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Motorhome hire Scotland - visit Outlander film locations

Motorhome hire Scotland - visit Outlander film locations

Hire a Motorhome in Scotland and Visit Outlander Film Locations

Visit the Outlander Film Locations by Motorhome

One of the most popular drama television series to hit our screens in the past couple of years is undoubtedly Outlander. Based upon the historical novels by Diana Gabaldon, the story is set around Claire Randall, a married former World War 2 nurse, who is mysteriously transported back to Scotland in 1743. Here she meets a highland warrior, Jamie Fraser, and she becomes involved in the Jacobite uprising against the sassenachs!.Hire motorhome to visit Outlander film locations

Most of the scenes in the Outlander drama have been filmed in and around the lowlands and the highlands of Scotland, at actual historical sites.

So if you have been considering a bucket list holiday in Scotland to trace your Scottish ancestry, or maybe you are just a fan of Outlander, at HolidayCampervan we suggest that you can hire an RV or a motorhome in Scotland and do some of your own time travel, by visiting these historical buildings in the comfort of your campervan - a motorhome holiday in Scotland - what a great holiday idea!

We have put together a list of actual film locations used in Outlander. We have also provided the postcode which you can key into the SatNav of your RV to ensure you arrive at the correct destination. We have also provided the location’s website and finally we have provided a motorhome camping site nearby, should you decide to stay overnight.

Choosing a motorhome or RV to visit the Outlander film locations is easy – just let us know which location you would like to hire the campervan in Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness) and the dates you intend to travel. We will then provide you with a list of available motorhomes and you can compare the cost to hire the motorhome to suit your holiday needs and budget.

We make no excuses here, there is a lot of information on this page, but hopefully you can pick and choose which Outlander film locations you want to visit and in what order. We suggest that you plan your motorhome holiday in Scotland in advance and make use of Google Maps to help you with your route planning.

Edinburgh Outlander Film Locations

HOLYROODHOUSE 

Located at the foot of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is an elegant royal residence with links to monarchs from throughout the centuries, including the historic rooms of Mary Queen of Scots. Today it is the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty The Queen and is open all year round apart from when the monarch comes to stay.

In the Autumn of 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie established his court at Holyroodhouse. This is portrayed in the Outlander novels (as opposed to the film) when Claire and Jamie visit the Prince at the palace and attend the prince's lavish parties in the Gallery begging him to abandon his hopeless cause.

Postcode EH8 8DX
Website https://www.rct.uk/visit/palace-of-holyroodhouse
Nearby Campsite Mortonhall Caravan & Camping Park 

OLD TOWN

The Old Town is home to three filming locations from Outlander. Look out for these places as you wander up the cobbled Royal Mile:

  • Bakehouse Closethis filming location is where Claire and Jamie are reunited after 20 years apart.  Bakehouse Close is the site of Carfax Close, home to Alexander Malcolm’s print shop. It is here that we see Claire reunited with Jamie after years of separation. The close was used for much more than the print shop. A number of scenes use the close to represent Edinburgh streets. More significantly perhaps, is that it is the location of the brothel where Jamie resides, directly opposite the print shop. If it’s unlocked, you will be able to have a look in at the brothel doorway through the wooden gateway shown above. Interestingly the building concerned was once a real brothel, known as The Cock and Trumpet.  Visiting the close is easy. Located in Edinburgh’s Canongate district, and just off the Royal Mile, it is best reached on foot. Interested Outlander fans can find the entrance to the close on the Royal Mile, uphill from the Scottish Parliament building or downhill from Edinburgh Castle. Two buildings that may help you find Bakehouse Close are the Canongate Kirk and the Museum of Edinburgh. The entrance is adjacent to the museum and directly across the road from the Kirk - Postcode EH8 8PE

  • Tweeddale Court this historic street becomes the 18th century Edinburgh market where Claire meets Fergus again in Season 3 episode 6. Postcode EH1 1TE

  • Signet Library – The Signet Library is a unique and impressive Georgian building in the heart of Edinburgh. It is best known as the Colonnades at the Signet, so-called because of the attractive rows of columns impressively supporting the building - in Outlander the interior of this beautiful building doubles as the Governor’s mansion in Jamaica. 
Postcode EH1 1RF
Website https://www.thesignetlibrary.co.uk/
Nearby Campsite Mortonhall Caravan & Camping Park 

Summerhall

  • It’s here in the old anatomy lecture theatre that we see Claire first start her medical studies in season three. Summerhall is located at the east end of the Meadows, a grassy area near George Square and Edinburgh’s historic city centre.

