Outlander Filming Locations in Scotland

by JoHarrington

Want to know where Starz's Outlander was filmed in Scotland? Looking to walk in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire? Well you've come to the right place!

For thirty-eight weeks, during the dismal autumn and winter of 2013, two hundred cast and crew descended upon Scotland.

They were there to dramatize Diana Gabaldon's 'Outlander', an epic series of novels about a time-traveler finding herself in 18th century Scotland.

Claire Randall might be desperate to return home to the 20th century, but she gets to know and love these people, especially Jamie Fraser. She also knows something that they don't. Looming on the horizon is the '45 and the horrors of Culloden.

Here's where those memorable scenes were brought to life.

Falkland in Fife Doubles as Inverness in Outlander

Presumably there were good reasons why they didn't just go to Inverness...

Image: Falkland in FifeOn October 16th 2013, Twitter erupted with Outlander hashtags.

It seemed that the entire population of Falkland, in Fife, had their camera phones out to capture the excitement in the heart of their town.

Let's face it, we all wished we were there too. I know I looked it up on a map and calculated the distance!

This picturesque location features in the very earliest scenes from Starz's Outlander. This was where Frank and Claire Randall lodged in Mrs Baird's Guesthouse, using it as a base to explore the rest of the Scottish Highlands. (Yes, we know that Fife is in the Lowlands, but Falkland was here pretending to be Inverness.)

The entire center of the town, particularly the area surrounding the Bruce Fountain, was stripped of all traces of the 21st century. For one day, it was Inverness in 1947.

Falkland Parish Church was renamed Dalneigh Parish Church (the real one is still in Inverness).

Across the road, The Covenanter Hotel became practically unrecognizable. The pillars outside its door, plus all of the window and door-frames, were repainted. This included the dining area alongside it, which was cunningly re-imagined as garages, with the help of fake frontages.

The hotel's own signage was removed and its menu boards taken in. In their place was inserted a hanging sign reading Mrs Baird's Guesthouse, est. 1865.

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.

Lomond Pharmacy was transformed into Campbell's Cafe. Bizarrely, this appears to have become a permanent fixture. A real life Campbells Coffee House and Eatery opened in the same building, as soon as the Outlander film crew left! Now that's what I call opportunism.

Meanwhile, next door, Violin Shop Falkland was changed into H Allingham's Music Shop. The owner must have been gutted. His name is Bob Beveridge. That could have been the advertising of the century!

As the day drew on, further touches were needed in order to shoot more scenes. There was blood added to the door-jamb over the guesthouse.

By night, the weather had to take a turn for the worse. Unusually for Britain in October, it wasn't actually raining, but since when did that stop a film company?  Huge cranes held the sprinklers and lighting rigs necessary to recreate a storm.

Poor Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and her husband Frank (Tobias Menzies) got very wet; and it was a wrap.

Falkland Film Location for Outlander

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Loch Rannoch: Where Outlander's Stone Circle Scenes Were Filmed

This is the place we've all been looking for! The location of Craigh na Dun in Scotland.

Image: Craigh na Dun in OutlanderWant to be there?  Don't we all!  If only to try our luck with our hands on the stones, in order to nip through into the 18th century and find Jamie.

Hopefully before he meets Claire, so... erm, maybe that's just me. It would ruin a fabulous tale, if Jamie Fraser never bumped into Claire Beauchamp Randall. It wouldn't merely be their lives ruined, but our literary world of imagination too. Not that I'd care, if I was there!

Moving swiftly on, you can actually visit the Scottish landscape where Craigh na Dun's scenes were filmed. The mountains in the background of the picture above were not created by CGI. They are right there in Scotland awaiting your dreamy gaze in wonder, or your hiking boots on their trails.

The stone circle scenes in Outlander were filmed on the banks of Loch Rannoch in Perth and Kinross. The actual aspect viewed is across Loch Rannoch, looking towards Black Mount, Lochan na h-Achlaise, Stob Ghabhar and Clach Leathad on Rannoch Moor.

I don't yet know the exact location where the film crew captured the background for Craigh na Dun. But certain clues hint that it might be towards the eastern end of the loch, heading into Glencoe.

Image: Jamie and Claire at Craigh na Dun Stone Circle
Image: Jamie and Claire at Craigh na ...

