 20th century.

Fans of Outlander will be particularly interested in the reconstruction of a 1700s village, which features a number of beautiful old thatched-roof buildings. In episode 5 of Outlander season 1, Claire and Jamie visit a village to collect rent, and the village in the series was the 1700s township in the Highland Folk Museum.

It wasn’t necessary to build a lot of sets, as the village is very authentic, so if you want to get into the world of Outlander, this is one of the best places to do it. In addition to the houses, there are also costumed guides who give demonstrations related to the period. So it all feels very authentic.

The Highland Folk Museum is in the Cairngorm National Park, 16 miles from Aviemore, or 44 miles (1 hour’s drive) from Inverness. It is easy to visit by car, and there are also train and bus services to the town of Newtonmore. You can see timetables here.

The museum is also visited on a number of tours, including this 3-day tour from Glasgow and this 4 day tour from Edinburgh.

At the time of writing, and when we visited, entry was by donation. Of course, museums like this can only survive if visitors make donations; you can read more about the importance of donating to free museums here.

Outlander filming location – Highland Folk Museum.

Falkland – Inverness

In the first and second seasons of the series, we find Claire in Inverness at various times, including the mid-20th century and the 18th century.

While the actual town of Inverness is very picturesque, it is clear that the Outlander team decided that this was not the look they wanted. As a result, the Inverness scenes were shot in the town of Falkland in Fife.

General street scenes with the buildings of Falkland were used as Outlander locations. Examples include the Covenantor Hotel as Mrs. Baird’s Guest House, where Frank and Claire spend their honeymoon in episode 1 of the first season. It’s a real hotel, and you can book here for the night if you want! But note that only the exterior of the building was used in the series.

Another easily recognizable location from the first episode of the series is Bruce’s Fountain in the center of town. It was here that we saw Jamie’s ghost staring at Claire. Other buildings and locations in Falkland also appeared as backdrops or window displays in the first and second seasons of the series.

In addition, the basement kitchen of Falkland Palace was also used as an apothecary’s room in episode 12 of the second season.

Falkland, being a village, is of course free to visit. Falkland Palace is run by the National Trust for Scotland, and there is a charge to visit. It is free for National Trust members. Overseas visitors can purchase a National Trust Touring Pass which gives access to over 300 properties throughout the UK for several days.

Falkland can be reached in about an hour’s drive from Edinburgh. By public transport, you can take the train to nearby Markinch, then catch a local bus.

Falkland is included on this tour, which also visits Anstruther, where you can visit the Scottish fishing museum and see the “Reaper”, which was used as the boat that transported Claire and Jamie to France at the end of the first season. This tour also includes Falkland.

Outlander filming location – Falkland.Outlander filming location – Falkland Palace.

Drummond Castle Gardens – Versailles

Drummond Castle Gardens are a series of formal gardens on the estate of Drummond Castle, Perthshire. The castle itself consists of a tower house dating from the 15th century and a mansion dating from the 17th century, although both were rebuilt in the 19th century.

Unfortunately, the castle itself cannot be visited, as it is a private residence. The good news for Outlander fans is that the main attraction is the gardens, which are open to the public.

In episode 2 of Outlander season 2, Claire and Jamie visit the spectacular Palace of Versailles, just outside of Paris. This palace is famous for its incredible gardens, and the gardens at Drummond Castle were considered the best choice in Scotland to recreate the look of Versailles.

Of course, the gardens at Versailles were built on a scale that was only possible for a European monarch, and those at Drummond Castle are not quite the same. But they are still beautiful in their own right, and well worth a visit. In the show, the gardens are used with a computer-generated backdrop of the Palace of Versailles for some scenes.

There is a charge to visit the gardens at Château Drummond, and you can find out more about prices and opening times on the official website here.

The best way to get to Drummond Castle is by car. It is about 90 minutes drive from Glasgow or Edinburgh. By public transport you will need to travel to Crieff or Muthill, from where you can take a taxi for the last few miles of the journey.

Alternatively, Drummond Castle Gardens is one of the stops on this comprehensive 3-day Outlander tour from Glasgow.

Gosford House – Versailles

Situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh, near the town of Longniddry, Gosford House is a 19th-century neoclassical mansion.

Along with Drummond Castle, Gosford House was used as a filming location for Versailles. Specifically, the house was used as the stables of Versailles. If you’ve visited Versailles, you’ll know that the stables were an extravagant affair, capable of housing over 2,000 horses and home to over 1,500 workers.

The exterior of Gosford House was used to replace the stables in Outlander season 2, episode 5. Jamie can be seen outside the stables discussing the purchase of a horse with the Duke of Sandringham.

However, it should be noted that some computer trickery was used to make the building look like an 18th century French building rather than a 19th century neoclassical mansion.

Gosford House is open for tours on certain days of the year, and they also sometimes arrange specific Outlander tours. You can find out more about opening times and prices here.

