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Outlander in Scotland

VisitScotlandJulieVisitScotlandJulie Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
edited October 2017 in Understanding Scotland
Calling all Outlander fans and followers!

Whether it's the books that have sparked your imagination or if you have been enchanted by the TV series and want to follow in the footsteps of Claire and Jamie, you cannot miss the opportunity to come to Scotland and enjoy the locations, castles, landscapes and characters connected to the story by Diana Gabaldon.

If you are looking to plan a trip to Scotland and want to include some Outlander-related locations in your itinerary, start here where you can find locations used in the book and the TV series. You can also download the map of Outlander locations and find out more about the opening theme song. Watch an interview with the Outlander author here.

So, please do share your experiences, recommendations, news and discoveries related to Outlander in Scotland here on this discussion thread. Let us all know about anything you find or ask us any question connected to the Outlander experience.


  • ArtravelistArtravelist Member ✭✭✭
    Dundas Castle has announced a new luxury group package for Outlander fans to give you the chance to become the Laird and Lady of this 5-star 18th Century castle in South Queensferry.

    The bespoke package includes exclusive use of the castle, accommodation, dinners, entertainment and an Outlander-themed tour of locations in Scotland. The castle has 17 bedrooms and is often used as a wedding venue.

  • fishyprofishypro Member ✭✭✭
    Please remember that the filming of Craigh na Dun did not take place near Inverness. Many people are misreading the map that has been put together by Visit Scotland.

    The following section reads:
    "Or venture beyond Inverness in search of the mysterious Craigh na Dun, which swept Claire back in time; the nearby Clava Cairns are said to have provided an inspiration for this site."

    Clava Cairns were the inspiration of Craigh na Dun and not what you see in the series.
    The actual Craigh na Dun film setting is at the back of Dunalastair reservoir in Perthshire.

    I hope that clears a couple of things up because I have had several visitors who were a little disappointed.

    Best regards
  • VisitScotlandJulieVisitScotlandJulie Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    edited May 2018
    Here is a discussion from last year with some great Outlander-related tips:

  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Two bloggers from the US are about to come to Scotland on an Outlander themed trip - so would be worth keeping an eye on their social channels to see what they get up to!

    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
  • ParsmanParsman Member ✭✭✭
    Culross. Amazing place with or without "outlander". Such a well preserved town centre.
  • ArtravelistArtravelist Member ✭✭✭
    Rail company ScotRail has put together an Outlander-themed itinerary. This is very useful if you want to use only public transport to explore locations related to the TV series. 
  • VisitScotlandJulieVisitScotlandJulie Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    For anyone looking to explore Outlander filming locations in Fife:

  • johnmurrayjnrjohnmurrayjnr Member ✭✭✭
    Falkland in Fife has been used often. Look out for it in Series 4 :) 

  • DMWScotlandDMWScotland VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    Hello @VisitScotlandJulie

    I recently visited the filming set in Dunure in Ayrshire. It was amazing to have the opportunity to see this! I didn't see the actual filming for Season 4 sadly as the date was changed, but I was also there to create a video of this stunning ruin and coastline.

    The coastal village has also been used as a filming location in Season 3. The castle ruin as Silkies island, the coastline and the harbour where Jamie and Claire sailed to find young Ian Murray.

    The Harbour View Coffee Shop is lovely wee cafe for refreshments too. I enjoyed a much needed lunch and coffee after walking around, then it was back to exploring :)

    I've visited here often, but I forgot how beautiful it really is. When the sun shines on the ocean the colour changes to turquoise blue. I suppose that's what happens when you spend seven hours wandering, you really get to see a place at your own pace.

    Video of Dunure, Ayrshire - best watched with the music on :)

    Dunure harbour transformed

    Twilight at Dunure Harbour

    Dunure Castle ruins

    Mmm, there's something missing from that wall ...

    Cliff top where Jamie and Claire stood in Season 3 - beautiful coastline that you can walk along as part of the Ayrshire Coastal Path. I plan to walk some of this, hopefully in the summer.

    I blog about places I've explored in Scotland on Love Exploring Scotland  <3
    Follow me on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube :)
  • ArtravelistArtravelist Member ✭✭✭
    The Chester Residence in Edinburgh is offering a luxury Outlander accommodation package in 2018 which includes a gift package and private tours. Find out more at
  • cmwagscmwags Member
    I just completed reading the book series and I am awaiting the next installment. It was suggested to me since I will be visiting Scotland in a couple weeks. I am inspired! I did watch some of the TV series and just happened to notice that has Frank drives pass the sign to Craig na Dun, it says 5 miles. Doesn't Scotland use the metric system? I usually don't pay attention to those things but it caught my eye. I'm ready to hike in the Highlands and see this beautiful country.
  • fishyprofishypro Member ✭✭✭
    Hi @cmwags, Yes Scotland uses miles and not kilometers. The sign at Craig na Dun is actually a memorial at the car park to Schiehallion mountain. Craig na Dun (not an actual place but is a part of farming land) is just off the same road approx 2 miles further towards the town of Kinnloch Rannoch.
    Hope you enjoy your trip!

    Best regards
  • VisitScotlandJulieVisitScotlandJulie Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    edited September 2018
    Outlander fans might enjoy re-enacting the Battle of Prestonpans this weekend, as if they had just stepped back in time through the stones. The biggest ever living history event to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Prestonpans takes place on 15th & 16th September.

    Not only a battle re-enactment, this will be a family-friendly celebration of the interesting history of the East Lothian region.

    Other events include the raising of Bonnie Prince Charlie's Standard at Glenfinnan; Cavalry and Redcoat displays; historic re-creations of camp life; a working 18th Century printing press. You can even meet Bonnie Prince Charlie himself!  :o

    Also, there will be stalls with food and drink, historical crafts and local craft beers. Find out more at

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