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Explore the land that inspired Outlander on this epic, 12 day Outlander tour of Scotland.

See where Outlander stars, such as Sam Heughan (Jamie) and Caitriona Balfe (Claire), shot their scenes at Outlander filming locations from season 1 and season 2 and visit Outlander book locations.

Along the way you’ll also explore historic attractions with real-life Jacobite connections, where you can delve into the true story of the Jacobite cause.

Transport

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Days

12

Miles

774

Route

Edinburgh - Stirling - Fife - Inverness - Fort William - Glasgow - Dumfries & Galloway - Edinburgh

Highlights

Outlander filming locations, book locations and historic attractions.

Areas Covered

East, North, West and South.

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Day 1

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Day 1 – Exploring Edinburgh

Spend your first day exploring the story of the Jacobites and Edinburgh’s connections with Prince Charles Edward Stuart, better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie.

This is your chance to learn more about the political landscape that Claire falls into when she travels back in time to 1743, two years before the 1745 Jacobite Rising led by Bonnie Prince Charlie.

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Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Book location and Jacobite connection

Located at the foot of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is an elegant royal residence with links to monarchs from throughout the centuries. Today it is the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty The Queen.

In September 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie established his court at Holyroodhouse for six weeks. This is portrayed in the Outlander novels when Claire and Jamie visit the Prince at the palace and beg him to abandon his hopeless cause.

Jacobite connections to look out for in the palace:

  • The Great Gallery, where Bonnie Prince Charlie held a lavish ball.
  • The ‘Darnley’ bed which the Prince slept in during his stay. The bed was originally supplied for the Duke of Hamilton in 1682. You’ll find it in The Queen’s Bedchamber.
  • Portraits of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his brother, Henry Benedict Stuart, which were painted by Louis Gabriel Blanchet in 1739. You’ll find these in the Royal Dining Room.

Open: all year

Old Town

Book location

In the Outlander novels, Claire and Jamie are reunited after 20 years in Edinburgh's Old Town.

Stroll up the cobbled Royal Mile and browse the shops you pass. Look out for the Celtic and Outlander inspired items at Hamilton & Young Jewellery Designers.

While you’re walking, pay attention to the beautiful architecture around you too. The Old Town is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site (together with the New Town on the north side of the city centre) and the buildings you’ll pass remain largely unchanged from how they would have looked centuries ago.

National Museum of Scotland

Located just a short walk from Royal Mile, on Chamber’s Street, the National Museum of Scotland is full of intriguing objects and brilliant stories.

Head to Level 3 of the Scottish History and Archaeology galleries to discover the true story of the Jacobites. The Jacobite Challenge uses key objects to tell the story of the Jacobite cause and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s time in Scotland. Jacobite objects in the national collection include the Prince’s backsword, shield and clothes.

Open: all year

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Day 2

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Day 2 – A day out to Bo’ness & Linlithgow

Take a ride on a vintage train and tour a beautiful ruined palace on this great day out from Edinburgh. Another lovely stop on your journey from Edinburgh (or on your way back) is South Queensferry, where you can see the iconic Forth Bridges up close.
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The Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway

Filming location – season 1

How does a leisurely ride in a comfy vintage train carriage sound to start your day? Bo’ness Station on the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway stood in for the wartime London railway station where Claire and Frank said goodbye before taking up their wartime duties.

Watch the scenery glide past from the steam or diesel-hauled train and explore the Museum of Scottish Railways, Scotland's largest railway museum, which is next to Bo’ness Station.

Open: seasonally

Linlithgow Palace

Jacobite connection and filming location – season 1

Explore the nooks and towers of this beautiful ruined palace and take a refreshing walk around Linlithgow Loch.

In 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie visited the palace on his journey south. Its elaborate courtyard fountain is said to have flowed with red wine to mark the occasion!

In Outlander the majestic entrance and corridors feature as Wentworth Prison where Jamie was imprisoned.

Open: all year

Top tip: Linlithgow has a direct rail connection to Edinburgh which takes just 20 minutes.

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Day 3

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Day 3 – Exploring attractions en route to Stirling

Travel from Edinburgh or Linlithgow to Stirling, stopping at two beautiful stately homes and a fortress castle as you go.
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Blackness Castle, Falkirk

Hopetoun House

Filming location – season 1 & 2

Dating from the 17th century, Hopetoun House near South Queensferry is a beautiful stately home surrounded by a vast, 6,500 acre estate.

