Magical Outlander filming locations you can visit in Scotland

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Posted by Clare on 4th September 2020

Long before it came to our shores, Outlander was incredibly popular in the States. So, it was no surprise when it quickly became a hit with the UK audience.

The period fantasy show, based on Diana Gabaldon’s series of novels, features Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe as protagonists Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall in a tale of passion, time travel, mystery and pain.

Set in 18th century Scotland, the series showcases a stunning array of filming locations across the country, from Falkland in Fife to Rannoch Moor in Perthshire.

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We’ve put together a comprehensive guide of the northernmost Outlander filming locations, where fans can take in gorgeous landscapes and relive scenes from the impressive TV series.

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Series one

Much of the first series was filmed in the glorious landscape of Scotland so there are plenty of fantastic locations to visit.

Falkland, Fife

Representing 1940’s Inverness, the picturesque town of Falkland features early on in the first show. At the Bruce Fountain, keep an eye out for Jamie’s ghost which was seen by Claire, and visit the remarkable Covenanter Hotel which is just as cosy as its on-screen alibi Mrs. Baird’s Guesthouses. You may also recognise Campbell’s Coffee Shop and Farrell’s Hardware and Furniture Store from when Claire was window shopping.

Falkland cottages

Tulloch Ghru

Close to Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park, the stunning scenery of Tulloch Ghru features within the opening credits and provides the atmospheric backdrop for Claire and Jamie’s ride with the Highlanders from Craigh na Dun to Castle Leoch.

Aviemore cottages

Highland Folk Museum

The 18th century Highland Croft replicas within the Highland Folk Museum were used for Mackenzie village scenes and in the very first episode when Claire, Jamie and the clansmen were sheltering. It also took on the role of Leoch village later in the series.

Finnich Glen

This 80-foot-deep gorge cut through a quarter of a mile of sandstone is the magical backdrop for the scene in which Claire’s honesty is tested by Dougal at the fictional St. Ninian’s Spring.

Stirling cottages

Doune Castle: Outlander Filming Locations

Doune Castle

Another castle playing a prominent role in the series is Doune Castle, which represents the fictional Castle Loch where Colum MacKenzie and his clan reside. You can follow in the footsteps of Claire and Frank’s visit to the ruins by taking a tour to learn more about its true history.

Aberdour Castle

The romantic ruins of what was once an opulent home, Aberdour Castle doubles as St Anne de Beaupré’s monastery in France to where Jamie escapes, as his Uncle is Abbot there.

Culross

Set on the River Forth and like a scene straight out of the 16th century, it’s not difficult to see why Culross’ Mercat area was picked to represent the fictional town of Cranesmuir. Walking its narrow, cobbled alleyways, you really feel as though you’ve been taken back in time. The garden of the palace is where Claire tends to the herbs in the series, in the grounds of the fictional Castle Leoch.

Preston Mill and Phantassie Doocot

It's no surprise that this picturesque mill and doocot (that used to house 500 pigeons) were chosen as a backdrop for the Outlander series. Preston Mill and Phantassie Doocot were featured as an atmospheric backdrop for some of the 1940s scenes.

Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway

Not only is a trip on the Bo’ness and Kinneil Steam Railway a thrilling experience for all the family, but the station is also where Claire and Frank bid their emotional goodbyes. In the series it represents the 1940’s London station where Claire heads to the Front.

Blackness Castle: Outlander Filming Locations

Blackness Castle

Commanding incredible views out over the Firth of Forth and beyond to Fife, Blackness Castle features as the home of the formidable Black Jack Randall where Jamie was hurt and imprisoned.

Linlithgow Palace

Playing a fleeting role, Linlithgow Palace is where the prison corridors and entrances were filmed in episode 15 of Outlander. In ‘real life’ it was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and acted as a mid-point for the royals when they were travelling between Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle.

George Square, Glasgow

The incredible architecture and golden Glasgow stone makes this a special and romantic spot. It was picked to be the setting where Frank proposed to Claire out of the blue.

Glasgow cottages

Troon

Scenes from the end of the first series were shot at the spectacular seaside town of Troon. While there, the cast were filmed on board a 17th century ship.

Troon cottages


Series two

In the second series Outlander took to Europe and commenced filming in Prague and France. However, no country could compare to the incredible Scottish backdrop meaning lots of filming still took place in the North.

Clava Cairns

One of the most significant places in the series is the Standing Stones, the mystical spot where Claire was first brought back in time. Many Outlander fans will know that it was filmed at Clava Cairns, a burial site built in the Bronze Age.

It’s an incredible place to watch the sun set and during the winter solstice two of the cairns align with the sun, making it a magical place to visit.

Drummond Castle Gardens

Claire and James spend much of series two in Versailles, but did you know part of it was filmed in Scotland? In fact, Versailles was replicated by the spectacular Drummond Castle Gardens. Take a look and imagine you are wandering the gardens of a French palace.

Duncarron Medieval Village

Much of the fighting in series two was shot here at Duncarron Medieval Village. Incredibly unique, this village was built by volunteers who were inspired to create a museum without glass cabinets – one where you can get involved in Scottish history.

Since then it has been funded by various TV shows and films that have shot scenes here and is run by The Clanranald Trust. Public events include living history workshops and displays.

