Outlander is series of books and television shows from author and creator, Diana Gabaldon. It’s a romantic time-travel series based in Scotland during the Jacobite Risings of the 1700s. It has become something of phenomenon, with tourists flocking to Scotland to visit the locations that inspired the stories.
The series is set in the Scottish Highlands, but they used several Edinburgh locations during filming. There are also many Outlander Tours leaving from Edinburgh every day. So, you can easily visit locations all over Scotland, with an expert to guide you.
Outlander Locations in and around Edinburgh
Edinburgh’s Old Town dates back to Medieval times, so you might feel like you’ve fallen through time on a visit to the area! They shot many interior and exterior scenes from the series here in the city centre. Locations include the Signet Libary, Summerhall Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Bakehouse Close and Tweeddale Court. Further out of the city, Craigmillar Castle, Gosford House, Hopetoun House and Midhope Castle have all featured in the series.
Outlander Tours from Edinburgh
If you want to visit some of the really iconic Outlander locations from the novels and shows, an Outlander Tour is a must! There are several tours departing from Edinburgh, which will take you on a journey to castles, palaces, lochs and glens around Scotland. These fascinating sites were used as filming locations, or served as inspiration for Gabaldon’s stories. Some of the multi-day tours will take you right up into the Scottish Highlands, home to many of the most famous filming locations. Including the Clava Cairns, inspiration for the standing stones where main character Claire first fell through time
and into 1743.