Fans of the popular TV programme Outlander who are eagerly awaiting the next series of the show have been travelling to Scotland to see some of the iconic places that were used as filming locations.
The show was inspired by a series of books written by Diana Gabaldon and follows the tale of Claire Randall who is transported back in time from post-war Scotland right back to the year 1743. Scotland’s stunning scenery is showcased throughout Outlander and we have cottages that are ideally placed for visiting the settings of your favourite scenes.
The town used to represent Inverness in the very first episode was in fact the historic conversation village of Falkland in Fife. The bed and breakfast that Claire and Frank stay at is actually a hotel where a drink or meal can be enjoyed in what feels like very familiar surroundings.
Right in the heart of Falkland is The Key House, a traditional B-listed building that is full of history and set right next door to the impressive Falkland Castle. This fine royal Renaissance Palace is now looked after by the National Trust for Scotland and guided tours are available of the palace and its wonderful formal gardens where there is an amazing living willow labyrinth.
Mary Queen of Scots stayed in the palace in the 1500s and was said to be very fond of it as it reminded her of the chateau where she grew up in France.
The Craigh Na Dun standing stones that are so significant to the plot of Outlander are in fact fictional but are said to have been inspired by the stones at Clava Cairns near Inverness.
A trip to see these Bronze Age stones can be combined with a visit to the Culloden battlefield that is less than 10 miles away from the cosy accommodation on offer at Horseshoe Cottage. This Highland getaway that sleeps 4 people is very centrally located and is only 15 minutes’ drive away from Loch Ness should ‘Nessie spotting’ also be on the agenda.
Doune Castle, Stirlingshire
Another location that was featured fairly prominently is Doune Castle near Blair Drummond in Stirlingshire that was used as Castle Leoch, the fictional seat of Clan Mackenzie. The interior shots were done in a studio but the castle is still fascinating to wander around and there is an interesting audio tour available that is voiced by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame (Monty Python and the Holy Grail was partly filmed at the castle).
Stay at Kilbryde Castle Apartment, 4 miles from Doune Castle, for a real feeling of castle dwelling as the apartment is set within the baronial style Kilbryde Castle.
The Highland Folk Museum (open Mar to Oct) in Newtonmore proved to be ideal for the film producers as the thatched crofts in its recreated 1700s township already perfectly resembled the Mackenzie village they were used to represent.
In the heart of Newtonmore is Carn Dearg Cottage that is only a mile from the museum so is very convenient for visiting and is a lovely place to come back to after days spent out exploring the surrounding area.
The next series of Outlander (season 4) is due to premiere in November 2018 and is sure to feature plenty more of Scotland’s beautiful landscapes and architecture. We can’t wait and also look forward to welcoming guests who are on their own Outlander adventures! Give us a call on 01835 822277 to speak to our helpful booking team or browse the portfolio for yourself.