Claire Beauchamp Randall never would’ve met her true love, if she hadn’t put her hands on a magical rock. Craigh na Dun, the site of an ancient stone circle in the Scottish Highlands, is an iconic place in the world of Outlander,
In the very first episode, Claire visits Craigh na Dun to pick flowers while on vacation; moments later, she’s transported from 1945 to 1743 after tumbling through a Craigh na Dun stone that turns out to be a portal of sorts. Eventually, we learn that Claire isn’t the only time traveler on the show, and there are at least two other standing stone portals in the world.
Outlander‘s success has been great for tourism in Scotland, where the majority of the show’s five seasons have been filmed. And while we’re all pretty clear on the fact that time travel isn’t possible, no one could blame a person for wanting to visit Craigh na Dun themselves…you know, just to make sure there’s not a Jamie-esque soulmate waiting on the other side.
Craigh na Dun
The mystical and enchanting spot where Claire and Frank first come across the standing stones that soon after were to propel Claire back in time. They have been an ever-present since, including in Season four . No standing stones actually exist here but I think they are based on a combination of Clava Cairns and Callanish , both of which are outstanding Scottish tourist sites. Even without the presence of the colossal pillars, this spot in Perthshire is a fantastic selection as Craigh na Dun.
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Finding the exact spot of Craigh na Dun is not immediately clear but the site of filming is at Kinnloch Rannoch in Perthshire. On the south side of the Dunalastair Reservoir in Tay Forest Park under the gaze of the spectacular Schiehallion mountain, this is scenic Highlands at its best. You will recognise the mound from the roadside and it’s just a short walk out to the site. Kinnloch Rannoch was used in numerous other scenes , mainly because it’s one of the most remote and beautiful areas in the country.
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What is the cheapest way to visit Lallybroch From Edinburgh ?
Visit Lallybroch Castle ( Midhope Castle ) for just £90 . Hourly service from Edinburgh between 10 am and 2 pm . Free pickup and dropoff from Edinburgh. Add two more Outlander film locations – Fort William and Wentworth prison – for a unique tour costing just £150 . Phone 07305-294773 for details and availability.
See Jamie Fraser’s ancestral home – Lallybroch .
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Midhope Castle, a 16th-century tower house, is used as Lallybroch (also known as Broch Tuarach) in Outlander . Left to Jamie by his parents, Brian and Ellen, Lallybroch is also home to Jamie’s sister, Jenny, her husband Ian Murray and their children. With Lallybroch being an important part of the Outlander story, much use is made of Midhope Castle. Phone (+44) 0131-549-9785 for details and bookings .
On this tour you can visit Jamie Fraser’s ancestral home – Lallybroch Castle .
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Perhaps the greatest mystery in Outlander is the actual location of the standing stones at Craigh na Dun
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