Outlander: Drummond Gardens / Versailles
Outlander: Tullibardine Chapel
Outlander: Preston Mill Pond

Outlander 3-Day Tour

Travel through time on the Outlander 3-Day Tour. Discover all of the iconic filming locations on this comprehensive trip through Scotland.

Since its arrival on our screens in 2014, the popularity of Outlander has continued to grow. Gaining a worldwide fanbase, this beloved TV series has helped to project the beauty of Scotland around the globe. As a result, fans travel from far and wide to relive the adventures of their favourite characters. Now you too can discover the scenery and settings of this on-screen epic.

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Experience

The 3 Day Outlander Tour offers an experience like no other.

Over the course of this tour, you will get the chance to visit many of the major Scottish filming locations that appear throughout the TV series. From elaborate palaces to historic battlegrounds, the 3 Day Outlander Tour guides you through Scottish history, both factual and fictional.

Instead of merely driving guests from one location to another, our guides will join you into the locations and share a wealth of knowledge about the sites and the TV series. We work closely with all visited sites to ensure the entire tour is an experience you will never forget.

Day 1 of the tour takes in many of the most iconic castles and fortresses from the TV series.

The first stop of the day brings you to Doune Castle. This 15th-century structure features as Castle Leoch, home of Clan MacKenzie. From there you will visit Blackness Castle, Outlander’s Fort William, before seeing Midhope Castle. This solitary tower house plays the part of Lallybroch, Jamie Fraser’s home.

Outlander Visitors
Outlander Visitor

The next stop, Hopetoun House, has the honour of featuring as two different locations throughout the TV series. The building’s exterior represents the home of the Duke of Sandringham. While some of the interiors were used for scenes set in Paris.

Finishing off the day are stops at Culross, home of the fictional village Cranesmuir, and Linlithgow Palace. A building of great historical significance, it appears as Wentworth Prison on screen.

Day 2 begins with a stroll through Drummond Castle Gardens.

These verdant grounds were a stand-in for the gardens surrounding the Palace of Versailles. Later, you will stop at Tibbermore Church, the site of the witch trials, and Tullibardine Chapel, where Rupert loses his eye.

This day ends exploring locations that the Outlander production crew have made to look like other parts of the world. The first is Falkland village, which features as Inverness city. The last stop of the day is Dysart, a town that represents Le Havre in Normandy.

The final day of the tour starts with a visit to Craigmillar Castle.

The building featured as the fictional Ardsmuir Prison, where Jamie Fraser and Duncan Innes were inmates. Another location you’ll visit on this day will be Glencorse Old Kirk. Eagle-eyed viewers will recognise this as the church where Jamie and Clare get married.

From one of the TV series’ most romantic scenes, you will visit one of its most brutal. Travelling from Glencorse you will arrive at Prestonpans. This is the location of a critical battle from Season 2. Then, capping off a jam-packed journey, the 3 Day Outlander Tour has a final stop at Preston Mill. Featuring as Lallybroch Mill, it is one of the oldest working mills in Scotland.

Did you know…

… that we have had the great honour to take Diana Gabaldon – the famous author of The Outlander saga – together with a few lucky fans on a special tour to selected Outlander locations? The event was organised by VisitScotland in recognition of Diana’s contribution to Scottish tourism with her books and subsequent TV series.

Diana Gabaldon with Emma and Anne
Diana Gabaldon (center) with Emma and Anne

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included, and you’ll have to arrange accommodations for the duration of the tour. As the tour starts in Linlithgow at 09:00 hours each day, you have the option of taking the train from Edinburgh (20 mins) or Glasgow (30 mins) or we can recommend local accommodations in Linlithgow itself:

Strawberry Bank House (www.strawberrybank-scotland.co.uk)
Court Residence (www.courtresidence.com)

You can find more hotels and b&bs in Linlithgow here: https://www.google.com/travel/hotels/Linlithgow.

Please note

Each day on the 3-day tour lasts around 8 hours.
The entrance fees listed below are for guidance only and can change at any time.
Itineraries may also change at short notice due to local events.
Times are dependent on local traffic conditions.
Many of the locations on this tour have uneven terrain or cobblestones and are not suitable for those with mobility restrictions.

Buying a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass (adult: £35 – £45) gives you free admission to over 70 properties in Scotland, including Blackness Castle, Doune Castle, Linlithgow Palace and Craigmillar Castle.

