Inverness, where the adventure unfolds...
Roam the streets of Inverness where Claire's adventure begins. If you too have roots in the Highlands like Frank does, head to the Highland Archive Centre. 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.
Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and Beauly
Enjoy a day trip to Loch Ness and keep an eye out for Loch Ness Monster, referred to as the water horse in the novel, while Urquhart Castle is the perfect spot for a picnic. Nearby is the village of Beauly, associated with Clan Fraser of Lovat from whom Jamie descends; visit the tranquil ruins of Beauly Priory where Claire meets Maisri the seer.
The Romantic Glen Way
The journey along the Caledonian Canal and Great Glen Way towards Fort William is a romantic one, offering a mix of 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. The breathtaking views get even more dramatic as you approach Fort William.
The monument marks the spot where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard, starting the 1745 Jacobite Rising. Set 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 the Prince. At its visitor centre, learn about this stormy chapter in Scotland's history.
It's here that Claire and Jamie said their tearful goodbyes. Visit this site where many clans, including the Frasers and MacKenzies, fought in the 1745 Jacobite Rising alongside Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Edinburgh's Royal Mile and the Old Town
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 this street are two of the Old Town's most fascinating areas.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
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 cause. Situated at the end of the Royal Mile, the palace is closely associated with Scotland's turbulent past, including Bonnie Prince Charlie.