The sweeping world of Outlander spans two centuries and several continents, and while we can't promise any time travel or hunky 18th-century soulmates, you can experience a little bit of that Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser life (minus the civil wars and lack of modern amenities, natch) by visiting some of the real-life filming locations in the show. Check out the beautiful castles, gardens, and rolling hills of the Scottish Highlands that played a part in Claire and Jamie's story, just waiting to be explored by any true Outlander fan.
Glencoe, Scotland (Opening Credits):
You'll recognize this picturesque landscape of the Scottish Highlands from the opening credits of Outlander
. It's also been used in films like Skyfall
and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
. (Photo via Getty)
Falkland, Fife, Scotland (Inverness):
At the beginning of season one, Claire and Frank take a second honeymoon in Inverness. If you want to vacation like the Randalls, you can stay in the real-life Mrs. Baird's guest house — Covenanter Hotel
— in the heart of the small, charming village of Falkland. (Photo via Starz)
Kinloch Rannoch, Perthshire, Scotland (Craigh na Dun):
While Craigh na Dun is fictional, you can see the scenery where the stones were set — and where Claire travels back to the 18th century — around Rannoch Moor in Perthshire. Scotland has a number of standing stones scattered around the country, including Clava Cairns
near Inverness and the Calanais Standing Stones
on the Isle of Lewis. (Time travel not guaranteed.) (Photo via Starz)
Doune Castle, Stirlingshire, Scotland (Castle Leoch):
The seat of Clan MacKenzie, Castle Leoch, was filmed at Doune Castle, built in the 14th century as a medieval stronghold in central Scotland. The castle was used as a royal hunting lodge and later as a prison for government troops. It was also featured as a location in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail
. (Photo via Dennis K. Johnson/Getty)
Glencorse Old Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland (Jamie and Claire's Wedding):
The swoon-worthy episode where Claire and Jamie tied the knot is memorable for many reasons, including this 17th-century church where the couple exchanged vows. Glencorse Old Kirk is nestled among lush grounds and a lake, and it's a romantic and popular wedding venue even today. (Photo via Studio Life/Glencorse House)
Hopetoun House, South Queensferry, Scotland (Duke of Sandringham's House):
This 17th century stately home near Edinburgh serves as the residence of fictional English aristocrat the Duke of Sandringham. The grounds were used to film the duel between the Duke and the McDonald clan in season one, as well as the Parisian streets of season two. (Photo via Getty)
Midhope Castle, South Queensferry, Scotland (Lallybroch):
Midhope Castle, also located on the 6,500 acre Hopetoun estate, stands in for Lallybroch or Broch Tuarach, the Fraser clan's ancestral home. The external scenes at Lallybroch were shot at the 15th-century castle, but the building's interior is run down. (Photo via Starz)
Blackness Castle, West Lothian, Scotland (Fort William):
Blackness Castle was built in the 15th century and has been used as an artillery fortress, royal castle, and prison. In Outlander
, it doubles as Fort William, the garrison commanded by Black Jack Randall, who tortured Jamie there. Due to its unusual shape, Blackness Castle is often referred to as "the ship that never sailed." (Photo via Getty)
Linlithgow Palace, West Lothian, Scotland (Wentworth Prison):
Formerly a royal palace — and the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots — Linlithgow Palace was the setting of Wentworth Prison, where Jamie was imprisoned and (surprise, surprise) tortured by Jack Randall. (Photo via Getty)
Culross, Fife, Scotland (Cranesmuir):
The small town of Culross has remained largely unchanged from the 16th century and is the setting for Cranesmuir, the home of Claire's friend and fellow time-traveler Geillis Duncan. The preserved townhouse is where real-life accused witches were tried and held before being executed. (Photo via Getty)
Dysart Harbour, Fife, Scotland (Le Havre, France):
In season two, when Jamie, Claire, and Murtagh escape to France, they dock in Le Havre, France. Scenes were filmed in Dysart Harbour on Scotland's southeast coast, a former royal burgh and port for salt and coal trade with the Netherlands in the 15th century.
Drummond Castle, Perthshire, Scotland:
Claire and Jamie secure an invitation to Versailles in the second season, and the gorgeous Drummond Castle grounds provided the setting for the opulent gardens of Versailles. The terraced gardens have both French and Italian influences and enjoyed a visit from Queen Victoria in 1842. (Photo via Starz)
Strahov Monastery, Strahov, Prague:
For season two, the crew ventured beyond Scotland to film scenes set in Paris. The 12th century Strahov Monastery in Prague has two grand libraries, and the smaller of the two — Philosophical Hall, with its walnut interior, giant ceiling fresco, and hidden spiral staircase — became the set of King Louis XV's royal library at Versailles. (Photo via Starz)
Radnicke Schody, Hradcany, Prague (Paris): The picturesque Radnicke staircase (all 127 steps) doubled as part of the busy Paris cityscape in season two. (Photo via Starz)
Military Church of St. John of Nepomuk, Hradcany, Prague (L'Hopital des Anges): External scenes of L'Hopital des Anges — the Paris hospital where Claire volunteers to treat patients alongside Mother Hildegarde in season two — were filmed at Military Church of St. John of Nepomuk. (Photo via Starz)
Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow, Scotland (L'Hopital des Anges):
The interior of L'Hopital des Anges, where Claire treated patients and later became a patient herself, was filmed in the crypt of the medieval Glasgow Cathedral in Scotland. The church is one of the few that survived the Scottish Reformation intact. (Photo via Leemage/Getty)
Dowanhill Street, Glasgow, Scotland: Even though Claire and Frank move to Boston in season three, the crew didn't cross the Atlantic — the Randalls' neighborhood was filmed on Dowanhill Street, in a suburban area of Glasgow's West End. (Photo via Getty)
Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland:
The long-awaited and emotional reunion between Claire and Jamie was filmed on the Royal Mile, a busy shopping area in Edinburgh. The Royal Mile runs through the city's Old Town, connecting Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhous. A 16th-century museum adjacent to the Royal Mile was used for the exterior of the infamous print shop, and functioning print presses were created in a studio set for an authentic interior of the shop.
Cape Town Film Studios, Cape Town, South Africa (Ships): In season three (spoiler alert for non-book fans), Jamie and Claire set sail from Scotland to Jamaica on a 110-foot schooner named the Artemis. The crew traveled to Cape Town to film 18th-century tall ships, which were also used in another Starz show, Black Sails.
University of Stellenbosch Theology Faculty Building, Stellenbosch, South Africa (Jamaican Governor's Residence):
More spoilers: In the back half of season three, Claire and Jamie arrive in Jamaica. The University of Stellenbosch
, a public research university in South Africa's wine-growing region, was used as the location for the governor of Jamaica's home.
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