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.

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!

  • Nature and landscape

     
    Nature

    Roam the great outdoors

    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.

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  • Ancestry

     
    Ancestry

    Research your ancestry

    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.

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  • Traditional food and drink

     
    Food

    Discover Scottish flavours

    Scotland is renowned for its unrivalled produce worldwide, from porridge and Crannachan to Scotch broth and the smoked fish soup Cullen Skink.

    Sample the distinctive tastes of whisky or haggis - very popular in Jamie's time. It's probably as close to the 18th century food as you can get!

    Learn more about the traditional Scottish food and throw an Outlander-inspired dinner party with the help of our fantastic Scottish recipes.

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  • Uniquely Scottish

     
    Uniquely Scottish

    Uniquely Scottish

    From tartan to bagpipes, from Highland gatherings to Highland games, these icons of Scotland are recognised worldwide and are part of Highland culture.

    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!

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  • History and Legends

     
    History

    Delve into the past

    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!

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The Outlander phenomenon

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.

Outlander's book locations

Inverness, where the adventure unfolds...

Inverness River Ness dusk

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.

Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle & Beauly

Urquhart Castle

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 romantic Great Glen Way

Glen Affric loch sun

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'.

Glenfinnan Monument

Red Deer Glenfinnan Monument

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.

Culloden Battlefield

Culloden sunset

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.

Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile and the Old Town

Royal Mile Performers

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.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse Edinburgh

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.

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