Several of our properties have a starring role in the TV series Outlander. Uncover the romance and drama of Scottish history at the real-life locations featured in this gripping story.
The Outlander series, based on the bestselling novels by Diana Gabaldon, follows the story of a married combat nurse from 1945 who gets swept back in time to 1743. There she is forced to marry the chivalrous and romantic Scottish warrior Jamie, sparking a passionate affair.
Such a dramatic story deserves stunning and picturesque locations. Several of our properties have been used in the series, bringing with them a real sense of place and history.
Our properties have also starred in many other famous films and TV series’. Find out more with our Historic Scotland on Screen map.
If you’re exploring Scotland, we recommend you create your own story with our Explorer Pass.
2 Filming at Doune Castle
The magnificent Doune Castle dates back to the 1300s, when it was built for ‘Scotland’s uncrowned king’, Regent Albany.
Marvel at its 100-foot tall gatehouse, housing the splendid Duke’s Hall. From the castle’s battlements, visitors can look down on the fast-flowing River Teith, out towards the Menteith Hills and Ben Lomond.
Doune Castle is the atmospheric stand-in for the fictional Castle Leoch in Outlander. Once you’re done exploring the castle, treat yourself to an Outlander-inspired souvenir from the gift shop.
3 Filming at Blackness Castle
Known as the ‘ship that never sailed’, Blackness Castle was built in the 1400s by one of Scotland’s most powerful families, the Crichtons. It was used as a garrison fortress and a state prison, and cuts an imposing presence looking out over the Firth of Forth.
Blackness Castle stands in for Fort William in the first series of Outlander.
4 Filming at Linlithgow Palace
Built in the 1400s and 1500s, the now-ruined palace is set among the spectacular surrounds of Linlithgow Loch and Peel. See its elaborate fountain in action every Sunday in July and August.
Linlithgow Palace was used as the prison corridors and entrances in episode 15 of Outlander.
5 Filming at Aberdour Castle and Gardens
Roam the grounds of the luxurious Renaissance home and gardens of Regent Morton, who was Scotland’s most powerful man.
Aberdour Castle was originally built in the 1100s, making it possibly Scotland’s oldest standing castle. Three noble families lived here, and each left their mark on the castle’s construction.
Aberdour Castle was used as the monastery in episode 16 of Outlander.