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Outlander

See the film locations for real in the Lothians!

The critically acclaimed Outlander series is the TV adaptation of novels by American writer Diana Gabaldon. Its popularity in both North America and Western Europe has seen this fantastic show air two seasons, with a third on the way.

The story centres around Claire Randall (played by Caitriona Balfe), who, while on her second honeymoon in Inverness, is mysteriously swept back in time to the 18th-century Scottish Highlands. There she meets Jamie (played by Sam Heughan), a chivalrious young warrior, with whom she becomes romantically entwined.

The series was filmed in locations throughout Scotland, including multiple in West Lothian, the rest of the Central Belt and right up to the Highlands.

 

West Lothian locations include:

Linlithgow Palace -

The iconic ruins of Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots can be seen in the Outlander series as the entrance and corridors of Wentworth Prison in scenes where Jamie was imprisoned.

Hopetoun House -

Scotland's finest stately home, Hopetoun House is a place of outstanding natural beauty and has been home to the Hope family since 1699. The House was used to portray the house of the Duke of Sandringham in the Outlander series.

Midhope Castle

Also on the Hopetoun Estate, you can find Midhope Castle, which plays part to Lallybroch, the name of Jamie's home on the Fraser lands.  Please note that Midhope is located on a private area of the Hopetoun estate so ensure you check in advance that access will be possible on the day you plan to visit.

Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle is located in Falkirk and has been many things through its time, a home, a garrison fortress, state prison and a military base. The castle can notbaly be seen in the Outlander series as a stand in for Fort William. The eeriest looking castle in West Lothian is the power base of the evil commander 'Black Jack' Randall.

linlithgow palacehopetoun

 

Tours

Why not enjoy a tour of these incredible locations, take a day or an overnight stay and see where part of the Outlander series took place.  Immerse yourself in the Outlander experience while you see the familiar sights of Outlander.  

There are also a number of companies who now offer Outlander themed tours.  Two of these guides are based in West Lothian and both have vast knowledge of Outlander.  This includes Mary's Meanders & Mini Kilt Tours as below.

 

  • Mary's Meanders

    Guided Tours

    Join Emma and Anne on an Inspired by Outlander Day Tour in Scotland in 2017 and let them take you off the beaten track to the romantic castles and sweeping scenery that inspired Diana Galbaldon’s Outlander novels.

    Enjoy a one or two day shared tour, where the Mary's Meander team takes you to such sites as Midhope Castle (Lallybroch), Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison) and Blackness Castle (Fort Willliam).

    Find out more about these tours on the Mary's Meanders website.

  • Mini Kilt Tours

    Guided Tours

    Take an Outlander tour with Mini Kilt Tours. Immerse yourself in all things Outlander, and enjoy a 7 day (6 night) tour which will take you to all of the Outlander locations used throughout Scotland. Take in sites in West Lothian, including Hopetoun House, Blackness Castle and of course Linlithgow Palace.

    For more information visit the Mini Kilt Tours website.