 

Postcode EH9 1PL
Website https://www.summerhall.co.uk/
Nearby Campsite Mortonhall Caravan & Camping Park 

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND

Head to Level 3 of the Scottish History and Archaeology galleries to discover the true story of the Jacobites. The Jacobite Challenge uses key objects to tell the story of the Jacobite cause and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s time in Scotland. Jacobite objects in the national collection include the Prince’s backsword, shield and clothes.

 

Postcode EH1 1JF
Website https://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/
Nearby Campsite Mortonhall Caravan & Camping Park 

TRAQUAIR HOUSE

Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited House. Visited by 27 Scottish Kings and Queens Traquair dates back to 1107 and has been lived in by the Stuart family since 1491.  Although no specific Outlander connection, Traquair House has Jacobite connections - in the 1700s the earls of Traquair supported the Jacobite cause. Bonnie Prince Charlie even visited the house in 1745.

Postcode EH144 6PW
Website https://www.traquair.co.uk/
Nearby Campsite Tweedside Caravan Park

CRAIGMILLAR CASTLE

In Outlander Craigmillar Castle becomes Ardsmuir Prison, where Jamie is incarcerated, with other highland Jacobites. in episode 3, All Debts Paid, of Outlander season 3.

 

Postcode EH16 4SY
Website https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/craigmillar-castle/
Nearby Campsite Mortonhall Caravan & Camping Park 

BO’NESS & LINLITHGOW Outlander Film Locations

THE BO’NESS & KINNEIL RAILWAY

Bo’ness Station on the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway stood in for the wartime London railway station where Claire and Frank said goodbye before taking up their wartime duties.

Postcode EH51 9AQ
Website https://www.bkrailway.co.uk/
Nearby Campsite Beecraigs Caravan and Camping Site

LINLITHGOW PALACE

In 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie visited the palace on his journey south. Its elaborate courtyard fountain is said to have flowed with red wine to mark the occasion!

In Outlander the majestic entrance and corridors feature as Wentworth Prison where Jamie was imprisoned.

Postcode EH49 7AL
Website https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/linlithgow-palace/
Nearby Campsite Beecraigs Caravan and Camping Site

HOPETOUN HOUSE

The house is a place of beauty, tranquillity and architectural magnificence dating from the 17th century. It has been home to the Hope Family since the late 1600’s and the present Lord Hopetoun and his family still live in Hopetoun House. Hopetoun House, a remarkable and beautiful stately home, is filled with stunning collections and sits in majestic grounds with nature trails and scenic walks

Various parts of the house and grounds have played roles in Outlander:

  • The House is the setting for the home of the Duke of Sandringham in Series 1. These scenes were filmed in the Red Drawing Room
  • The spare room in Jamie and Claire's Paris apartment (S2)
  • The Sea Trail and West Lawn to the rear of the House was the location for the dual between the Duke and the head of the McDonald clan.
  • The rear steps of the house were the scene for a sword fight in Season 1
  • The courtyard behind the Stables Tearoom features regularly as a Parisian street location in Series 2.

Located on the wider Hopetoun Estate is Midhope Castle, which is the location for fictional Lallybroch, the family home of character Jamie Fraser. Midhope Castle dates back to the 15th Century and although the exterior is relatively intact the castle is derelict inside

Postcode EH30 9SL
Website https://hopetoun.co.uk
Nearby Campsite Beecraigs Caravan and Camping Site

BLACKNESS CASTLE          

Blackness Castle is a 15th-century fortress near the village of Blackness. Blackness was the main port on the River Forth serving Linlithgow, one of the main Scottish monarch residences.

In Outlander the castle features as Black Jack Randall’s headquarters in Fort William. Its internal courtyard is shown in the heart-wrenching scenes from Jamie’s incarceration.

Postcode EH49 7NH
Website https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/blackness-castle/
Nearby Campsite Beecraigs Caravan and Camping Site

CALLENDAR HOUSE

Callendar House in Falkirk. Located within the expansive greenery of Callendar Park, the house dates from the 14th century and has hosted many famous historical figures, including Bonnie Prince Charlie.  in 1745 its owner, the Earl of Kilmarnock, took part in the uprising.

In Outlander the house’s authentic Georgian kitchen appeared as part of Bellhurst Manor, the home of the Duke of Sandringham.

Postcode FK1 1YR
Website https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/callendar-house-p254861
Nearby Campsite The Wheel Caravan Park

STIRLING Outlander Film Locations

DRUMMOND CASTLE GARDENS

The beautiful Drummond Castle Gardens is one of Europe's finest formal gardens.  Drummond Castle was built on a rocky outcrop by John, 1st Lord Drummond around 1490. The 2nd Earl, a Privy Councillor to James VI and Charles I, succeeded in 1612 and is credited with transforming both the gardens and the castle between 1630-1636. The keep still stands but the rest of the castle was restored and largely remodelled by the 1st Earl of Ancaster in 1890.