In Outlander parts of the house and grounds double as the Duke of Sandringham’s stately home, the spare room in Jamie and Claire's Paris apartment, the Hawkins Estate and the backdrop for Parisian streets.

Another key filming location on the Hopetoun Estate is Midhope Castle, which features as the exterior of Jamie’s beloved Lallybroch.

While no filming took place inside the castle (its derelict inside) the exterior is instantly recognisable. Please note, Midhope is located on a private part of the Hopetoun Estate and access is restricted. If you want to visit, you need to purchase a vehicle permit from the nearby Hopetoun Farm Shop.

Find out more about visiting Midhope Castle.

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Blackness Castle

Filming location – season 1 & 2

Stop for a visit at Blackness Castle, a 15th century fortress on the banks of the Firth of Forth.

In Outlander the castle features as Black Jack Randall’s headquarters in Fort William. Its internal courtyard is shown in the heart-wrenching scenes from Jamie’s incarceration.

Open: all year

Callendar House

Filming location – season 2

Stop for an afternoon visit at another grand stately home – Callendar House in Falkirk. Located within the expansive greenery of Callendar Park, the house dates from the 14th century and has hosted many famous historical figures, including Bonnie Prince Charlie.

In Outlander the house’s authentic Georgian kitchen appeared as part of Bellhurst Manor, the home of the Duke of Sandringham.

Open: all year

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Day 4

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Day 4 – A day trip from Stirling

Hop in the car and enjoy a day out from Stirling. Today is the day you’ll visit Doune Castle – otherwise known as Castle Leoch – as well as two other great attractions.

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Drummond Castle Gardens

Filming location – season 2

The beautiful Drummond Castle Gardens is one of Europe's finest formal gardens. In Outlander the gardens are shown as the ornate park and orchard of the Palace of Versailles in France.

During your visit look out for the two beautiful copper beech trees which were planted by Queen Victoria in 1842.

Open: seasonally

Note: Drummond Castle itself isn't open to the public.

Deanston Distillery

Filming location – season 2

Formerly a working cotton mill, Deanston Distillery is now famous for the glorious whisky it produces. Take a tour to find out how whisky is made.

In Outlander the historic buildings stand in for Jamie's cousin's wine warehouse on the docks of Le Havre.

Open: all year

Doune Castle

Jacobite connection and filming location – season 1

One of the major stops on your itinerary – a visit to Doune Castle. This striking ruin doubles as the exterior of Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan in the 18th century.

Nowadays Doune Castle might be most famous as an Outlander filming location, but did you know that the castle has real life Jacobite connections too? The Jacobites took the castle from government troops in 1745 and, following the 1746 Battle of Falkirk, government prisoners were held there.

Open: all year

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Day 5

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Day 5 – Historic towns in Fife

Wake up in Stirling before travelling over the Firth of Forth into Fife. Today you’ll visit two beautiful historic towns - Culross and Falkland.
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Royal Burgh of Culross

Filming location – season 1 & 2

With its cobbled streets and rows of historic cottages, your visit to Culross will feel a little like stepping back in time to the 17th and 18th centuries.

In Outlander the Mercat Cross area in the centre of the town becomes the fictional village of Cranesmuir, where Geillis lives, while the garden behind Culross Palace stands in for Claire's herb garden at Castle Leoch.

Open: town – all year, Culross Palace – seasonal

Falkland

Filming location – season 1 & 2

Explore the historic streets of this picturesque town and visit grand Falkland Palace, which was built in the 1500s and became a favourite country residence for many kings and queens.

In Outlander, Falkland is one of the first places shown on screen - the town substitutes for 1940s Inverness where Claire and Frank go on their second honeymoon.

Around town you can visit:

  • The Covenanter Hotel, which stands in for the cosy Mrs Baird's Guesthouse.
  • The Bruce Fountain, where the ghost of Jamie looks up at Claire's room.
  • Fayre Earth Gift Shop, which doubles as Farrell's Hardware and Furniture Store.
  • Campbell's Coffee House and Eatery, which becomes Campbell's Coffee Shop in the show.

Open: town – all year, Falkland Palace – seasonal.

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Day 6

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Day 6 – Discovering Highland history

Watch the landscape changing from pastoral lowland scenery to rugged Highland peaks as you travel from Falkland to Inverness, stopping en route to visit a replica 1700s Highland settlement.
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Highland Folk Museum

Filming location - season 1

See what life was like for the people of the Highlands from the 1700s up until the 1960s at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore.

