Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ books are as appreciated as the popular TV series based on them. The Outlander world was thrown into the limelight when the show was launched in the year 2014. Along with the epic love story of Claire and Jamie, which captured so many hearts, the dramatic setting in Scotland caught the viewer’s attention. This popularity led to the amazing Outlander tours in Scotland, which give the visitors a glimpse of the different locations used in the series.
Going on the Outlander tours in Scotland will show you how Scotland’s atmosphere, landscapes, and dramatic history have inspired the series’s plot. Although there are other destinations worldwide, like the USA, the Caribbean, and France, in the series, Scotland is the perfect filming set for most of the Outlanders’ scenes. Now, let’s use some of the iconic locations in Scotland shown in the series that can give you a complete Outlander experience.
The castle is on a wooden bend when the Ardoch Burn flows into the River Teith. Research suggests that the palace was originally built in the 13th century, probably damaged in the Scottish Wars of Independence, and rebuilt in its present form in the 14th century by Robert Stewart.
Doune castle was planned as a courtyard with ranges of buildings on each side that comprised a large tower house over the entrance that contained the rooms of the Lord and his family and a separate tower that included the kitchen and guest rooms. The great hall links the two towers.
Fife is one of Scotland’s most beautiful historic counties for Outlander tours in Scotland, situated between the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth. It has inland boundaries with Perth, Kinross, and Clackmannanshire. It formed a major part of the Pictish kingdom known as Fib. It is still commonly known as the Kingdom of Fife within Scotland. The historic town of St Andrews lies on the northeast coast of Fife. This town is home to the most ancient university in Scotland, the University of St Andrews, and the world’s oldest golf course.
More commonly referred to as Cranesmuir among Outlander fans, Culross is a village and former royal burgh in Fife. The city is believed to have been founded by Saint Serf in the 6th century. The Culross TownHouse, the remains of the Cistercian house of Culross Abbey, Culross Palace and the 17th century Study are some notable buildings to visit. You can also visit the West Kirk, Dunimarle Castle, built by the Erksine family, and the war memorial erected in 1921.
This historical castle is used as Jamie Fraser’s home at Lallybroch in the Outlander series. It is a 13th-century tower house situated in the hamlet of Abercorn on the Hopetoun estate on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
This is a 15th-century mighty fortress near the village of Blackness built by Sir George Crichton. It was one of the main residences of the Scottish monarch. The castle is called the ship that never sailed’ due to its long, narrow shape. The north and south towers are known as ‘stem and ‘stern, and the central building is called the main mast.
You can end your Outlander tour with a visit to the Wentworth Prison, where Jamie was sentenced to hang. These are the most visited destinations in Scotland. Any true Outlander fan would not like to miss out.