In Outlander the gardens are shown as the ornate park and orchard of the Palace of Versailles in France. The Italian-style gardens provided a stunning backdrop for much of season two after the Frasers flee to the French court of Louis XV

Postcode PH7 4HN
Website https://www.drummondcastlegardens.co.uk/
Nearby Campsite Cobleland Campsite

DEANSTON DISTILLERY

Formerly a working cotton mill, Deanston Distillery is now famous for the glorious whisky it produces - Deanston Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. You can take a tour to find out how whisky is made and get a wee dram at the end of the tour.

In Outlander the historic buildings stand in for Jamie's cousin's wine warehouse on the docks of Le Havre.

Postcode FK16 6AG
Website https://www.deanstonmalt.com/
Nearby Campsite The Blair Drummond Caravan Park

DOUNE CASTLE

As well as being in Outlander the castle heavily featured in Ivanhoe for the BBC, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Doune Castle was also used for the castle known as Winterfell in the pilot of the award-winning TV series Game of Thrones.

In Outlander, this striking ruin doubles as the exterior of Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan in the 18th century. It also features in the 20th century episode where Claire and Frank visit the castle in ruins on a day trip.

Postcode FK16 6AE
Website https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/doune-castle-p254201
Nearby Campsite The Blair Drummond Caravan Park

 

FIFE Outlander Film Locations

CULROSS

Culross is a living museum of 17th century port life on the River Forth, with authentic streets.      

In Outlander the Mercat Cross area in the centre of the town becomes the fictional village of Cranesmuir, where Geillis Duncan lives, while the garden behind Culross Palace stands in for Claire's herb garden at Castle Leoch.  In series 2, it was the backdrop to the Jacobite encampment and hospital scenes.

Postcode KY12 8JH
Website https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/culross-palace-townhouse-study-p250721
Nearby Campsite Beecraigs Caravan and Camping Site

FALKLAND

Falkland was the first conservation village in Scotland thanks, in part, to its grand past. Mary Queen of Scots would visit the Royal Court at Falkland Palace, built by King James II. You can explore the historic streets of this picturesque town and visit grand Falkland Palace, which was built in the 1500s and became a favourite country residence for many kings and queens.

In Outlander, Falkland is one of the first places shown on screen - the town substitutes for 1940s Inverness where Claire and Frank go on their second honeymoon.

Around town you can visit:

  • The Covenanter Hotel, which stands in for Mrs Baird's Guesthouse.
  • The Bruce Fountain, where the ghost of Jamie looks up at Claire's room.
  • Fayre Earth Gift Shop, which doubles as Farrell's Hardware and Furniture Store.
  • Campbell's Coffee House and Eatery, which becomes Campbell's Coffee Shop in the show.
Postcode KY15 7BU
Website https://www.welcometofife.com/destination/falkland
Nearby Campsite Balbirnie Park Caravan Club Site 

Dysart Harbour

Tall ships once arrived at Dysart, bringing cargo from the Netherlands, setting off again with coal, beer, salt and fish. Well restored, and retaining historic street names such as Hot Pot Wynd (after the hot pans used for salt evaporation), it's an atmospheric place of narrow alleyways and picturesque old buildings

In Outlander, the little harbour just along from Kirkcaldy in Fife stood in for Le Havre where Claire and Jamie arrive to start a new life in France in season two.

Postcode KY1 2TQ
Website https://wiki2.org/en/Dysart,_Fife
Nearby Campsite Balbirnie Park Caravan Club Site 

Aberdour Castle and Gardens

This splendid ruin was once the luxurious Renaissance home and pleasure gardens of Regent Morton, at the time Scotland’s most powerful man

It's among the oldest standing masonry castles in Scotland and was used in the filming of Outlander.

Postcode KY3 0SL
Website https://www.welcometofife.com/view-business/Aberdour-Castle-And-Garden
Nearby Campsite Pettycur Bay
 

HIGHLAND Outlander Film Locations

HIGHLAND FOLK MUSEUM

Highland Folk Museum gives visitors a flavour of how Highland people lived and worked from the 1700s up until the 1950s! This is done by displaying over 30 historical buildings and furnishing them appropriate to their time period.  Some have been built from scratch on site and some have been moved there from other locations.
The site is a mile long with the 1700s Township (featuring 6 houses) at one end through to the 1930s working croft at the other. There is a cafe, gift shop and children’s playground. It is located at Newtonmore in the Scottish Highlands amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.              