In Outlander the museum's replica 18th century Highland crofts are shown when Claire joins Dougal and his followers on their task to collect rent from the clan's tenants.

Open: seasonal

Culloden Battlefield

Book location and Jacobite connection

Stand on the rugged moorland where the 1746 Battle of Culloden took place and feel the atmosphere of the site where one of the most harrowing battles in British history took place.

Culloden Moor was the site of the Jacobites’ final stand in the Risings, when Bonnie Prince Charlie and his followers, including clans such as the Frasers and MacKenzies, were defeated by the Duke of Cumberland's government troops.

In the Outlander novels, the moor is where Jamie fights in the 1746 Battle of Culloden. Pop into the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to discover more about the battle.

Open: battlefield – all year, Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre - seasonal

Clava Cairns

Located just a few minutes’ drive from Culloden Battlefield, the Clava Cairns are said to have provided an inspiration for Outlander’s mysterious Craigh na Dun – the standing stones which sweep Claire back in time.

This sacred site was an important Bronze Age burial place. Its grave sites, cairns and standing stones date from around 4,000 years ago.

Make sure and take lots of pictures, but please don't climb on any of the monuments.

Open: all year

Stay in Inverness

Day 7

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Day 7 – Exploring Inverness and Loch Ness

Wake up bright and early to get the most of your day in Inverness. Spend the morning exploring the city before heading to Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle.
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Inverness

Book location

Explore the beautiful Highland city that Claire and Frank choose for their second honeymoon in the Outlander novels.

Top places to visit in Inverness include:

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Loch Ness

Book location

A trip to Inverness isn’t complete without visiting Loch Ness. This huge expanse of water is an immensely impressive sight – the loch holds more water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined.

There are several boat tour companies that will take you out for a cruise on this iconic stretch of water.

In the Outlander novels Claire and Frank take a cruise on the water and in her 18th century life Claire meets the Loch Ness Monster here (referred to as a water horse in the novel).

Urquhart Castle

Jacobite connection

On the north west shore of Loch Ness you’ll find the beautiful ruins of Urquhart Castle. The site has been a significant place since around AD 580, when St Columba is said to have visited. There has been evidence of a castle on the site since the 1200s.

It was the first Jacobite Rising of 1689 that marked the end for Urquhart Castle as a working castle and garrison. In 1692, following the end of the first rising, government forces blew up the castle to prevent it falling under Jacobite control in the future. Urquhart Castle has lain in ruins ever since.

Take a tour to learn about the castle’s history and explore the ruins.

Open: all year

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Day 8 – Driving the Great Glen to Fort William

Admire the views of native Caledonian pine forests, glistening lochs and open moorlands as you drive through the Great Glen on your way from Inverness to Glenfinnan. This is the glen that Claire and Jamie rode through after their wedding in the Outlander novels.
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Glenfinnan Monument, Loch Shiel

Glenfinnan Monument

Jacobite connection

Stretch your legs and breathe in fresh Highland air as you visit the Glenfinnan Monument on the banks of Loch Shiel. Bonnie Prince Charlie raised the Jacobite flag here in August 1745 (beginning the final Jacobite Rising), after arriving on the mainland from the Outer Hebrides.

Climb the monument for views out across Loch Shiel and pop into the visitor centre to learn more about the 1745 Rising.

Open: site - all year, Monument & Visitor Centre – seasonal

Tip - While you’re here, make sure to snap some pictures of the nearby Glenfinnan Viaduct – it’s a famous filming location from the Harry Potter movies.

West Highland Museum

Jacobite connection

Explore the history of the west Highlands and see archaeological finds and treasures from throughout the area. The museum also has a great Jacobite exhibition with plenty of lesser-known stories to uncover.

Some of the fascinating items you can see include:

  • Bonnie Prince Charlie's death mask
  • A fine silk waistcoat belonging to the Prince
  • A fan created for a grand ball at the Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • A secret portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie

Open: all year

Nevis Range Mountain Gondola

Get a better view of Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis, on a gentle ride in a suspended mountain gondola up the side of Aonach Mor, one of Ben Nevis’ lofty neighbours.

Soak up the far reaching views towards Ben Nevis, Fort William, the Great Glen and the surrounding Highlands and hop off at the top station to visit the Snowgoose Restaurant & Bar, where you can have a hot drink, a tasty snack or a meal.

