Arts Entertainments

Outlander filming locations in Scotland

Outlander is a highly successful television series based on the Outlander books.

Outlander fans can visit the actual locations used to film the series with a tour of set locations.

Private group tours take up to 4 people to three Outlander filming locations. Bespoke private tours with the option to choose your own itinerary. Tours start from locations in Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Itinerary

On this tour we visit various locations used for filming the hit series Outlander. Based on the best-selling novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is filmed in various castle and village locations in central Scotland. The first location on this Outlander tour is the historic city of Falkland. The town is the setting for episode one in which Frank and Claire Randall come to Scotland on vacation. Falkland Palace is a historic building and you can recognize shops and features, including the town square fountain where Frank meets Jamie’s ghost looking at Claire through the window.

Doune Castle was built in 1400 for the first Duke of Albany and is the setting for Castle Leoch in Outlander. It was also the setting for Winterfell in Game of Thrones and Monty Python’s Holy Grail. Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland. Blackness Castle dates back to 1440. The castle provides the setting for Fort William, as the original fort no longer exists. The castle is long and narrow due to the shape of the rock on which it is situated and is sometimes called “the ship that never sailed”. It protects Blackness Bay and is only a few miles from Linlithgow Palace. The first castle was built in the mid-15th century by Sir George Crichton, Earl of Caithness, a member of one of the most powerful families in Scotland. King James II acquired Blackness in 1453 when he annexed the Crichton lands. From then on, the castle was used mainly as a prison. In 1543, Cardinal Beaton was detained here for a month. Reconstruction began in the 1530s under the direction of Finnart’s Sir James Hamilton, who also worked on Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Castle. He was ordered to protect the castle from artillery, and he succeeded by making the south and east walls very thick. A new tower was built at the southern end. In the 1560s, during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, a Spur was built to protect the main gate. In the 1870s, the castle was Scotland’s main ammunition depot. Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland. Hamlet has scenes filmed at Blackness Castle and Dunnottar Castle.

One of the first scenes in Outlander was filmed in the picturesque city of Falkland, which depicts Inverness in the 1940s. The show is based on the series of historical novels by American author Diana Gabaldon, in which nurse Claire Beauchamp Randell is mysteriously dragged from 1945 to 1743 in the Scottish Highlands. Falkland features some familiar sights from the TV series, including Ms. Baird’s guesthouses (actually the Covenanter hotel), the Bruce Fountain where Claire meets Jamie’s ghost, and the building that doubles as a Hardware Store. and Farrell’s Furniture Store. Most of the filming will take place in Scotland, according to the show’s executive producer, Ron Moore. Scotland’s stunning scenery, with its rolling hills, rugged mountains, picturesque towns and villages, castles and long beaches, has provided the perfect setting for the world of cinema. Executive producer Ron Moore has commented on Scotland: “The landscape itself is a character in the show. There is a particular quality to the Scottish light, even in the grass and trees.”

The tour spends an hour at each location. Travel by luxury car on private small group tours with a maximum of 4 people.

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