In Outlander the museum's replica 18th century Highland crofts are shown when Claire joins Dougal and his followers on their task to collect rent from the clan's tenants.

Postcode PH20 1AY
Website https://www.highlifehighland.com/highlandfolkmuseum/
Nearby Campsite Spey Bridge Caravan & Camping Park
 

CULLODEN BATTLEFIELD

 Culloden Moor was the site of the Jacobites’ final stand in the Risings, when Bonnie Prince Charlie and his followers, including clans such as the Frasers and MacKenzies, were defeated by the Duke of Cumberland's government troops.

In the Outlander novels, the moor is where Jamie fights in the 1746 Battle of Culloden. Pop into the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to discover more about the battle.

Postcode IV2 5EU
Website https://www.visitinvernesslochness.com/property/visitor-centre-culloden-battlefield/
Nearby Campsite Culloden Moor Caravan Club Site

CLAVA CAIRNS

 The Clava cairn is a type of Bronze Age circular chamber tomb cairn, named after the group of three cairns at Balnuaran of Clava, to the east of Inverness in Scotland. There are many examples of similar cairns dotted around Scotland.

Located just a few minutes’ drive from Culloden Battlefield, the Clava Cairns are said to have provided an inspiration for Outlander’s mysterious Craigh na Dun – the standing stones which sweep Claire back in time.

Postcode IV2 5EU
Website https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/clava-cairns-p245611
Nearby Campsite Culloden Moor Caravan Club Site

 

INVERNESS AND LOCH NESS Outlander Film Locations

INVERNESS

Inverness is a city in the north west of Scotland where the River Ness meets the Moray Firth.       

This beautiful Highland city is where Claire and Frank choose for their second honeymoon in the Outlander novels.

Postcode IV1 1AX
Website https://www.scotlandinfo.eu/city-of-inverness/
Nearby Campsite Ardtower caravan park

LOCH NESS

Loch Ness is a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands extending for approximately 37 kilometres southwest of Inverness. Its surface is 16 metres above sea level. Loch Ness is best known for alleged sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, also known affectionately as "Nessie"

In the Outlander novels Claire and Frank take a cruise on the water and in her 18th century life Claire meets the Loch Ness Monster here (referred to as a water horse in the novel).

The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition is packed with all sorts of information pertaining to Nessie, and also provides a gift shop, museum and a café.

Postcode IV63 6TU
Website http://www.lochness.com
Nearby Campsite Loch Ness Bay Camping

URQUHART CASTLE

On the north west shore of Loch Ness near Drumnadrochit, you’ll find the beautiful ruins of Urquhart Castle. The site has been a significant place since around AD 580, when St Columba is said to have visited. There has been evidence of a castle on the site since the 1200s.

In the Outlander novel, this is where Claire spots Nessie

Postcode IV63 6XJ
Website https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/urquhart-castle/
Nearby Campsite Loch Ness Bay Camping

 

GREAT GLEN Outlander Film Locations

GLENFINNAN MONUMENT

You will need to visit the Glenfinnan Monument on the banks of Loch Shiel. Bonnie Prince Charlie (Prince Charles Edward Stuart) raised his father’s standard, the Jacobite flag, here in August 1745 (beginning the final Jacobite Rising), after arriving on the mainland from the Outer Hebrides.

Climb the monument, which was built in 1815, for views out across Loch Shiel and pop into the visitor centre to learn more about the 1745 Jacobite Rising.

Located nearby is Glenfinnan Viaduct –   a famous filming location from the Harry Potter movies

 

Postcode PH37 4LT
Website https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/glenfinnan-monument
Nearby Campsite Glen Nevis Caravan and Camping Park

WEST HIGHLAND MUSEUM

 The museum is located in the centre of Fort William and has a great Jacobite exhibition with plenty of lesser-known stories to uncover.

Some of the fascinating items you can see include:

 

Postcode PH33 6AJ
Website http://www.westhighlandmuseum.org.uk/collections/the-jacobites/secret-portrait/
Nearby Campsite Glen Nevis Caravan and Camping Park
 

GlenCoe to Glasgow Outlander Film Locations

GLENCOE

Featured in Outlander’s opening credits, visiting the world-famous GlenCoe will take your breath away. When driving your motorhome through this deep-carved glen it feels like you’re entering a secret part of Scotland. The area is known for waterfalls and trails that climb peaks such as Buachaille Etive Mor and Bidean nam Bian.

The nearby GlenCoe Folk Museum includes Jacobite relics, costumes, toys and domestic utensils all from the Glencoe area. Some of the most fascinating treasures include weapons found in the thatched roofs of local houses, concealed after the Glencoe massacre for more than 200 years.

