Outlander, the smash hit TV series about the Scottish clans, has captured the imagination of millions of people around the world and returns in 2020 for a 5th season.
Caitriona Balfe stars as Claire Randall, a married former World War II nurse who is transported back to Scotland in 1743 and encounters the dashing Highland warrior, Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Heughan and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite rebellions.
This spell-binding and mystical series, written by Diana Gabaldon was inspired by Scotland’s breath-taking Highland landscapes, mysterious standing stones, magnificent castles and celebrated culture, which can now be shared with fans who want to be swept away to Claire and Jamie’s world.
Experience first-hand some of the most magical Outlander filming locations from series 1-4, within easy reach of CLC Duchally Country Estate.
Just under a 1-hour drive from CLC Duchally Country Estate, but well worth the effort for serious Outlander fans, Hopetoun House is a fine example of Scottish architecture. Situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh, this magnificent house featured as the stately home of the Duke of Sandringham in season 1 and provided the backdrop of Parisian streets from Jamie and Claire’s apartment in France and the Hawkins Estate in season 2. Hopetoun also featured as Ellesmere and the stables at Helwater in season 3.
Tibbermore Parish Church
Situated in Perthshire, just 14 miles from Duchally, this characteristic and eerie church featured as Cranesmuir Church for the infamous ‘witch trial’ scene. Stand in the pulpit, in the footsteps of Claire and the scheming Scottish redhead Geillis, the main antagonist of the 3rd season – if you dare! The church grounds are also home to many interesting gravestones – check out one on the west side featuring all the equipment of the curling game.
Featuring in seasons 2 and 4, Falkland Fife is 26 miles from Duchally and featured in one of the first scenes of the series, portraying 1940s Scotland in season 1 and 1960s Inverness in seasons 2 and 4. The Covenanter Hotel was transformed into Mrs. Baird’s Guesthouse, the Bruce Fountain featured when the ghost of Jamie looked up at Claire’s room and the Fayre Earth Gift Shop doubles as Farrell’s Hardware and Furniture Store. Campbell’s Coffee House and Eatery was Campbell’s Coffee Shop in the show.
Drummond Castle Gardens
Just over 10 miles from Duchally, the picturesque Drummond Castle Gardens, described by Historic Gardens Scotland as the ‘best example of formal terraced gardens in Scotland, featured in season 2 as the ornate park and orchard of the Palace of Versailles in France. The gardens boast a scenic mile-long driveway, lined by beech trees, that leads to the grand walls of Drummond Castle. The colourful peacocks add an air of aristocracy to the gardens. Note: the castle is not open to the public.
Located at Doune, the gateway to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Deanston Distillery provided the setting for Jamie’s cousin, Jared’s wine warehouse in season 2, on the docks of Le Havre. Just 16 miles from Duchally and housed in a former cotton mill, you can enjoy a real Scottish experience with a behind-the-scenes tour of this distillery. Discover the centuries-old tradition of single malt whisky distilling!
If you want to explore some of Scotland’s most beautiful landmarks, while walking in the footsteps of the Outlander cast, take a look at VisitScotland‘s interactive map of all the Scottish filming locations used so far.