Delve into the world of Outlander
Discover intriguing history, fascinating culture,
breathtaking nature, mouth-watering larder,
and maybe even that Scotland is the land of your ancestors!
If you have found yourself caught in the mystical and spell-binding Outlander saga and wish to be swept away to Claire and Jamie's world, come and experience the land that inspired the writer Diana Gabaldon and the TV series producers. From ancient and mysterious standing stones to dramatic castles, magnificent stately homes and breathtaking landscapes, visit Scotland and embark on an inspiring journey.
He was young, charming and attractive, and he started the 1745 Jacobite Rising.
Are you Jamie Fraser's ancestor? Or perhaps you're a descendent of Clan MacKenzie? Find out!
Maybe you too can be swept back in time like Claire was…
Fascinating and tumultuous. Fiery and bloody. Romantic and heroic.
Discover the perfect venue for the Scottish wedding of your dreams.
Craigh na Dun or Castle Leoch may have been a figment of Outlander author Diana Gabaldon's imagination, but this fascinating world of standing stones, romantic castles and sweeping scenery was inspired by real places and heritage. Not only that, the TV adaptation was filmed partly on location in Scotland. Discover the sites in Scotland that double for the fictional land of Claire and Jamie.
One of the highlights of any trip to Scotland, the spectacular Glencoe is a world-famous Scottish landmark and features in Outlander's opening credits. The wonderful world of Glencoe, located by the 'Outdoor Capital of the UK', Fort William, charms with its high mountain peaks, ridges, rushing rivers and waterfalls. Not far away, just past Fort William, is the legendary Glenfinnan Monument where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard and started the Jacobite Rising of 1745.
Replicas of 18th century turf-roofed Highland crofts at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore made the ideal choice for period scenes, including when Dougal collects the rent. Visit to learn how Scottish Highlanders lived, built their homes, dressed and more.
The historic George Square in Glasgow is turned into a 1940s set to film Frank's spontaneous proposal to Claire. While you may not find old-fashioned vehicles and trench-coat wearing men when you visit, you will instantly feel as if you've stepped back in time as the area boasts many ornate buildings with fine period features.
The stunning Doune Castle near Stirling plays a leading role in the show, substituting for the fictional Castle Leoch – home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan in the 18th century. It also features in the 20th century episode when Claire and Frank visit the castle in ruins on a day trip. Visit this once royal residence and picture the grand banquets that would have once been held here.
The idyllically-located area around Rannoch Moor in Perthshire is seen in the background as Claire and Frank enjoy their second honeymoon, following the end of the war. Why not take your own tour of the area and explore the awe-inspiring mountain scenery as enjoyed by the couple in the first episode?
The Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway in West Lothian was transformed into a wartime London railway station where Claire and Frank say their goodbyes. Tour this heritage railway and explore Scotland's largest railway museum, before taking advantage of the chance to board a preserved vintage steam train or diesel-hauled train.
In the village of East Linton is the picturesque Preston Mill – one of the oldest, working, water-driven meal mills in Scotland. It provides the backdrop for a number of scenes during the Jacobite Risings. Tour the mill to see and hear the mechanisms in action, or catch an exhibition on the history of Preston Mill and the people who lived and worked here.
The quaint seaside town of Troon in Ayrshire is the setting for the scene where Claire, Jamie and Murtagh arrive at the coast and board a 17th century ship to deliver Jamie to France. Overlooking the Isle of Arran, Troon boasts stunning sandy beaches and is a wonderful destination for a relaxing seaside holiday.
The delightful 12th century Aberdour Castle doubles as the fictional monastery where Claire and Murtagh bring Jamie to recover after his ordeal at the prison; the Old Kitchen and Long Gallery were used for filming. Situated on the Fife coast, this splendid ruined castle was once a luxurious Renaissance home, and is amongst the oldest standing masonry castles in Scotland.
