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Edinburgh’s real life locations for Outlander

Edinburgh has become more and more popular for attracting big name projects and movies to film in the city. No one travelling to their work in the city could have escaped the huge production team that rolled into the city to film Avengers: Infinity Wars and finding themselves stumbling across the stars and crew of T2: Trainspotting last year. However, one of the most consistent productions over the past few years has been the time travelling drama Outlander, which has been using the beautiful old building and locations of Edinburgh to take viewers back to the past.

Here a few of the locations in and around Edinburgh that have been used in the series….


Hopetoun House

By George Gastin (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
The stunning stately home near South Queensferry, a stones-throw from the iconic Forth Road Bridge, is the home of the Duke of Sandringham. As well as using interior rooms, the Sea Trail and West Lawn at the back of the house were the used for the duel between the Duke and the McDonald clan in Season One. The building even doubled for a Parisian street in season two using courtyard behind the Stables Tearoom.


Gosford House

JThomas [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Gosford House is based in Longniddry and appears in the second season, doubling as the stable house at Versailles as Jamie and Claire aim to build an alliance with Bonnie Prince Charlie. The House doubles as the stable house at Versailles.


Midhope Castle

By Camer01 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons
Making use of the Hopetoun’s expansive estate, this intact but derelict castle is used for the Fraser family home, the Lallybroch.


Preston Mill

By Renata [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Out in East Linton, East Lothian, Preston Mill is the stand in mill for Lallybroch, Jamie Frasier’s home estate which is filmed at Midhope Castle. Jamie uses the mill to escape the dastardly English and dives underwater.


With the latest season about to be released, the cast and production have been spotted filming on the Royal Mile, Stockbridge and Regent Road and Terrace in Edinburgh. When the season drops I’m sure residents of Edinburgh will take great pride again in seeing their city represented on screen and fans will flock to this stunning and unique locations to follow in their heroes footsteps.

Do you recognise any locations from Outlander that we may have missed? Drop a comment in the box below! 

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