Outlander follows the story of married army nurse Claire Randal who is mysteriously transported back in time to 1743 and thrown into a new world of dangers where her life is threatened. Forced to marry a young and chivalrous Scottish warrior, an intense affair ensues and Claire is torn between two men from two vastly different lives. The series is based on the best selling books by American author Diana Gabaldon.
If you are looking to explore the sites used in this series, Clackmannanshire is an excellent place to use as a base. Right in the centre of the Outlander ‘film locations’ and with great road and rail links it is easy to explore all of Scotland; whether you are driving yourself or using public transportation. Visit our accommodation section here.
Right on our doorstep we have Airthrey Castle – used for its scenic beauty with its stunning loch side setting and inspiring views over the Ochil Hills in the background, Doune Castle – used for the exterior shots of the fictional “Castle Leoch” in the series which is set during the Jacobite rebellion and Culross – the town’s Mercat Cross area is the fictional village of Cranesmuir where Geillis lives.
To see all the Outlander locations simply click here to download the VisitScotland Outlander Map.
Clackmannanshire lies between the majestic Ochil Hills and the River Forth and provides the perfect year-round base to explore the stunning countryside, rich history, medieval castles and tower houses and today’s growing art scene which includes an impressive collection of public art by international artists. For leisure, there is Sterling Mills Outlet Shopping Village, six golf courses, a luxury spa, a fantastic choice of hotels, B&B’s, cottages and campsites, and a variety of places for pub grub, light bites and fine dining.
Alloa Tower has strong ties to the Jacobite period which inspired Diana Gabaldon’s internationally best-selling novels and the Outlander TV series.