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.
Stirling and the surrounding area is home to a number of locations for the filming of this series. Stirling University was used for its scenic beauty with its stunning loch side setting and inspiring views over the Ochil Hills in the background. Airthrey Castle which is situated in the grounds of the University which at one time was Airthrey estate, was also used during filmng.The University grounds are open to the public and it’s a great place to explore all year round. There are a number of lovely walks around the campus and on in to the Ochil hills for those of you feeling more energetic. The University also has a number of restaurants and coffee shops on sight if you are looking for somewhere to eat after all that exercise.
Doune Castle was also used for the exterior shots of the fictional “Castle Leoch” in the series which is set during the Jacobite rebellion. Moulds of the castles architecture were taken so that sets could be made in the studio for the interior scenes. In the series the Castle is the seat of Clan McKenzie. Doune Castle has also been used in a number of other film and television ventures, including Monty Python’s Holy Grail and Game of Thrones.
If you are looking to explore the sites used in this series, Stirling is an excellent place to use as a base to explore many of the areas used in this production. With great road and rail links into the highlands and other areas it is easy to explore all of Scotland whether you are driving yourself or using public transportation. Visit our accommodation section here.
Stirling is one of the most historically significant cities in the entire country and there are plenty of attractions which explore this exciting and vibrant history. See below for more information or visit our Top attractions section.