Follow the footsteps of Jamie and Claire across the filming locations from the Outlander series and visit the sights and attractions that inspired this tale in a day tour from Edinburgh or Glasgow.
You will begin your journey at the filming location of The Royal Burgh of Culross, a town that time has passed by, which lies on the banks of the River Forth and was the location for the fictional village of Cranesmuir. The town centre dates back to the 16th Century and it is at Culross Palace that you will find Claire’s herb garden and many of the buildings that star in the show. It is the most complete example in Scotland today of a Burgh of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Falkand, (Inverness 1946 in Outlander), is where you can see Mrs Bairds Bed and Breakfast as The Covenanters Hotel situated in the heart of the historic village opposite the recognizable ‘Bruce fountain’ and Falkland Palace with the Lomond Hills as the dramatic backdrop. Stop here to enjoy refreshments in the coffee shop before taking a wander around the village square to see the village parish church, which was renamed Dalneigh Parish Church for the series and further along the road, Greenhouse Chinese Restaurant became Farrell’s Hardware and Furniture Store. Internal boards concealed the real interior, while its windows were stocked with authentic period merchandise.
Leaving Falkland now travel to Castle Leoch, home to the fictional Colum MacKenzie and the MacKenzie clan, in the beautiful little town of Doune. Doune Castle was built around 1400 by Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany, Earl of Menteith and Fife, a magnificent late 14th century
courtyard castle. It plays a leading role in the show standing in for the fictional Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan in the 18th century episodes, and if you want to see the famous backdrop where Claire mysteriously disappears through the standing stones Its most striking feature is the 100ft high gatehouse which includes the splendid Lord’s Hall with its musicians’ gallery, double fireplace and carved oak screen and you can hear the stories of the making of Monty Python and the Holy Grail which was also filmed at the castle.
A quick photo-stop at Linlithgow Palace which stands in for the prison entrance and corridors before visiting nearby the 15th century fortress of Blackness Castle which doubles as the setting for the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall and the heart-wrenching scene of Jamie’s incarceration before returning to the capital.
If you’re a fan of the TV show or just want to explore some of the amazing scenery and hidden secrets of Scotland, then this tour is for you!