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That said, you can't go far wrong hunting for Outlander film sites along the banks of Loch Rannoch. Many random scenic shots, dotted throughout the show, came from there too.

However, you'll be sorely disappointed if you go there expecting to find Craigh na Dun stone circle itself. That was filmed somewhere we'll never be able to visit - *sob* - as revealed in the Outlander film guide segment below.

Rannoch: Craigh na Dun Film Site for the Stones in Outlander

Outlander Film Set: Former Isola-Werke factory in Cumbernauld

This was the location of the sound studios, where the majority of the interiors in Outlander were filmed.

In theory, Falkland was revealed as just a short bicycle ride (or car drive, if we're going by the novels) from the infamous stone circle of Craigh na Dun.

But don't rush there just yet.

Fans of Diana Gabaldon's writing have long since been disappointed to learn that particular monument is fictional.

Though I am highly amused that The Megalith Portal have felt the need to list it, presumably because they kept getting queries as to Craigh na Dun's location!

The reality of Craigh na Dun's filming location couldn't be less glamorous if it tried.

For many years, the Isola Werke UK factory was a sizable employer in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire. Based in the Ward Park area of the commuter town, a workforce of about 550 people manufactured circuit boards.

Then the recession hit and the factory was closed down. For eight years, the industrial complex sat there, slowly becoming derelict.

Entrepreneur Terry Thomson bought the site in 2013. He is the chairman of an engineering company, Thomson Pettie Group, but his vision was firmly attuned to the bright lights of the entertainment business.

He transformed 130,000 square feet of buildings and warehouses into a professional film studio. Then went after his first big contract - the US Starz adaption of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. Against the odds, he secured it too!

The Scottish government, and its arts subsidiary Creative Scotland, immediately took notice. Perhaps not quite believing their luck, permission was granted for Ronald D Moore's crew to film wherever appropriate within Scotland's historic heritage buildings.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond allocated a budget of £640,000 to further facilitate the development of the former Isola-Werke factory into a credible film studio. Down in Westminster, Chancellor George Osbourne announced that there would be substantial tax breaks, as a further incentive for filming high-end, high-budget shows in Britain, instead of, say, Ireland. (Everyone was very bitter about missing out on Game of Thrones.)

It was a sound investment. It's expected that Outlander will boost the Scottish economy by £20 million!

Unfortunately for the prying public and rabid fans (myself included), the studio is off limits. High walls and tight security kept us from getting a glimpse of what's going on inside.

However, this is where all of the interiors for Outlander were filmed. Craigh na Dun exists only on a sound stage within that complex. Though whether they'd nailed the whole time passage aspect of it remains to be seen.

Isola Werke, Cumberland - Film Studio for the Outlander Show

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Hunterston House in West Kilbride is Rev Wakefield's Rectory

This mansion house is still home to the head of Clan Hunter, and it has featured in several other productions prior to being an Outlander film location.

There is the cutest story about the Outlander filming location for Reverend Wakefield's rectory.

Tiny Rory Burns plays the young Roger Wakefield in flashbacks. He received a personal limousine to pick him up (with Mum) and got to film a scene eating a biscuit.  As there were three takes, he had three biscuits. This was apparently the highlight of his life!

I can't help thinking that one day he's going to be old enough to look back, and realize that, in the vast scheme of things, the biscuits weren't the actually most exciting aspect here...

The interiors for the rectory in Outlander were all filmed at Hunterston Mansion House, in West Kilbride, Ayrshire.This is where Frank and Rev Wakefield talked genealogy, and Claire had her tea-leaves read by Mrs Graham, amongst other scenes.

It's not the first time that the home of Clan Hunter has been used as a television or movie location. Various rooms turned up in The 39 Steps, Vincent Van Gogh - Painted with Words, Sherlock Holmes, Child of Air, Young James, Rebus and a documentary about the Glencoe Massacre.

Hunterston House was built in 1799 for clan leader Robert Hunter and his wife Eleanor. It's not open to the public. Visitors can go four miles across the Hunterston Estate to the old Clan Hunter HQ at Hunterston Castle. However that's only on one day in every year. Contact the current clan chief Madame Pauline Hunter for details.

UPDATE:   In the comments here, Angus from Hunterston House has confirmed that only the interiors were filmed there. He does not know where the exteriors were shot. Which brings us to this current mystery:

Where was Reverend Wakefield's House Film Location in Scotland?

