The most instagrammable Scottish Outlander filming locations


There is no denying that Outlander is one of the world’s most popular TV shows right now with legions of followers across the globe.

In fact, historic sites and tourist locations across Scotland used as settings for the show experienced a boom in visitor numbers just before the pandemic thanks to the growing popularity of the Outlander universe.

The continuing adventures of Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and the extended Fraser clan have seen some strikingly picturesque sites across Scotland used for filming.

Here are some of the most Instagrammable of those now-famous sites and locations to add to your hitlist.

Midhope Castle (Lallybroch)

Used as an exterior film setting during both Season 1 and 2 of the hit show, the actual site that is used to represent Broch Tuarach (north-facing tower in Gaelic) is a 16th-century townhouse that lies just 30 miles outside of Edinburgh.

Showrunner Ronald D. Moore said that Midhope Castle fit the “mental image” that they had of Lallybroch and that it was one of the first locations they scouted

Plans for a new whiskey distillery to be built on the site were recently unveiled but work has yet to begin on the site.

The truth forcing spring scenes in episode 6 of Outlander were filmed at Finnich Glen, also known as The Devil's Pulpit, a very narrow 100ft deep gorge hidden away in trees next to the A809 approx 4 miles south of Drymen and a mile west of Killearn.
The truth forcing spring scenes in episode 6 of Outlander were filmed at Finnich Glen, also known as The Devil’s Pulpit

With the steep green moss-covered walls and rust colored waters, this mysterious gorge was the ideal setting for one of the most intriguing scenes in ‘Outlander’.

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Its towering walls of rock were the backdrop for when Dougal uses the ‘truth-inducing waters’ to make sure he believed and trusted Claire.

Falklands, Fife

While the show portrays it as 1940s Inverness, the beautiful town of Falkland in Fife, where the scenes are shot, it is worth visiting in its own right.

You can actually stay at Mrs Baird’s B & B that featured in the show; called the Covenanter in real life, the guesthouse looks out onto the Bruce Fountain.

And of course, you’ll recognize the town’s famous landmark as the place where Jamie’s ghost is first seen by Frank.

Culross, Fife

The Royal Burgh of Culross in Fife.
The Mercat Cross is in a cobbled stone area known as The Cross in Culross.

One of the most famous Outlander filming locations, it’s worth making the trip down to Culross (pronounced ‘Coo-riss’).

The town center (with its instantly recognizable Mercat Cross) was chosen to double as Cranesmuir in season one of filming and the ‘Palace’ grounds featured as a location for several scenes in season two.

It might look a little different when you go through as the walls of the buildings are whitewashed normally but were painted a dark blue during filming.

The fictional village is the closest to Castle Leoch and the town square is home to Geillis Duncan.

Blackness Castle, near Blackness

The 15th-century fortress close to the village of Blackness, was used as Fort William in the show.

The impressive castle provided the backdrop as Jamie is punished by the villianous Black Jack.

Preston Mill, East Lothian

One of the lesser-known Outlander locations to visit and one of the oldest working mills in Scotland, Preston Mill in the village of East Linton doubles as Lallybroch’s Mill in the first series.

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This picturesque mill on the River Tyne dates back to the 18th century and is a beautiful sight with its Dutch-style conical roof.

Now run by the National Trust for Scotland, it still has all of its working components and is now a small museum.

Callanish Standing Stones

The inspiration for Craigh Na Dun wasn’t actually used as a filming location in the show but this incredible stone circle is as close as you’ll come to a real-life version of the magical standing stones Claire uses to travel to the past.

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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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