Outlander castles tour

The Outlander TV series has been a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic ,  with much of the series shot in Scotland . Three castles and the town of Falkland feature heavily. This our selection of unique Outlander castles featuring the film locations in Scotland on our Outlander castles tour .

Doune Castle – Castle Leoch

doune castle , outlanderOriginally dating to the 13th Century, Doune Castle near Stirling plays Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan.
It also features in the 20th century episode when Claire and Frank Randall visit the castle on a day trip.
Once a Royal residence, Doune Castle was rebuilt by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany in the late 14th Century.
Doune has appeared several times on screen and was widely used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It also represented the castle Winterfell in Game of Thrones.

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Linlithgow Palace – Wentworth Prison

Linlithgow Palace photos , 44 printThis royal pleasure palace and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots became the backdrop for some of the most harrowing scenes of the show.
Depicted as Wentworth Prison, the prison corridors and entrance were used in episode 15 of the first series when Jamie Fraser was brutally incarcerated by his adversary, Black Jack Randall.
Built in the 1400s and 1500s, the now-ruined palace is set among the spectacular surrounds of Linlithgow Loch and Peel.

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Blackness Castle – Fort William army headquarters

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One of Scotland’s most impressive strongholds, Blackness Castle near Linlithgow was used as the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall.
The 15th-century ex-artillery fortress overlooks the Firth of Forth and is known as “the ship that never sailed” due to its unusual shape.
It was built in the 15th century by one of Scotland’s most powerful families, the Crichtons.

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Outlander filming location for the standing stones

While Craig na Dun may be a figment of Diana Gabaldon’s imagination, it’s certainly based on a real location. Here’s a look at the Outlander filming location for the standing stones

Diana Gabaldon may have used plenty of real history in the “Outlander” series, but certain locations are just figments of her imagination. They’re beautiful figments, but it meant when the books were turned into a TV series real locations needed to be found. The standing stones of Craig na Dun is just one of those locations.

While you can’t see the stones Gabaldon has created, you can visit the filming location. Here’s all you need to know about the real standing stones.

 

There are many standing stones around Scotland. When the settlers first arrived, they erected monuments like the standing stones but nobody really understands why. While there are theories, nothing is certain as nobody left any messages to tell us.

Clava Cairns is just one of the locations in Scotland, located just a five-minute drive from Inverness. This is the location used for Craig na Dun when filming Outlander and Season 4 filming has been spotted at the stones again.

Visit Scotland describes the stones as a prehistorical burial ground. It can be dated back by 4,000 years, used around 2,000BC when the cairns were built and then around 1,000BC to build the smaller monuments. There is also evidence of farming on the site before the monuments were placed!

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Caitriona Balfe Cheers On ‘Outlander’ Co-Star Sam Heughan As He Runs Stirling Marathon

Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe are a team on and off the screen.

The “Outlander” actor shared a photo from the Stirling Scottish Marathon in Scotland on Sunday. He captioned the tweet, “Is it too late to go back to bed? Wish us luck!”

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Is it too late to go back to bed? Wish us luck!

And luck he was wished. His co-star Balfe sent good vibes his way.

Heughan, 37, also plugged the charitable causes he was running for, particularly testicular cancer awareness month.

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Outlander star Sam Heughan helps to launch the Glasgow International festival

Outlander star Sam Heughan joined a star-studded guest list to help launch the Glasgow International festival’s opening party this weekend.

More than 1,200 art lovers, artists and revellers joined the celebrations at SWG3, including Britpop legend Jarvis Cocker and fashion designer Pam Hogg.

Guests were treated to previews of four exhibitions, including jewellery designs by Judy Blame, the legendary artist – known for working with Neneh Cherry and Boy George – who passed away earlier this year.

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A Roomful of Lovers (Glasgow) by Richard Wentworth and Victoria Miguel was shown in the Galvanisers, with strings of heavy steel chains criss crossing across the huge space and dangling sheets of text.

Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey brought their Dancefloor Meditations for some escapist fun, with party goers taken on a ‘mind-altering journey into musical consciousness’ – all in complete darkness, and with music ranging from iconic dance numbers to Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing.

The Pulp frontman’s appearance in Yorkhill was followed by a quick visit to Mono for Record Store Day on Saturday, as reported on Glasgow Live.

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The biggest festival for contemporary visual art in Scotland, Glasgow International runs for three weeks, with 265 artists and 78 venues across the city involved.