Glasgow Cathedral

The inside of Glasgow Cathedral was used for filming Mother Hildegarde and the nuns of the Couvent des Ange, replicating the L’Hopital des Anges.

Cumbernauld Glen

The Battle of Culloden becomes a huge hurdle to Claire in series two as she tries to help Jamie. The scenes were not filmed on site due to its significant historical importance but instead were filmed in Cumbernauld Glen, and they are returning to this magnificent spot for the filming of series four.

For insight into that period of history, Drummossie Moor where the Battle of Culloden took place is still worthy of your attention.


Series three

The third series saw filming all the way out in South Africa but again the team always returned to glorious Scotland for spectacular landscape and fantastic architecture.

Kelvingrove Park

The wonderful Kelvingrove Park was the backdrop for Claire in episode two of series three when she was pushing Bree’s pram. It’s a popular place and is located in the west of Glasgow.

Bakehouse Close

In the aftermath of Culloden, Jamie opens a print shop business in Carfax Close under the pseudonym of Alexander Malcolm. The location for this print shop was the Old Town Bakehouse Close, a gorgeous old stone building.

Only the exterior of the property was used during filming, but this is where Claire and Jamie were finally reunited after years of separation, making it a must-see for any fan.

Edinburgh cottages

Craigmillar Castle

In series three, Craigmillar Castle was used to film Ardsmuir Prison run by Lord John Grey. This was where Jamie and other Jacobites were imprisoned.

This majestic castle is most famous for having hidden Mary Queen of Scots in 1566. It’s a great castle for exploring so it’s no surprise it was chosen as a location for the show.

Dunure

A quaint village on the west coast of Scotland. It has a fishing harbour and incredible cliff views that were often used as a backdrop throughout series three.

Firth of Clyde cottages


Series four

In series four, the Outlander characters spend a lot of time in North Carolina, yet much of the filming still takes place in beautiful Scotland. With such a remarkable variety of landscapes in the north, why would you ever film anywhere else?

Faskally Forest

The expansive Faskally Forest in Perthshire provided the perfect cover for filming, far from the sounds of the 21st century. It’s the backdrop for the Mohawk Village and the Outlander Art Department spent over a year researching and building canoes, wigwams, the council house and more set pieces to create the village.

Perth cottages

St. Andrews in the Square

This beautiful 18th-century church in Glasgow was transformed into a theatre in Willington by the Outlander team where Claire and Jamie attend a play and Claire has to perform an emergency medical procedure. Filming at St. Andrews in the Square took place in March 2018.

Beecraigs Country Park

Another impressive forest used in Outlander series 4 filming, Beecraigs Country Park first appears in episode 3 ‘The False Bride’, when Claire gets lost while horse riding during stormy weather. It appears again in episode 4 ‘Common Ground’ when Jamie meets with Quincy Meyers.

Abercorn Church

Abercorn Church’s graveyard is the stunning setting for an emotional moment as we see Bree standing over Frank’s grave wondering if he’d still be alive had she stayed with him. The church itself is a charming building with Romanesque architecture set in the quiet hamlet of Abercorn.

Link Bridge

This bridge over at Stirling University appears briefly at the end of ‘False Bride’ as a stand-in for Boston Airport where Bree meets Roger for the festival.

Hill of Row

Up on the Hill of Row near the David Stirling Memorial in Doune, Claire and Jamie’s picturesque Carolina log cabin sits hidden among the forest. It’s a truly iconic location during series four.  


Series five

Series five sees Claire, Jamie, Brianna and Roger still living in North Carolina so it’s no surprise they continued their work in Scotland which was so wonderful as a stand-in for the American landscape during series four.

Thomas Coats Memorial Church

Both the interior and exterior of this magnificent church in Paisley were used during scenes set in the sixties, featuring Caitriona Balfe.

Queen’s Park

We know that Queen’s Park in Glasgow was visited by the Outlander team in July 2019 for filming series 5. This beautiful parkland has historical significance as it was built on the site of the Battle of Langside, Mary Queen of Scots’ final battle.

Tyninghame Beach (Ravensheugh Sands)

Back in September 2019, the Outlander team were spotted filming in this stunning Scottish location. Scotland has many magnificent beaches but Tyninghame Beach can be considered one of the finest with a flat expanse of golden sand backed by dunes, and pine forest at either end of the beach. Bass Rock sits around a mile offshore with its own lighthouse and breaks up the horizon view from the shore, making this place an incredible setting for filming.

The Hermitage

A protected site in Dunkeld cared for by the National Trust for Scotland, The Hermitage is home to Black Linn Falls, a folly, and towering Douglas fir trees. The Outlander crew were spotted filming here back in October 2019.


For fans of the books


Castle Leod

This is one for the true Outlander fans. Diana Gabaldon loves Castle Leod so much that she became a patron and it has been used as the fictional location, Castle Leoch, in the best-selling book series. For anyone touring the sets, this is a special place not to be missed.

Strathpeffer cottages

If you want to visit any of these gorgeous locations, you had better act quick. The archaic Victorian Infirmary was used to replicate the fictional Boston Hospital where Claire works as a surgeon in series three. This building has since been torn down, so make sure you go and see all there is to see before it’s too late.

Tempted to follow in the footsteps of the stars and visit these stunning locations yourself? Book a stay in one of our beautiful Scotland holiday cottages and set out to explore - take care when walking around those stone circles mind!

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Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.