Open: all year except for an annual maintenance period in winter

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Day 9

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Day 9 – Exploring Glen Coe en route to Glasgow

Set off from Fort William on your journey south to Glasgow. Your route will take you through one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland – through the deep valley of Glen Coe.
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Glen Coe

Filming location – season 1

Featured in Outlander’s opening credits, visiting world-famous Glen Coe will be a highlight memory from your trip. Driving through this deep-carved glen feels like you’re entering in a secret part of Scotland.

Pull into one of the parking places to absorb the atmosphere created by the towering peaks around you before popping into the Glen Coe Visitor Centre. You can grab a bite to eat here before browsing the exhibition.

Open: glen – all year, Glen Coe Visitor Centre – all year except a few weeks in December/January

Tip – You don’t need scorching sunshine to get the most from this beautiful place. In many ways Glen Coe is even more striking on an overcast, brooding day, when mist is sweeping down the glen and cloud is lying low on the hills.

Glasgow Cathedral

Filming location – season 2

Built in the 1100s, Glasgow Cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in the city and one of the most intact medieval cathedrals on the Scottish mainland.

Visit to see its beautiful Gothic architecture and step down into the historic crypt, which was built in the mid-1200s to house the tomb of St Kentigern.

In Outlander the cathedral’s crypt doubles as L'Hopital Des Anges in Paris, where Claire volunteers to work.

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George Square

Filming location – season 1

In the evening, head to George Square to see the historic area that becomes the 1940s spot where Frank spontaneously proposes to Claire.

Enjoy a stroll through the square as you soak up the ornate architecture of the surrounding buildings and study the square’s many statues and monuments. There are plenty of great places to go for dinner in this area, or in the nearby Merchant City too.

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Day 10 – Exploring Glasgow

This is your chance to soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Glasgow – Scotland’s largest city. There are plenty of top attractions to visit today, including Pollok House and the Hunterian Museum.
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Pollok House, Glasgow

Pollok Country Park

Filming location – season 1 & 2

Visit Pollok House in the south of Glasgow to see the historic building’s grand rooms and vast servants’ quarters. The main part of the house was built in 1752 – during Jamie’s time in Outlander.

In the TV series Pollok Country Park, which surrounds Pollok House, features in a few different scenes. It doubles as the grounds surrounding Castle Leoch and also stands in for French countryside as the characters travel between Le Havre and Paris.

Open: all year

Hunterian Museum

Located in the historic University of Glasgow buildings, the Hunterian Museum has lots of fascinating exhibits and stories for you to uncover, including medicine, zoology and anatomy.

Make sure to visit Mackintosh House too, to see the home that Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed with his wife Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh.

Open: all year

Ashton Lane

In the evening head to the city’s West End for dinner and drinks. Look out for Ashton Lane with its twinkling fairy lights, quirky places to eat and independent cinema.

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Day 11

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Day 11 - Exploring Galloway

Drive south from the vibrant city of Glasgow to explore the lush landscapes of Dumfries & Galloway, Sam Heughan’s homeland.
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Drumlanrig Castle

Jacobite connection and filming location – season 2

Take a tour of this beautiful 17th century castle, near Thornhill, and explore period rooms filled with artwork, French furniture and antiques. Afterwards take a stroll in the castle’s 90,000 acre estate which includes championship mountain biking trails.

In Outlander, the exterior, living rooms and bedrooms of Drumlanrig Castle became Bellhurst Manor, including a bedroom that was once slept in by Bonnie Prince Charlie, as he made his way north to Culloden.

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Galloway Forest Park

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Day 12 – Heading back to Edinburgh

Your final day takes you from Dumfries & Galloway back to Edinburgh, stopping at some great historic attractions en route.
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Traquair House, Innerleithen

Traquair House

Jacobite connection

Explore Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, a former royal hunting lodge dating from 1107 which remains a family home to this day.

Wander round the beautiful rooms, tour Traquair House Brewery and navigate your way around the maze.

While you’re there find out more about Traquair House’s Jacobite connections - in the 1700s the earls of Traquair supported the Jacobite cause. Bonnie Prince Charlie even visited the house in 1745.

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Robert Smail’s Printing Works

Pop into this historic print works to see how items such as stationary and newspapers would have been printed before the time of computers.

Although the printing works date from 1866 (after Jamie’s time in Outlander) this quirky historic attraction will give you a feel for what life may have been like for Jamie in his print shop on the Royal Mile in the Outlander novels.

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