Gosford House is about 17 miles east of Edinburgh. It can be reached by car or public transport from Edinburgh in about 45 minutes.

Dunkeld House Hotel Grounds – Wild North Carolina.

Dunkeld House Hotel is about 90 minutes drive north of Edinburgh and Glasgow. It is a beautiful 4* luxury country house hotel set in 280 acres of grounds, dating back to 1897.

As picturesque as the house is, it does not feature in the programme. Instead, the woods on the property were used to stand in for the North Carolina wilderness in the fourth season of the series. Jamie, Claire, and young Ian traverse the woods on their way to save Roger from the Mohawk in episode 10 of the fourth season.

As a hotel, Dunkeld House is obviously open for guests (check prices and book online here), and there’s also a spa and restaurant on site. We can also recommend a visit to nearby Dunkeld when you’re in the area, as the ruined cathedral is beautiful.

Faskally Forest – Mohawk Village.

Just north of Pitlochry, just beyond Dunkeld, lies Faskally Forest. Created as a model forest in the 19th century, today the forest is managed by Forestry and Land Scotland. Here there are a number of beautiful walks, some of which take you around Loch Dunmore.

Faskally Forest appeared in the fourth season of Outlander as the setting for the Mohawk village where Roger is held in the last four episodes of the series. A rather elaborate set was created here, including wigwams and canoes, though nothing remains today. Still, this is a lovely part of the world, and the walks in the woods are well worth the effort.

You will need your own transport to visit the Faskally Forest.

Outlander filming location – forest.

Tibbermore Parish Church – Cranesmuir Church

Tibbermore Parish Church is a small church dating from 1632 in the small village of Tibbermore, just west of Perth.

Tibbermore Parish Church was used in the eleventh episode of the first season of Outlander, as the location where Claire and Gellis are tried for witchcraft.

In the series, this takes place in Cranesmuir church. Other Cranesmuir scenes were filmed in Culross, but Tibbermore is actually just outside Perth. TV magic! We suppose it was chosen because it has a natural layout for a trial. The church is pretty much the same in real life as it is in the series.

Tibbermore is a 15-minute drive from Perth, which is the nearest town, or you can take a bus from Perth. You can also travel by car from Edinburgh or Glasgow in about an hour. If you want to travel by public transport from these places, you will need to head to Perth first and then catch a local bus. You can check public transport timetables here.

The church no longer operates as such and is managed by the Scottish Redundant Churches Trust. It is possible to visit, but you will need to arrange your visit in advance with the key holder. This is easy to do if you plan ahead, and you can see details on the church’s official website here.

Dean Castle – Beaufort Castle

Dean Castle is located to the south-west of Glasgow, in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire. The castle, which is in Dean Castle Country Park, consists of two parts, a keep and a palace.

The keep is a defensive structure dating from 1350, and has very thick walls and few windows. The original palace building dates from 1300, but was destroyed in a fire in 1735, and was restored in the mid-20th century.

Okay, let’s talk about Outlander. Castle Dean was the location of Beaufort Castle in the second season of the series. It is the home of Jamie’s grandfather, Lord Lovat, and appears in episode 8 of the series when Claire and Jamie visit Lord Lovat.

The castle and country park are free to enter and are maintained by East Ayrshire Council. Free tours of the castle are also sometimes available.

From Glasgow it takes about 30 minutes to get to Dean Castle Country Park. Alternatively, you can take the bus from Glasgow, which takes about 35 minutes. You can see public transport timetables here.

Note that there is also a real Beaufort Castle in Scotland, which is located near Inverness, but was not used in the filming of the series.

Troon – Coastal port

Troon is a popular seaside town in South Ayrshire from which there are lovely views of the Isle of Arran. It has some lovely beaches, and one of them is where Jamie, Claire and Murtagh board the ship Christabel bound for Paris at the end of the first season.

If you’re looking for this spot, you’ll need to head to Troon’s south beach. Specifically, the dune area is where it was filmed.

As a side note, you can also see the actual boat, albeit in another part of Scotland. The boat used was a 1902 two-masted sailing ship called “Reaper”, which today lives in the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther, Fife. So when exploring Outlander locations in Fife, don’t forget to add this to your list!

Troon can easily be reached by train from Glasgow in less than an hour. You can check train times and book tickets here. It is also possible to get there by car, which will take around 40 minutes from Glasgow or around 2 hours from Edinburgh.

Drumlanrig Castle – Bellhurst Manor House

Drumlanrig Castle is located in south-west Scotland, in the region of Dumfries & Galloway. The castle, which is home to the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry, dates from the mid-17th century. It is an impressive building, known for its use of pink sandstone.

