The days may be getting colder and the nights drawing in, but you can still enjoy the Scottish landscape from the comfort of your own sitting room as the smash hit series Outlander returns to our small screens for its third season on Monday 11 September.
For those who haven’t caught it yet, Outlander is based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon and tells the story of Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser, a nurse then a doctor and a time traveller, at the end of the Second World War. While on a second honeymoon in Scotland with her husband, Frank Randall, Claire accidentally travels two hundred years into the past, where she meets and marries the heroic Jamie Fraser and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite risings.
Much of Outlander has been filmed in Scotland and even if you’re not convinced by the plot line, you can’t fail to be impressed by the shots of the country’s dramatic mountains, iconic coasts and idyllic towns (you can download a location map from VisitScotland).
If you fancy starring in a Scottish drama of your own, these six properties are located just a short drive from some of the series' most breathtaking locations.
With extensive equestrian facilities, this beautiful Georgian house is situated in the countryside near Edinburgh. It is a short drive from several prime Outlander locations, including Hopetoun House, which doubles as the home of the Duke of Sandringham (season 1) and Hawkins Estate (season 2), Linlithgow Palace, standing in as Wentworth Prison (season 1), Muiravonside Country Park, which provides a dramatic backdrop for the Battle of Prestonpans and as a British encampment (season 2) and Glencorse Old Kirk (season 1) where Claire and Jamie Fraser tie the knot.
This gorgeous nine-bedroom mansion, which overlooks the Firth of Forth, is set on the edge of the National Trust village of Culross. The village's Mercat Cross area became the fictional village of Cranesmuir, home to Geillis (season 1). Claire’s herb garden at Castle Leoch is filmed here too, just behind Culross Palace. Culross also makes an exceptional backdrop to the Jacobite encampment and temporary hospital scenes (season 2).
Located in the heart of Stirlingshire, this magnificent Georgian-style country house is situated near multiple Outlander locations. Doune Castle, five miles away, plays a leading role as the fictional Castle Leoch.The castle features again in the 20th century when Claire and Frank take a day trip to the castle ruins.
Set in Perthshire where Claire and Frank have their second honeymoon (season 1), Knockintober is close to some of the most famous beauty spots in Scotland, including Glen Lyon, The Falls of Dochart, Kenmore on Loch Tay, The Queen's View at Loch Tummel and the Pass of Killiecrankie.
This beautiful house is set in the enchanting countryside of Ayrshire. It's 10 miles from the coast and Danure Castle (season 3) and 20 miles south of Troon, where Claire and Jamie board a ship (season 1).
This elegant Victorian Villa in the South End of Glasgow is a five-minute walk from Pollock Country Park, which doubles as the grounds for the fictional Castle Leoch (season 1) and the French countryside (season 2). In the city centre, a short drive away, is George Square, the location for the proposal scene (season 1), while nearby Glasgow Cathedral features as L’Hôpital des Anges in Paris (season 2).