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Outlander locations near Edinburgh

12/10/17, in Things to do

Did you know many Outlander scenes are filmed right here in Edinburgh and Scotland? With the launch of season three of Outlander, and seasons one and two now available on UK TV, Outlander fever has swept through Edinburgh. We’ve rounded up our favourite filming locations closest to The Chester Residence. Why not pick one, or two, and enjoy the perfect day-out exploring Claire and Jamie’s territory?

Hopetoun House

Hopetoun House Visit Scotland Paul Tomkins

The house and gardens have been the backdrop to various scenes in not only seasons one and two, but the current season three, too. Midhope Castle is also located on the Hopetoun Estate, and is around a 15-minute drive from the main Hopetoun House. You’ll recognise the exterior building as Lallybroch - the family home of Jamie Fraser! Midhope Castle dates back to the 16th century and whilst derelict inside you can walk around it. It’s definitely worth a visit!

Located in South Queensferry, Hopetoun House is just a 30-minute drive from The Chester Residence.

For further information visit: http://hopetoun.co.uk

(Image courtesy of Visit Scotland / Paul Tomkins)

Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle Visit Scotland Kenny Lam

Blackness Castle is the setting for "Black Jack" Randall's Fort William headquarters in the first season of Outlander. Built in the 1400s, the Castle offers impressive views over the Firth of Forth and is nicknamed ‘the ship that never sailed’ as many people think it looks like a stone ship!

Located in Linlithgow, Blackness Castle is just a 35-minute drive from The Chester Residence.

For further information visit: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/blackness-castle/

(Image courtesy of Visit Scotland / Kenny Lam)

Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace Visit Scotland Kenny Lam

Linlithgow Palace is the setting for Outlander’s Wentworth Prison where Jamie Fraser stands trial and is imprisoned in the prison dungeons. It’s a must-visit for any Outlander fan who watched that intense episode! Did you know Linlithgow Palace is also the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots? Built and added to over the 15th and 16th centuries, the stunning Royal Palace lies next to Linlithgow Loch.

Also located in West Lothian, Linlithgow Palace is located less than 15 minutes from Blackness Castle, and 35 minutes from The Chester Residence.

For further information visit: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/linlithgow-palace/

(Image courtesy of Visit Scotland / Kenny Lam)

Aberdour Castle

Aberdour Castle Visit Scotland Paul Tomkins

Built in the 1100s, it’s thought that Aberdour Castle might be the oldest castle in Scotland! This castle was used as Sainte Anne de Beaupré’s monastery in France which Jamie and Claire flee to in season two. Make sure you visit the Old Kitchen and Long Gallery which were used for filming.

Located in Fife, Aberdour Castle is around 50 minutes by car from The Chester Residence or 45 minutes by train from Haymarket train station.

For further information visit: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/aberdour-castle-and-gardens/

(Image courtesy of Visit Scotland / Paul Tomkins)

Doune Castle

visitscotland 26712770339This magnificent castle boats a 14th century courtyard and incredible 100 ft high gatehouse. Outlander fans will know it better as Castle Leoch – home to Colum Mackenzie and his clan.

Not only has Doune Castle been used for Outlander filming, but it’s also the setting for Winterfell in Game of Thrones!

Located in Perthshire, Doune Castle is around an hour’s drive from The Chester Residence.

For further information visit: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/doune-castle/

(Image courtesy of Visit Scotland / Paul Tomkins)

Royal Mile

Royal Mile Visit Scotland Kenny Lam

You don’t have to travel very far to reach the Royal Mile! As featured in Outlander’s third season (no spoilers in this blog!!), the Royal Mile is located in the heart of the city centre and is one of Edinburgh’s top tourist attractions.

The Royal Mile is around a 30-minute walk from The Chester Residence or 15 minutes by taxi, and is located just a few minutes’ walk from Princes Street.

For further information visit https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/royal-mile-and-grassmarket-p918401

 

(Image courtesy of Visit Scotland / Kenny Lam)

OUTLANDER PACKAGE

We’ve recently launched an Outlander package offering the following tours:

Tour 1: Linlithgow Palace, Bo’ness & Kinneil, Blackness Castle, Hopetoun House and Midhope Castle.

Tour 2: Callendar House, Deanston Distillery, Doune Castle, Tibbermore Church and Drummond Castle Gardens.

Tour 3: Aberdour Castle, Balgonie Castle, Falkland, the Reaper Tall Ship and Culross.

Our Outlander Tours include transport and a guide.

Click here for full details of our Outlander Tours.

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