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13 Scottish Locations for an Outlander Inspired Break

Outlander fans! Pack your bags and make your way to Scotland – we’re staying the night in a Scottish castle! Gather your clan for a once-in-a-lifetime exclusive use break or whisk away your beloved to a romantic castle apartment. Book today and witness the Outlander dream become a reality.

The best part? The following list of Outlander style accommodation combines ancient architecture with all the comforts and luxury of a modern hotel. All you need to do is relax and enjoy the Scottish holiday of a lifetime.

1. Duns Castle 

Duns Castle is a historic 600-year-old Scottish Borders defensive tower and an idyllic venue for a group holiday or wedding. Additional guest space on a self-catering basis is also available in seven cottages within the estate grounds. The castle is furnished from the 17th Century onwards with paintings and furniture reflecting the rich tapestry of Scottish life since that time – including the Jacobite era in which Outlander is set. Landscaped lawns, a lake, and 1,200 acres of fields, woods and hills complete the pretty picture.

2. Culzean Castle (Eisenhower Apartment) 

Be a princess or prince for the night! This opulent castle perched on the Ayrshire cliffs is the perfect place to experience the luxurious side of Scotland. You can stay in the impressive Eisenhower Apartment as a paying guest, named after the American President in recognition of his role in WW2. Culzean Castle is ideal for walkers, those with an interest in architecture and history, and lovers of beautiful gardens. Younger visitors can run wild in the new Adventure Cove and Wild Woodland play areas.

3. Thirlestane Castle (The Earl & Countess)

Perfect for small groups and families, The Earl & Countess at Thirlestane Castle is an exquisitely restored three-bedroom apartment in the Scottish Borders. Accessed by one of the castle’s grand sweeping staircases, its position on the second floor means there are fabulous parkland views. With historic furniture and vibrant colours on the walls, this place has a real vintage feel. Outlander fans will love it!

4. Fenton Tower

Fenton Tower is a fortified 16th century tower located just 20 miles east of Edinburgh between Gullane and North Berwick. The building has been meticulously restored to provide luxury accommodation for up to 13 people on an exclusive use basis. Set amongst rolling East Lothian countryside, you’ll find plenty of things to do including golf, fishing and walking. Edinburgh is not far away with its promise of history and culture – including dedicated Outlander tours for the superfans.

5. Borthwick Castle 

If you desire the experience of having a castle all to yourself then this is the one for you. Borthwick Castle is an exclusive use venue just outside Edinburgh, perfect for large groups, weddings and events. A 15th century keep, it is the only castle of its kind in Europe to still be in private hands. The castle has seen many famous faces walk through its doors during its 600-year history, including Mary Queen of Scots, Oliver Cromwell, Sir Walter Scott and J. M. Turner.

6. Fonab Castle 

Nestled in the lush heart of Highland Perthshire, Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to experience the Scottish countryside you’ve seen in Outlander. Located on the banks of Loch Faskally, this luxurious hotel and spa offers friendly, attentive service, breath-taking views, exquisite food and comfortable accommodation. The nearby town of Pitlochry is just a short journey away, where there are a host of things to do such as fishing or visiting a distillery.

7. Mingary Castle 

Built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Sound of Mull, the distinctive silhouette of Mingary Castle has stood for centuries. The seat of Clan MacIain for over 300 years, it’s one of Scotland’s true hidden gems and has a real Outlander feel to it. Until early 2016, the castle was no more than an abandoned ruin. But after three years of restoration work, it is now a fine dining restaurant with luxury rooms. Choose from a range of suites each with their own unique features and fittings.

8. Torridon Estate 

For a true taste of the Highland landscapes that feature in Outlander, book a stay at one one of the most beautiful Highland estates on the west coast. Torridon Estate lies on the shores of Loch Torridon with spectacular views onto the sea and surrounding mountain ranges. Accommodation ranges from luxury to family cottages and the 19th century Mansion House provides elegant B&B rooms.

9. Glenapp Castle 

Once you arrive at Glenapp Castle in Ayrshire, you’ll feel like you are in a fairytale. This luxury 5-star hotel with 17 bedrooms and an award-winning dining room is truly stunning. An intimate level of service with genuine attention to detail is guaranteed. Period furnishings and interiors add to the magic, and the breath-taking gardens, forest, and the seascapes that surround that castle will live long in the memory.

10. Harmony House

Harmony is an early nineteenth-century house, which has been finely furnished and decorated and sleeps up to 12. The tranquil walled gardens really set this place apart – comprising lawn, herbaceous and mixed borders, vegetable and fruit areas, and a rich display of spring bulbs. Stroll the grounds like your favourite characters in Outlander and enjoy a peaceful holiday in the Scottish Borders.

11. Dunkeld House Hotel

Escape the city and head for Perthshire to the beautiful surroundings of Dunkeld House Hotel. This four-star luxury country house hotel sits on 280 acres of natural woodland and overlooks the wide and fast-flowing River Tay, renowned for its famous salmon fishing. You are well placed here to visit fantastic attractions in central Scotland and further afield. Stay for a few days or as long as a week and enjoy the very best in Scottish hospitality: spa facilities, award-winning food and drink and so much more.

12. Drum Castle (Courtyard Cottage)  

Located in the ancient courtyard of one of Scotland’s oldest castles, Courtyard Cottage at Drum Castle makes an ideal starting point for a visit to Aberdeen and Royal Deeside. The exquisitely beautiful Estate of Drum, with its 16th century chapel, Garden of Historic Roses and gorgeous woodland, makes a perfect romantic getaway for two. You’ll be living the Outlander life in no time!

13. Fyvie Castle (Preston Tower) 

The Preston Tower Apartment in the east wing of Fyvie Castle has welcomed many important guests in its past, among them Robert the Bruce, Edward I and Charles I. This pleasant and very unusual apartment, in the Preston and Seton Towers, is constructed between four floors and is accessed via a spiral staircase. The apartment is furnished to a high standard with antique furniture. Sleeping 16, this property makes an ideal base for a family reunion, special birthday, anniversary, or simply a fun get-together with friends.

Ready for a holiday with an Outlander twist? Visit our Outlander page to learn more about this fabulous book and series. Or take a look at this blog on the Scottish history that inspired the novels.

 

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