Postcode PH49 4HS
Website https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/glencoe-folk-museum-p246611
Nearby Campsite Invercoe

Wardpark Film and Television Studios

This is the film studio where Outlander is produced. Located in Cumbernauld on the outskirts of Glasgow, the studio employs specialist staff that aid with the film set such as accountants, script writers, film crew, set builders, joiners, plasterers, camera crew, actors, make-up artists and costume designers.

Unfortunately, the studio is not open to the public for tours.

Postcode G68 0BA
Website https://www.wardparkstudios.co.uk/
Nearby Campsite Not Applicable

 

GLASGOW CATHEDRAL

Built in the 1100s, Glasgow Cathedral is located in Castle Street and is one of the oldest buildings in the city and one of the most intact medieval cathedrals on the Scottish mainland.

Visit to see its beautiful Gothic architecture and step down into the historic crypt, which was built in the mid-1200s to house the tomb of St Kentigern.

In Outlander the cathedral’s crypt doubles as L'Hopital Des Anges in Paris, where Claire volunteers to work.

Postcode G4 0QZ
Website https://www.glasgowcathedral.org/
Nearby Campsite Strathclyde Country Park Caravan and Motorhome Club Site
 

GEORGE SQUARE

George Square is the principal civic square in the centre of Glasgow. It contains many offices and buildings around the square including Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and the City Chambers (City Hall).

In Outlander, George Square becomes the 1940s spot where Frank spontaneously proposes to Claire.

Postcode G2 1DH
Website https://wiki2.org/en/George_Square
Nearby Campsite Strathclyde Country Park Caravan and Motorhome Club Site
 

POLLOK COUNTRY PARK

In the TV series Pollok Country Park, which surrounds Pollok House in the south of Glasgow, features in a few different scenes. It doubles as the grounds surrounding Castle Leoch and also stands in for French countryside as the characters travel between Le Havre and Paris. Most recently, one of the park’s fields appeared in Outlander season 4 as the site of the Carolina Scottish Festival attended by Roger and Bree

Pollok Country Park is also home to the Burrell art collection

 

Postcode G43 1AT
Website https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/pollok-house
Nearby Campsite Strathclyde Country Park Caravan and Motorhome Club Site

KELVINGROVE PARK & THE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

Take a stroll through the lush grounds of Kelvingrove park, in the leafy west end of Glasgow which becomes the Boston park where Claire enjoys walking with Briana in her pram. Glasgow University also doubles as Harvard University in the series.

 

Postcode G12 8QQ
Website https://www.gla.ac.uk/
Nearby Campsite Strathclyde Country Park Caravan and Motorhome Club Site

 

AYRSHIRE & GALLOWAY Outlander Film Locations

DEAN CASTLE COUNTRY PARK

The Country Park also boasts a fantastic 14th century castle which is currently undergoing restoration to allow it to be enjoyed by future generations to come. Whilst these works are taking place, the castle’s incredible collections of arms and armour, early musical instrument collections and more are on display at the nearby Dick Institute.

Dean Castle in Kilmarnock appears in series two of Outlander as Beaufort Castle, near Beauly in the Highlands. In the show Claire and Jamie visit Lord Lovat (the Old Fox) at the castle to try and persuade him to send his men to aid Charles Stuart.

Postcode KA1 3BU
Website https://eastayrshireleisure.com/venue/dean-castle-country-park/
Nearby Campsite Culzean Castle Camping and Caravanning Club Site

DUNURE HARBOUR and Castle

Dunure is a small village in South Ayrshire. Dunure Castle's origins probably date back to at least the 1200s when a stone keep was built on an easily defensible rocky outcrop overlooking the Firth of Clyde.

In Outlander, Dunure doubles as Ayr Harbour, where Claire and Jamie leave Scotland in pursuit of Young Ian. Another great stopping point is Dunure Castle (less than a mile away) which features as Silkie Island in the show.

Postcode KA7 4LW
Website https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/dunure/dunurecastle/index.html
Nearby Campsite Culzean Castle Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Heads of Ayr Caravan Park

DRUMLANRIG CASTLE

Located in Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway, the castle is the stunning Dumfriesshire seat of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry. The finely hewn red sandstone that gives the ‘Pink Palace’ its affectionate name, adds to the beauty of what is regarded as one of the finest examples of 17th Century Renaissance architecture in Scotland            

In Outlander, the exterior, living rooms and bedrooms of Drumlanrig Castle became Bellhurst Manor, including a bedroom that was once slept in by Bonnie Prince Charlie, as he made his way north to Culloden.

 

 
 

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