Scotland. The Land That Inspired Outlander

If you have found yourself caught in the mystical and magical Outlander saga and wish to be swept away to Claire and Jamie's world, come and experience the land that inspired the writer Diana Gabaldon and the TV series producers. From ancient and mysterious standing stones to dramatic castles, magnificent stately homes and breath-taking landscapes, visit Scotland and embark on an inspiring journey.

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Delve into the past

There's a haunting air of mystery that cloaks the Highlands, and the region's turbulent history has left behind some of the most beautiful and romantic castles in the world. From Dunvegan Castle on Skye and Brodie Castle in Moray to the Castle of Mey in the North Highlands - they really are as magnificent as people say! But it's not only about the castles, although they are pretty amazing. Learn about the infamous massacre at the Glencoe Visitor Centre, and see Glenfinnan Monument, a tribute to the history of the Jacobite uprisings.

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Risings

The Jacobite rising of 1745 was the attempt by Charles Edward Stuart (commonly known as Bonnie Prince Charlie) to regain the British throne for the exiled House of Stuart. Bonnie Prince Charlie sailed to Scotland and was met by a gathering of Highland clansmen in support of the cause. The march south began with an initial victory at Prestonpans near Edinburgh. The Jacobite army, now in bold spirits, marched onwards to Carlisle, over the border in England. When it reached Derby, some British divisions were recalled from the Continent and the Jacobite army retreated north to Inverness where the last battle on Scottish soil took place on a nearby moor at Culloden. The Battle of Culloden ended with the final defeat of the Jacobite cause, and with Charles Edward Stuart fleeing with a price on his head, before finally sailing to France.

Scotland is dotted with fascinating historic sites, from romantic castles to enigmatic standing stones, while the country's past is shrouded in mystery and legends. Find your ideal Castle Leoch or the mysterious Craigh na Dun!

Castles

Towering spires, thick stone walls and dramatic settings - whatever pops into your mind when you imagine a castle, you'll find it in Scotland. From magnificent city landmarks to mysterious ruins, Scotland is bursting with fascinating castles to visit.

Unlike palaces, which were built for enjoyment, Scotland's castles were built for strength and protection. Their main purpose was to withhold enemy attacks and keep their occupants safe - needless to say each castle has seen plenty of dramatic stories unfold over the centuries!

Clans

While the term ‘clan’ means family or children in Scottish Gaelic, not everyone in the same clan was actually related to each other. The clans lived off the land, with cattle being their main source of wealth and, along with border disputes, the prime cause of inter-clan unrest. The most important clan chiefs at this time were part-kings, part-protectorates and part-judges and they held real power over their controlled lands.

The system remained largely intact until the time of the bloody Battle of Culloden in 1746, where the Jacobite rebellion was mercilessly crushed by the royal troops of King George II.

By this point, improved trade and communication links between northern and southern clans were already leading to the dilution of the clan system and the infamous Highland Clearances effectively signalled the end as thousands of Scottish land workers sought the promise of a better life on distant shores.

Did You Know? Outlander Facts…

  1. Diana Gabaldon herself admits that Scotland plays a starring role in the series! Do you agree?
  2. In the outlander TV series, the opening credit song is an adaptation of a Scottish folk tune called the ‘Skye Boat Song’ and features an adapted version of Robert Louis Stevenson's poem ‘Sing Me a Song of a Lad that is Gone’ to fit the story.  It recalls the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie to the Isle of Skye after the defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746.
  3. The language spoken by many of the Outlander characters is Gaelic, and it can still be heard in some parts of Scotland.
  4. Those who continued to support the exiled James II, Jacobus being the name in Latin, became known as ‘Jacobites'.