The hit drama Outlander has had viewers swooning on both sides of the Atlantic. Based on the fantasy novels by Diana Gabaldon, the series straddles centuries of British and American history in a time-hopping adventure full of action, romance, mystery, and intrigue.
As fans are well aware, there’s only one thing in the show more gorgeous than the cast itself; the filming locations. Mostly shot across England and Scotland, the vast, sweeping highlands and enigmatic estates set the scene for an immersive tale for the ages.
This week, we’re travelling back in time to visit some of the most stunning Outlander film locations. You’ll find many of these beautiful places on the fantastic Outlander Trail tour by Haggis Adventures.
Let’s set out!
Castle Leoch is one of the biggest stars of the show. As the residence of Colum MacKenzie and his clan, it’s the critical site that we meet many of the show’s main characters, including Murtagh and Miss Fitz. The real-life location is actually Duone Castle – a beautiful 13th-century keep that was damaged in the war of independence.
One of the few locations that were filmed on-site in England, Wilton House was the location chosen to represent the Palace of Versailles during Jamie and Claire’s trip to Paris. This stunning English country home is just up the road from Stonehenge and makes a wonderful addition to your visit to Salisbury.
The highlands truly set the scene for the action in Outlander, helping to build the rugged and beautiful tone that has captured our hearts. You’ll recognise the Glencoe Highlands from the opening credits, where we see some of its beautiful mountain peaks, ridges and waterfalls.
This gorgeous village in Fife has been used throughout the series for various locations. It stars as the fictional village of Cranesmuir where Geillis lived, as well as the Jacobite Encampment and the site of the ruined church. It’s one of the most rustic and unique villages in Scotland and definitely worth a visit.
Highland Folk Museum
There are a few scenes throughout the show when the impressive castles and country estates are replaced by more humble dwellings. Newtonmore’s Highland Folk Museum provides the perfect 16th-century highland village look, complete with historically accurate stone cottages. If you want to feel like you’ve really been whisked back to the era of the Jacobite Rebellion, make sure you drop by.
This stunning castle, perched on the side of a lake, was a famed residence of the Stewart family and the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots. It’s interior was used as the setting for Wentworth Palace where Jamie was imprisoned towards the end of season one.
One of the centrepieces of the show is Lallybroch – the fictional family home of the dashing Jamie Fraser. The beautiful 15th-century tower featured in the show is actually Midhope Castle, a Grade A listed building close to the idyllic hamlet of Abercorn. If you’re going to visit anywhere on the Outlander set locations list, make sure its Lallybroch!
Make sure you take a look at the fantastic Outlander Trail tour over at Haggis Adventures for an amazing journey back in time to see many of the film locations used in the Outlander TV series.