Outlander Odyssey

 

Take a trip back in time to visit the romantic and picturesque villages, towns and lochs featured in the popular "Outlander" TV series. We suggest 4 different options on this theme.  Although Scotland is a small country, the Outlander attractions are so widespread that it would take weeks of travelling to visit them all. 

 

Whilst focusing on one specific area of Scotland, we also provide local knowledge to link the sites in the best order and make sure that little gems are not missed along the way. Your tour can include several locations from Outlander Series 1 and 2 or even a trip to Cumbernauld where filming of Culloden's battlefields recently took place for the long-awaited 3rd series .

 

The Kingdom of Fife

One of the first scenes of "Outlander" is set in the town of Falkland in Fife, which substitutes for 1940s and 1960s Inverness. Other Fife landmarks and buildings include the 12th century Aberdour Castle as the Abbey of Ste Anne de Beaupre, the village of Culross as the fictional village of Cranesmuir, as well as the backdrop to the Jacobite encampment and makeshift hospital, and Dysart harbour, which was transformed to portray the French port of Le Havre.  One of the tall ships, "The Reaper", is berthed in the harbour at Anstruther. 

Gateway to The Highlands

Heading north, Doune Castle, near Stirling, is transformed into the fictional Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan. It also features in the 20th century episode when Claire and Frank visit the castle ruins.  Other popular places used in filming include the wilderness of Rannoch Moor, the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore with its replicas of turf-roofed crofts, and the stunningly beautiful area of Tulloch Ghru near Aviemore.  

The spectacular Glencoe is used in the opening credits and shows Scotland at its best, with high mountains, wildlife, rivers and waterfalls. 

The Scottish Lowlands

Looking out over the Firth of Forth is the impressive Blackness Castle. This 15th century fortress provides the setting for the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall, as well as the heart-wrenching scene of Jamie's incarceration.  Other well-known landmarks include the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway, transformed into a wartime London railway station, the charming Glencorse Old Kirk where Claire and Jamie tie the knot, and Hopetoun House, doubling as the stately home of the Duke of Sandringham, the backdrop for Parisian streets, the spare room in Jamie and Claire's Paris apartment and the Hawkins Estate..  

The West of Scotland

The historic George Square in Glasgow was turned into a 1940s set to film Frank's spontaneous proposal to Claire. The nearby Pollok Country Park doubles as the grounds surrounding the fictional Castle Leoch, as well as standing in for the French countryside when the characters travel between Le Havre and Paris. The crypt in Glasgow Cathedral doubles as l'Hopital des Anges in Paris, Culloden's battlefield is, in fact, fields outside Cumbernauld and the beautiful seaside town of Troon, overlooking the Island of Arran, is the setting for the scene where Claire, Jamie and Murtagh arrive at the coast and board ship to deliver Jamie to France.

MORE TOUR IDEAS

Castles and Clans

Visit the ancestral homes of clan chiefs and romantic figures or perhaps take time to discover your own ancestral heritage.

The Water of Life

Follow a whisky trail around Scotland and learn the story of our national drink whilst enjoying a dram or two along the way.

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