Are You a Fan of Outlander?

Posted by: Donna Smith - Contributor on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7:00:00 am

The television series Outlander has taken the world by storm!  Based on the Outlander novels by Diana Gabaldon, the Starz hit show has us mesmerized every Sunday night. The main characters, Claire and Jamie and their adventures have become the talk around the water cooler on Monday morning!

So, what makes this show so popular?  Namely, the filming locations!  Much of the series takes place in Scotland with stunning backdrops of the Scottish Highlands and the picturesque lochs.  Other shooting locations include Paris, London and the English countryside.  The current season will take them to South Africa. 

This is one of the few shows I have binge watched.  I was captivated from the beginning when the theme song “The Skye Boat Song” was played during the opening credits. Yes, it is obvious that my Scottish ancestry comes in to play with my interest in Outlander.  Kilts, bagpipers and Highlander accents are an integral part of many episodes.

I was thrilled to learn that Outlander tours in Scotland are now offered. They visit some of the main filming locations such as:

  • Black Jack Randall's Fort William - this is a good likeness of the now lost Fort William.    
  • Doune Castle - the setting for Clan Mackenzie's Castle Leoch.
  • Lallybroch - the ancestral home of Clan Fraser and the beloved home of Jamie Fraser (and Jenny's family) in the series.
  • Sandringham's House - also used for various Paris street scenes and the duel with the MacDonald’s.
  • Inverness 1943 - where Frank and Claire honeymoon.
  • Inverness Station 1943 - where Frank and Claire are romantic amidst the steam of the train.
  • Military Camp of the Frasers - the Lallybroch men were trained here.
  • Fife - the charming village that is featured in several Outlander scenes.
  • Cranesmuir Church - where the indoor parts of the witch trial scenes were filmed.
  • Cranesmuir Village – the characters Geillis and Arthur Duncan live here, and where the pillory scene and parts of the witch trial scenes took place.
  • Culloden Battlefield – the site of the Jacobite defeat that changed Scottish history. It also plays a huge part in the books and tv show.
  • Highland Folk Museum – this authentic 1700’s highland township is an open-air museum that is utilized as the Mackenzie village. It is located in Newtonmore in the Scottish Highlands.

Now may be the time to gather all your friends that love Outlander and take a trip to Scotland to follow in the footsteps of Claire and Jamie! You may even learn a bit of the native Gaelic language of Scotland!



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