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A Guide to Outlander Filming Locations in Central Scotland

by Amber

As I prepare to dive head-first into Season 4 of Outlander this weekend, I figured now was as good a time as any for a quick look back at some of the Outlander filming locations Terry and I have visited over the past few years.

Living in central Scotland, we’re lucky in that we quite a few different Outlander filming locations within a short drive of home. Some of these are places we’ve visited many times, without realising they’d been used in the show, while others (*cough* LALLYBROCH *cough*) are places we sought out purely because of the Outlander connection: although, to be fair, many of these historic sites are fascinating in their own right, and well worth a visit even if you’re not an Outlander fan, so please don’t let the fact that I’m talking about them primarily in the context of the show here put you off.

Oh, and a quick disclaimer: for obvious reasons, it wasn’t really possible to talk about Outlander filming locations without mentioning which scenes have been filmed in them, so if you’re not up-to-date with the current show, I can’t guarantee you won’t see any spoilers!

Where it all began…

FALKLAND / INVERNESS

Falkland, Fife

Outlander's 'Inverness'

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I’m kicking off this tour right at the very start: in the pretty little village of Falkland, in Fife – or, as Outlander fans will know it, “Inverness”. In the image above, I’m walking towards the hotel Claire and Frank checked into on their honeymoon – that’s the window Claire looks out of, in the top right of the photo – and I’m sure the rest of the street around me will be instantly familiar to anyone who’s watched Season 1.

The Covenanter hotel, Falkland - an Outlander filming location

In the show, this is Mrs Baird’s B&B. In real life, it’s The Covenanter Hotel – and a really nice spot for coffee and cake, as Terry and I can confirm. Although the interior of the hotel has an olde-worlde charm all of its own, it wasn’t actually used in Outlander, with all interior scenes being shot in a studio. The exterior, however, is fairly iconic to fans of the show, and the village itself is picture-postcard pretty, so worth visiting in its own right, too.

THE COVENANTER HOTEL

High Street
Falkland
KY15 7BU

WHILE YOU'RE THERE...

The village gift shop, Fayre Earth, appeared as Farrell’s general store, whose window Claire gazed into in episode one.

Lallybroch

A.K.A. MIDHOPE CASTLE

Midhope Castle

Lallybroch

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Outlander filming locations don’t get much more memorable than Lallybroch itself, do they?

In real life, Jamie Fraser’s ancestral home is actually Midhope Castle, near South Queensferry. Although it is open to the public, the castle is privately owed, and you’ll need a permit to access the site, which is occasionally closed, due to work on the neighbouring farm.  We visited earlier this year, and I wrote an in-depth post about our experience here: in short, though, be aware that the castle is ruined, so you won’t be able to get inside, and there are no tourist facilities such as toilets or gift shops, etc.

Lallybroch - a.k.a Midhope Castle - an Outlander filming location in Scotland

Will you care about any of those things when you’re sitting on those famous steps, or walking underneath the entrance archway? Nuh-uh…

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On the steps at Lallybroch - a.k.a Midhope Castle - an Outlander filming location in Scotland

MIDHOPE CASTLE

Abercorn
South Queensferry
EH30 9SL

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Available at Hopetoun Farm Shop
Newton
Broxburn
EH52 6QZ

Hopetoun House

Home of the Duke of Sandringham on Outlander

South Queensferry

Hopetoun House

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Located on the same estate as Midhope Castle/Lallybroch,  but this time fully open to the public, Hopetoun House is used frequently as an Outlander filming location. It’s most recognisable as the Duke of Sandringham’s residence in seasons 1 and 2, but the stable block and grounds also make regular appearances in the series: Terry and I visit the house fairly often, and we’ll frequently recognise random corners of the grounds or outbuildings in Outlander scenes, so it’s another one that’s well worth a visit, especially as it’s close enough to Midhope for you to see both locations on the same day.

Hopetoun House, Scotland

HOPETOUN HOUSE

Queensferry
South Queensferry
EH30 9RW

Tickets for the house and/or grounds are available from the ticket office next to the car park.

WHILE YOU'RE THERE...

The Stables restaurant, in the grounds of the estate, is a fantastic location for lunch or afternoon tea: read my review here.

Blackness Castle

FORT WILLIAM

Fort William

Blackness Castle

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Remember THAT scene in Season 1, where Jamie is whipped by Captain Randall? It was filmed at Blackness Castle in West Lothian, which stands in for Fort William on the show. Here’s the very location, in fact:

Outlander filming location: Blackness castle, Scotland

Like many – if not all, in fact – of the Outlander filming locations I’ve mentioned here, Blackness is well worth a visit, even if you’re not remotely interested in the fates of the fictional Frasers. The castle itself is ruined, but still fairly well preserved, with many rooms intact – which was a blessing to us, when it started pouring with rain during our visit!

Great Hall, Blackness Castle, Scotland

Although Outlander mostly used the courtyard and exterior of the castle for filming, the great hall, shown above, also looked really familiar to me, although I couldn’t find it on any of the lists of Outlander filming locations I looked at. Hmmm….