The exterior doesn't look like Hunterston Mansion House to me. Anyone know where this is? It's always possible that it's a different aspect to that seen in pictures.
Image: Rev Wakefield's Rectory in Outlander
Image: Rev Wakefield's Rectory in Outlander
Image: Reverend Wakefield's House in Outlander
Image: Reverend Wakefield's House in Outlander

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Location of Rev Wakefield's Rectory Film Location in Outlander

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Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore - Scottish Crofts in Outlander

In the very first episode Jamie, Claire and posse visit a croft for shelter. You can visit it too! Not to mention other towns in Outlander.

There are authentic 18th century, turf-roofed crofts in Badenoch's Highland Folk Museum. Reconstructed buildings, they are historically accurate in every detail. Which made them perfect as Outlander film sets.

Located in the village of Newtonmore, the living history museum was the brainchild of Dr. Isobel F. Grant, who traveled around the Highlands collecting and preserving cultural materials. The crofts and other buildings were taken down, brick by brick, from their original locations, then carefully reassembled at the site near Aviemore, Badenoch.

The ready-made backdrop of an 18th century township meant that the Highland Folk Museum could be used whenever an Outlander scene called for ordinary houses. The cast and crew were there for much of late March/early April 2014.

It doubled as the crofter's house in episode one, plus a MacKenzie village later on. It turned up again in episode five, where authentic houses were needed over and over again while Dougal collected the rent.

Location of the Highland Folk Museum - Leoch in Outlander

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Tulloch Ghru, Aviemore - Outlander TV Show Film Site

Stunning scenery in the Cairngorms stands in for the journey from Craigh na Dun to Castle Leoch. It's in the opening credits too.

Image: Tulloch GhruTulloch Ghru is part of the Cairngorms National Park, just outside Aviemore, where some filming took place. 

Unfortunately I'm struggling to locate it on a map (though Larig Ghru is right there). Hence if you visit, it might be best to nip into Aviemore and ask somebody for directions. The location can be seen on the map above.

However, there is a Tulloch just to the north-east of Aviemore, as you can see from the old map reproduced left. No Ghru, but it may be the same one.

As far as I can currently ascertain, the first episode scenes - where Claire rides with Jamie and the Highlanders - were largely filmed there. There is plenty of woodland around. The ancient remnants of the Caledonian Forest run parallel to the area, from Abernathy Forest in the north to Rothiemurchus in the south-west.

A further hint might be in the translation from the Gaelic of Tulloch Ghru itself. It means 'wooded hill alongside the (River) Druie'.

UPDATE!  Highland Nick has come to our rescue, leaving this comment:

'Tullochghru, Aviemore is about 2 miles south east of Aviemore (and one mile south-east of Inverdruie).  Tulloch - a different place altogether, is north east of Aviemore and is on the edge of the Abernethy Forest near Nethy Bridge.'

Thank you very much!

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Doune Castle in Perthshire Becomes Outlander's Castle Leoch

The great Inverness seat of Clan MacKenzie is located just outside Stirling in reality.

Amongst the properties made available by Alex Salmond's government was the former royal residence of Doune Castle, in Perthshire.

Built in 1400, the castle was home to Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany, who acted as Regent of Scotland from 1388-1420. Part of it was damaged during the very Jacobite Uprising depicted in the show.

Making the property available was a huge commitment. Doune Castle is a major tourist attraction, yet filming Outlander there meant that it had to be closed to the public for several weeks.

Doune Castle is the substitute for the fictional Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and the central point for the whole of Clan MacKenzie.

That blind-sided everybody, who'd naturally assumed that Castle Leod - the real life seat of Clan MacKenzie and Diana Gabaldon's inspiration for Castle Leoch - would be the filming location.

But Castle Leod is the private residence of the Earl of Cromartie, and it was completely renovated in the late 19th century. It simply doesn't look the part anymore. While Doune Castle most certainly does!

Doune is seen in both the 18th and 20th century portions of Outlander. In the latter, Frank and Claire visited the castle in ruins. Digital manipulation was used to create that illusion.

Back in 1743, the Great Hall and other interiors were reproduced back in Cumbernauld. Great care was taken to ensure that all of the measurements were exact, to produce as perfect a replica as possible. They even went as far as to make castings of the stonework, so that the sets would match back in the studio!