It is also a large place. The castle has 120 rooms, 17 turrets and four towers. It also houses a well-known art collection, including a painting by Rembrandt and another by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Of course, you’re interested in the Outlander scenes filmed at Drumlanrig Castle. Well, in the second season of Outlander, the castle was used as the setting for Bellhurst Manor. Fans will recognize it as the estate of the Duke of Sandringham, who appears in the eleventh episode of the second season.

Many locations were used for the series, both inside and outside the castle. You’ll see a military camp set up in the grounds, with the castle in the background. Inside, several rooms were used to shoot the episode, such as the reception room, dining room and living room. Also, the bedroom Claire is locked in is one of the bedrooms, made famous as the place where Prince Charles slept one night in real life.

Outlander fans will have plenty to experience at Drumlanrig Castle. The castle is open on certain days of the year and there is a charge to visit. You can visit both the grounds and the castle itself. In the case of the castle, you can only visit on a guided tour. You can check the prices here.

The castle is located in a quite remote place, so we advise you to have your own transport to visit it.

Callendar House – Bellhurst Manor House

Although Drumlanrig Castle was the setting for Bellhurst Manor in most scenes, it was not the only real-world location used.

Callendar House, which is located in Falkirk, is an impressive 19th-century mansion that was built in the style of a French Renaissance castle around an earlier 14th-century tower house. It has been visited by many notable historical figures including Mary Queen of Scots, Oliver Cromwell, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Queen Victoria.

The kitchen at Callendar House replaced the kitchen at Bellhurst Manor in the eleventh episode of the second season. It is a fully functioning Georgian-era kitchen, so it was perfect for the series.

Callendar House is run by the Falkirk Community Trust and is open to the public. There is a self-guided tour of the house, which has several permanent exhibitions. The Georgian kitchen itself has costumed staff who also make the food here, giving a truly authentic insight into a working Georgian kitchen.

Callendar House is free to visit. While you’re here, don’t forget to visit the Antonine Wall in the grounds, which was built by the Romans as a more northerly version of Hadrian’s Wall. Other attractions in Falkirk include the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies statues.

Falkirk is about 25 miles west of Edinburgh. It is well connected and can be reached by train or bus from towns and cities all over Scotland. It can also be reached by car, of course. Callendar House is also visited on this 3 day Outlander tour. from Glasgow.

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Muiravonside Country Park – Battle of Prestonpans

Not far from Callendar House is Muiravonside Country Park. This is a 170 acre country park which is also managed by the Falkirk Community Trust.

The park has woodland and parkland walking trails, a mini-farm demonstrating farming practices, a children’s play area, a café and a sculpture trail. They also host a variety of events and activities throughout the year. It is a popular place for families.

The park also featured in Outlander, specifically in the second season of the series, where it was the location of the Battle of Prestonpans in episode 10. Shots such as Dougal testing the British rifle and many of the battle scenes were filmed there.

Muiravonside Country Park is free to visit and is open all year round. It is about 45 minutes drive from Edinburgh via Linlithgow. You will need to have your own transport as it is not easy to get to by public transport.

Preston Mill – Lallybroch Mill

Preston Mill is a very pretty old mill located in the village of East Linton, east of Edinburgh. The mill, which is one of the oldest in Scotland, dates from the 19th century. However, there has been a mill on this site since at least the 16th century.

Preston Mill appeared in several scenes in the first season of Outlander. Firstly, when we see Jamie repairing a waterwheel in Lallybroch in episode 12, it is the Preston Mill waterwheel.

In addition, the museum showroom that can be visited at Preston Mill was also used for Outlander. It was the location of the antechamber of the witches’ trial courtroom in episode 11. The rest of the trial was filmed in the aforementioned Tibbermore Church.

Preston Mill is a property of the National Trust for Scotland, and there is an entrance fee. It is free for National Trust members. Overseas visitors can purchase a National Trust Touring Pass which gives access to over 300 properties across the UK for several days.

You can check opening times and prices on the official website here.

Preston Mill is 23 miles east of Edinburgh, and you can visit by either public bus or train from Edinburgh. By train, you will need to travel to North Berwick and then take a local bus service to East Linton. You can check public transport timetables here. It is also possible to drive from Edinburgh, which will take around 40 minutes.

In addition, Preston Mill can be visited as part of this private tour, which has departures from various locations in Scotland, including Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Aberdour Castle – Monastery

Aberdour Castle, dating from around 1200, is one of the oldest castles in Scotland. It is located in the village of Aberdour in Fife. The original medieval part of the castle has lost its roof, but the more recent 17th century addition is still covered.

Aberdour Castle appeared in the first season of Outlander as the abbey where Claire tends to the wounds Jamie received from “Black Jack” Randall in episode 16. Multiple locations were used, including exterior shots of the castle, the stables, and the upstairs gallery. The location staff will be able to direct you to specific locations if you have any questions.

Aberdour Castle is managed by Historic Scotland. It is open all year round and there is a charge to visit. You can view prices and opening times online here. It is free to Historic Scotland members and English Heritage members.

