Outlander Locations 1-Day Tour from Edinburgh
Take a step back in Scottish history on the Outlander Locations 1-Day Tour from Edinburgh. Explore the ancient buildings and picturesque landscapes that bring this world-famous TV series to life!
While on the surface Outlander is a story of love, war and time travel, it has a deeper connection to Scottish history and heritage. Many of the TV series’ storylines are based around real-life events that shaped the Scotland of today. Even some of the main characters are based on notable historical figures who played a significant part in the Jacobite Risings in the 1700s. Now, you have the opportunity to see how fact and fiction have intertwined to create a world-renowned TV series!
On the Outlander 1-Day Coach Tour from Edinburgh, you can see where history meets fantasy.
First, you will visit Blackness Castle. You will be sure to notice that this looming structure resembles an enormous, stone boat. Because of this, people commonly know the castle as ‘the ship that never sailed’. Over the centuries, Blackness Castle has had many uses. Throughout its rich history, it has spent time as a lordly residence, garrison fortress and state prison. However, Outlander fans will recognise it as Fort William, the garrison and headquarters of ‘Black Jack’ Randall.
From this imposing castle, you will then travel to the humble village of Culross. For the purposes of Outlander, the production crew transformed this quaint area into Cranesmuir. Its streets and buildings appear regularly throughout the TV series. You will be sure to recognise Geillis Duncan’s house and the area where Jamie frees the thief ‘pinned to the post’.
The next stop on the Outlander 1-Day Coach Tour from Edinburgh is Linlithgow Palace. This ancient palace is a significant landmark in Scottish history. It is the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. However, you may also recognise it as the treacherous Wentworth Prison. Jamie Fraser was held captive and tortured here in the lowest point of the character’s story arc.
For something a little less grim, your guide will then bring you to Callendar House.
This 14th-century home sits among beautiful, sprawling grounds. However, it’s the fully-restored kitchen that is a point of interest for Outlander fans. This was the setting for the exciting, yet bloody climax to the Season 2 episode ‘Vengence is Mine’.
Next on the tour is Doune Castle, which features in Outlander as Castle Leoch. This is the home of Clan MacKenzie and a prominent location throughout Season 1. But Outlander isn’t the castle’s only claim to fame. It also appears in Game of Thrones and the 2018 blockbuster The Outlaw King.
The last stop on this tour is Midhope Castle. This humble, 16th-century tower house features as Lallybroch, the home of Jamie Fraser. While you are not allowed to explore inside the castle, its exterior facade is iconic and an essential photo opportunity.
Finally, your coach will drop you back to Edinburgh, right outside Bake House Close. This building features as Jamie’s print house in Season 3. Snap a quick photo here to finish off an exciting and informative day!
Buying a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass (adult: £35 – £45) gives you free admission to over 70 properties in Scotland, including Blackness Castle, Doune Castle, and Linlithgow Palace.