Tour details

  • Meeting point

    09:00 hours at Linlithgow Train Station
    Station Road, Linlithgow EH49 7DH,
    20 mins by train from Edinburgh,
    30 mins by train from Glasgow

  • Tour departs

    Monday 25 May at 09:30hrs
    Monday 22 June at 09:30hrs
    Monday 27 July at 09:30hrs
    Monday 03 August at 09:30hrs
    Monday 24 August at 09:30hrs
    Monday 14 September at 09:30hrs

  • Tour ends

    By approx 17:00 hours back to Linlithgow Train Station, Station Road, Linlithgow EH49 7DH

  • Duration

  • Live guide speaks

  • Travel by

  • Tour type

  • Max group size

    14 persons

  • Tour operator

  • Exclusions

    Accommodation
    Food & Drink
    Entry fees
    Gratuities

  • Extras

    Entry to Blackness Castle (adult): £6.00 pp
    Entry to Doune Castle (adult): £9.00 pp
    Entry to Linlithgow Palace (adult): £9.00 pp
    Entry to Craigmillar Castle (adult): £6.00 pp
    Entry to Culross Palace (adult): £10.50 pp
    Entry to Preston Mill (adult): £6.50 pp
    Entry to Drummond Gardens (adult): £6.00 pp
    Entry to Tibbermore Church (optional): £5 pp
    Entry to Hopetoun House (adult): £10.50 pp
    Entry to Midhope Castle: £3.50 pp

  • Things to bring

    Appropriate clothing
    Comfortable shoes
    Cash, credit card, or Historic Scotland Explorer Pass for entrance fees
    Your tour confirmation email

  • TV series

Locations (16)

2. Doune Castle / Castle Leoch

Doune Castle / Castle Leoch - Outlander

Doune Castle was built in the 14th century to seat Scotland’s uncrowned King Regent Albany, and the medieval courtyards of the castle showcase the regent’s rich tastes. The castle has one of Scotland’s best-preserved great halls and a stunning 100ft (30m) gatehouse.

Doune Castle served as the setting for Outlander’s Castle Leoch and is highlighted in several key scenes across the first season of the show. In the 18th century episodes, Castle Leoch is the home of Colum Mackenzie and his clan. At the beginning of the series, Claire and Frank pay a visit to Castle Leoch on a day trip, only to discover the castle is in ruins. Doune Castle also hosted the scene where Claire, Jamie and Dougal’s party approach the castle courtyard.

Doune Castle is more than just the home of Castle Leoch, as it was also the backdrop of Winterfell in the GOT TV series and was also seen in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

3. Blackness Castle / Fort William

Blackness Castle / Fort William

Blackness Castle is a 15th century-old fortress built by the Crichton family. It has been used as a royal residence, a prison and a weapons store. Due to its unusual shape, it is often referred to as ‘the ship that never sailed’.

When selecting a filming location for Outlander’s Fort William, Blackness Castle was chosen as the ideal setting for Black Jack Randall’s stronghold. For viewers, the scene where Jamie was whipped and tortured during his incarceration was filmed here, filling fans with genuine compassion for Jamie.

This is also where Jamie’s father passed away after watching his son facing punishment. During the mid-season finale of series one, Blackness Castle was used when Claire was held captive by Black Jack before Jamie breaks into Fort William to rescue her.

Not only did Blackness Castle showcase the backdrop of Fort William, but also captured scenes from 1990’s Hamlet and 2019’s Mary Queen of Scots.

4. Midhope Castle / Lallybroch

Outlander: Midhope Castle / Lallybroch Castle

The breathtaking Midhope castle dates back to the 16th Century. The castle exterior Castle remains intact however the interior of the structure has been neglected and has decayed extensively. The centuries-old castle was the most fitting for the home of Jamie Fraser known as Lallybroch. Jamie’s parents left him ownership of Lallybroch, but the castle was also home to Jamie’s sister Jenny, her husband and their children.

Lallybroch is first introduced in a flashback scene in season 1 episode 2, which is when Jamie attempts to save Jenny from the clutches of the Redcoats but instead gets captured and taken to Fort William. We then see Lallybroch further in episode 12 when Jamie and Claire return to the castle, at which point a disagreement erupts with Jenny before settling in for the following few episodes.

Some episodes later an encounter with ‘The Watch’ sees the characters having to leave Lallybroch.

5. Hopetoun House / Duke of Sandringham's Residence

Hopetoun House / Duke of Sandringham’s Residence

Hopetoun House is a country home in Scotland built in the 16th century for the use of the Hope family, located on the Hopetoun estate which covers an area of 6.500 acres. Outlander followers will recognise the country home as the Duke of Sandringham’s residence.

Hopetoun House was used to shoot the red drawing-room scene in episode ten of season one when Claire blackmails the Duke of Sandringham to ensure Jamie is pardoned. During Season 2 of the show, viewership was taken from Scotland to a Paris setting, although none of the footage was ever captured in France! The alleyway behind Hopetoun House was in fact set along the Paris backstreets.