This might seem like a lot of work, when there's a perfectly serviceable Great Hall right there, not to mention the rest of the castle's extremely solid rooms.

But Doune Castle is a historical monument. Permission could not be granted to change any aspect of it, which was a necessity when a film crew had to fix equipment to the walls and change the furnishings to make it all seem authentically 18th century.

Plus the sound stage versions could lose a wall or two, if needful for lighting purposes.  It was safer all round just to do it there.

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Glasgow's Pollok Park as the Grounds of Castle Leoch

Claire establishes herself here as the castle medic, after travelling back in time to 1743. She wanders the estate looking for medicinal herbs and other plants.

On November 14th 2013, Caitriona Balfe and a gaggle of child actors descended upon Pollok Country Park in Glasgow. Naturally they took the film crew with them.

Three miles away from the city center, this is the only country park within Glasgow. But parts of its 146 hectares were closed to the public, while Outlander filming took place there.

The park will double as the grounds of Castle Leoch, when we see it on-screen. It's here that Claire interacts with Hamish MacKenzie and friends, while keeping a sharp eye out for a glimpse of Jamie.

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Cranesmuir Scenes for Outlander Filmed in Culross, West Fife

The town of Cranesmuir is the setting for some of the more dramatic scenes in 'Outlander'.

Image: Mercat in CulrossCulross is such a tiny, rural village, nestled in the heartland of West Fife.  But it was decidedly busier between November 19th-21st 2013.

That's when the Mercat area was transformed into the fictional village of Cranesmuir.

The beautiful disruption of an Outlander crew descending spread further than that. In the run up to filming, residents were warned that several streets would be closed to traffic. They were West Green, Lower East Sandhaven, Back Causeway, Mid Causeway, Wee Causeway and Tanhouse Brae.

No modern vehicles could be parked in Sandhaven or Low Causewayside, suggesting that these streets would feature prominently in the shoot.

Cranesmuir is the village closest to Castle Leoch. It's where Claire visits for medicinal supplies, treats one or two residents (more as news like her gets round) and has a fateful meeting with the fiscal's wife, Geillis Duncan.

Half-tone Print of Culross from 1952

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Claire's Herb Garden is in Culross Palace, Fife

One of Culross's most historic buildings is the Bishop's Palace owned by the National Trust for Scotland.

Behind Culross Palace is a beautiful herb garden, and that's where Claire's garden was filmed. It just looks like it's in Castle Leoch because of some clever editing.

Outlander's Black Kirk is also in Culross!

With much thanks to Cherish for discovering the film location of the Black Kirk from Outlander for us.

Image: The Black Kirk in OutlanderI can't tell you how many hours I've spent trying to find these ruins. The Black Kirk featured in an early episode of Outlander and I've been hunting for its real world location ever since.

You really don't realize quite how many derelict kirks there are dotted around the Scottish landscape, until you've flicked through hundreds of them one by one.

Therefore, on a very personal level, I'd like to repeat that huge thanks to Cherish for pinpointing it on a map. 

It's in Culross. Why didn't I think to look there first? So many scenes were filmed for Outlander in the vicinity of that tiny Fife village. The whole place is practically Outlander central!

Culross West Church doubles as the dreaded Cranesmuir Black Kirk, where children dare themselves to venture, and some come out poisoned. Claire, of course, wishes to check it out too, finding the culprit plants almost immediately.

The ruined old parish church of Culross was built circa 1500-1560. It didn't have a very long tenancy as the village's spiritual center, as an Act of Parliament switched those duties over to the Abbey Parish Church in 1633. Nevertheless, people continued to be buried in its hallowed grounds right up until the 18th and 19th centuries.

Most notably, there's the big mausoleum belonging to the Dalgeish family, which can be glimpsed in aerial shots from Outlander.

Image: Culross West Church - the Black Kirk in Outlander
Image: Culross West Church - the Black Kirk in Outlander

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Finnich Glen: Where Dougal Tests Claire to See if She is Lying

Even if Finnich Glen wasn't an Outlander film location, I'd want to go there. It's very beautiful, isn't it?

Image: Finnich Glen in OutlanderFinnich Glen is also known as The Devil's Pulpit. Personally count me in to hear the sermon!  And by 'hear', I mean wonder off exploring the pretties, as soon as I get there.