You can also get the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass, which gives you access to a number of attractions for a period of time. It’s worth getting if you plan to visit any of the other Historic Scotland attractions on our list, or in Scotland in general.

Aberdour Castle is easy to get to by car from Edinburgh, taking around 40 minutes. There is also a train station in Aberdour offering direct services to Edinburgh, which takes about 30 minutes. You can check train times and book tickets here.

Port of Dysart – Port of Le Havre

Dysart Harbour is a very picturesque harbour on the coast of Fife. The harbour dates back to the mid 15th century and is still in use today. Over time it has seen a wide variety of goods pass through, such as salt and coal. Today the harbour is mainly used by pleasure and fishing boats.

The port of Dysart was used as the French port of Le Havre in the first episode of the second season of Outlander. We see Claire and Jamie arrive in 1745 France with Murtagh aboard the Christabel.

Much of the harbour was filmed in the series, as well as the harbour masters’ house, although the old buildings shown in the background shots are not actually there, it’s really just a big wall! However, the harbour masters’ house was used in the series as a guesthouse where they stay.

Another scene that appeared to have been shot at this location was Jared’s wine warehouse. However, it was actually filmed at Deanston Distillery, near Doune Castle, and not here.

The port of Dysart is easy to visit. You can take a direct train from Edinburgh to Kirkcaldy, then take a local bus to Dysart. Alternatively, it is about 50 minutes drive from Edinburgh.

Deanston Distillery – Jared’s Cellar

Obviously, Scotland is so much more than Outlander locations. We think visiting a Scotch whisky distillery while in Scotland is a must for any visitor, even those who don’t particularly like whisky.

The good news for Outlander fans is that you can combine a visit to a whisky distillery with an Outlander filming location.

Deanston Distillery, which is located right next to the village of Doune, is a Scotch whisky distillery housed in a former cotton mill. It has been producing whisky since 1966, and you can take a tour of the distillery, learn how whisky is made and sample the product.

Deanston Distillery was the filming location for Jared’s wine warehouse in the second season of the series. We see Claire entering the warehouse in episode 1 of season 2, where Claire goes to inspect some men sick with smallpox.

The location used for this filming was the maturation warehouse at Deanston Distillery, where the magic takes place to turn spirit from casks into Scotch whisky. The whisky casks and wine casks are actually the same, and whisky is usually matured in old wine casks for its flavour. The only inauthentic point of the scene is that the liquid in the barrels in the background is certainly not wine.

You can visit Deanston Distillery, and you can see the opening times and price of a visit on their website here. It’s close to Doune Castle, the filming location for Castle Leoch, so it would make sense to visit the two together.

Deanston Distillery can be reached by car in about an hour from Edinburgh. In addition, there is a public bus from Stirling to Doune, and Stirling can be reached by train from other parts of Scotland.

We visited Deanston Distillery on this tour from Edinburgh.

Outlander filming location – Deanston Distillery.

Glasgow Cathedral – L’Hopital Des Anges, Paris

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city, and with film studios located nearby, you’d expect to find some Outlander filming locations here. And you won’t be disappointed. Our next locations are all in Glasgow.

We’ll start with the oldest building in the city, which is Glasgow Cathedral. This dates back to 1136, making it the oldest cathedral in mainland Scotland. The cathedral is dedicated to St Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow, who is buried inside. The cathedral is well worth a visit when you’re in the city, and is one of our recommended things to do in Glasgow.

Outlander used the cathedral crypt as a filming location for the Parisian hospital L’Hôpital des Anges. It appears in the second season of the series several times, as Claire works here and attends to patients. She also recovers here after losing her baby.

The exterior of the cathedral does not appear in the series. The exterior shots of the hospital were actually filmed in Prague.

Glasgow Cathedral is run by Historic Environment Scotland, and is free to visit, although donations are of course accepted. It is an active place of worship, so events and masses are held. You can find out more about opening times and plan your visit on the official website here.

Outlander filming location – Glasgow Cathedral.

Glasgow University – Harvard University

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is one of the oldest universities in the English-speaking world. It is a sprawling affair, which today is spread across multiple campuses throughout the city.

The current main campus, and the one Outlander fans will want to visit, is Gilmorehill. It’s a bit west of downtown, and was built in 1870 in a glorious Gothic Revival style.

Despite bearing no real resemblance to Harvard University in Boston, the Gilmorehill campus was chosen as a filming location for the Harvard University scenes. These were shot in several different locations, including the magnificent cloisters that appeared in episode 5 of the third season.

Parts of the University of Glasgow are open to visitors, and a self-guided tour of the main points of interest is available. The tour is free of charge. You can see more information on the official website here.

Outlander filming location – Glasgow University Cloisters.

