Five Instagram-worthy Outlander sets you can visit in Scotland on a day trip this summer
It’s been a great year for Outlander fans with the returning cast for season six of the film, stars Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish releasing Men in Kilts and Diana Gabaldon confirming the release date for the new book.
With people from the UK slowly being allowed out and re-exploring the country as the restrictions ease, there are plenty of opportunities to see where this incredible show is filmed.
For fans looking to re-immerse themselves in the Outlander universe, we thought we would take a closer look at some of the best filming locations in Scotland to look forward to visiting this summer.
Preston Windmill, East Lothian
One of the lesser-known Outlander sites to visit and one of Scotland’s oldest working mills, Preston Mill in the village of East Linton also serves as Lallybroch’s Mill in the first set.
This picturesque mill on the River Tyne dates back to the 18th century and is a beautiful sight with its Dutch-style conical roof.
Now run by the National Trust for Scotland, it still has all of its functional components and is now a small museum.
Tour prices start at £ 7.00 per person.
The idyllic town of Culross (pronounced “ Coo-riss ”) is immediately recognizable after being cast as Cranesmuir in the first season of filming.
The awe-inspiring Mercat Cross is a great place to snap some shots while the neighboring ‘Palace’ grounds have been touted as a location for several scenes in season two.
It may look a little different when you go there, as the walls of the buildings are normally whitewashed but were painted dark blue during filming.
A city tour is free and there is a lot to see and do.
Cottage Old Leanach, Culloden
With the Jacobite Rebellion playing a huge part in the first part of the series, Culloden is a must visit for any fan.
The Old Leanach Cottage, which is still a sentry on the battlefield where, in 1745, the Jacobite dream of restoring the Stuarts to the throne came to an end when the Jacobite army was permanently routed by a British government force.
The beautiful little cottage also played a big part in the story of how Jamie became a Fraser.
Midhope Castle, South Queensferry
One of the most recognizable locations used in the series, Midhope Castle was used as an outdoor movie set during seasons 1 and 2 of the hit series, perfect for snapping a memorable photo or two at the Fraser family’s home. .
The current site which is used to represent Broch Tuarach (north facing tower in Gaelic) is a 16th century townhouse located just 30 miles outside of Edinburgh.
Showrunner Ronald D. Moore said Midhope Castle matched their “mental image” of Lallybroch and that it was one of the first places they spotted.
Although currently deserted, there are plans to build a new whiskey distillery on the site.
Prices to visit start at £ 3.50 per person.
Standing stones of Callanish, Isle of Lewis
Although the standing stones of Craig na Dun do not actually exist, their inspiration is found on the Isle of Lewis.
The ancient standing stones of Callanish (or Calanais) on Lewis in the Outer Hebrides are believed to have been erected around 5,000 years ago.
Beautiful and magical to see, there is a real sense of mystery around them and they are the perfect place to piece together Claire’s magical journey through time – don’t forget to take a gemstone with you.
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