It’s on until May 7 and you can find out more over at glasgowinternational.org.

The Outlander love story boosts visitor numbers

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan star in Outlander, which has given historic sites in Scotland a huge boost in visitor numbers
Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan star in Outlander, which has given historic sites in Scotland a huge boost in visitor numbers

Fans of the hit television series Outlander helped to push tourist numbers at Scotland’s historic castles past the five million mark for the first time last year. Our Outlander set locations tour features visits to Doune Castle , Blackness Castle and Linlithgow palace

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Historic Environment Scotland (HES) said that people had come from across the world to see sites associated with the time-travel fantasy starring Sam Heughan and Caitriona BalfeSam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe. It said that the “Outlander effect” had led to a 27 per cent increase in tourists from the US and a 19 per cent increase in those coming from France compared with the previous year.

Visitor numbers to Doune Castle, the location for the fictional Castle Leoch, are up by 227 per cent since 2013, when Outlander was first screened. The 15th-century Blackness Castle in West Lothian, the setting for the Tv series has seen a huge rise in visitor numbers .

Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism at HES, said: “Our record breaking visitor figures, including across all of our top ten sites, are a tremendous achievement for Scotland’s heritage tourism sector, reflecting the continued interest shown by tourists and home-grown visitors to learn more about our rich Scottish heritage.

“The exchange rate, as well as strong airport numbers, have both contributed to the growing figures.

“This rise in visitor numbers at our staffed sites has also been complemented by visitor growth at our unstaffed free access properties, bringing the overall total to an estimated 12 million.”

The top 10 most-visited HES attractions all individually celebrated record-breaking years, with over 2 million people passing over Edinburgh Castle’s drawbridge, an increase of nearly 300,000 visitors in comparison to the previous year.

Outlander fans visitor numbers to the Clan Fraser memorial are up

Historians who maintain the Culloden Battlefield in Scotland are reportedly blaming fans of the novels and TV series for trampling the area around the Clan Fraser memorial .

The property manager of Culloden says more than 180,000 people visited the battlefield last year, up 28 percent from 2016. Some even left behind little cutouts of Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser on the Starz drama.

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The Battle of Culloden was teased at the end of season 2 and depicted in the premiere episode of season 3 on Outlander. It was a brief re-creation of the actual confrontation that took place on April 16, 1745 between British troops and the Jacobite forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie. In the series, it’s where Jamie finally kills Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies).

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“Some of the things I have seen at Culloden have really got my back up,” Alasdair MacNeill of the Circle of Gentlemen, a Jacobite appreciation society, tells the Daily Record. “A lot the visitors are American and seem to think they are on a film set rather than a war grave. They maybe don’t know the history. But how would they feel if I walked my dog across Gettysburg?”

The National Trust for Scotland is reportedly hoping to reseed the area around the monument. In the meantime, Outlander series author Diana Gabaldon weighed in on the phenomenon with a not-so-subtle message to fans to tread lightly on such hallowed ground.

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Katey Boal and her team do a wonderful job in conserving, curating and presenting this precious part of Scotland’s heritage, and I’m sure that all Outlander fans are more than grateful and appreciative of their efforts, and I am sure they will make every effort to support them. https://twitter.com/ScotlandNow/status/985868066021142528 

 

 

 

 

Could Frank return in Outlander series 4 ?

Despite his death, Frank remains an important character in Outlander Season 4. After all, he played a huge role in Brianna’s upbringing, and there are going to be comparisons she’ll make between him and her biological father. It’s just human to make comparisons.

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Since the closing of Season 3, the showrunners have been clear that they would like to bring Tobias Menzies back into the series. How is that possible when both his characters are dead? And yes, Black Jack Randall certainly died at Culloden as Claire told him. Now the showrunners have said that Frank will hopefully come back into the series.

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Jack Randall was in command of the garrison at Fort William ( Blackness Castle ) for four years.

In 1740, Jamie Fraser is arrested at Lallybroch while trying to defend Jenny, taken to Fort William and brutally flogged by Jack Randall.

 

It’s all about the flashbacks

Outlander Season 4 could always use flashbacks for Brianna. She’ll still have stories to tell Roger and she’ll continue to watch out for her mother by reading the historical documents to track them. After all, she’ll want to know where her mother is and when she dies.

As she’s going through the documents, Brianna could find something her dad knew or mentioned. She could find paperwork that belonged to him. This would allow her to delve more into stories about him, using flashbacks to tell the stories for the audience.

