Visit five Outlander locations Outlander film location tour – Lallybroch , Blackness Castle , Drummond Castle , Culross Palace and Falkland .
1 Lallybroch – Midhope Castle
Just one of the many film locations now seeing a huge boost in tourist numbers thanks to the so-called “Outlander effect”.
Midhope Castle is the external location for fictional Lallybroch , Jamie Fraser’s ancestral home .
2 Blackness Castle – Fort William
Blackness Castle was built in 1440 by Sir George Crichton . Blackness Castle was Fort William , where Jamie was whipped by Black Jack Randall
In the 15th century , Blackness was the main port serving the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, one of the main residences of the Scottish monarch.In 1453 King James II annexed the castle due to a dispute with Crichton, and the castle has been crown property ever since.
In 1650 Oliver Cromwell took the castle when he invaded Scotland .
The castle was used as a state prison, holding Cardinal Beaton and the 6th Earl of Angus
Blackness Castle has three claims to movie fame –
- Outlander – Blackness Castle was Fort William , where Jamie was whipped by Black Jack Randall
- Outlaw King
- Mary Queen of Scots
The Outlaw King tells the story of how Robert the Bruce, who defied England’s King Edward I, became a hunted fugitive but turned the tables to inflict crushing defeat on the English army at Bannockburn and ultimately won Scottish independence. Film tourism is booming in Scotland, with Outlaw King and Mary Queen of Scots some of the exciting new films set to feature the country on screen.
3 Drummond Castle – Palace of Versailles
Drummond Castle and Gardens – the grounds, which date back to 1630, are considered “the best example of formal terraced gardens in Scotland”. The castle was used as the Palace of Versailles in an episode of TV drama Outlander. Jamie and Claire meet Black Jack Randall at a garden party and Jamie challenges Black Jack to a duel .
Drummond Castle Gardens, which are protected as a category A listed building — in contrast to the B listed castle – attract thousands of visitors per year, and are included on the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland.The gardens — complete with peacocks — feature ancient yew hedges and the remaining beech tree planted by Queen Victoria in 1842.But the grounds — which also featured in 1995 feature film Rob Roy, starring Liam Neeson — have now seen a huge boost in tourist numbers thanks to the so-called “Outlandereffect”.
4 Culross Palace – Cranesmuir
Built in 1597 by Sir George Bruce, the Laird of Carnock. it was visited by King James VI in 1617. It is now owned and cared for by the National Trust for Scotland.
Culross is Scotland’s most complete example of a burgh of the 17th and 18th centuries.
White-harled houses with red-tiled roofs line the steep cobbled streets which run from the market cross to the hilltop abbey. In the centre is the ochre-coloured palace with its beautifully reconstructed period garden, complete with herbs, fruit and vegetables, and rare Scots Dumpy hens. The Palace features in TV series Outlander.
Mercat Cross (in the centre of Culross) acted as the centre of Cranesmuir.
Geillis Duncan’s house and the town square where Geillis is sentenced to burn for being a witch.
Jamie and Claire rescue the thief, Tammas, when his ear is pinned to the post.
Laoghaire’s home can be seen, near Mercat Cross, on Little Causeway. A number of interior scenes were filmed inside the Palace .
5 Falkland – Inverness
The last location on this Outlander tour is the historic town of Falkland , featuring the Bruce Fountain, Mrs Baird’s guest house and Farrell’s hardware shop where Claire buys a vase . Falkland was Inverness in the first episode of Outlander. Claire and Frank stay in the guest house in the town centre . Claire buys a vase in a shop near the Bruce Fountain . In a night scene Frank is walking back to the guest house and he sees someone ( Jamie ) standing next to the Bruce Fountain staring across at Claire at the window in the guest house . Jamie’s appearance is yet to be explained , although the final Outlander book is expected to offer an explanation .
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