Outlander will have you transported back in time to the era of the Jacobite uprisings, where you’ll be thrown into Claire and Jamie’s world as they try to navigate their complex lives. Beloved for its compelling story and breath-taking scenery, Outlander has served as travel inspiration for those visiting Scotland. Fife is home to many of the Outlander filming locations, from historic castles to charming towns, and is the perfect place to start an Outlander adventure.
Falkland is one of the first scenes in Outlander, as it’s used to portray a 1940s Scotland in season 1 and a 1960s inverness in seasons 2 and 4. Fans may notice the Covenanter Hotel was used as Mrs. Baird’s guesthouse, and the Bruce fountain was featured in the scene where the Ghost of Jamie looks up at Claire’s room.
Aberdour Castle is a 12th century castle that features as the monastery where Jamie recovers after his prison ordeal. It’s considered one of the oldest masonry castles in Scotland and is open year-round for visitors.
Culross has been used in numerous scenes in the TV series. One of its first scenes was from season 1 where the Mercat Cross area was transformed to the fictional village of Cranesmuir where Geillis lived, and served as a backdrop to the Jacobite encampment. Claire’s herb garden at Castle Leoch was located behind Culross Palace that was also shown in season 1.
Dysart Harbour was portrayed as Le Havre in the 1740s, when Jamie and Claire escaped to France. The harbour is situated on the Fife Coastal Path and is part of conservation area to retain original buildings.
Last on the list, the ‘Fifie’ fishing boat The Reaper, is an historic fishing boat that appeared as one of the vessels in Dysart Harbour. She is cared for by Scottish Fisheries Museum, where you can find her restored to her original glory.
VisitScotland’s interactive Outlander map provides a full list of filming locations from each season to help you embark on your Outlander adventure today!
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