The little known Fife town which doubled as Inverness in Outlander and was the setting for Jamie’s Ghost appearance


Much like the epic TV show, it stars in, the beautiful village of Falkland in Fife has a rich history and global appeal.

Fans of time-travel period drama Outlander might recognize it as 1940s Inverness and one of the better-known filming locations from the show.

A top Scottish setting used by the show’s producers, Falkland has gone on to become a tourist attraction in its own right.

Thousands of fans flock there every year to follow in the footsteps of characters like Claire (Caitriona Balfe), Frank (Tobias Menzies), and Jamie (Sam Heughan) as they recreate the pivotal scene from the first season where the trio first interact.

Featuring in a scene as old Inverness where Frank and Claire Randall go on their honeymoon, what appears to be Jamie’s ghost is spotted watching Claire from the town’s beautiful fountain, playing a big part in foreshadowing what’s to come.

It also features both Mrs Baird’s B & B and even the shop where Claire spots the vase.

History

Outwith Outlander, the town has a rich history in its own right, being as it was, a favorite place of Mary Queen of Scots to visit.

Dating back to the 12th century and the establishment of a castle close to the Lomond Hills, Falkland village has been tied to the stronghold and subsequently, Falkland Palace ever since.



Outlander fans can enjoy a trip to Falkland

Built in the 1500s by the Stuarts, the Palace accommodated the royal court when they came to the area to hunt in the nearby forests.

It remained part of the Royal holds until it was taken by Oliver Cromwell’s troops in the 1650s and badly damaged in a subsequent fire.

Over the years it fell into neglect until the buildings were partially restored by the Marquis of Bute who inherited the lands in the late 19th century.

The birthplace of the famous Covenanter (a political movement in support of the growth of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland) Richard Cameron, The Covenanter Hotel, which doubled as the guesthouse run by Mrs Baird, was more than likely named in his honour.



The Covenanter Hotel, Falkland, Fife, appeared in Outlander
The Covenanter Hotel, Falkland, Fife

Steeped in history, nearly 30 of the village’s buildings are listed and Falkland can also lay claim to being the home of the oldest tennis court in the world still in use today.

Built for James V of Scotland, the father of Mary Queen of Scots, in 1539.

Outlander

Fans can recreate the famous Jamie’s Ghost scene by standing by the now-famous fountain in the center of the town and looking up towards the window in the Covenanter where Claire was getting ready.

You can also cross the square like Claire and Frank when they first arrive in Inverness.

Tourism

Now run and maintained by the National Trust for Scotland, Falkland Palace and the Estate are usually open to visitors all year round.

A fun augmented reality app ‘In the Footsteps of Kings’ can be used at both Falkland Palace and Falkland Estate, and brings the rich history of the area to life.



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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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