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Outlander

The critically acclaimed Outlander series is the TV adaptation of novels by American writer Diana Gabaldon. Its popularity in both North America and Western Europe has seen this fantastic show air 3 wonderful seasons, with the fourth coming in November 2018.

The story centres around Claire Randall (played by Caitriona Balfe), who, while on her second honeymoon in Inverness, is mysteriously swept back in time to the 18th-century Scottish Highlands. There she meets Jamie (played by Sam Heughan), a chivalrious young warrior, with whom she becomes romantically entwined.

The series was filmed in locations throughout Scotland, including multiple in West Lothian, the rest of the Central Belt and right up to the Highlands.

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Linlithgow Palace

Inside one of the most spectacular ruins in Scotland you cannot help but walk in the footsteps of royalty. This royal pleasure palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and an iconic filming location in hit TV show Outlander.

 

Midhope Castle

Midhope Castle is located within the grounds of the Hopetoun Estate. Within Outlander the castle is fictionally known as Lallybroch. Access is only possible to the exterior of the Castle.

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  • Many years ago Liam Neeson and Sean Connery were considered for lead roles in the making of an Outlander film.
  • The time-travelling aspect of the story wasn't initially intentional. According to Gabaldon, this sort of just happened when she was writing the part of Claire.
  • All costumes in the show are run over with cheese graters and burnt by blow torches to get that "old" look.
  • Laura Donnelly originally auditioned for Claire's role. On the audition day, she re-connected with Sam Heughan, who was her old schoolmate. Heughan got the lead role as Jamie Fraser, and Donnelly was given the role of Jenny, Jamie's sister.
  • "Outlander" was originally proposed as a film, not a TV series. Katherine Heigl was offered to star as Claire Randall.

Why not enjoy a tour of these incredible locations, take a day or an overnight stay and see where part of the Outlander series took place. Immerse yourself in the Outlander experience while you see the familiar sights of Outlander.

Taking an Outlander tour is a great way to meet like minded people who are also madly in love with the show.

There are also a number of companies who now offer Outlander themed tours. Two of these guides are based in West Lothian and both have vast knowledge of Outlander. This includes Mary's Meanders & Mini Kilt Tours as below.

Visit Scotland have produced an excellent map highlighting the various filming locations across the country. It is available to download here.

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