Take a step back in Scottish history on the Outlander Locations 1-Day Tour from Edinburgh (from Apr 2022). 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!
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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.
Several parts of Culross are used to depict the village of Cranesmuir, predominantly for season 1 of Outlander. Of note is the Mercat Cross (located in the centre of Culross). This is where Geillis Duncan’s house is, where Jamie frees the young thief that has been ‘pinned to the post’ and where Geillis is carried off to burn for witchcraft.
Also very recently in season 4 when Briana encounters Laoghaire and Joanie on her way to seek passage to America, Joanie and Briana can be seen tending the garden outside a house which is close to the Mercat Cross, however the interior of Laoghaire’s home is represented by the interior of the nearby Culross palace.
Also known as Castle Leoch which features predominantly in season 1 of Outlander, where the exterior entrance, the courtyard and the great hall are all used in filming. Castle Leoch is a very important location within the story world as it is where many crucial characters for season 1 are introduced & developed such as Colum, Dougal, Mrs Fitz, Murtagh & Laoghaire.
The Castle has also been used as a film location for Game of Thrones as well as more recently appearing in the movie Outlaw King about King Robert The Bruce.
Callendar House dates from the 14th century and is set in the beautiful grounds of Callendar Park. A stroll around the lovely interior wouldn’t be complete without taking a look at the restored 1825 kitchen.
Within the kitchen, costumed interpreters await to tell you more and may even have an example of early 19th century food for you to try. Outlander fans may again recognise this kitchen as the bloody (but well-deserved!) climax to the episode from season 2 ‘Vengeance is Mine’.
These hugely impressive ruins were the birthplace of several monarchs, but the most notable was Mary Queen of Scots. The foreboding shell of Linlithgow Palace dates back to the 12th century. It is used as the set for the infamous Wentworth Prison in Outlander.
This is where Jamie was held prisoner and tortured by ‘Black Jack’ Randall, one of the most intense scenes filmed during the TV series. Have you spotted the Palace in the new 2018 blockbuster movie ‘Outlaw King’ about King Robert The Bruce? The Palace is centrally located in the town of Linlithgow where there will be plenty of choices for lunch.
This 15th century fortification is known as ‘The ship that never sailed’ due to its unusual boat-like shape. Explore the rich history within the castle walls and learn of it’s multi-functional history as a lordly residence, garrison fortress and state prison. Fans of Outlander may also recognise that the exterior posed as Fort William, the foreboding headquarters of ‘Black Jack’ Randall.
We finish our Outlander Experience tour with a photo opportunity at one of the most iconic sets in the series. This humble 16th century tower house is none other than Lallybroach, the home of Jamie Fraser.
Any fan of Outlander will immediately recognise the archway entrance. Visitors are unable to go inside the castle, but Jamie’s lovely Lallybroch home is still an essential photo opportunity for any fan of the show making your Outlander Experience complete.