Outlander: Blackness Castle / Fort William
Outlander: Doune Castle / Castle Leoch
Linlithgow Palace / Wentworth Prison

Outlander Classic 1-Day Tour

Explore the world of Clare and Jamie Fraser on the Outlander Classic 1-Day Tour. See the real historic sites that bring the adventure to life on screen.

With an abundance of medieval castles, stately homes, and ancient sites of worship, Scotland is full of interesting history. Combined with its picturesque landscapes and rolling glens, it is no wonder that this beautiful country hosts the romance and adventure of Outlander. Now you get the chance to explore this great land yourself and relive your favourite scenes from the TV series.

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Experience

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.

On the Outlander Classic 1-Day Tour, you’ll get to visit the most iconic filming locations.

First on the list is Castle Leoch. This is a well-known fortress from the TV series and is the home of Colum MacKenzie and his family. The real-life structure is Doune Castle, built early in the 15th century. Before it housed Clan MacKenzie, it was the residence of the Regent Albany. Outlander isn’t the castle’s only on-screen claim to fame either. You can also spot its great walls in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Outlander: Midhope Castle / Lallybroch Castle
Outlander: Midhope Castle / Lallybroch Castle

Next, you’ll make your way to Blackness Castle in the Lothians. This enormous structure was built to a maritime-inspired design. As a result, locals know the castle as ‘the ship that never sailed’. For the purposes of Outlander, its imposing facade made Blackness Castle the perfect location to feature as Fort William. But while the site is connected with many hardships endured by your favourite characters, it also offers some beauty. Walking along its walls you will be treated to awe-inspiring views of Firth of Forth.

Another castle that features on this tour is Midhope.

This 16th-century tower house features as Lallybroch, Jamie Fraser’s family home. The real-life building is situated on the grounds of the Hopetoun estate. Hopetoun House itself also features throughout the TV series. Exterior shots of the elaborately-built home represent the residence of the Duke of Sandringham. While some of the rooms inside the house featured in scenes set in Paris.

Outlander: Culross / Cranesmuir
Outlander: Culross / Cranesmuir

From here, you will travel to the village of Culross. Featuring in films such as Captain America: The First Avenger and The Little Vampire, it plays an important role in Outlander. The Outlander production crew transformed it into Cranesmuir. Strolling along its streets, you’ll be sure to see some familiar buildings. You’ll even spot the herb garden where Clare worked.

The final stop on this tour is Linlithgow Palace. In real life, this is the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. However, in Outlander this royal palace features as the dreaded Wentworth Prison. Here we see Jamie Fraser at one of his lowest points, as he is imprisoned and sentenced to death.

The Outlander Classic 1-Day Tour offers an 8-hour trip throughout historic Scotland. It is a fun and jam-packed adventure that is the perfect day out for any Outlander fan!

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

Please note

Tours run with a summer (Mar – Sep) and winter (Oct – Feb) itinerary.
The entrance fees listed below are for guidance only and can change at any time.
Hopetoun House is only available from April-September.
Midhope Castle may close for pheasant shooting.
Itineraries may also change at short notice due to local events.

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

    Linlithgow Train Station
    Station Road, Linlithgow EH49 7DH,
    20 min by train from Edinburgh,
    30 min by train from Glasgow

  • Tour departs

    Apr – Sep: Mon and Wed at 09:00hrs
    Oct – Mar: by arrangement

  • Tour ends

    By 17:00hrs to Linlithgow Train Station
    Station Road, Linlithgow EH49 7DH

  • Duration

  • Live guide speaks

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  • Tour type

  • Max group size

    14 persons

Locations (7)

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 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.

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.

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