Finally, in episode four of Season three Jamie and the Dunsany family arrive by carriage to visit Lady Geneva at the home of the Earl of Ellesmere. The exterior of the Earl’s home was one more of many other filming locations at Hopetoun House.

6. Culross / Cranesmuir

Culross / Cranesmuir

The picturesque village of Culross has been around since the 17th century, featuring a mustard yellow palace, rustic village homes and is lined with idyllic cobbled streets. Culross is known for being the setting for the fictional location of Cranesmuir used in many scenes of the Outlander series.

Outlander fans will best remember Cranesmuir when it first appeared in season one, as a dull and grey looking town which it was painted for during filming. After filming stopped, the village was painted back to its original white colour.

In the centre of Culross, we find the location of Mercat Cross shown in fictional Cranesmuir. It was this location that we find the town square and the home of Geillis Duncan. The square was the filming location where Duncan was sentenced to burn after being discovered as a witch. The same area is where Jamie and Claire rescued Tammas the thief when his ear is pinned to a post.

7. Linlithgow Palace / Wentworth Prison

Linlithgow Palace by Night

The impressive Scottish Linlithgow Palace dates back to the 12th century and is the birthplace of the Scottish Monarchs Mary Queen of Scots and James V. Due to its eerie exterior Linlithgow Palace was chosen as the ideal home to represent Outlander’s Wentworth Prison.

For viewers, Wentworth Prison is recognised as the heart-wrenching place where Black Jack Randall captures, rapes and tortures Jamie during his incarceration.

Lithgow Palace is further identified during series one when Claire pretends to be a relative to convince the jailer to allow her to visit Jamie, this is promptly declines before Claire leaves and throws up before Murtagh swiftly picks her up. This was captured at the entrance to Linlithgow Palace.

The spiral staircase that Claire descends trying to avoid the redcoats to free Jamie was also shot at Linlithgow, as was the moment further along where Claire searches the prison cells.

8. Drummond Castle Gardens / Versailles

Drummond Gardens and Castle (01)

The centuries-old Drummond Castle Gardens is one of Scotland’s most prestigious formal gardens. Since its initial development, the site has undergone a series of redesigns with the most recent in the 19th century. Queen Victoria planted a beech tree and yew hedges during her visit in 1842.

For an Outlander fan, Drummond Castle Gardens is the home of the Gardens of the Palace of Versailles. The first notable episode we see the Palace of Versailles presented is during ‘Untimely Resurrection’  in Season 2. The royal stables where King Louis’ Court resides showcases The Royal Gardens of Versailles when Claire and Jamie arrive. Viewers will recall Jamie assisting the Duke of Sandringham to select a horse before Jamie has an encounter with Black Jack Randall. This, of course, results in the two challenging each other to a duel.

Drummond Castle Gardens still retains the French style and extravagant feel today we’re used to seeing portrayed in the series.

9. Tibbermore Church / Cranesmuir Church

Tibbermore Church is set in a captivating walled graveyard and dates back to the 16th century. Its unique raked stone flooring and wooden pews give the church a distinctive feel. Outlander fans will recognise Tibbermore Church as representing Cranesmuir Church in the series.

One of the most memorable moments captured at Cranesmuir Church is during episode 11 of series one ‘The Devil’s Mark‘ where the heartwrenching witch trial was held in the court. Fans will recall the episode showing Claire and Geillis being thrown into the thieves hole to await their trial for witchcraft. The pair are anxiously sat in the docks before Geillis is removed from court and sentenced to death by fire.

Unlike many Outlander filming locations, Tibbermore Church hasn’t changed since its adaption for the TV series. The interior of the church remains in the same state as it was before filming had begun.

10. Tullibardine Chapel

Dating back to the 14th century is Scotland’s Tullibardine Chapel, used explicitly as a re-Reformation chapel which was established by Sir David Murray. For Outlander viewers, Tullibardine Chapel represented the church where Claire, Jamie, Fergus, Rupert and Dougall take refuge on their journey to Inverness.

Fans of the show will recall witnessing the church in season 2 episode 11 ‘Vengeance is Mine‘ when a group of redcoats suddenly ambush Jamie and the rest of his group. The redcoats believe Claire is a prisoner of the Scots, and demand for her to be released. Shortly afterwards, we then see the church once again when the group leave by horseback, not before Rupert receives a devastating shot to the eye.

Although Tullibardine Chapel remains standing, Tullibardine Castle is no longer in existence today. The chapel is one of few medieval churches in Scotland that remains unharmed.

11. Falkland / Inverness

Falkland Village

The small and quiet Scottish village of Falkland has streets lined with stone cottages which have been around since the 17th and 18th centuries. The village is home to twenty-eight listed buildings, one of which includes the historic Falkland Palace. Falkland is recognised for its representation of Outlander’s region of Inverness. The real-life Inverness was unsuitable for filming as the buildings and streets were too modern, which was far from the look and feel needed for the show.