The charming Glencorse Old Kirk near Edinburgh, nestled in the grounds of the Glencorse House in the foothills of the picturesque Pentland Hills, is where Claire and Jamie tie the knot. With its lush parkland, lake and splendid garden, it's a wonderfully atmospheric venue, if not one of the most romantic wedding venues imaginable for an Outlander fan.
The entrance and corridors of this ruined palace are used as Wentworth Prison where Jamie is imprisoned. Once a favoured royal residence of the Stewart kings and queens and the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, this wonderful 15th century site, with its elegant courtyard, still oozes charm and glamour. Tour it for a great insight into what life in such a vast palace must have been like.
Set in a fascinating walled graveyard, this characterful rural church with medieval origins is known as Cranesmuir Church and hosts the scene of the infamous witch trial. Visit to step back in time and stand in Claire and Geillis's fictional footsteps in the pulpit – if you dare! Note: There is no parking available at the church - please show consideration for other road users when parking nearby.
Nestled in the heart of Fife, this atmospheric, medieval castle features as Eldridge Manor, the home of the MacRannoch's where Claire is brought after being rescued from the wolves and where she hatches a plan to set Jamie free involving Sir Marcus' prized Highland cattle. Visit this working living castle for a peek of what life was once like.
Standing looking out over the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh is the impressive Blackness Castle, often referred to as 'the ship that never sailed' due to its ship-like shape. This 15th century fortress provides the setting for the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall, as well as featuring in the heart-wrenching scene of Jamie's incarceration.
Pollok Country Park doubles as the grounds surrounding the fictional Castle Leoch (S1). The park also stands in for the French countryside that the characters travel through between Le Havre and Paris (S2). Explore this extensive woodland area – it was once voted the best park in Britain and Europe.
One of the finest examples of Scotland's grand architecture, the splendid Hopetoun House near South Queensferry on the outskirts of Edinburgh doubles as the stately home of the Duke of Sandringham (S1); provides the backdrop for Parisian streets, the spare room in Jamie and Claire's Paris apartment, and the Hawkins Estate (S2). Interesting fact: in real life the house is vast compared to how it appears in the TV show as some of its wings were digitally erased.
You can recreate one of the first scenes of the TV series in the town of Falkland in Fife, which substitutes for 1940s (S1) and 1960s (S2) Inverness. The Covenanter Hotel stands in for the cosy Mrs. Baird's Guesthouse; the Bruce Fountain is where the ghost of Jamie looks up at Claire's room; Fayre Earth Gift Shop doubles as Farrell's Hardware and Furniture Store; and Campbell's Coffee House and Eatery is Campbell's Coffee Shop in the show.
The rustic town of Culross in Fife is a unique example of what a town in Scotland would have looked like during the 17th and 18th centuries. The town's Mercat Cross area is transformed into the fictional village of Cranesmuir where Geillis lives, and behind the impressive Culross Palace is where Claire's herb garden at Castle Leoch is located (S1). The town also lends its backdrop to the Jacobite encampment and makeshift hospital scenes (S2).
The picturesque harbour of Dysart with the Harbourmaster's House has been transformed to portray the French port of Le Havre in the 1740s where Jamie and Claire land when they escape to France. It is also where the St. Germain's Warehouse is based. Situated right on the Fife Coastal Path, Dysart Harbour near Kirkcaldy is part of a conservation area retaining many original buildings.
Located between Linlithgow and Falkirk, the park lends its backdrop to the dramatic Battle of Prestonpans, and doubles as a British encampment and the English countryside. Visit and lose yourself in acres of woodland and parkland, follow the River Avon Heritage Trail to see relics of industrial archaeology, and explore the spectacular river gorge.
The Reaper is a historic two-masted sailing lugger that appears as one of the vessels in Dysart Harbour, seen in Outlander as the port of Le Havre. Restored to her original glory, she's one of the last authentic survivors of this type of vessel. She's berthed in Anstruther harbour and is cared for by the Scottish Fisheries Museum and its volunteers. Note: access to the ship should be arranged in advance.
