Where is Outlander filmed


The Highland saga "Outlander" is based on the successful book series by Diana Gabaldon and is about the clever and tough military nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), who is mysteriously transferred from 1945 to the 18th century of the Scottish Highlands. There she meets the Highlander Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and has to cope with other customs and traditions of that time. The imagined world of Claire and Jamie is made up of many real Scottish sights.

The fictional Leoch Castle is in truth Doune Castle near Stirling. This is where Frank (Tobias Menzies) and Claire come by on a day trip in the 20th century and this is where Colum MacKenzie (Gary Lewis) and his clan live in the 18th century. By the way, “Outlander” fans can borrow costumes for their own photos in the castle shop there. The former royal residence was also the location for the Monty Python film "Knights of the Coconut" and the series "Game of Thrones".

The first episodes of the series are set in Inverness in 1940he and were filmed in County Fife, in the city of Falkland. Mrs. Baird’s Guesthouse, where Claire and Frank are staying, is actually the Covenanter Hotel. At the Bruce Fountain, the fountain in the square in front of the church, Frank notices in the first episode the silhouette of a Highlander looking up at Claire's window. The shop window, in which Claire wishes for a little more stability in her life when she sees a vase, really belongs to the Fayre Earth Gift Shop, right on the other corner of the square. The place where Frank spontaneously asked for Claire's hand is in Glasgow. However, it's not the oft-mentioned historic George Square, but John Street one block to the east.

The fictional village of Cranesmuir, where Geillis Duncan (Lotte Verbeek) and her husband Arthur live, is the town of Culross, also in Fife. Here you can well imagine what a Scottish place must have looked like in the 17th or 18th century. The film was also shot in the Culross Palace, as well as in the herb garden behind it, which Claire ordered at Leoch Castle. Another filming location nearby is West Kirk. The castle ruins served in "Outlander" as a place with dark forces, behind which, however, only a confusion of lily of the valley with wild garlic is hidden. Claire and Jamie get married in Glencorse Kirk not far from Edinburgh.

The magnificent Hopetown House in South Queensferry on the outskirts of Edinburgh is featured in Outlander as the manor of the Duke of Sandringham. It is actually much larger than it appears on screen as some of its wings have been digitally erased. Not far from there and with a view over the Firth of Forth, Blackness Castle rises, which serves as the headquarters of Black Jack Randall in Fort William in the series. The prison scenes were again filmed at Linlithgow Palace.

The hilly and wooded area around Tulloch Ghru can be seen in the opening credits of the series. This is also where the scenes were created in which Claire travels to Leoch Castle with the Highlanders from Craigh na Dun. The historical film scenes in and around the village of the MacKenzies were made in the open-air museum Highland Folk Museum, in which the farms of the 18th century with the grass-covered roofs were recreated. Episode 5, in which Dougal MacKenzie (Graham McTavish) collects rents and taxes in the area, was filmed for the most part here.

The Craigh na Dun stone circle does not actually exist. It was set up for filming in the Rannoch Moor area of ​​Perthshire, behind the gateway to Tullochcroisk Farm, Kinloch Rannoch. However, the scenery is as breathtaking as it is in the series. Clava Cairns near Inverness served as a real template for the stone circle.

In the final episode of the first season, Claire and Jamie set out for France on board an old ship. The scene takes place near the seaside town of Troon in Ayrshire. Your destination is the French Abbey of Saint Anne de Beaupré, which, also in Scotland, is embodied by Aberdour Castle from the 12th century.

After the second season of "Outlander", which was filmed largely in France, season 3 is back in Scotland. The scenes from the fourth season that take place in the USA were even shot there ...


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Tour tips:
Outlander tours
Day tour of the Highlands from Edinburgh
Outlander walking tour in Edinburgh

Hotel tip: Covenanter Hotel Falkland

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