Kelvingrove Park – Boston Park

Adjacent to Glasgow University is Kelvingrove Park, one of Glasgow’s oldest public parks dating back to 1852. This 85-acre park is home to several trails and monuments, as well as the excellent Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Kelvingrove Park was used in episode 2 of Outlander season 3. In this episode, we see Claire walking through a Boston park pushing a stroller, which is actually Kelvingrove Park. She walks past a bagpiper and crosses a bridge. The bridge she crosses is the Prince of Wales Bridge, which is near the bandstand.

Kelvingrove Park is free to visit and is open all year round.

Outlander filming location – Kelvingrove Park.

Dowanhill Street Glasgow – Furey Street Home, Boston

Glasgow was a popular location for filming scenes set in Boston. Another location that the Outlander crew used to depict 1940s Boston in the third season of the series was Dowanhill Street.

Dowanhill Street is a long residential street in the west end of Glasgow, not far from the university. It runs from Victoria Crescent Road at its northern end to Dumbarton Road at the southern end, and is about a third of a mile long.

The street is home to many old Victorian-era houses made of red brick, and was used as the location for Claire and Frank’s house in Furey Street. The house used was number 124, which is located at the north end of the street, between Downside Road and Victoria Crescent Road.

The interiors of the house were not shot here, it was only used for exterior scenes. The street appears throughout the early episodes of the third season, as we move from the 1940s to the 1960s.

Please note if you visit that this is a street of private residences, as is the house that was used. While you can, of course, walk down the street and imagine yourself in mid-20th century Boston, be respectful of the owners and do not venture onto private property.

Glasgow City Chambers – City of Westminster Record Office.

Glasgow City Chambers is an impressive civic building located in George Square, the city’s main civic square. The chambers are the seat of Glasgow’s local government, and is also where Glasgow City Council’s registry office is located. This is where births, deaths and marriages are registered in the city.

It is therefore fitting that this is where, in episode 7 of the first season, Frank and Claire become engaged. The episode is set in the City of Westminster, London, but was actually filmed in Glasgow, at 45 John Street, which is where the entrance to the Glasgow City Registry Office is located.

Only the outside of the building was used for the programme. However, we recommend that you take a free tour of the Glasgow City Chambers. These take place twice a week on weekdays. You can find out more about the times of the tours here.

Outlander filming location – Glasgow City Chambers.

Pollok Country Park – Castle Leoch & French Countryside

A little to the south-west of Glasgow lies Pollok Country Park, the largest park in the city. The Maxwell family, who owned the estate for over 700 years, donated it to the city in 1966 on the condition that it would remain a public park.

In addition to the park’s large acreage, it contains the Burrell Collection, an impressive art collection, as well as the Pollok House.

Pollok Country Park was used for several scenes in various seasons of Outlander, so if you’re an Outlander fan visiting Glasgow, it’s a must-see.

In the first season of Outlander, in episode 4, Claire is outdoors with some children in the grounds of Castle Leoch. These scenes were filmed in the park. In episode 14 of the same season, the gypsy camp that Claire and Murtagh encounter was also filmed in the park.

In the second season of the series, the park is used for scenes of the French countryside. These appear mainly in episode 6. We see Claire in a carriage on her way to the duel between Jamie and Randall. The bridge she crosses is easily recognizable as a bridge you can visit in the park. The duel itself was also filmed in the park, as were the scenes earlier in the episode where Jamie and Fergus ride.

Finally, in the fourth season of the series, the Outlander crew returned to Pollok Country Park, this time for scenes in the United States. In episode 3 of season 4, Roger and Brianna attend a Scottish festival in 1970s North Carolina, which was also filmed in the park.

As you can see, there are a lot of Outlander scenes that were shot in Pollok Country Park, though many of them were general scenes in woods or fields, so there’s not necessarily much to see! Still, it’s a beautiful park and well worth a visit, as is Pollok House.

Pollok Country Park is free to visit and is open all year round. It is about 20 minutes drive from the city centre, or 25 minutes by bus. Pollok House is a National Trust for Scotland property, which has an entrance fee. We have visited it and, in our opinion, it is well worth it.

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Abercainy Estates – River Run

Abercainy is a 1,400 acre private estate near the town of Crieff, which has been home to the Moray family for over 700 years. It is mainly used as a venue for weddings and events, and the great house is a popular venue for large events.

Abercainy is home to the North Carolina “River Run” plantation, owned by Jamie’s Aunt Jocasta. This appears in episode 2 of season 4, as well as episode 6 of season 5.

The plantation house was built from scratch on set, although only the bottom half of the house was built, with the top half being computer-generated. Only exterior shots were filmed, while all interior scenes were shot on a set.

The Abercainy estate is a private property, so it is not usually open to visitors, only to those who have booked an event. However, they do have open days, so it is sometimes possible to visit and take a tour. Mind you, don’t expect to see much, as the plantation house was a fabrication that doesn’t actually exist. You can see more on their website here.

Devil’s Pulpit – Springtime of the Liar.

