Road trip planning for Outlander fans!
Posted on by Jo Page
If you love the Outlander books and TV series you might have thought about visiting the locations featured in the stories or used for the filming of the TV series. Touring Scotland in a comfortable motorhome from Highland Campervans gives you the opportunity to visit both the real places and the film locations without the restrictions of an organised tour.
From the Highlands we would suggest a figure of eight trip. There is an awful lot more to see than just the Outlander connected places, so we will mention them, but of course you can cherry pick the places that are of interest for you, spend more time in one area or reduce the number of locations if time is an issue. Be assured that there is ample choice of campsites right across the country. We have compiled a list, which is by no means exhaustive, but it gives you a starting point of places to stay if you do not want to freedom camp.
Firstly, head south to Fort William along the west side of Loch Ness. You will be able to view the impressive loch and even spot Nessie if you look hard enough! At Drumnadrochit you can turn off on the A831 if you want to visit Corrimony Cairn and further on to Glen Affric if scenic country walking appeals. You’ll find information on the Cairn here
Back on the A82, after Drumnadrochit there is Urquhart Castle which is a very interesting ruin to visit with a fantastic visitor centre full of information. Further on route in Fort Augustus you’ll find the former Benedictine Abbey by the loch, and a set of locks further up on the Caledonian canal, which connects Lochs Ness, Dochfour, Oich and Lochy to make a waterway between Inverness and Fort William.
Keeping south on the A82 you can either take the A86/A889 from Spean Bridge to Dalwhinnie, passing along the banks of Loch Laggan, to connect with the A9 to Perth or continue to Fort William, to dine in the famous Lochside seafood restaurant. You have a choice then to double back to Spean Bridge or, if you’d like to take in Glencoe, the A82/A85 to Perth is longer but goes through beautiful and dramatic scenery (staying on the A82 will eventually take you to Glasgow, so effectively you could do a circle trip and see Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine. Your choices are unlimited!)
Near Crieff you will find Drummond Castle Gardens which became the park and orchard of the Palace of Versailles. You could visit Tibbermore church in the village of the same name, which was the setting for the witch trial in series one. Campsite information for these areas –
From Perth take the M90 onwards to the Kingdom of Fife turning off at junction 8 for the A91/912 to Falkland, centrally situated in the region, which was used as Inverness in the series. Further down the M90, use junction1 to follow the A985 to the small town of Culross (Geillis’ town, Cranesmuir) in the South East near Dunfermline. There are other filming locations in Fife which can be found in the Visit Scotland map and guide. A link to this is provided further down.
A couple of campsites in this area –
Whilst travelling to Culross you will see the new Queensferry Crossing over the Firth of Forth which is the main route to Edinburgh. Just after crossing, going West off the A904, is Hopetoun House, Midhope Castle (it is derelict, please do not go inside, just admire the exterior) and Blackness Castle, all used as locations in the series. Linlithgow palace is the next location you’ll find, with the Bo’ness and Kinneil railway not far away, then Callendar House in Falkirk. The amazing Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel on the Forth and Clyde canal should be visited before you leave the area. Campsites in this area -
Next, you’d head West to Glasgow using the M9/M876/M80 then finally the M8 leading into the city. George Square in the heart of the city, Glasgow Cathedral and Pollock Country Park were all locations in the first and second series and Kelvingrove Park and streets with sandstone townhouses double as Boston in the third. There are many attractions worth visiting in Glasgow, but next to Kelvingrove Park is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum where you can easily while away a few hours. Campsites near Glasgow -
After Glasgow it’s Northbound, retracing your journey into Glasgow, but heading all the way up the M80 until it joins the M9 to Stirling. If you turn off the M9 to the A84 you will come to the small town of Doune which has Doune Castle or ‘Castle Leoch’. Campsites here -
Resuming your journey on the A9 to Perth and the Highlands it will take roughly two hours to reach the Cairngorm National Park area, if you don’t detour to Kinloch Rannoch to find ‘Craigh na Dun’! The Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore was used as a village location and it is a very interesting place to visit, giving a good insight into typical Highland life in Jamie’s time. Here is a link to their website HERE
Back in Inverness, where Frank and Claire come for their second honeymoon there are a lot of historic places to visit. Church Street is in the very heart of the now city and has many buildings dating from well before 1746.
Abertarff House (1593) is a listed building and is the one of the oldest houses in the town.
Dunbar’s Hospital (1668)
Balnain House (1726) is on the other side of the river and was used as a hospital for Hanoverian troops after the Battle of Culloden.
Inverness Castle The present-day castle was built in 1834 after Charles Edward Stuart’s forces blew up the one standing in 1746. There has been a castle on the site since the 12th century. NB: The castle currently houses the local Sheriff Court and you cannot visit inside, but there is a viewpoint in the Drum Tower. Flora MacDonald stands in front, looking out over the sea to Skye.
Some local campsites are –
Inverness - Ardtower - We can highly recommend this campsite, very close to Culloden Moor.
Bunchrew, just outside Inverness on the Beauly firth
The surrounding area has places with connections to the Mackenzie and Fraser Clans, not to mention some excellent hotels dating from Jamie’s time in which to enjoy a civilised lunch or afternoon tea!
Culloden Battlefield, site of the last battle fought on British soil and the end of the Jacobite rising campaign
Wardlaw Mausoleum, where Jamie’s grandfather, Simon Fraser of Lovat, ‘The Old Fox’ is purported to be buried. A mix of reality and fiction which just works! The coffin has been opened recently and DNA results will be announced at a public event held at the Kingsmills Hotel on 18th January 2018. You can find more information on the Wardlaw Mauoleum website, and also on their
Facebook page. Website link here
Although Craigh na Dun is fictional, there are standing stones and cairns at Clava quite close to Culloden Battlefield, which are a must to visit, there is even a split stone! Smaller, but in better condition, you’ll find Corrimiony Cairn, with a ring of standing stones surrounding it in Glen Urquhart. Web link at start.
As mentioned, Visit Scotland have produced a map with many of the locations listed which is very comprehensive and easier to read than if we had a list on here!
You will find it on this link HERE
We hope this has given you some ideas for an Outlander inspired trip around Scotland, with additional places and history thrown in. Of course, there is a wealth of information about all things Outlander to be found online in the form of Facebook pages, blogs, forums and websites, so it is relatively easy to do some research before your trip.
Happy travels and location bagging.
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