The Starz show “Outlander”, based on the extremely popular books by Diana Gabaldon, has basically opened a portal for many Americans straight to the heart of Scotland. The sweeping historical drama includes filming locations at some of our most popular tour destinations. We’d be remiss not to list them here, especially given all the attention we’ve given to TV shows and movies filmed in Ireland.
Here’s a list of some of our favorite “Outlander” filming locations, all included in our Scotland tours:
Located at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, this stately palace is still used by The Queen of England when she’s conducting official business in Scotland. Living up to its historical significance, it’s used as the filming location where Jamie and Claire beg the Prince to give up his cause.
Referred to as “the water horse” in the novel, you can keep an eye out for the famous monster while on a cruise of beautiful Loch Ness. The medieval castle of Urquhart provides a glimpse into ancient life in the area, and provides a stunning view of the surrounding area.
Beyond its use in the “Outlander” series as the fictional Castle Leoch, this 14th century castle has also been featured in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “Game of Thrones”. You can get a real sense for ancient banquets in the extremely well-preserved great hall, which may make you feel as if you’re traveling through time just like Claire.
While the Palace itself was not used in filming “Outlander”, the preserved village of Falkland in Fife that surrounds it has played several roles throughout the series. Still, Falkland Palace and Garden are not to be missed on a visit, as a beautiful Renaissance palace and home to the world’s oldest tennis court.
This 15th century stronghold can be recognized as Black Jack Randall’s Fort William headquarters in “Outlander”, also known as “where that horrible scene happened to Jamie”. The castle itself is known as “the ship that never sailed”, because it’s looks like a ship made out of stone, thanks to its reinforcement as an artillery stronghold in the 16th century.
Set next to beautiful Linlithgow Loch, this royal ruin was used in season 1 of “Outlander” to portray the entrance of Wentworth Prison. The impressive structure is set in its own park, and provides a stunning background for a picnic or a tour of the chapel. Both James V and Mary Queen of Scots were born here, too!
We’re happy to arrange tours of the Scottish landmarks you’ve seen in “Outlander” while providing you the golf itinerary of your dreams. Contact us today for a free quote!