Devil’s Pulpit, also known as Finnich Glen, is a deep gorge known for its green, mossy sides and the red appearance of the water running through it (caused by the red sandstone river bed).

The Devil’s Pulpit appeared in the first season of Outlander, as the location of the Liar’s Spring. Legend has it that if you drink from the spring, you have to tell the truth, otherwise you die. In episode 6, Dougal Mackenzie makes Claire drink from the water to make sure she’s not an English spy.

Of course, you can visit the Devil’s Pulpit, but be prepared for a bit of a challenge. Firstly, this is a popular spot with minimal parking, and public transport in the area is not very good. Secondly, the descent into the gorge is down a very steep and muddy path, which can be a challenge. Lastly, the water level in the gorge can rise dangerously, so be fully prepared.

I recommend you read my guide to visiting Devil’s Pulpit, so you know what to expect.

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Map of Outlander filming locations.

There are many Outlander filming locations in Scotland, as you can probably tell from this post. To help you plan your Outlander adventure, we’ve put together this map of Outlander filming locations. You can also view it on Google here.

Map of Outlander filming locations in Scotland.

Other locations related to Outlander

In this guide we have mainly focused on the actual filming locations for Outlander. However, there are other places in Scotland which are closely related to the series and which we thought you might like to visit even if they were not filming locations. Many of these locations have served as inspiration for the books and the TV series.

The World’s End Pub, Edinburgh

In episode 6 of season 3, Claire and Mr Willoughby have a conversation in the World’s End pub. It is an actual pub on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

Although the scene was shot on a set, it is fun to visit this place and have a drink or a meal when in Edinburgh. The pub dates back to the 16th century, and its name comes from the time when Edinburgh was a walled city. The pub wall was part of the old city wall, and the relatively safe world of Edinburgh ended just beyond the pub.

Outlander - The Worlds End filming location.

Clava Cairns

The Clava Cairns, which lie just outside Inverness near the battlefield of Culloden, are one of the most popular places for Outlander fans looking for the real stones of Creagh Na Dun.

Part of the reason for their popularity is that one of the stones is split in two, similar to the stones in Outlander. They are also relatively accessible compared to many other stone circles in Scotland.

So, although the Clava Cairns were not an actual filming location for Outlander, fans looking for a great photo of a standing stone will no doubt enjoy a visit here.

The Clava Cairns are a 4,000 year old prehistoric site. In addition to the stones, there are three large cairns, stone mounds that would have been the burial place of important people.

The Clava Cairns are free to visit. They are only a few hundred yards from the Culloden battlefield, so a visit is recommended as part of your trip there.

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Rothiemurchus Estate – Tulloch Ghru

Tulloch Ghru is a popular walking location in the Caingorms National Park. It is located on the Rothiemurchus Estate, just outside the popular town of Aviemore. It is also an ideal place for skiing in Scotland.

The Rothiemurchus estate was used as the location where Claire first meets Jamie after going through the stones. This takes place in episode 1 of the first season, and Tulloch Ghru was the filming location.

Like many other Outlander scenes, this is a difficult scene to pin down, as it was shot in the woods. However, if you’re looking for a nice drive through the stunning Highland countryside, which just so happens to have featured in Outlander, this is an excellent option. You can find information about some self-guided walks on the Rothiemurchus website here.

The Rothiemurchus estate is on the outskirts of Aviemore, and is easy to get to by bus, car or a 30 minute walk from Aviemore.

Callanish Standing Stones

The Callanish Standing Stones, on the Isle of Lewis & Harris, are, in our opinion, the stones that most resemble the Creagh Na Dun stone circle from Outlander. If you are lucky enough to visit Lewis & Harris, these stones are not to be missed.

They are in a beautiful hilltop location, with stunning views of the surrounding landscape, and are thought to be around 5,000 years old. They are also often cited as being the inspiration for the Outlander set designers to create the stone circle in the series.

The Callanish Stones are open all year round and are free to visit. There is also a visitor centre on the site which has a small museum, admission to which is chargeable.

Callanish Standing Stones

Inverness

The city of Inverness is known as the capital of the Highlands. It is a beautiful city with plenty to see and do, and there are also some great day trips from Inverness, including to nearby Loch Ness.

Although Inverness wasn’t a filming location for Outlander, much of the series and books are set in and around the city, and we think it’s well worth a visit on your trip to Scotland.

Fort George Inverness

Leod Castle

As I mentioned in my section on Doune Castle, the real-world location of the MaKenzie clan family home is Castle Leod. This 17th century tower house served as the inspiration for Castle Leoch in the books, but was not chosen as a filming location because it was considered to be less accessible than Castle Doune.

Many fans still wish to visit Castle Leod, and it is a popular inclusion on Outlander tours from Inverness, such as this one.

Castle Leod has a few open days each year, but is not always open. It is also possible to arrange a visit with a private tour guide. If you would like to visit Castle Leod on your own, we suggest you check the official website here for information on how to do so.

