We Do The Outlander Route Through Scotland From Edinburgh

We follow the scenarios through which the protagonists of the “Outlander” series move. Thus we will discover some of the most beautiful corners of Edinburgh.
We do the Outlander route through Scotland from Edinburgh

Maybe you’ve read the books, or maybe you’re a fan of the Outlander series . The truth is that today it is a fashionable phenomenon. So much so that many are encouraged to travel to the place where the series was recorded: Scotland. Today we are going to give you the keys to make the most of the Outlander route from Edinburgh. Ready for adventure?

The Outlander phenomenon : this is the route through Scotland

Edinburgh from Calton Hill
Edinburgh from Calton Hill

Since Outlander , the saga of books by author Diana Gabaldon, made the leap to the big screen and became a television phenomenon, visits to Scotland have exploded. The story tells the life of a couple who, in the middle of the 20th century,  discover a way to travel to the year 1734.

Both on the pages and on the screen, the city of Edinburgh is one of the great protagonists of history. And as a consequence, fans of reading and the series increasingly travel to this beautiful city to visit the series’ settings in person.

How to do the Outlander route through Scotland?

We can tour the most famous places in the series through the so-called ” Outlander route “. It is a small itinerary that covers the most recurrent scenarios in history. Which are? We show them below!

1. Craigmillar Castle, Ardsmuir Prison

Craigmillar Castle on the Outlander Trail
Craigmillar Castle

The first stop on our Outlander route is Craigmillar Castle. It is situated on the outskirts of the city of Edinburgh and is one of the least known in Scotland. In the story it is a prison called Ardsmuir.

A construction of great beauty, both inside and out. It does not matter if you are an Outlander fan or not ,  we advise you to visit the interior of the castle, with its rooms, the stairs and the exteriors of the battlements. You will be surprised by the landscape, do not miss it!

2. Royal Mile, the great avenue of Edinburgh

Royal Mile in Edinburgh
Royal Mile – Herbert Frank / Flickr.com

It is the great artery of Edinburgh. It communicates its castle with the Holyroodhouse palace, in the heart of the historic city center. On the Outlander route, it  is another of the most prominent places, since many areas of this avenue appear on the screen.

If you go in the direction of the Holyroodhouse palace you will visit the same places as the protagonist. You will see settings such as Whitehourse Close, Dunbar’s Close Garden or Chessels Court Gardens. And in one of the alleys in the Canongate area you will find the printing press of Alexander Malcolm’s character.

3. Summerhall Room

Summerhall Room in Edinburgh
Summerhall Room – Dogwoodfire / Wikimedia Commons

The Summerhall Hall is Edinburgh’s cultural center where concerts and exhibitions are held. It was formerly a veterinary school, and on the Outlander route you will discover another of its famous scenes.

Around 1,300 shows and events are organized here every year. It has rooms for exhibitions, studies, offices and places for conferences, workshops and classes. In addition, it is one of the most frequented places in the city. Every year almost a million visitors pass through it.

4. The Signet Library

To end our Outlander route through the city of Edinburgh, we close the visit at The Signet Library. It is an event room located in a Georgian building.

It is located next to the Royal Mile, in the historic center. In the Outlander series it is the Governor’s mansion and one of the most important places for the evolution of the plots.

5. Places near Edinburgh

Blackness Castle
Blackness Castle – 4652 Paces / Flickr.com

Beyond Edinburgh, the Outlander series has found ideal settings in other very famous locations. Among them, we can mention Blackness Castle, Midhope Castle, Linlithgow Palace or Glencorse Church.

But there are many more. Other recurring places are Callendar House and Gosford House, Muiravonside Country Park or Preston Mill. As you can see, there are many places to visit.

You can do the Outlander route  on your own or through a guided tour in Spanish. You will explore both Edinburgh and the surrounding areas and take back some fantastic memories of Scotland. Ready to immerse yourself in the life of the protagonist of the saga?

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