Film locations, catering and accommodation can be found at Thorntree Barn near Stirling. Well known films using local sites include Outlander and Monty Python.
Film buff or not, follow the country’s movie trails in the footsteps of your favourite characters, to discover Scottish film locations including sprawling beaches, ancient castles, rugged mountains, rolling hills, distinctive cities and picturesque towns and villages.
Popular TV series Outlander made use of several beautiful locations across Scotland, standing in for Claire and Jamie’s fantastical world.
From spectacular castles to historic churches and mysterious woodland, any Outlander fan will enjoy a visit to these stunning spots.
Near to Thorntree are Midhope Castle, South Queensferry, Doune Castle, Aberdour Castle in Fife, Hopetound House (South Queesnsferry), Culross Village, Blackness Castle on the River Forth and Linlithgow Palace
Midhope is a small castle which doubles as Jamie’s home, Lallybroch, in the television series. In reality, it is Midhope Castle, a 16th century tower house near South Queensferry, on the outskirts of Edinburgh. However, the property is now derelict and not safe to enter. We recommend you admire the exterior from afar.
Doune Castle. In the Outlander universe, Jamie’s uncle, Colum Mackenzie, calls this castle home. Fans of the programme will know it as Castle Leoch, but it is really Doune Castle, near Stirling. In reality, this is a 14th century courtyard castle, with a 100 foot high gatehouse and one of the best preserved great halls in Scotland.
Aberdour Castle is portrayed as a monastery in Outlander, and its hall house is possibly Scotland’s oldest standing castle. The structure was built in the 1100s and was home to three generations of noble families. In the east range, you can find a rare painted ceiling from the 1600s.
Hopetound House. In the series, Hopetoun House (a stately home near Edinburgh) stands in for the residence of the fictional Duke of Sandringham. Simon Callow plays the Duke, but the real owner of the house is Adrian John Charles Hope, Marquess of Linlithgow. The grand house was built between 1699 and 1701 and was designed by Sir William Bruce, then extended by William Adam from 1721. William Adam also designed the English garden-style landscape park that surrounds the building.
Culross Village. The National Trust manages this time capsule of a town, which stands in for the fictional village of Cranesmuir, home to Claire’s friend, Geillis Duncan. Culross is Scotland’s most complete example of a 17th century burgh, with a reconstructed period garden at its centre. Culross Palace is also worth a visit, with its meticulously restored 17th century interiors.
Blackness Castle on the Firth of Forth is used for ‘Black Jack’ Randall’s Fort William base in Outlander. The castle was originally built in the 15th century and strengthened in the 16th century as an artillery fortress. Unusually, the castle is shaped like a boat, which is how it earned its nickname – ‘the ship that never sailed’.
Linlithgow Palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, stands in for the fictional Wentworth prison in one of Outlander’s episodes. The real palace was one of the Stuart family’s main royal residences in the 15th and 16th centuries, having previously been the site of a manor house.