You can get to Castle Leod by car, or you can take a public bus from Inverness to Strathpeffer and then it’s about a mile walk to the castle.

Beauly Priory – Lovat Fraser tomb and church.

The beautiful ruins of 13th century Beauly Priory are one of our recommended stops when touring Scotland’s North Coast 500. Not much is known about the priory or the monks who lived here. It operated for just over 400 years before being dissolved in 1634 and falling into ruin.

The priory is surrounded by a cemetery, where several members of the Mackenzie clan and the Fraser clan are buried. It was not a filming location, but appeared in the novel “Dragonfly in Amber” as the place where Claire meets Maisri the Seer.

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Visits to Outlander filming locations in Scotland.

In our experience, the two easiest ways to see Outlander filming locations in Scotland are to drive yourself or take a tour, although you can also see some locations by public transport. Driving on your own will allow you to visit some of the more off the beaten track locations, but it will require careful planning. Sometimes certain attractions are only open to those participating in a tour.

A tour is an easy way to let someone else do all the planning, and is usually very cost effective as well. We also like to have someone else drive, and most tours have expert guides who can share with you everything you need to know about the places you’re seeing, and which Outlander scenes were filmed there specifically.

Here are some suggested tours from different starting points in Scotland. These include single and multi-day tours, as well as some shorter walking tours of specific locations.

If you want to visit the locations virtually, this is a live guided virtual tour of many of the filming locations from the series
This private walking tour of Edinburgh visits many of the filming locations in the city, including Backhouse Close.
This 1 day tour from Edinburgh includes Culross, Doune Castle, Linlithgow Palace, Blackness Castle and Midhope Castle.
This 1 day tour from Edinburgh includes Culross, Doune Castle, Linlithgow Palace, Blackness Castle, Falkland, Hopetoun House and Midhope Castle. This is a similar tour.
This private tour from Edinburgh is with a guide who acted as an extra in several episodes of the series. It includes Midhope Castle, Blackness Castle, Doune Castle and Culross.
This private day tour from Edinburgh includes Midhope Castle, Falkland, Culross, Hopetoun House and Doune Castle.
This 1 day private tour from Glasgow offers multiple departure options, and visits Preston Mill, Linlithgow Palace, Dounce Castle, Blackness Castle, Culross and Falkland.
This 1 day tour from Glasgow includes Culross, Doune Castle, Falkland, Linlithgow Palace, Blackness Castle and Midhope Castle.
This private 1 day tour from Inverness visits several Outlander related sites including Leod Castle, Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns.
This 3 day tour from Glasgow stops at various Outlander filming locations including Blackness, Midhope Castle, Falkland, Doune Castle, Culross, Hopetoun House, Linlithgow, Callendar House, Drummond Gardens, the Highland Folk Museum and Clava Cairns.
This 3 day private tour is available at many locations in Scotland. Visit various Outlander filming locations and related sites including Midhope Castle, Hopetoun House, Blackness Castle, Highland Folk Museum, Drummond Gardens, Doune Castle and Culross.
This 4 day tour from Edinburgh visits many Outlander sites including Culross, Falkland, Highland Folk Museum, Clava Cairns, Doune Castle, Midhope Castle and Blackness Castle.
Finally, this is a fully customisable private tour option that you can make as long or as short as you like, depending on your interests and budget.
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Tips for visiting Scotland for Outlander

To help you plan your Scottish adventure on Outlander, we wanted to share some tips that we think you’ll find useful.

Where to base yourself in Scotland for Outlander

If you look at our map of Outlander filming locations, you’ll see that most of them are within easy driving distance of Edinburgh and Glasgow. For this reason, we recommend that you stay in either Edinburgh or Glasgow. If you have more time, we also recommend staying in Inverness.

When to visit Scotland for Outlander locations.

Many of the Outlander locations are at sites or attractions that are only open seasonally, so you’ll want to plan your trip around when the attractions you’re most interested in visiting are open.

Many of Scotland’s attractions outside of the larger cities close in winter, but many are open from April to October. Our favorite months to travel in Scotland are May and September. These times are a little less crowded than the summer months, but you still have a good chance of good weather, and most attractions will be open.

Keep in mind that some attractions may only be open a few times a year or may require a reservation in advance to visit. So once you’ve decided which places you’re most keen to visit, be sure to check opening dates, opening times and whether reservations are required.

How many days to visit Outlander locations in Scotland.

You will need at least a full day to visit some of the key Outlander locations. A full day should allow you to visit between 4 and 6 locations, depending on which part of Scotland you want to visit.

If you are planning a trip to Scotland centered around Outlander and want to visit most of the places in this guide, we suggest you plan a 5-7 day trip. You can do this trip by driving yourself or hire tours to take you to the most popular attractions.