This picturesque 100ft deep gorge was the film setting for when Dougal relied on the truth-inducing waters to discover if he might trust Claire's word. She passed with flying colors. 

In Outlander, the gorge looked like it was quickly accessible from the trackway running alongside. Finnich Glen is that, but only for those able to descend through a narrow passage on steep Victorian stone steps.

It may be found just off the A809, a mile out of Killearn, on the road to Drymen.  However, there's no parking there, if you're approaching via car. Instead you'll have to take the turning onto the B8054, and pull into a lay-by. Then traverse the neighboring field towards the stream, and over to the western edge to find the rough hewn stairway down.

That might seem like a great deal of hassle, but I'm still in. It's the prettiest Outlander location yet!

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Finnich Glen

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Blackness Castle is Home to Black Jack Randall

At least it is in the Outlander TV production universe! (And not too far from it's actual history either....)

Its shape, and the fact that it juts out over the Firth of Forth, has earned Blackness Castle the epitaph of 'the ship that never sailed'.

In Outlander, this 15th century fortress doubles as the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall. It's the place where Jamie was so horribly hurt during his incarceration.

Blackness Castle is a very fitting location for all of that. From its earliest mention in the records of 1449, it was already serving as a prison under the control of Sir George Crichton, Sheriff of Linlithgow and Earl of Caithness. Not to mention Lord High Admiral of Scotland.

Many a Highlander must have languished in its stone cells, dreaming of home just like Jamie.

During Jamie's time though, it was a garrison of the British Army.  It didn't become a prison again until 1759.

Outlander isn't the first time that Blackness Castle has been used as a film set.  It popped up as the backdrop in Hamlet (1990), The Bruce (1996), Ivanhoe (1997), MacBeth (1997) and Doomsday (2008).  (I recently watched that latter film. I will never get back that hour and half of my life. I do NOT recommend it. Unless you have guests whom you want to prompt into leaving. Baaaadddd film.)

However, it's worth noting that Graham McTavish - Dougal in Outlander - played Banquo in this production of MacBeth.

Graham McTavish in MacBeth at Blackness Castle

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Glencorse Old Kirk: Jamie and Claire's Wedding Film Location

At Milton Bridge, just outside Edinburgh, there is a beautiful old church. Any Outlander fan will recognize it instantly.

Glencorse Old Kirk is the film location for Jamie and Claire's impromptu wedding, which saved her from the clutches of Black Jack Randall. 

Let's face it, we were all clued to the screen, awwwing and wiping little tears away, for that one. Even those of us who claim not to have a romantic bone in our bodies!

Better yet, it turns out that this is a venue for real world marriages too. Not merely in the fact of it being a kirk, but complete with the whole reception package next door at Glencorse House too. If you want to totally fan geek out on this, you could also request a brochure.

Glencorse Old Kirk would certainly have been around in Jamie Fraser's day, though quite new.

It was built in 1665, originally as a big rectangle in shape.  It was aligned in the usual way, east to west. Then in 1699, the north and south aisles were added to create a cruciform. The Old Kirk at Glencorse was used for worship right up until the 19th century, when it was superseded by a larger kirk nearby.

Old Kirk only fits 130 people into its pews, most of them shivering, as the roof was also removed in the 1800s. Though restoration work is continuing apace, and unless that Outlander scene involved some CGI, then it certainly seemed to me like Glencorse Old Kirk had a roof!

Before the cast and crew of Outlander turned up, the Old Kirk's main claim to fame was that Robert Louis Stephenson belonged to its congregation. In fact, he reputedly quipped that should he ever return as a ghost, it will be to Glencorse Woods or the bridge close to the kirk. So watch out for him there then.

* My great thanks to Dingbat, who not only found this Outlander film location for us, but came back to double check that I'd added it here. Very fortunately for you all, as it turned out that I'd been distracted by real life and it was still outstanding!  Thank you, Dingbat.

Behind the Scenes of the Outlander Wedding Film Set

That is one seriously heavy dress!

Map to Jamie and Claire's Outlander Wedding Church

Outlander Wedding Film Location 2: Frank and Claire

Of course, Claire was already married when she snagged Jamie, though her husband was a few centuries away from even being born.

We don't get to see much of Claire's first wedding day, when Frank spontaneously proposed to her in the street. Right in front of the registry office door too, so she couldn't get cold feet by thinking about it for too long!