Blackness Castle, Scotland

BLACKNESS CASTLE

Blackness
Linlithgow
EH49 7NH

Tickets are available at the visitor centre next to the castle, priced from £3.60.

WANT MORE?

Read my full post on our visit to Blackness Castle here.

Culross, Fife

CRANESMUIR

Cranesmuir

Culross, Fife

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I thought I knew about all of the Outlander filming locations in this part of the world, until one day earlier this year, when my parents came back from a visit to the town of Culross, in Fife, and kept talking about how, “It’s on that TV show you like: the one you’re always talking about?”

Culross Palace, FifeWell, I did some digging, and it didn’t take me long to find out that, yup, Culross is actually used a few times in the show: most notably as Geillis Duncan’s village, Cranesmuir. The streets of the town make many appearances here, but the show also used some of the interiors of Culross Palace (Which is actually just a very large house…). Here, for instance, is Geillis’s parlour:

Outlander filming locations in Scotland: Culross Palace, Fife

While some Outlander filming locations do their best to play down their involvement in the show, during our visit to Culross Palce, we kept finding little notices dotted around the rooms, letting us know what they’d been used for: nice touch!

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Visiting Culross Palace, Fife, Scotland

The grounds of the palace (Which are absolutely beautiful, by the way…) also appeared in season one, as the herb garden at Castle Leoch (You’ll find lots of photos of Geillis and Claire there, if you have a quick Google), and the town’s Mercat Cross was used as Cranesmuir, in later scenes where Geillis and Claire were sentenced to death: cheerful stuff, then…

The Mercat Cross at Culross - an Outlander filming location

CULROSS PALACE

Culross,
Dunfermline,
Fife,
KY12 8JH

Tickets priced from £7.50.

Doune Castle

CASTLE LEOCH

Castle Leoch

Doune Castle

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Speaking of Castle Leoch, here it is! It’s actually Doune Castle, near Stirling, and we last visited it a few years ago, before I became obsessed with Outlander filming locations, so I can’t tell you much about it from a personal point of view: our visit was unplanned, and we got there just as the castle was closing for the day, so we only actually got to see the grounds!

Still, it’s pretty impressive, even from the outside, and if you get there at the right time, you can go inside, too – although be aware that only the exterior was used in Outlander: inside is mostly ruined, and nothing like Castle Leoch!

Outlander filming locations: Doune Castle

DOUNE CASTLE

Castle Hill
Doune
FK16 6EA

WANT MORE?

It’s not just an Outlander filming location: Doune Castle also appears as Winterfell in Game of Thrones, and in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. See more photos in my post about it here.

Linlithgow Palace

WENTWORTH PRISON

Wentworth Prison

Linlithgow Palace

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I grew up near Linlithgow, and have visited the palace and loch many, many times, but, even so, I totally failed to recognise it when it showed up as Wentworth Prison in season 1 of Outlander.

This is where THAT scene between Jamie and Black Jack Randall was filmed, and, unlike most of the other Outlander filming locations I’ve featured here, it’s actually the interior of the (now ruined) palace that’s most recognisable.

Linlithgow Palace, West Lothian, a.k.a Wentworth Prison in Outlander

Outlander filming locations in central Scotland

LINLITHGOW PALACE

Kirkgate
Linlithgow
EH49 7AL

WANT MORE?

The Bo’ness & Kinniel Railway is just a few miles from Linlithgow Palace, and is where Claire and Frank waved goodbye in season one.

OUTLANDER FILMING LOCATIONS

Want more?

These are far from the only Outlander filming locations in this part of the world – they’re just the ones I happen to have visited personally, recently enough to be able to remember a bit about them! I’m always on the lookout for new locations to explore, though, so if you’ve visited any yourself, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

 

(Oh, and don’t forget, you can also follow my adventures in real-time over at Instagram…)

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5 comments

Jennifer November 23, 2018 - 1:01 pm

I really like the way you’ve designed this post. Just the way you put it together, it made it even nicer to read.

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Amber November 23, 2018 - 3:19 pm

Thank you!

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Brenda November 23, 2018 - 8:13 pm

I’m really loving the layout of your new website! I was just in Edinburgh in early November (loved it and I thought of you lots, ha!!), but it was only for a few days. I stuck to the city, knowing I would come back to explore the rest of Scotland in more depth at a later time. I have read many of the Outlander books, stopping when Claire and Jamie hit North America — mostly because I got to the point where I kept thinking, “can anything more possibly happen to these people???” I haven’t gotten into the TV series yet — I think it might be fun to do so before I come back to Scotland. I may eventually pick to books up again also. They were certainly entertaining, but I didn’t get much done elsewhere because they were hard to put down! Keep up these awesome travel posts, I find them really inspiring!

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Jill www.stylishatsixty.wordpress.com November 24, 2018 - 3:00 pm

I love the Outlander books but it has took me a long time to enjoy the tv series as not all the events are in the same order. However Scotland is a beautiful country and it is a great post you have put together on the locations. Well done, loved reading it.

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Suzanne Tam November 27, 2018 - 11:22 am

Looking at these photos makes me realise just how much I miss home! And also that I really need to start watching Outlander… Brilliant, photos, Amber.

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