As an example itinerary for a driving trip, if you have five days, we suggest you split them into a couple of days in Edinburgh, a couple of days in Glasgow and a day in Inverness. This would allow you to visit most of the filming locations in Scotland.

It is also easy to book a guided Outlander tour, or a series of day tours to see the Outlander attractions. For example, if you have 5 days in Scotland, you can arrive in Edinburgh and explore it on your own on the first day, and then do this 4-day tour of the main Outlander locations.

How to get to Outlander locations in Scotland.

The two easiest ways to get to Outlander filming locations in Scotland are either by driving yourself, or by taking a tour.

If you drive yourself, this will give you maximum flexibility in terms of which locations you visit, how many you visit in a day, and how much time you spend at each location. The downside is that you will have to plan quite a bit more and take into account the budget for a car rental.

If you’re visiting Scotland, you’ll probably want to rent a car. We recommend you check prices on Priceline or Enterprise to see what options are available.

You can also take a tour, of course, to visit Outlander locations, and we mention a number of tour options in recommending Outlander tour options. Both private and group tours are available, and tours are available from one day in length to several days.

A tour has many advantages, as someone else will do all the planning, and all you have to do is show up and enjoy yourself. Plus, the tour guide can tell you all about the places you visit and provide context, history, and entertainment.

Of course, with a tour you may lose some flexibility in terms of your trip, though we think the tours focus on some of the best Outlander filming locations, so you don’t have to worry too much about that. Another option is to take a private bespoke tour, which will give you the best of both worlds.

We have recommended a number of Outlander tours, but there are many more. We suggest you search for Outlander tours on GetYourGuide, Viator and Rabbies as a starting point.

Finally, some of the Outlander locations in Scotland can be visited by public transport. This is often the cheapest option, but also the most time-consuming. If you would like to visit Outlander locations by public transport, we recommend using the Traveline Scotland website to plan bus and train travel. You can book train tickets online in advance here. For local bus tickets, you can usually buy them on the bus or from a local bus operator.

Further reading and resources

We hope this guide to Outlander filming locations will help you find all your favourite places from the series on your trip to Scotland, as well as the information you need to get to them!

Before you set off on your Outlander adventure, we wanted to share some additional resources that we think will help you, both with finding Outlander locations and with visiting Scotland in general.

This book about Outlander in Scotland contains information about many of the filming locations
This book provides a detailed guide to the filming of the first two seasons of Outlander, with many set photos and information from cast and crew about the filming process. The sequel covers seasons 3 and 4.
If you want to immerse yourself in the world of Scottish cooking, there are two official Outlander Kitchen books you can buy.
We’ve got a guide to all our favourite whisky distilleries in Scotland, which also has lots of information on how whisky is made, the different Scottish whisky regions and much more.
For Edinburgh, check out our 2 day Edinburgh itinerary, our guide to things to do in Edinburgh and our guide to the best day trips from Edinburgh to get you started. We also have a guide to getting from London to Edinburgh.
For Glasgow, check out our Glasgow and Loch Lomond itinerary, our guide to the best day trips from Glasgow and our guide to things to do in Glasgow.
For Aberdeen, we have a guide to things to do in Aberdeen, our favourite restaurants in Aberdeen, a 2 day Aberdeen itinerary suggestion and a guide to the best day trips from Aberdeen.
From Aberdeen, you can also take the North East 250 route. This is a new driving route which takes in spectacular scenery, many Speyside distilleries and the beautiful coastline of the Moray Firth. Check out our 3 day NE250 itinerary for tips.
For more inspiration for your road trip, check out our detailed guide to the North Coast 500 and the North Coast 500 Accommodation Guide, as well as my best photos of the North Coast 500 to inspire your journey. If you want an itinerary for the North Coast 500, check out our detailed 7 day North Coast 500 camping itinerary.
We have a guide to Loch Ness, as well as some of our other favourite day trips from Inverness for inspiration. We also have detailed guides to other attractions near Inverness, including a guide to the Black Isle and tips for visiting the Cairngorms.
We have an itinerary for visiting Skye and the Highlands.
If it’s your first time driving in the UK, check out my tips for driving in the UK. We also have a guide on how much it costs to travel around the UK.
To plan a more extensive UK trip, we’ve suggested one and two week UK itineraries as a starting point, plus lots more UK content to help you plan your trip.
For inspiration for other filming locations in the UK, check out our guide to Harry Potter filming locations in Scotland, our guide to Harry Potter filming locations in the UK and our guide to Game of Thrones filming locations in Northern Ireland.
For a guide to Scotland, we recommend Rick Steves’ guide to Scotland.

And so much for this comprehensive guide to Outlander filming locations! Thanks for reading it. As always, we’re open to your comments and any questions you may have about this or any of our other posts. Post them in the comments section below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Detailed guide to over 40 Outlander filming locations in Scotland. Details of which scenes were filmed where, tips for visiting them and a map.



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