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14 Scottish Places All "Outlander" Fans Must Visit

Never seen Outlander? You should visit these stunning Scottish locations anyway. Warning: Mild Season 1 spoilers ahead.

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This stunning medieval stronghold near Stirling was built in the late 14th century by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany. It stands in for the fictional Castle Leoch in Outlander, home to Jamie's uncle Colum Mackenzie and his clan.

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The Royal Burgh of Culross is an appropriate setting for a TV series about time travel; it's barely changed since the 17th century and is now managed by the National Trust. In the series it's the village of Cranesmuir, home to Claire's friend Geillis Duncan.

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The scene where Claire time travels through the fictional Craigh na Dun stone circle is one of the most important in the series. The stones on set weren't real (sorry), but you can see the scenery that surrounded them if you go to Rannoch Moor.

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This 15th-century castle overlooking the Firth of Forth is used as the setting for "Black Jack" Randall's Fort William headquarters in the series. The ex-artillery fortress is often referred to as "the ship that never sailed" due to its unusual shape.

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Outlander opens with a 1940s scene set in the picturesque town of Falkland, which stands in for the bigger city of Inverness. The town is also home to the beautiful Falkland Palace and Garden run by the National Trust for Scotland.

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This beautiful castle stands in for a monastery in the series. The castle's 12th-century hall house is arguably the oldest standing stone castle in Scotland, and features a stunning and well-preserved early 17th-century painted ceiling.

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This historic railway and museum near Falkirk was transformed into a bustling 1940s London train station during the series. The heritage railway is run by a charity that uses the proceeds from scenic train tours to maintain the locomotives.

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This 17th-century church near the foothills of the Pentland Hills is the spot where Claire and Jamie tied the knot. The Kirk stands in the grounds of the equally pretty Glencorse House; a popular wedding venue for modern-day couples.

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Glasgow's bustling George Square is the central hub of the city, and is featured in the 1940s scene where Frank proposes to Claire, while the nearby Pollok Country Park stood in for the Highland field where Claire gathers healing herbs in the 1700s.

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This beautiful and detailed folk museum in Newtonmore features replicas of traditional turf-roofed Highland crofts, which made it an ideal Outlander filming location. They feature in several of the show's 18th-century scenes.

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Hopetoun House is a grand stately home near Edinburgh. In the series it's the residence of the fictional Duke of Sandringham (Simon Callow); in real life its owner is Adrian, Marquis of Linlithgow. The house is open to the public in summer.

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This sweeping, stunningly beautiful area near Aviemore and the Cairngorms is the setting for Claire's trip through the woodland with Jamie and his clansmen in the first episode. It's also featured quite heavily in the opening credits.

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This beautiful palace - once the royal seat of the Stewart kings of Scotland - stands in for the fictional Wentworth Prison in a (quite harrowing) episode of Outlander. The real palace is a much friendlier place to visit: It's run by Historic Scotland.

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Lallybroch, also known as Broch Tuarach, is Jamie's fictional home in the series. In real life it's a part-ruined 16th-century tower house near Edinburgh. If you do visit, please don't go inside; the interior is derelict and not entirely safe. Just admire it from a distance.

H/T Jade and Glenys Riley for fact-checking, the National Trust for Scotland, Historic Scotland, and Visit Scotland, who also offer this handy (and pretty) map of Outlander filming locations.

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