Explore the landscapes and buildings of the hit television series Outlander, set during the Jacobite uprisings of the 18th century.
With its plotlines of war passion and time-travel set against a backdrop of blindingly beautiful Scottish scenery, it’s little wonder that the hit TV show Outlander and Diana Gabaldon’s novels on which it is based have captured the hearts of many.
While it’s sadly not possible to join the characters on their journey back in time to the Scotland of the 18th century, it’s easy to discover the real places that feature in the fiction, and have your very own Outlander-style adventure in the process. Explore dramatic castles and mysterious standing stones, uncover Jacobite history, trace your own clan connections or simply discover an elemental natural landscape unchanged by the passage of time.
The Outlander series tells the tale of Claire Randall, a nurse visiting Inverness on her second honeymoon who is thrown back in time from 1945 to 1743, straight into the tumultuous events of the Jacobite uprisings. Set upon by cruel Redcoat captain Black Jack, she is saved by a band of rebel Scottish Highlanders and feels drawn to their dashing leader, Jamie Fraser, despite her guilt that mild-mannered husband Frank is frantically searching for her in 1945.
Your Outlander adventure could start at the very beginning, at spectacular Glencoe, whose mountains, ridges, rivers and waterfalls star in the opening credits of the series. And while the Craigh na Dun standing stones that transport Claire back in time are fictional (though there are plenty of such stones dotted across Scotland), the idyllic countryside she explores with Frank on their second honeymoon can be found at Kinloch Rannoch, in Perthshire.
Fans of Jamie and the Scottish rebels won’t want to miss Doune Castle. This spot near Stirling stood in for the fictional Castle Leoch, home of the MacKenzie clan. As soon as you enter its striking 100ft-high gatehouse and set foot in the splendid great hall you’ll hear the skirl of the bagpipes and feel plunged directly into the world of the rough and ready but righteous members of the clan.
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