One of the lasting impressions that I got from watching the first series of Outlander was the historical accuracy. The landscape is largely unaltered, but that cannot be said of the buildings. However, we are fortunate to have preserved so much of our heritage, and the day will be spent visiting the sites that made Lallybroch and Cranesmuir look so authentic. The places themselves have great histories and help to create the historical background to many of the events in which the story of Outlander is framed.
You will visit the Hopetoun Estate, where we find Midhope castle, which you will recognise as Lallybroch castle, Jamie’s home. From there it is a short drive to Blackness castle, a formidable fortress overlooking the Firth of Forth. Blackness doubles as the fortress in Inverness where the infamous whipping scene is played out. The castle has its own fascinating history.
The impressive Royal Palace of Linlithgow was used to film parts of the prison where Jamie was incarcerated. It is one of the most striking medieval castles in Scotland.
After a leisurely lunch we cross the Firth of Forth and visit the conservation village of Culross, the backdrop for Cranesmuir. The village is a delight and it is worth spending time wandering the narrow streets, which are little changed since the days of Outlander. Rooms in Culross Palace were used extensively for interior shots and the gardens are instantly recognisable as the herb garden at Castle Leoch.
Our final location takes us to Falkland, another conservation village with a Royal Palace. The village features as Inverness as it was at the time of Claire’s honeymoon. There can be no more appropriate place to end the tour with a dram at the Covenanter Hotel, where Claire and Frank Randall stayed.