Mixing a healthy dose of action and romance with the perils and complexities of time travel, Outlander has been a hit since it made its debut back in 2015. If you’ve fallen for the magic and mystery of the TV show, then you might be intrigued to know that much of it is shot at some of Scotland’s most historic sites.
Here’s a look at the filming locations featured in Outlander that you can visit for yourself during your stay at The Drovers Inn!
This splendid, stately castle hasn’t just featured heavily in Outlander, but has also been used to film other classic TV series and movies.
If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, or have fond memories of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, it’s definitely worth a visit. Python cast member Terry Jones has even contributed the narration for the audio tour, which is a treat in itself!
The vaulted ceilings and subdued, sacred atmosphere of Glasgow Cathedral oozes historic significance. And at nearly 900 years old, it was already an ancient building at the time of the Jacobite rebellions, when Outlander is set.
You can visit the cathedral casually and admire its intricate stained glass windows in your own time, or plan your trip to coincide with a service and hear its vast space echo with choral singing for a truly authentic experience.
The extensive gardens of Drummond Castle are perhaps its most famous feature, providing a feast for the eyes during the spring and summer months when the greenery is looking its most vibrant.
This is another local filming location that has not only hosted the cast and crew of Outlander, but also been used to tell other Scottish tales. The 1995 movie Rob Roy, starring Liam Neeson, relied on its rugged stonework and manicured lands as a backdrop for the action.
They say still waters run deep, and the often glassy surface of Loch Katrine is an undeniably evocative sight at any time of year. It has inspired poets, novelists, monarchs and now TV location scouts with its tree-lined shores and sun-dappled waters.
The name of the loch itself is derived from the Gaelic word for bandit, which is a good fit as Rob Roy himself is said to have been born on its banks in 1671.
Some of the most poignant moments from Outlander have been filmed at Loch Katrine, with steel-grey skies and brisk breezes adding to the dramatic overtones.
This internationally-acclaimed park, located just to the south of Glasgow, provides an incredible counterpoint to the sprawl of the nearby city. And it’s thought that the fourth season of Outlander will once again feature sequences filmed here, with its grassy expanses being used to host fictional Highland games.
Even if Outlander hasn’t grabbed your attention yet, all of these filming locations are great to visit if you want to explore Scotland’s heritage and fall in love with its landscapes!
Outlander returns on the 4th of November 2018