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Outlander | Scotland Film Locations Season 1

With season 4 of the award winning tv series Outlander about to hit our screens, we thought that there was never a better time than now to release posts covering all of Outlander’s top Scottish Filming Locations.

This post covers all the top filming locations from season 1 of Outlander- so note that there may be spoilers if you haven’t watched all of season 1 yet, as we will detail where to find each location and what exactly was filmed there.

Outlander tv series is inspired by the books written by Diana Gabaldon. Outlander is set in the 20th century after world war 2 when nurse Claire and her husband Frank go on their second honeymoon to Scotland. Claire however, falls through time though and lands in the 18th century during the time of Jacobite’s and Culloden. The story of Claire and her highlander Jamie Fraser takes them all over the world, but most of the scenes are set on location in Scotland.


George Square

George Square is a civic square in the heart of the city of Glasgow, with stunning architecture buildings and statues, and is a lovely place to wander around, just passed the Glasgow City Chambers building you will find yourself on John Street, an arched street which served as the location of the London registry office where Frank proposes to Claire in the 1940’s.

Price: Free

Location: Google maps

Featured in other seasons? No

Pollok Country Park

Within Pollok Country Park you will find Pollok House and Burrell Collection. Here on the grounds of the country park scenes of Castle Leoch were filmed

Price: Pollok Country Park is free / £7.50 to go inside Pollok House

Location: Google maps

Featured in other seasons? Yes, in season 2


Hopetoun House Estate

Hopetoun House is one of Britain’s best stately homes, and is located in South Queensferry, Edinburgh. In season 1 Hopetoun House and estate stands in for the residence of the Duke of Sandringham, here we see the back steps to the house and the estate during the dual.

Price: £10.50 for House and Grounds / £4.75 Grounds only

Location: Google maps

Featured in other seasons? Yes, in season 2 and 3

Blog post on Hopetoun here

Midhope Castle

Midhope Castle is a 16th century tower house located in the Hopetoun Estate. Midhope is better known as Lallybroch, or Broch Tuarach in Outlander- as Jamie Frasers ancestral home.

Price: £10 for small car permit and £40 for large car/ motor home

Location: Google maps Head to Hopetoun House for ticket and directions.

Featured in other seasons? Yes season 2 and 3 and in future season too

Blog post on Midhope Castle here

Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, stands in for the fictional Wentworth prison in one of Outlander’s episodes. Wentworth Prison is where Jamie is taken and assaulted by Black Jack Randall.

Price: £6 *

Location: Google maps

Featured in other seasons? No

Blog post on Linlithgow Palace here

Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle on the banks of the Firth of Forth is used for Black Jack Randall’s Fort William headquarters. Here we see Jamie at the hands of Jack Randall during his flogging. The castle was originally built in the 15th century and strengthened in the 16th century as an artillery fortress.


Location: Google maps

Featured in other seasons? Yes season 2

Blog post on Blackness Castle here


Clava Cairns

Seeing as the standing stones that Claire falls through at Craigh na Dun do not actually exist, the Clava Cairns are the next best thing in wrapping your mind around the concept of time travelling into Claire and Jamie’s world. The Clava Cairns are a well-preserved cemetery complex of passage graves, ring cairns, kerb cairns and standing stones, from the Bronze Age.

Price: Free (managed by Historic Scotland)

Location: Google maps

Featured in other seasons? In the opening credits of each season

Blog post on Clava Cairns here


Doune Castle

The striking Doune castle plays a leading role in the show, playing the location of Castle Leoch, home to the MacKenzie clan. It also features in the 20th century episode when Claire and Frank visit the castle in ruins on a day trip. Take the audio guide as you wander around this royal castle, look out for the kitchen, Great Hall and courtyard which all feature.

Price: £6 *

Location: Google maps

Featured in other seasons? No

Blog post on Doune Castle here


Glen Coe

Rich in Jacobite history Glen Coe features in Outlander’s opening credits, a drive along the deep-carved glen is rather magical.

Price: free

Location: Google maps

Featured in other seasons? All opening credits



Falkland is a small town in Fife and was used to portray the city of Inverness in the 1940’s when Claire and Frank arrive there on their second honeymoon. They stay at Mrs Baird’s BnB which is the real-life Covenanter Hotel, as well as going in for a drink or a meal, you can also stay in one of the hotel rooms, including that rented by Frank and Claire.

Price: Free

Location: Google maps

Featured in other seasons? Yes, in season 2