Morag Dunbar, Scottish Driver-Guide and an accredited Scottish Blue Badge Tourist Guide - eilean donan castleMorag Dunbar, Scottish Driver-Guide and an accredited Scottish Blue Badge Tourist Guide - Suilven Mountain in the late summer sunshineMorag Dunbar, Scottish Driver-Guide and an accredited Scottish Blue Badge Tourist Guide - Suilven Mountain in the Cloud
Lallybroch (Midhope Castle)

Lallybroch (Midhope Castle)

Outlander Tours in Scotland

Doune Castle 3

Castle Leoch (Doune Castle)

Special tours to the Outlander locations across Scotland

Craigh na Dun 1

Craigh na Dun

Following the success of the Outlander TV series, adapted from the historical novels by Diana Gabaldon, I have decided to offer Scottish tours featuring some of the filming locations used.

I was pleasantly surprised (and impressed) by the desire of those involved in producing the series, to do as much as possible in Scotland.  So many times before, films about our country have been filmed elsewhere.  (Did you know that much of “Braveheart” was actually filmed in Ireland?)  Although most of the Scottish locations in the books are set in the Scottish Highlands, many of the places where filming actually took place are within easy reach of Edinburgh.

Among those is the small ruined castle used for Lallybroch – Jamie Fraser’s home.

Privately owned, but with advance permission, it can be accessed.  Nearby is the stately home whose exterior is seen in the duel scenes and its interior for scenes with the Duke of Sandringham.  The Railway Station, shown at the beginning with Claire and Frank actually exists and is in the same area.

Remember Wentworth Prison, where Jamie was tortured by Black Jack, some of the interior shots were filmed at another ruined castle in the area.  Yet another imposing castle on the Firth of Forth was used as Fort William where Jamie appeared miraculously at the window just in time to rescue Claire from Jack Randall.

South of Edinburgh can be found the little church where Claire and Jamie married, then further down the coast is the grain mill with the waterwheel where Jamie hid underwater from the redcoats while Claire and his sister spoke to them.

On the north side of the Firth of Forth is the location for the village of Cranesmuir (where Geillis Duncan and her husband, Arthur lived).  This is an authentic ancient village where some of the witch scenes were filmed, where the little boy had his ears nailed to the beam and is also the location of Claire’s herb garden which was supposed to be beside Castle Leoch.  A short distance away is another ancient historical village which was used as Inverness at the beginning of the series and where the Rev Wentworth’s house was based.

Lastly, in central Scotland, there is the castle used for Castle Leoch – home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan in the 18th century episodes.  It also features at the beginning of series 1 when Claire and Frank visit the ruins on a day trip.

A trip north to the Highlands would take you to the site used for Craigh na Dun with its mysterious standing stones.  The ones used in the filming were not real but they were based on real ones near Inverness.  Some of the little cottages used are not film-sets but part of a Highland folk museum.  In the Highlands, much of the majestic Highland scenery shown in the filming is all round you.   Near Inverness is Culloden where the Clans and their way of life all came to an end in April 1746 and where Jamie is thought to have died.  We can see the tragic graves of the Clans, including Clan Fraser and Clan MacKenzie, and visit Beauly Priory in the heart of Clan Fraser lands, the burial place of Lord Lovat and the Lovat Frasers.

These are some of the filming locations which could be included in a tour.  The length and timing would be as discussed with you and other historical locations in the area could be included if you wanted.  After all it is your tour.