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.

OUTLANDER GLASGOW

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

OUTLANDER EDINBURGH

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.

Price:

Location: Google maps

Featured in other seasons? Yes season 2

Blog post on Blackness Castle here

OUTLANDER INVERNESS

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

OUTlANDER STIRLINGSHIRE

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

OUTLANDER HIGHLANDS

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

OUTLANDER FIFE

Falkland

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

Culross

The historic village of Culross makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the 17th and 18th centuries with its cobbled streets and rows of cottages. Culross doubles up as the village of Cranesmuir, where Geillis lives. The outside of her house can be seen from near Mercat Cross, where we see Geillis dragged out during the witch trial and when we see a young boy pinned to a post in the village. The inside of Geillis’ house was filmed inside Culross Palace, while the garden behind Culross Palace stands in for Claire's herb garden at Castle Leoch. Also look out for Culross West Kirk which featured in the episode when Claire saves Tammas Baxter’s life.

Open: Town – all year, Culross Palace – seasonal

Price: £10.50 **

Location: Google maps

Featured in other seasons? No

OUTLANDER LOCH LOMOND AND THE TROSSACHS

Finnich Glen/ Devils Pulpit

Located near Loch Lomond you will find Finnich Glen or as its better known- The Devil’s Pulpit, this location was used as St Ninian’s Spring, also known as Liar’s Spring. In the episode 6 when Dougal asks Claire to drink from the spring to see if she is a spy or not, when she does, he accepts that he should trust her

Price: Free

Location: Google maps

Featured in other seasons? No

Blog post on Devils’ Pulpit here

Other places that we will be adding to our list in time which were featured in season 1:

Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway – where Claire says her tearful goodbyes to Frank

Preston Mill- the wheelhouse at Lallybroch

Glencorse Old Kirk / House- Where Claire and Jamie marry

Kinloch Rannoch- the hill where Craig na Dun stands

* Historic Scotland membership pass £86.40 for a joint membership

** National Trust for Scotland pass £96 per year for a joint membership

All images taken by ourselves or Starz copyrighted

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