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Outlander Adventures

Itinerary Overview

If you’re a fan of the historical time-travelling TV show Outlander, you’ll recognise many sites around the Falkirk area as filming locations from the epic drama. Our Outlander Filming Locations Trail takes you on a two-day adventure tracing the footsteps of Jamie and Claire. Visit some of the most iconic locations from the show and immerse yourself in their world as you uncover the rich history and culture of the Falkirk area. Pack your bags, step through the stones, and join us for an unforgettable journey through Outlander country.

Recommended Time - 2 Days

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Day 1

Time Travel Across Old and New Falkirk Locations

Stop 1 – A location from Season 1 and it’s Eccentric Neighbour

In 2014, the sprawling abandoned mansion, Dunmore Park House, served as a filming location for the very first episode of the acclaimed TV series Outlander. You’ll recognise it as the field hospital where Claire Fraser to wounded soldiers. Nearby, on the same estate, you’ll find the extraordinary Dunmore Pineapple. Constructed in 1761 as a summer house for the 4th Earl of Dunmore, its unique pineapple shape has earned it a reputation as Scotland’s ‘most bizarre building’.

Stop 2 – The Modern Majesty of the Kelpies

As you make your way to the next Outlander location, you’ll pass the modern wonders of the Kelpies, the largest equine sculptures in the world. No visit to the area is complete without a visit to the Helix Park where they are situated. Take a walk around the magnificent structures, before popping into the nearby visitor centre for snacks or some souvenir shopping.

Image credit - Still from Outlander. © Sony Pictures Television/Left Bank Pictures/Starz Stop 3 – Revisit Season 2 and Bellhurst Manor Dating back to the 14th century, Callendar House & Park has a rich and ancient history of its own. However, fans of Outlander will recognise its working Georgian kitchen from season 2, when it appeared as part of the home of the Duke of Sandringham, Bellhurst Manor. While you’re there, take the time to explore the house, which once welcomed such illustrious visitors as Mary, Queen of Scots, Queen Victoria and Bonne Prince Charlie himself.    

Image credit – Still from Outlander. © Sony Pictures Television/Left Bank Pictures/Starz

Stop 4 – A Graveyard Scene at Gray Buchannan Park

Gray Buchanan Park in Polmont is a short, ten-minute drive from Callendar House. Part of the park was transformed into a graveyard for Season 4 of Outlander, where Jamie and Ian Murray can be seen digging a grave. By then, the series had a firm fan base, and filming attracted a lot of attention. Excited fans waiting in the rain into the wee small hours to catch a glimpse of their favourite actors.

Stop 5 – The Engineering Marvel of the Falkirk Wheel

Round off your day with a visit to another of area’s modern wonders, the Falkirk Wheel. The Wheel is the world’s only rotating boat lift and links the Forth & Clyde and Union canals. Standing at 35 metres tall, it is a unique feat of engineering, lifting and lowering boats between the canals in a captivating spectacle. Take a boat trip to experience it for yourself and visit the Visitor Centre to find out more about Scotland’s industrial heritage and ingenuity.

Day 2

Icons Of Outlander

Image credit - Still from Outlander. © Sony Pictures Television/Left Bank Pictures/StarzStop 1 – Goodbyes at Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway

The Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway holds a special place in Outlander lore, serving as the London station in Season 1 where Claire and Frank bid each other farewell. As Claire embarks on a train journey to the front line, leaving Frank behind, the railway’s vintage charm adds depth to their poignant parting.

Managed by the Scottish Railways Preservation Society, the heritage railway offers nostalgic return trips along a preserved 5-mile stretch of track and is home to the Scottish Railway Museum. Experience the romance of steam trains, with daily trips throughout the summer and on selected days year-round, echoing Claire’s own wartime journey.

 

 

Image credit – Still from Outlander. © Sony Pictures Television/Left Bank Pictures/Starz

Stop 2 – Black Jack Randall and Blackness Castle

Nearby, the 15th Century fortress of Blackness Castle sits dominating the shores of the Firth of Forth. The castle appeared in seasons 1 and 2 of Outlander as the setting of the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall. Fans will remember disturbing scenes from Jamie’s incarceration as well as the site of his daring rescue of Claire. Known as ‘the ship that never sailed’ due to its distinctive shape, there is much more to see and explore at this imposing shoreline site.

From here, take a short drive to Linlithgow Palace which was used for scenes featuring the infamous Wentworth Prison. Plus, uncover centuries of Royal history at the Palace, which is famous as the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Stop 3 – Battle Scenes at Muiravonside Country Park

Finally, end your Outlander tour at the beautiful Muiravonside Country Park. Located between Linlithgow and Falkirk, it served as the backdrop for the dramatic Battle of Prestonpans in Season 2 where Jamie leads his troops into the first major conflict of the Jacobite uprising. With its acres of unspoiled woodland and parkland, Muiravonside also doubled as both a British encampment and the English countryside in the series.

The picturesque country park includes many beautiful sites, with the River Avon and the John Muir Way running through it. Look out for the dramatic sight of the 247-metre-long Avon Aqueduct, the biggest in Scotland and second biggest in the UK, towering over the river below as it carries the Union Canal between Linlithgow and Falkirk.

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