Scotrail Unveil Ultimate Outlander Itinerary for ‘Heughligans’
Hands up if you love TV Drama Outlander? Whether your hand is high in the air or not, this trip around Scotland will have smitten with this stunning country’s drama both on and off screen…
As season three of Outlander builds towards its dramatic finale, ScotRail is unveiling a bespoke itinerary for fans of the smash-hit show to experience some of the real-life filming locations, all easily accessible by rail with the Spirit of Scotland travel pass which is currently on sale with a 20% discount.
The Outlander Itinerary
Start your Outlander adventure in Glasgow, the biggest city in Scotland and home to a number of filming locations throughout the series. The trendy west end is home to Glasgow University and Kelvingrove Park, both of which have been used in season three. In town you’ll find George Square where Frank proposed to Claire in season 1 and Glasgow Cathedral which doubles as L’Hopital Des Anges in Paris where Claire volunteers to work in season 2.
Departing from Glasgow Queen Street, you’ll travel by train to Fort William along the West Highland Line, the most scenic railway journey in Scotland. En route, you’ll pass through Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and Rannoch Moor, where Claire and Frank enjoyed their second honeymoon following the end of the war in season 1. Stay overnight in Fort William and enjoy the breath-taking beauty and Jacobite history of the area.
Take the bus from Fort William to Inverness, included in your Spirit of Scotland travel pass. The two hour journey brings you incredible landscapes and provides the option to hop-off at Urquhart Castle en route. Easily one of the most iconic castles in Scotland, Urquhart Castle sits on the banks of Loch Ness and Government troops blew up the gatehouse in 1692 during the Jacobite risings. Exploring Inverness, where Outlander is primarily based although not predominantly filmed is a must during this tour so allow plenty of time.
Culloden battlefield is a short journey from Inverness city centre and is the site of the final Jacobite Rising and was a major filming location for series three. The battle to reclaim the Stuart throne is eerily brought back to life at the award-winning visitor centre where ScotRail passengers can benefit from 2 for 1 admission using ScotRail offers.
To break up your journey back south from Inverness, stop off at Perth, where you’ll find Tibbermore Church, used in season 1 for the infamous witch trial. Enjoy a wander round the city which lies on the banks of the Tay before travelling on to Stirling where you’ll stay overnight ahead of more Outlander exploring the next day.
The Deanston Distillery which provides the setting for Jamie’s cousin’s wine warehouse on the docks of Le Harve in season 2 is easily accessible from Stirling or nearby Dunblane, as is Doune Castle, which plays a leading role in season 1 as Castle Leoch – home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan. After a day in the central belt, take the short train journey to Linlithgow and stay overnight, Lallybroch awaits in the morning.
Take a short bus journey from Linlithgow to Midhope Castle, otherwise known as Lallybroch. Although located on private property, on private land, visitor permits can be purchased from the local Farm Shop. After you’ve visited the Fraser family home, head back to Linlithgow and on to Linlithgow Palace, the setting for Wentworth Prison where Jamie is imprisoned. The palace was once a favoured royal residence of the Stewart Kings and Queens.
Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh is just a short train journey from Linlithgow and can act as your base for the final few days of your Outlander adventure.
From Edinburgh, you’ll head over the iconic Forth Rail Bridge and along the east coast of Scotland, up to Fife where much of Outlander is filmed, posing as old Inverness. Disembark at Ladybank station to discover Falkland, which stands in for 1940s Inverness in the show – look out for the Bruce Fountain where the ghost of Jamie looks up at Claire.
Back on the train, travel to Markinch to visit Balgonie Castle, where Claire is brought after being rescued from the wolves and hatches a plan to set Jamie free. Afterwards, it’s back to Edinburgh for the night.
The last day of your Outlander film location discovery. You’ll travel back over the Forth Bridge and enjoy views of the new Queensferry Crossing, hopping off at Aberdour. Aberdour Castle is just a short walk from the station and doubles as the fictional monastery where Claire and Murtagh bring Jamie to recover after his ordeal at the prison.
Afterwards, take the train to Inverkeithing, from there you will head to Dunfermline where you can take a short bus journey to Culross which is home to the fictional village of Cranesmuir.
When you’ve finished exploring Fife, take the train back to Edinburgh and enjoy a walk round the Old Town. If time allows, visit Summerhall and The Signet Library, all of which play a role in season three, the first time the Capital has been used as a filming location.
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