While we’ve seen some of the scenes from Claire and Frank’s points of view, is it possible that Brianna actually heard some of the arguments? Could she have watched them and those are moments that stand out for her? The flashbacks could be of her side of those arguments.

Filling in the gaps

There are still elements to the story that Outlander hasn’t told yet. Frank wouldn’t have been able to just forget about Jamie. Brianna’s red hair would have prevented that. He had to know done his research, known where he was and what had happened to him. He may have even learned that Claire would eventually go back to the past.

In fact, is it possible that when Frank wanted to take Brianna to England it was to allow Claire to journey back to the past? Did he want to give her the chance to make the decision she wished she could have made years ago?

Outlander Season 4 could fill in some of the gaps, using flashes of Frank to make it easier on the audience.

Would you like to see Frank return to Outlander? What do you think of the idea of bringing Tobias Menzies back? How could you see it working? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Outlander series five confirmed

Before Sunday’s For Your Consideration: Outlander panel in Los Angeles, Ronald D. Moore said while the “usual negotiations and conversations” have been holding up a more official announcement from Starz, “we are certainly going to do it. I have no doubt we are doing a season 5.”

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Moore, who joined stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan as well as executive producers Maril Davis, Matt B. Roberts, Toni Graphia, and Production Designer Jon Gary Steele for the Sunday panel, also hinted at the possibility that the writers might change up how they adapt Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling books for future seasons.

“Every year we approach it fresh,” he told EW. “Should we keep it a book a season? We’ve done that up until now. But we’ve talked about splitting books, and we’ve talked about combining them. We want to be free in the writers’ room to pick and choose and do what feels most comfortable that year.”

And what about Moore’s future involvement on the show? The executive producer of Amazon’s new Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams says he continues to read all scripts and give notes on them, and is involved in editing. That said, “At the beginning of season 3, I delegated the day to day show-running duties to Matt [B. Roberts] and Toni [Graphia].”

Production on the fourth season of Outlander is currently underway in Scotland.

 

Outlander star Sam Heughan has hailed an SNP MP for her speech in parliament revealing her daily Twitter troll hell.

Outlander star Sam Heughan has hailed ‘brave and intelligent’ Mhairi Black after she gave a powerful speech in parliament on international women’s day revealing her daily Twitter troll hell.

The Scottish hunk took to social media to praise the SNP MP for being an inspiration after she spoke out during a misogyny debate.

Sam, 31, backed the 23-year-old politician after the revealed some of the vile abuse she receives online on a daily basis.

Sam Heughan has backed Mhairi Black after she spoke out against Twitter trolls in parliament (Image: AFP/PA)

Paisley and Renfrewshire South MP Mhairi repeated the shocking comments, becoming the first MP to use the word c*** in parliament.

She said she had been targeted because she is a woman.

Sharing a clip of her speech, Sam wrote: “Brave and intelligent yet again @MhairiBlack is an inspiration”

 

The Outlander star was praised by fans for his support.

One wrote: “Thank you for sharing this Sam! Having only been active on Twitter for a year I am shocked by the behaviour of many on social media… hiding behind keyboards.”

Another quoted Mhairi’s speech, adding: “And when it becomes normalized, it creates an environment that allows women to be abused. Thanks for sharing this.”

During her speech, Mhairi said: “I could soften some of this by talking about the c-word but the reality is there is no softening when you’re targeted with these words and you’re left reading them on my screen every day, day in, day out.

Outlander filming continues in Dunure , Scotland.

Hit US TV show Outlander has begun filming its latest scenes in Scotland.

Cast and crew of the Starz Network blockbuster are shooting in Dunure, just south of Ayr .

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The tiny village has been transformed into a film set for the show, which stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe.

Scenes for season four of the hugely popular show are currently being shot.

Cast members waved to fans as they filmed scenes today (Tuesday) at Dunure Harbour.

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Stars took selfies in the pretty South Ayrshire village of Dunure (Image: AYRSHIRE POST)
Sophie Skelton on location in Dunure (Image: AYRSHIRE POST)

It marks the third time that Dunure has been the location of shooting for the drama series, which has won numerous accolades.

But this is the first time that Dunure will be added to the official Visit Scotland Outlander map.

The show’s fan club has over 100,000 members – many of whom travel to locations where filming is located, which could mean a big boost to tourism in South Ayrshire.