Outlander | Scotland Film Locations Season 3


With season 4 of the award winning tv series Outlander hitting 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 3 of Outlander- so note that there may be spoilers if you haven’t watched all of season 3 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

University of Glasgow

When we see Frank, Claire and Brianna at the famous US institution of Harvard, this is actually filmed at the University of Glasgow, the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. The gorgeous and stunning architecture is that of the Cloisters at the University of Glasgow.

Price: Free

Location: Google maps

In any other seasons? No

Kelvingrove Park

The US city of Boston was transported to Glasgow in season three when Kelvingrove Park was used to replicate the Boston Park where Claire is regularly seen going for walks, we see her pushing baby Brianna’s pram and later walking past a Scottish Piper.

Price: Free

Location: Google maps

In any other seasons? No

OUTLANDER EDINBURGH

Hopetoun House

Already having been featured in season 1 as the Duke of Sandringham’s residence, and as Parisian streets and bedrooms in the Fraser’s Parisian apartment in season 2, this stately home is used again in season 3, the stables and area where the streets of Paris were filmed now represent the stables at Helswater, where Jamie has been taken after his release from Ardsmuir Prison. Here he is blackmailed into relations with heiress Geneva, whom he has a son, Willie. (Image of Jamie and Willie provided purely for cuteness purposes as the inside of stables may have been on set) The main, front entrance of Hopetoun is used for the first time as the exterior of Ellesmere where we see Geneva and family.

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

Location: Google maps

In any future seasons? Yes, in season 1 and 2

Blog post on Hopetoun here

Midhope Castle

Midhope Castle is a 16th century tower house. You can visit the outside of this castle, although the inside is now derelict and unsafe to enter. Midhope is better known as Lallybroch, or Broch Tuarach in Outlander- as Jamie Frasers ancestral home. In season 3 we find that (thank the lord) Jamie has survived Culloden, but the English are now searching for him, so as an outlaw he lives in a cave near to Lallybroch. Later in the season we see Lallybroch again, this time with Jamie’s second wife and family, as well as Claire and Jenny reuniting. Claire also visits Lallybroch in the 1960's.

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

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

In any future seasons? Yes, in season 1 and 2

Blog post on Midhope here

Bakehouse Close

Running off Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, Bakehouse Close is renamed as Carfax Close in Outlander, and is the setting of the pivotal scene where Jamie and Claire reunite after 20 years of separation at Alexander Malcolm’s print shop.

Price: Free

Location: Google maps

In any future seasons? No

Royal Mile and Old Town

The Royal Mile and Old Town of Edinburgh are featured where Claire and Jamie are seen at a market and where Claire is reunited with Fergus.

Price: Free

Location: Google maps

In any future seasons? No

The World’s End pub

Along from Bakehouse Close on Edinburgh's Royal Mile stands The World's End pub, open since the 16th century. There is a scene with Mr. Willoughby and Jamie, which was filmed on set but the pub is real and worth popping in for a pint.

Price: Try a beer or two

Location: Google maps

In any future seasons? No

Craigmillar Castle

After Culloden we see many Jacobite’s in prison at Ardsmuir Prison, here Jamie is the leader and spokesman, here his relationship with the new governor, an adult John Grey, evolves into friendship. Medieval Craigmillar Castle which depicts Ardsmuir was once a refuge for Mary, Queen of Scots during the last years of her turbulent reign in the 1560s. Craigmillar is the ‘second castle of Edinburgh’ and definitely one to visit. It is set on lush green grass and although now in ruins, you can climb up the various spiral staircases to see what the rooms would once have looked like, the views from the top of the castle are wonderful with views to the city of Edinburgh and Arthurs Seat.

Price: £6 * Historic Scotland membership pass £86.40 for a joint membership

Location: Google maps

In any future seasons? No

OUTLANDER INVERNESS

Culloden Moor

Culloden Battlefield is where on 16 April 1746, the final Jacobite Rising came to a brutal head in one of the most harrowing battles in British history. Jacobite supporters, seeking to restore the Stuart monarchy to the British thrones, gathered to fight the Duke of Cumberland’s government troops. It was the last pitched battle on British soil and, in less than an hour, around 1,600 men were slain – 1,500 of them Jacobite’s. The Culloden Battlefield visitor centre is very informative and laid out telling the story of the rebellion campaign from both the Jacobite and the Government (English) perspectives - on opposing walls. There is also an audio guide which takes you through the windswept moor and gives and in-depth perspective of what happened where. In season 3 we see Culloden from Jamie and the Jacobite’s perspective as well as Claire’s when she visits the site in the 1960’s.

Price:

Location: Google maps

In any future seasons? Yes, in season 2

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

In any other seasons? In the opening credits of each season

Blog post on Clava Cairns 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

In any other seasons? All opening credits

OUTLANDER AYRSHIRE

Dunure Harbour

Dunure harbour is set in the pretty village of Dunure. In Outlander we see it as the port where Jamie and Claire once again meet Jared, and board the Artemis for their journey to Jamaica.

Price: Free

Location: Google maps

In any future seasons? No

Dunure

The headland between the harbour and castle were used for the scenes of the Silkie Island where Claire and Jamie watch young Ian swim out to retrieve the treasure that Jamie had earlier found when he escaped from Ardsmuir Prison and swam there thinking he would find his heart. It is also believed outdoor scenes of Ardsmuir Prison were filmed nearby.

Price: Free

Location: Google maps

In any future seasons? No

Dunure Castle

The ruin that was on Silkie Island (which is real but located in the far north of Scotland) is actually Dunure Castle, just a short stroll from Dunure Harbour. The castle is in ruins now but worth a look around if you are passing by.

Price: Free (managed by Historic Scotland)

Location: Google maps

In any future seasons? No

*Historic Scotland membership pass £86.40 for a joint membership

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