Doune Castle / Castle Leoch
Culross / Cranesmuir
Blackness Castle / Fort William

Outlander Adventure 1-Day Tour from Edinburgh

Travel through time on the Outlander Adventure 1-Day Tour from Edinburgh. See the iconic sites from the TV series on this jam-packed adventure!

Scotland’s history is one that is tumultuous and full of action. Many violent battles were fought throughout the ages to make it the country that it is today. And it is this treacherous landscape that is the backdrop to Outlander. As an internationally-loved TV series, it manages to use the events of history to propel the stories of its characters. Furthermore, it does a great job of exhibiting the beauty of Scotland at the same time.

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Now you have the chance to see these sites for yourself!

The Outlander Adventure 1-Day Tour from Edinburgh transports you back through the ages. You will get the opportunity to visit the most famous filming locations from the TV series. Immersing yourself in these picturesque setting, you’ll be able to recreate some of the most iconic scenes.

Linlithgow Palace / Wentworth Prison
Linlithgow Palace / Wentworth Prison

The first stop on the Outlander Adventure 1-Day Tour from Edinburgh is Culross.

This small village is virtually unchanged since its humble beginnings back in the 16th century. Because of this, the Outlander production considered it to be the perfect location for Cranesmuir. This small fictional village has appeared numerous times throughout the life of the TV series. As you walk through the streets you are sure to recognise some of its buildings. You’ll even get to see the herb garden where Claire worked.

Next, it’s on to Doune Castle, recognisable to Outlander fans as Castle Leoch, home of Clan Mackenzie. As it is a quintessential example of a 14th-century castle, it is no wonder that Outlander isn’t Doune Castle’s only on-screen appearance. It also shows up in the comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

From here, the Outlander Adventure 1-Day Tour from Edinburgh brings you to Linlithgow Palace. This building plays a very important role in the history of Scotland. Born within the palace’s walls was one of the country’s most iconic heroes: Mary Queen of Scots. However, the Outlander TV series uses the palace for a much less high-class. Instead of housing monarchs, it features as Wentworth Prison, where Jamie is held captive.

Culross / Cranesmuir
Culross / Cranesmuir

Maintaining the theme of depressing locations, the next stop is Blackness Castle. This formidable structure plays the part of Fort William, headquarters of ‘Black’ Jack Randall. To help take your mind off of the horrible deeds that took place here, why not treat yourself to some beautiful views from the castle walls.

The final stop on this tour brings you to Midhope Castle. Instantly recognisable as Lallybroch, it is the perfect place to get a photo before returning to Edinburgh!

Please note

Unfortunately, only passengers over 5 years old are permitted on this tour.

You’re restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person.

The entrance fees listed below are for guidance only and can change at any time.

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.

Tour details

  • Meeting point

    Check in before 09.00hrs at
    Rabbie’s Cafe Bar, Waterloo Place,
    Edinburgh EH1 3EG

  • Tour departs

    Daily at 09:15hrs

  • Tour ends

    Rabbie’s Cafe Bar at 17:45 approx

  • Duration

  • Live guide speaks

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  • Tour type

  • Max group size

    16 persons

Locations (7)

2. 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.

3. 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 king’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 Calum 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

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