Chauffeur Tour Scotland's Outlander Tour
Follow the footsteps of Jamie and Claire across the filming locations from the Outlander series and visit the sights and attractions that inspired this tale in a day tour from Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Duration: 2 days (starting in Edinburgh or Glasgow).
Day 1: Edinburgh or Glasgow to Inverness - overnight Inverness
Day 2: Inverness to Edinburgh or Glasgow.
You will begin your journey at the filming location of Castle Leoch, home to the fictional Colum MacKenzie and the MacKenzie clan, in the beautiful little town of Doune. Doune Castle was built around 1400 by Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany, Earl of Mwenteith and Fife, a magnificent late 14th century courtyard castle. Its most striking feature is the 100ft high gatehouse which includes the splendid Lord's Hall with its musicians' gallery, double fireplace and carved oak screen and you can hear the stories of the making of Monty Python and the Holy Grail which was also filmed at the castle.
The Highland Folk Museum which brings to life the domestic and working conditions of earlier Highland peoples. Visitors to this living history Museum can learn how our Scottish Highland ancestors lived, how they built their homes, how they tilled the soil and how they dressed from the 1700s to the present day. The homes here were used as backdrop for filming.
As you arrive in Inverness your first location is where Claire began hers, at Clava Cairns, an obvious challenger for Craigh na Dun, a peaceful place by the river where three bronze age graves are surrounded by circles of standing stones, one of which is split in two. Will you have the courage to pass through?
Nearby is Culloden Battlefield where the last hand-to-hand battle was fought on British soil which takes on a whole new meaning with the opening of an exciting new visitor centre and interactive exhibition. The battlefield itself is now restored to as close as possible that marched on by the two sides on that fateful day. Make a stop at the Clan Fraser Stone, marking the grave of those brave clansmen. Finally, travel to your overnight accommodation.
After a hearty breakfast this morning you will make your way south taking the opportunity for a refreshment stop in the Victorian town of Pitlochry. Continue into Fife to Falkand, (Inverness 1946 in Outlander), is where you can see Mrs Bairds Bed and Breakfast as The Covenanters Hotel situated in the heart of the historic village opposite the recognizable ‘Bruce fountain’ and Falkland Palace with the Lomond Hills as the dramatic backdrop. Take a wander around the village square and see if you can remember the transformations for the filming.
(Lomond Pharmacy was transformed into Campbell's Cafe and a real life Campbell's Coffee House opened in the same building, as soon as the Outlander film crew left.)
Continue your Outlander journey to your next destination of Culross, (pronounced Coo-ross), which lies on the banks of the River Forth and was the location for the fictional village of Cranesmuir. The town centre dates back to the 16th Century and it is at Culross Palace that you will find Claire’s herb garden and many of the buildings that star in the show.
Finally a quick photo-stop at Linlithgow Palace which stands in for the prison entrance and corridors before visiting nearby the 15th century fortress of Blackness Castle which doubles as the setting for the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall and the heart-wrenching scene of Jamie’s incarceration before returning to the capital.
More Outlander Filming Location Facts:
Midhope Castle is a 16th-century tower house situated in the hamlet of Abercorn on the Hopetoun estate and is the external location for fictional Lallybroch, the family home of character Jamie Fraser. Midhope Castle dates back to the 15th Century and although the exterior is relatively intact the castle is derelict inside.
Preston Mill in East Linton is the location which features as the mill on the Fraser estate (Lallybroch) that Jamie goes to repair while visiting his family home. When Redcoats arrive unexpectedly, Jamie hides underwater as Claire and his sister try to distract them. The Mill’s exhibition room was transformed into the ante-room at the court, used for the preliminary hearing of Claire and Geillis when they are accused of witchcraft.
The stone circle scenes in Outlander were filmed on the banks of Loch Rannoch in Perth and Kinross. The actual aspect viewed is across Loch Rannoch, looking towards Black Mount, Lochan na h-Achlaise, Stob Ghabhar and Clach Leathad on Rannoch Moor.
It is Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway which was transformed into the 1940s London train station where Claire and Frank say their goodbyes.
The Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore houses replicas of 18th century turf-roofed Highland crofts making it perfect choice for the period scenes. You can see them in the scenes filmed in and around the Mackenzie village, as well as the background of the scene where Claire, Jamie and his clansmen shelter in the first episode, and later when Dougal collects the rent.
The charming Glencorse Old Kirk near Edinburgh, nestled in the grounds of the Glencorse House in the foothills of the picturesque Pentland Hills, is where Claire and Jamie tie the knot. The location boasts beautiful parkland, lake and garden and is a romantic venue for any Outlander fan.
The 12th century Aberdour Castle doubles as Sainte Anne de Beaupré’s monastery in France which Jamie flees to. The castle’s Old Kitchen and Long Gallery were used for the filming. Situated on the Fife coast, this splendid ruined castle was once a luxurious Renaissance home, and is amongst the oldest standing masonry castles in Scotland.
The quaint seaside town of Troon in Ayrshire is the setting for the scene where Claire, Jamie and Murtach arrive at the coast and board a 17th century ship to deliver Jamie to the Abbey of Sainte Anne de Beaupré in France.
This itinerary is only a guide as other historical sites can be incorporated into a tailored sightseeing tour of your own making. The Tour price does not include your entrance fees unless stated, lunches, dinners or the drivers gratuity.
Seafood at Loch Leven
Stenness Standing Stones