Not that she appeared to be having much trouble there. Her eyes shone at the prospect.

The Outlander film location for Frank's proposal is just off George Square in Glasgow. I warrant it's not usually full of 1940s era vehicles and trench-coat wearing men. Though if anyone goes to check it out, please do report back on that score.

Filming for these flashback scenes took place on May 18th and 19th 2014

Image: Claire and Frank's Wedding in Outlander
Image: Claire and Frank's Wedding in Outlander

George Square, Glasgow Film Location in Outlander

Where is the Lallybroch Film Location in Scotland?

This is a place very dear to all Outlander fans. It's Jamie Fraser's childhood home, and technically where he still lives as Laird of Broch Turach.

Image: Lallybroch from the Outlander showUPDATE:  Angela and James left a comment here explaining where Lallybroch is in reality. It's Midhope Castle, which is on the Hopetoun Estate, near to Edinburgh.

However, it IS unsafe and it's also on private property, so no-one go rushing there uninvited!  Go and read the comments for more information.


I really wish that I could tell you the Outlander filming location of Lallybroch.  So far this one has me stumped!

We know what it looks like.  The concept art was revealed at the Outlander Fan Event Panel in New York, early in October 2013.

We also have some details about the property. The real life location of Lallybroch is actually a ruin. Behind that lovely exterior, the building is a shell.

The secrecy surrounding where it is may be due to the fact that it's dangerous inside. Fans rushing to have their picture taken there could get smacked by a bit of falling masonry.

Other clues to finding Lallybroch include the modern building, which sits just to the side of the property and has been air-brushed out of the images. We also know that it was chosen because the exterior is authentically 18th century.  Remember that this was a home constructed by Brian and Ellen Fraser, in order to raise Jamie and his siblings.

Because the interior is so wrecked - and it only appears once in flashback in the first season of Outlander - those scenes have been moved outside. We will see Jenny Fraser fight off Black Jack Randall in the courtyard, while Jamie's arrest takes place outside the archway on the road itself.

If anyone out there does know where this building can be found, please do leave a comment. I'd be thrilled to update this, with all due credit to yourself.

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Miscellaneous Filming Locations for Outlander in Scotland

Here I list all of those places in Scotland which were used as Outlander sets, but which I haven't much more information just yet.
  • Tibbermore Church in Perth.  My best guess was that this is the chapel used for the wedding scene in Outlander. But the current word on the street is that it'll be the place where Gellis and Claire's witch trial is held. I guess we'll wait and see.
  • Barskimming Estate near Mauchline. This related to filming on August 4th 2014, so may well feature in season two, not one.  There were outdoor scenes involved.
  • The Study (and Three Sisters) in Glencoe.  This mountain range is seen in long shots of Scotland.
  • Lochan na h-Earba on the Ardverikie Estate near Loch Laggan, Badenoch.  Filming took place on the north side of the loch in scenery shots for the very first episode.
  • Glenn Kinglass, Arrochar Alps, near to the Firth of the Forth.
  • Limekilns, Fife. Fishing village on the Firth of the Forth.  Strong rumor that this was the location where Claire was married in Outlander, and that filming also took place at the harbor itself. The latter may be a long shot taking in the location of Outlander's Wentworth Prison.
  • Aberdour Castle, Fife.  The castle and gardens were closed between September 4th and 19th 2014 to allow the Outlander crew to film.
  • Dumbarton Castle. Sam was photographed there on set by Just Jared magazine, published on August 5th 2014.
  • Cumbernauld Glen - vicinity of Doo Cot and Millennium Stone - filming on February 14th 2014.  With thanks to Dingbat for the heads up.
  • Balgonie Castle near Glenrothes, Fife.  Found by Dingbat.
  • 'Preston Mill was used for an obvious scene :) It was also used for part of the Witch Trial. It's an NTS. I'd send you a photo but I don't know how.
    Balgonie Castle was used for the MacRannoch scene they focus on weddings so you may not always be able to visit.' SamTourGuide

I will update them with their own sections, as I know more about their place in the show.

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Guide to the Locations in the Outlander Novels

This Wizzley article has been all about the places found in the television drama 'Outlander', but there is plenty more to discover in Scotland.

The real life settings in Diana Gabaldon's work may not match those used in the television adaptation. The fictional ones unfortunately remain in the ether, to be imagined afresh by all who read those epic stories.