Fans of the show will remember Inverness as the place which captured the arrival of Claire and Frank for their second honeymoon, while here they meet Reverend Wakefield the local minister,  and Mrs Baird the obscure owner of the bed and breakfast. Inverness will resonate with fans for a further appearance in Season 2 featuring streets such as Rotten Row, Sharps Close and Brunton Street. Viewers will also appreciate the house in Brunton Street where Mary Hawkins cared for sick Alex Randall at McGilvrey’s Boarding House

12. Dysart / Le Harve

Dysart Harbour dates way back to the 14th century, and the history behind the location is a rich one. In the 17th century, the harbour grew extensively when an influx in exports of coal and salt to the Baltic regions was agreed. Outlander fans know the real-life Dysart Harbour as the filming location which became known as Le Harve in the series.

The French Harbour is first used in Season two episode 1 when Jamie and Claire arrive. Upon their arrival, they meet the shows newly introduced villain Comte St. Germain. Although Claire and Murtagh rescue Jamie from the clutches of Black Jack Randall to escape to Paris, none of the filmings ever took place in France. They were captured at Dysart in Scotland.

Dysart was used again to represent Le Harve when Claire spots a group of Sainte German men being taken to a warehouse on the port with suspected smallpox.

13. Craigmillar Castle / Ardsmuir Prison

Craigmillar Castle takes us back to the 14th Century, and the castle tower was constructed to begin with, followed by the courtyard walls being established in the following century. The castle has a history of murderous events and is also where Mary Queen of Scots retreated in the 15th century.

The exterior of Craigmillar Castle will be familiar to Outlander followers as the location that represented Ardmuir Prison.  From the series, we see Ardmuir Prison as having a Scottish Highlands setting, although no filming ever took place in the Highlands. For viewers, Ardmuir Prison is the setting where Jamie, Murtagh and several Jacobite dissidents are incarcerated following the series’ Battle of Culloden in 1745.

Craigmillar Castle was the ideal stronghold to shoot the scenes used for Ardsmuir thanks to its decaying exterior. So much so there was hardly any adaptations needed to use the castle for filming.

14. Glencorse Old Kirk / Wedding scene

Set in the grounds of Glencorse House is where we find the tranquil church called Glencorse Old Kirk. A parish was built in the 16th century and sadly burned down, in its place however was the construction of Glencorse Old Kirk some decades later.

Any lover of Outlander will almost certainly recognise the church as the location where Claire and Jamie’s wedding took place and the start of where their adventure truly began. The scene where the two tied the knot was during the most memorable episode of the entire series ‘The Wedding’. It took the production team a long five weeks to ensure the film set was nothing less than perfect.

Glencorse Old Kirk differs dramatically from how it is portrayed in Outlander. The film set was significantly adapted for the series to make it look more rundown, but there’s no mistaking the exterior as the place where Jamie and Claire got hitched.

15. Prestonpans battlegrounds

The small historic town of Prestonpans dates back to the 11th century and is the site where the Battle of Prestonpans took place in 1745. The town is home to Preston Tower and the one-of-a-kind Mercat Cross, the last of its kind to retain its original form since its construction. For Outlander fanatics, the Prestonpans battlegrounds are the setting viewers will recognise for the large-scale battle Jamie leads against the British in nearby Preston.

The Prestonpans battlegrounds are used during Season 2 Episode 10 of the series, and to successfully lead the Jacobite army, Jamie is faced with detouring a swamp. While Jamie is occupied in battle, Claire makes use of her combat nursing experience to take care of the soldiers wounded while fighting.

Viewers that can recall the barn used in season 2 episode 9 will recognise the same setting being used again during the Battle of Prestonpans. But instead, it’s used as Claire’s field hospital!

16. Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot / Lallybroch Mill

Although Preston Mill is now a class A listed building, it’s not been forgotten for the days when oatmeal was regularly produced since its construction. Although Preston Mill is located in Scotland, one could easily imagine it being set somewhere in Holland among fields of tulips with its dutch-like appearance.

Preston Mill is remembered for its representation of Lallybroch Mill during episode 12 of season one in Outlander. Viewers will relive the moment during the ‘Lallybroch‘ episode when Jamie first arrives at Lallybroch Mill to discover mechanics of the mill are no longer functioning. We see Jamie taking matters into his own hands to fix the mill, at which point, Claire and Jenny spot inbound redcoats and attempt to draw their attention.

As the episode unfolds, we witness Jamie successfully repairing the water wheel, and it’s this same wheel that stands in place at Preston Mill today.

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