Five magical Outlander locations in Scotland

Destinations | 1 February 2021

Even though touring Outlander set locations might be a plan for the future, one of the few things we can still do in these cold dark months is binge on the series' rollercoaster five seasons. As we await the next instalments of the time-travel drama, we’ll give you a run down of where things are with the production and our personal list of favourite Outlander locations.

News on Outlander season 6

While we don’t know much about Outlander set locations for seasons 6 and 7, it was confirmed that the hit TV series will resume filming as soon as it’s safe to do so. Each of the new seasons will have 12 episodes and as Catriona Balfe hinted on Twitter, the forced break in shooting the scenes due to pandemic is well used by the writers to break down Diana Gabaldon’s A Breath of Snow and Ashes into more gripping drama. 

Even though the majority of the action happens in the New World, some filming locations are likely to be set in Scotland. That was the case with season 5: night filming took place in Cambusbarron and Bridge of Allan near our hometown of Stirling, woodland scenes were shot at The Hermitage in Perthshire, and Cambusmore Estate near Callander pretended to act as the frontier wilds of North Carolina. 

As we await the end of the hiatus between Outlander seasons (known to many fans as “Droughtlander”), we can at least plan some trips to Scottish Outlander set locations – here’s a short list of our personal favourites.

5 magical Outlander set locations in Scotland

Outlander set locations in Scotland - Doune
Outlander set locations in Scotland - Drummond Castle
Outlander set locations in Scotland - Culross
  1. Doune Castle

Outlander’s Castle Leoch is a brilliantly preserved 14th c. fortress with links to the Scottish royals. A must-see for all Outlander fans, plus part of the castle’s audio guide is read by Sam Heughan himself!

  1. Drummond Castle Gardens 

The stunning gardens in Perthshire acted as colourful background for the Versailles scenes on the show, as well for garden scenes in 1995 Rob Roy starring Liam Neeson.

  1. Culross – Cranesmuir

The seaside village in Fife was the set location for Cranesmuir – the closest village to Castle Leoch. This charming place is well worth exploring, with well preserved 17th and 18th c. buildings and ancient abbey overlooking the Firth of Forth.

  1. Midhope Castle

One of the most recognisable sights for the Outlander fans, as it plays Lallybroch in the TV series. The picturesque castle is conveniently located in the grounds of the 18th c. Hopetoun House, which itself starred as multiple locations for the production. 

  1. Falkland

All Outlander lovers will recognise Falkland village square as post-war Inverness from the first scenes of the series. We guarantee you’ll get emotional when you look up to Claire’s window standing beside the historic well!

Go back in time with time-travel drama

We know that once traveling is safe, Claire’s and Jamie’s story will inspire more guests to visit Outlander set locations in Scotland. With that in mind, we created three short tours through Scottish filming spots for the series, fitting every holiday itinerary. 

If you only have one day in your planned trip, hop on our essential Outlander tour including both Castle Leoch and Lallybroch. Over two days you can experience a longer trip with visits to Falkland, Culross and Drummond Castle gardens. Finally, on our full Outlander tour you can expect three days filled with location spots, production stories and Highland scenery, including a visit to the Culloden Battlefield. 

No matter which option you choose, as your private guides we’ll make sure you’re safe and comfortable when discovering Outlander’s story and real history behind it. Let’s make 2021 Outlandish!