Steeped in history, this large and gorgeously decorated 14th century house – set within the grounds of the historic landscape of Callendar Park in Falkirk – is a real architectural gem. The authentic Georgian working kitchen was used as part of the home of the Duke of Sandringham, Bellhurst Manor. Take a tour of the house, its grand rooms, magnificent sweeping staircases, and splendid lawns.
Scenically set in a wooded glen in Kilmarnock, the restored 14th century Dean stands in for Beaufort Castle near Beauly in the Highlands. Claire and Jamie visit Lord Lovat at the castle to persuade to send his men to aid Charles Stuart. Why not explore the castle and its grounds including the kitchen garden, the Pinetum which dates back to 1918, and the fallow deer park?
Standing in for the ornate park and orchard of the Palace of Versailles in France, the stunning Drummond Gardens are one of Europe's finest examples of a formal garden. Designed in the Italian parterre style, the gardens are approached by a mile-long driveway of beech trees that leads to the imposing walls of Drummond Castle. Look out for the peacocks which lend an aristocratic air to the garden's scenery! Note: the castle isn't open to the public.
Set at the entrance to the dramatic Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, and housed in a former cotton mill, Deanston Distillery provides the setting for Jamie's cousin's wine warehouse on the docks of Le Havre. Take a behind-the-scene tour of the distillery to discover the centuries-old tradition of the whisky distilling process.
This magnificent 17th century castle boasts over 40 acres of beautiful gardens set near Thornhill in Dumfries & Galloway. The exterior, living rooms and bedrooms became Bellhurst Manor, including one bedroom once slept in by Bonnie Prince Charlie on his way north to Culloden. Explore the Renaissance castle to see spectacular collections of silver, French furniture and art.
Loch Katrine – the inspiration and setting for Sir Walter Scott's poem The Lady of the Lake – is the quintessential Trossachs landscape. Drive along the beautiful oak-laced shore and nearby hills like Rodger MacKenzie and soak up the peace and tranquillity of the surrounding countryside – perfect if you're up for a get-away-from-it-all break.
The crypt of this imposing medieval cathedral doubles as L'Hopital Des Anges in Paris where Claire volunteers to work. The cathedral has a rare timelessness to it and is a stunning example of Gothic architecture; it boasts one of the finest post-war collections of stained glass windows in Britain, and is also one of the few Scottish medieval churches to have survived the Reformation unscathed.
Originally designed by one of Scotland's greatest architects, Robert Adam, the pleasure gardens and woodlands that surround this lavishly decorated house – which borders on the palatial – double as the Stable Building at the Palace of Versailles in France. Note: part of the grounds is available for the public, but the house is only open for visiting on certain days of the year. Please check before you travel.
Discover intriguing history, fascinating culture,
breathtaking nature, mouth-watering larder,
and maybe even that Scotland is the land of your ancestors!
If you liked the Scottish landscape you saw on the screen - the rolling green hills and majestic mountains and stunning rivers and lochs, come to Scotland and experience it all first hand - you will be wowed!
Woodlands and forests are teeming with wildlife, parks and gardens are packed with exotic species and the thousands of miles of beautiful coastline guarantee you will find the ideal beach or island for your relaxing break.
Did you know that there are over 50 million people across the world that can lay claim to Scottish ancestral ties? Are you one of them perhaps? You could be Jamie's ancestor or a descendent of Clan MacKenzie, or another famous Scot!
Find a wide range of family history resources to help you explore your roots.
Scotland is renowned for its unrivalled produce worldwide, from porridge and Crannachan to Scotch broth and the smoked fish soup Cullen Skink.
Uncover the fascinating history of kilt from its early origin in the Highlands to the modern kilts of today. You can even design your own tartan for a kilt!
The language spoken by the Outlander characters is Gaelic, and it can still be heard in some parts of Scotland. Try to master a few useful phrases yourself!
