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<i>Outlander</i>: Become Part of the Show

Outlander: Become Part of the Show

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so, you’ll have heard the hype about Outlander. This TV fantasy-drama is set between the 1940s and 18th century Scotland. The show is based on the hugely popular time travel Outlander series of novels written by Diana Gabaldon. The story centres around Claire, a former WWII nurse, who on a trip to Inverness with her historian husband, is mysteriously transported back to 1743. In the past, she helps the injured Jamie Fraser, a young (and fairly handsome!) Scotsman.

If that isn’t enough to entice you into watching this exciting series, some of the key locations in the show are right here in Scotland. Not only that, many of the most beautiful filming locations are within driving distance of the hotel!

Here’s some of the top filming spots to visit while you’re at the hotel:


Doune Castle, Perthshire

Doune Castle

Much of season 1 of Outlander takes place in Doune Castle. Claire and her husband tour the ruins of the castle in the 1940s and later Claire is transported to the castle, restored to all its splendour in 1743. Doune Castle represents Clan Mackenzie’s stronghold at Castle Leoch in the show. The castle was built in the late 14th century by the Duke of Albany and was once a majestic royal residence.

Doune Castle is open all year round.


Adult - £5.50

Child - £3.30

Distance from the hotel: 15 minutes by car


Kinloch Rannoch (Rannoch Moor), Perthshire

Rannoch Moor

In the show, Claire visits the alluring Craigh na Dun standing stones. She touches them and is pulled from her current time into the same spot in the 18th century. You can visit the location for yourself, by taking a scenic drive to Rannoch Moor in Perthshire. Unfortunately, the standing stones were just set pieces for the show, but the moor is still haunting and beautiful.

Distance from the hotel: 1 hour 45 minutes by car (head for Dunalastair Estate)


Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, Bo’ness

Boness railway

This historic railway in West Lothian was transformed to serve as the wartime London railway station where Claire and Frank say an emotional goodbye at the start of the war. You can tour the heritage railway and discover Scotland’s largest railway museum. You can even jump on board a vintage steam train. You might even feel like you’ve been transported back in time yourself!

Visit the website for timetables and ticket prices.

Distance from the hotel: Approx. 30 minutes’ drive


Blackness Castle, Linlithgow

Blackness Castle is a 15th century fortress overlooking the Firth of Forth. In Outlander, the castle is the setting of evil Black Jack Randall’s headquarters. Built by the powerful Crichtons, Blackness Castle has served as a royal residence, a prison and now, a filming location.

Blackness Castle is open all year.


Adult - £5.50

Child - £3.30

Concession - £4.40

Distance from the hotel: Approx. 40 minutes’ drive


Drummond Castle Gardens, Crieff

Drummond Gardens instagram

These landscaped, stately gardens in Crieff were created around 1490 by John, 1st Lord Drummond. The gardens were restored in the 1600s and again in 1890 by the Earl of Ancaster. Filming took place on a few occasions last year, as the Perthshire estate stood in for the Palace of Versailles in Paris – where much of season 2 of Outlander is set.

Paris in Perthshire? Sounds perfect!

The gardens are open Easter weekend and then May 1st – October 31st from 1pm – 6pm.


Adult - £5

Concession - £4

Child - £2

Distance from the hotel: Approx. 30 minutes’ drive


So whether you’re an avid Outlander fan or just want to visit some of these iconic historical locations, DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro is the ideal hub for exploring some of Scotland’s most beautiful and interesting landmarks.