10 July 2017
Hooked on the Outlander TV series? Some of the show's most memorable scenes were filmed at National Trust for Scotland properties which you can explore with the Outlander map, which features filming locations and properties with Jacobite connections.
Each of the historic properties featured below has connections to the Outlander series, or helped inspire Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books. From the windswept battlefield of Culloden in the Scottish Highlands, to the splendour of Falkland Palace, discover more about the Scottish visitor attractions which play a part in the Outlander story.
OUTLANDER FILMING LOCATIONS
Historic House/Palace, Cupar, Fife, KY15 7BU
Experience a day in the life of the Stuart monarchs at Falkland Palace (pictured), a favourite place of Mary, Queen of Scots. This magnificent Renaissance palace is adorned with 17th-century Flemish tapestries, elaborate painted ceilings and antique furnishings.
Historic House/Palace, Culross, Fife, KY12 8JH
Explore the cobbled streets, historic palace and garden of the 17th-century royal burgh of Culross, overlooking the Firth of Forth. The Town House, built in 1626, was once the administrative centre of Culross and includes the former tollbooth and witches' prison. The palace garden, famed for its Scots Dumpy hens, is rich in aromatic and medicinal plants, many of which were essential components of medieval potions and cures.
Industrial Heritage, East Linton, Edinburgh & Lothian, EH40 3DS
This architectural oddity, with its remarkable conical-roofed kiln, red pantiled buildings and idyllic rural setting, has a Middle-earth feel, where you almost expect to bump into Bilbo Baggins. See the waterwheel and milling machinery in action, whirring and clanking as they would have back in the 17th century.
SITES WITH JACOBITE CONNECTIONS WHICH HELPED INSPIRE OUTLANDER
Castle and Grounds, Forres, Highlands, IV36 2TE
Alexander, 19th Brodie of Brodie, was Lord Lyon King of Arms and firmly on the side of the government (Hanoverian) forces. Although he did not take an active part in the Battle of Culloden of 16 April 1746, family history tells of government troops being camped in the wood behind Brodie Castle, in an area known today as the '45 Wood.
Brodie Castle is a 16th-century Scottish tower house, rich in French furniture. It boasts outstanding collections of English, continental and Chinese porcelain; paintings by Dutch, English and Scottish masters; and a magnificent library containing some 6,000 volumes.
Battlefield, Inverness, Highlands, IV2 5EU
This multi-award-winning visitor attraction will transport you back over 250 years to one of the bloodiest periods in Scottish history and to the very place where the Jacobite army of Bonnie Prince Charlie fought to reclaim the throne.
Listen to first-hand accounts leading up to 16 April 1746 when the course of British, European and world history changed forever. Experience the battle in the 360-degree immersion theatre and view breathtaking displays of artefacts and weaponry. Then, pick up one of a multi-lingual electronic guides and walk the Culloden battlefield, where over 1,200 Jacobites died in just one hour.
FYVIE CASTLE (Part of Scotland's Castle Trail)
Castle and Grounds, Forres, Highlands, IV36 2TE
Discover 800 years of history at this extraordinary Scottish Baronial castle, famed for one of the largest private collections of Raeburns in the world, lavish interiors, intricate ceilings and acclaimed collections of arms and armour.
Historic House/Palace, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen & Grampian, AB54 4NQ
Built over the course of three centuries, this Scottish laird's residence is brimming with curiosities from around the world. The ghost of John Leith III, who was murdered in 1763, is said to still walks the hallways. The gardens boast remarkable zigzag herbaceous and catmint borders, some of the longest of their kind in Scotland at nearly 100m.
CRAIGIEVAR CASTLE Part of Scotland's Castle Trail
Castle and Grounds, Alford, Aberdeen & Grampian, AB33 8JF
Pride of place in Craigievar's manuscript cabinet is an Order of Battle for the Battle of Culloden. While there is no record of the Forbes family's affiliation in the battle, the manuscript shows the Sempill family on the side of the government forces. The Forbes and Sempill families were joined by marriage in the 19th century. During the 1715 Rising, it is said that John Paton of Grandholm, an Aberdeenshire laird and Jacobite fugitive, hid at Craigievar Castle under the protection of the Forbes family.
CASTLE FRASER Part of Scotland's Castle Trail
Castle and Grounds, Inverurie, Aberdeen & Grampian, AB51 7LD
The castle (pictured) was one of the strongholds of the Clan Fraser, who came out for the Jacobites in the '45. Much of the castle survives as it was at this time. The 6th Lord Fraser's eldest son (also Charles) commanded the Fraser Regiment at Culloden and was wounded on the battlefield. He was killed by a government soldier the following day.
DRUM CASTLE Part of Scotland's Castle Trail
Castle and Grounds, By Banchory, Aberdeen & Grampian, AB31 5EY
Drum is a Jacobite castle. Alexander Irvine, 17th Laird of Drum and distant ancestor of President Theodore Roosevelt, fought alongside Bonnie Prince Charlie at the Battle of Culloden. After the defeat, both he and his younger brother Robert were listed as 'never to be pardoned'. Robert died in prison in Edinburgh, but Alexander made his way back to Drum and was hidden by his sister (Mary Irvine) in a secret room to avoid capture from the Redcoats. The secret room was re-discovered by archaeologists in 2014 within the walls of the 14th-century section of the Tower of Drum.
Historic Attraction, Glenfinnan, Highlands, PH37 4LT
Stand on the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie came ashore on 19 August 1745 and raised the Stuart standard, beginning the final Jacobite Rising which would end at Culloden.
The lone kilted Highlander atop the 18m-high column is a tribute to the Jacobite clansmen who fought to defend the Highland way of life. At the visitor centre, learn about the '45 Rising as well as enjoying spectacular views of the viaduct, made famous by the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films.
Mountain Countryside, Glencoe, Highlands, PH49 4HX
This dramatic landscape (pictured) of towering peaks and sweeping glens is both beautiful and mysteriously forbidding, and is regarded by many as a monument to the infamous Glencoe massacre of 13 February 1692 - one of the most tragic events in Scottish history.
Battlefield, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH16 5LG
'But I met the devil and Dundee / On the braes o' Killiecrankie, O!'
Penned by Robert Burns, Killiecrankie is one of his most popular and rousing songs. It celebrates the Battle of Killiecrankie on 27 July 1689, when the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful gorge was shattered by the first shots fired in the Jacobite cause. One government soldier escaped by making a spectacular jump across the River Garry at a spot known today as Soldier's Leap.
HOUSE OF DUN
Historic House/Palace, Montrose, Angus & Dundee, DD10 9LQ
Inspired by the Château d'Issy near Paris, this atmospheric Georgian country house was designed by William Adam. It is famed for its grand public rooms and elaborate plasterwork; plasterwork which on closer inspection raises a number of questions about the true loyalties of its owners. The house was built for David Erskine, the 13th Laird of Dun and a senior judge of the Scottish Court of Session - by default he was an employee of the Hanoverian government. However, David was also a distant cousin of John Erskine, the Earl of Mar and fervent Jacobite, who from his exile in France helped with the design of House of Dun.
Historic House/Palace, Alloa, Argyll, Stirling & the Trossachs, FK10 1PP
Experience 700 years of Scottish history at Scotland's largest and oldest keep, the ancestral home of the influential Erskine family, the Earls of Mar and Kellie. The Erskines were loyal supporters of several Stuart monarchs who spent part of their early lives at Alloa Tower, incl
(Map copyright National Trust for Scotland. Visit the Trust's Outlander website; Castle Fraser copyright Richard Slessor; Glencoe copyright Myriam Thymes; Falkland Palace copyright Tom Richardson)