Learn about Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Battle of Culloden and the Jacobite Risings, or relive this era at many themed events or at the Highland Folk Museum where you can get an insight into what life was like in 18th century.
Scotland is dotted with fascinating historic sites, from romantic castles to enigmatic standing stones, while the country's past is shrouded in mystery and legends. Find your ideal Castle Leoch or the mysterious Craigh na Dun!
The best-selling novels by an American chart-topping writer Diana Gabaldon centre around Claire Randall, a WWII nurse living in the 1940s with her husband Frank. While on their second honeymoon to Scotland, Frank researches his family history and to pass time, Claire goes plant-gathering near a stone circle from where she gets mysteriously sent back in time to 1743 war-torn Scotland. She meets a young and chivalrous Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser, falls for him and is left torn between her 18th and 20th century lives.
Roam the streets of Inverness where Claire's adventure begins while on her second honeymoon with Frank. If you too have roots in the Highlands like Frank does, head to the Highland Archive Centre and uncover your family's Scottish history. Or venture beyond Inverness in search of the mysterious Craigh na Dun, which swept Claire back in time; the nearby Clava Cairns are said to have provided an inspiration for this site. Visit it and experience the mystical atmosphere for yourself.
Enjoy a day trip to Loch Ness and keep an eye out for the legendary and elusive Loch Ness Monster, referred to as the water horse in the novel, as you cruise on the calm waters. The magnificent ruins of Urquhart Castle, perched on a rocky peninsula, on the very edge of the loch, are the perfect spot for a picnic. Why not extend your stay in the area and take in the nearby village of Beauly? It's associated with Clan Fraser of Lovat from whom Jamie descends. Here, you can also visit the tranquil ruins of Beauly Priory where Claire meets Maisri the seer.
The journey along the Caledonian Canal and Great Glen Way towards Fort William is a romantic one, offering a magical mix of native Caledonian pine forests, glistening lochs and enchanting moorlands. Enjoy it on foot or from horseback, as the newly-wed Claire and Jamie did after their wedding, and admire scenic landscapes and great wildlife along the way. You will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the mountains, which get even more dramatic as you approach Fort William, the 'Outdoor Capital of the UK'.
The monument marks the spot where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard, starting the 1745 Jacobite Rising. Set amidst typically superb Highland scenery at the head of Loch Shiel, near Fort William, the Glenfinnan Monument is a tribute to the Jacobite clansmen who fought and died in the cause of Prince Charles Edward Stuart. Atop the 18m high column is a lone kilted Highlander who surveys the land where the Highland way of life was soon to be extinguished. At its visitor centre, learn about and be stirred by this tumultuous chapter in Scotland's history.
It's here that Claire and Jamie said their tearful goodbyes. Visit this eerie but atmospheric site where many clans, including the Frasers and MacKenzies, fought in the 1745 Jacobite Rising alongside Bonnie Prince Charlie. You can learn more about the events leading up to, during, and after the Battle of Culloden at the award-winning Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre with the exciting interactive exhibition, immersive film and battlefield tour. As you tour the site, ponder for a moment and pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the last battle ever fought on British soil.
Scotland's capital city is the setting for a number of scenes in the books. Wander the atmospheric cobbled streets and narrow wynds of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh's Old Town, where Claire and Jamie reunite after 20 years. Packed full of history, the Canongate and Holyrood sections of the Royal Mile are two of the Old Town's most fascinating areas. They form part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the buildings here have remained largely unchanged for centuries.
No Outlander experience would be complete without a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of HM The Queen in Scotland, and where Claire and Jamie beseeched the Prince to abandon his hopeless cause. The palace is situated at the end of the Royal Mile, and is closely associated with Scotland's turbulent past, including Bonnie Prince Charlie, who held court here during his attempt to reclaim the throne for his father. Other royal figures include Mary Queen of Scots, who lived here, as well as successive kings and queens who have made the palace the premier royal residence in Scotland.