If you would like to track down the Scottish locations in Outlander, then may I recommend the Outlandish Companion as your guide? 

I've owned this volume for years. It's fascinating and wonderful, great to just dip in and out of as a coffee table book. Or you can do as I did, when I first held it in my sweaty hands, which was to lie on a settee and devour every word until it was read.

Through the Stones is a new one on me, though a comment on the Amazon page informs us that it's merely an over-priced, European copy of the Outlandish Companion.  I'd stick with the original, if I were you.

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The Battle of Bannockburn marked a key turning point in Scottish history. Its 700th anniversary is in 2014. Robert the Bruce forged freedom for Scotland.
It was the largest battle ever fought between Scotland and England. Yet it was chivalry which condemned the Scots to their heaviest loss of life in a single day.
We drove through the night and slept in the car, impulsive eye-witnesses to a day destined to hit the history books. Scotland voted and we were there.
Updated: 03/16/2015, JoHarrington
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KC on 09/03/2017

Midhope Castle/Lollybrach is not to be missed. It's in a remote area of the Hopetoun House/Duke of Sandringham's home, which is rather remote itself for being close to Edinburgh. You purchase the £5.00 parking pass at the Hopetoun Estate Farm Store and get directions from the staff. I didn't get detailed enough directions and got lost but it was worth my efforts. SatNav/GPS wasn't helpful. Of course it was worth my efforts.

Blackness Castle/Fort William and Linlithgow Palace/Wentworth Prison are also nearby. The palace is in the heart of Linlithgow so GPS took me right there. However, for the castle it took me to a hill overlooking it in the distance! It's rural so no place to ask directions.

Culross and Falkland are fabulous. Drummond Castle Gardens/Versailles Gardens are beautiful but I enjoyed the less formal ones at Culross/Castle Leoch herb garden and Falkland Palaces much more.

The standing stones of Clava Cairns are a couple of minutes from the Culloden Battlefield. The Highland Folk Museum/rent collection village where Claire helped dye wool is about an hour away.

Scotland also has some spectacular Harry Potter related sites as well

I spent a few weeks there and miss it a lot. Edinburgh is a city where I'd love to live. Through my genealogy research we found a house where my husband's ancestors lived from 1800 to 1820 as well as churches they attended.

Tracey on 01/02/2017

Hi Hilary..interesting! But the outlander crew and cast are on hols at the moment, or so I believe..Anyone know when they start back? I havent been lucky in catching any sightings, so if you do get a heads up, id love to know before they set sail for the Caribean/South Africa. I think they have still to film the scene..its Arbroath in the book..where a major event happens to young Ian..dont want to spoil anything for anyone! I also think there is maybe more filming to happen at Lallybroch..maybe Beecraigs doubles for that? Keep the info coming..much appreciated!

Hilary on 01/02/2017

I was driving home one night, up over Ravenscraig in West Lothian and walking down the road towards me were men in 1745 garb, but also an old 40s car. All very confusing! But at least I wasn't hallucinating. Later I went walking in Beecraig and was told they'd been filming earlier that day...Then in my village word went out they were filming too down at the Avon Gorge...So the lady further down who says she heard in Linlithgow that they were filming nearby was probably right. Beecraig was shut again recently too for filming but no one seems to know what?

Tracey on 11/01/2016

I was thinking how easy it would be to film in Scotland as there are so many beautiful and private large estates. I spent the weekend having a great time walking the dog around A couple of these nearby.

Susan on 10/29/2016

Thanks for posting about the Black Kirk being in Culross. I've been to Culross many times, but it was only when I was doing some micro-research by going through Series 1 scene-by-scene that I realised I should have taken a look there too.

Paula on 09/03/2016

They might be, I only know of Craigmillar for definite. They tend to use Beecraigs country park near where I live too but not heard anything about there either. I'll update if I do.

TRacey on 09/03/2016

Thanks Paula..I was also wondering if they might be using Duddingston village ..just a thought as it is such a micro site within Edinburgh..any news or views on that

Paula on 09/03/2016

Diane, they're at Craigmillar Castle in Edinburgh from September 5th. The Castle has been closed to the public for a couple of weeks (another Historic Scotland property) and that's the reason.

Diane Campbell-white on 09/01/2016

Coming to Scotland beginning of sept, does anyone know where they are filming outlander

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