Walk the cobbles and roam the Scottish countryside like the cast of Outlander once did. 

Outlander is the period drama that has captured the imagination of fans across the globe and put Scotland on the map as a must-see destination. The gripping storylines are complemented by panoramic shots of some of Scotland’s most picturesque landscapes and insights to historic villages and towns.


With lockdown restrictions rapidly changing, we know that many of you will be looking for some new and safe spaces to venture to for daily exercise or simply a day out. So, we’ve curated our top 5 Outlander locations to visit in Scotland...with a twist!


The series brings tourists and Outlander fans in their millions each year to check out the many film locations all across the country. However, this year with the effects of the pandemic on tourism, it’s unlikely that those numbers will be so high. 


The Highland Boundary team in particular love attending events in Scotland's iconic historic places where we can let you sample our spirits, chat about the show and share our knowledge of Scottish heritage. However, we do really feel for a lot of local independent businesses based near to film locations who rely on the footfall that Outlander brings. 


So, whilst we share with you our top 5 Outlander locations to visit in Scotland. We will also be sharing a few of the small businesses in the local area who you can check out and support when you visit. 


As of the date of release for this post the current guidelines in Scotland are that you can travel within 5 miles of your home. Meeting in small numbers and keeping to social distancing rules at all times. Please consider these regulations when visiting these locations. 


Kinloch Rannoch, Perthshire

Kinloch Rannoch, Perthshire

In the rugged wilderness of Perthshire, you’ll find the breath-taking backdrop of Loch Rannoch and Kinloch Rannoch. The towering mountains, glittering lochs and peaceful landscapes were the backdrop to Claire and Frank's second honeymoon after the war in series 1. It is also the setting of Outlander's most atmospheric location, the stone circle of Craig na Dun.  No, it's not on the outskirts of Inverness as in the show, but the hill, with no stones, is on the outskirts of Kinloch Rannoch. There are trails and climbs in and around the area to suit all abilities with breath-taking views from every point. You can really make a day out of this film location by bringing along a picnic to enjoy in the Scottish summer sun after a day of exploring.


Local businesses to support: 

You may assume that with this shoot location being so rural there won’t be as many local businesses to hand. However, you’d be wrong. After a day spent roaming the countryside you’ll certainly welcome a piping hot coffee and sweet pastry from Glen Lyon Coffee who are only a few miles away in Aberfeldy. Social distancing measures are in place to ensure your safety and you can find out more about their adjusted opening times via the website and social media


Another indie business who you would have usually found at local markets this summer is Charlotte Flower Chocolates. Like the directors of Outlander, she too was inspired by the beauty of Perthshire and ethically forages it’s wild plants to create beautiful chocolates with unique flavours. You can still order yourself a sweet treat online via the website and check out the full details of how Charlotte is adapting to the current regulations. 

 

Culross, Fife


Heading down to the west coast of Fife, you’ll find another top Outlander location; the old royal borough village of Culross. For fans of the show this is a great place for a wander as so many scenes were shot in Culross. The Mercat Cross played the fictional village of Cranesmuir, home to Geillis. The old church ruins known as Black Kirk in series one are just a short walk from the village hub.


Finally, behind the grand yellow walls of Culross Palace are the grounds that feature Claire's herb garden. Although the palace is not yet open indoors to visitors, it’s still a magnificent piece of Scottish history to view whilst roaming the village.

Local businesses to support:

Whilst you’re in Culross, you can pop into Bessie’s Cafe. They offer all vegan and vegetarian baked goods to takeaway or to enjoy in their socially distant outdoor seating. The perfect place for a coffee stop!


On the outskirts of the village is The Stables. The team here, along with local volunteers, have been using the space once a week to pack and prepare fresh fruit and vegetable bags for local residents Culross and surrounding areas. They have also just launched Food-Hub in The Stables. Funded by the income of the grocery bags, it is a pop-up kitchen that aims to provide ready-made meals to vulnerable members of the community. This is a super project to support if you’re passing through the area.

 

Falkland, Fife

The Covenanter, Falkland, Fife            

Our next must-see Outlander locations is perhaps one of the most iconic from the entire show. Nestled in the heart of Fife is the rural village of Falkland. In series one the location is portrayed as Inverness in the 1940s and later the 1960s in series two and four. Directors shot many scenes around the Bruce Fountain and cobbled streets but most famously this is the location where the ghost of Jamie looks up to Claire’s bedroom window. Every year fans of the show travel from all over the world to have their photo taken standing at the fountain with the famous window behind them.

Local businesses to support:

Surrounding the central fountain are many local businesses who featured in the scenes shot in Falkland. The window to Claire’s room that is portrayed to be Mrs Baird’s Guesthouse belongs to local pub, restaurant and hotel The Covenanter Hotel. Once re-open on the 15th of July, you can even book a stay in Claire's exact room. Then take advantage of the newly refurbished coffee shop serving up homemade cakes and more. Or, recline to the bar with a drink in hand.


Just across the street is the quaint little gift shop Fayre Earth which in Outlander was better known as Farrell’s Hardware Store. Fayre Earth specialises in upcycled and locally crafted homeware, accessories and gifts. Oh, and they have a cracking coffee machine ready and raring to welcome you all (in limited numbers, of course!).


Also in Falkland: Campbell's Coffee Shop & Eatery & The Bruce Inn 


Loch Katrine, Callander


One to visit if you’re based on the west of Scotland. This next top Outlander location is the idyllic setting of Loch Katrine just outside of Callander. In series two, the loch was the backdrop to Brianna and Roger’s drive from Inverness where they began to bond. You can also drive, or walk, the roads that wind around the hillside with stunning views of the loch. 


Local businesses to support:


The Pier Cafe, Stronachlachar is situated right on the banks of Loch Katrine. Boasting peaceful views of the water and hilltops the cafe is a local summer hotspot. The cafe is open for takeaway and limited outdoor seating to keep your appetite satisfied after a long day walking. Check out the social channels for information on opening hours and some seriously tempting snaps of their cake selection. 


If you’d like something a little stronger to take home as a souvenir from your trip to Loch Katrine, then McQueen Gin might do the trick. The family-run distillery is based in the town of Callander but share their contemporary gin flavours all around Scotland. They too take inspiration from their rural heritage and neighbouring landscapes. Whilst their distillery tours are currently on hold, you can still shop their products via the website. 


Dunure Harbour, Ayr

Dunure, Ayr, Scotland


Our final Outlander film location to add to the bucket-list is the tranquil setting of Dunure Harbour in South Ayrshire. In series two, the harbour was filmed as Ayr Harbour in the scene where Claire and Jamie leave Scotland in search of Ian. In series four, Dunure Harbour once again featured this time as Wilmington, North Carolina where Brianna and Frank would reunite. Another point of interest is Dunure Castle which was portrayed as Silkie Island in series three of Outlander and less than a mile from the harbour. You can walk right up to the castle ruins but please respect the areas that have been cordoned off for public safety.

Local businesses to support: 


If, like us, you like to shop local and fresh, then be sure top pop into Bhaile Craft Bakery in Ayr. Not only do they offer freshly baked goods but also local fruit and veg, milk, sweets, fresh flowers and more. Pre-order your hand picked box of groceries and collect from the shop.


For those with a creative flair, the Electric Brae Gallery and Studio might be another great addition to a day in Ayr. Pre-pandemic, the gallery would open for coffee mornings every Saturday for local artists to share their work. In the meantime, they’ve been posting their exhibitions straight onto their Facebook page to keep sharing and supporting their local arts. 

 

Let us know if you plan to visit any of these film locations and if we've missed any of your favourite from the list.

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