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Outlander Locales: Stirling

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Castle Stirling

Stirling has been a hotbed for filming these past few years. Filled with history, Robert the Bruce Country, and amazing forests and hillwalking opportunities and many woods and exterior opportunities make it a great place to film. Although crews work tirelessly at all hours and under weather conditions from snow and ice to heat and full on midge attacks, the beauty and hospitality of the area make it a fantastic shoot. Not to mention the fabulous Stirling Castle, with some of the best living history examples I have seen at an estate. Stirling and the surrounding area boast several locations for Outlander filming, including recent filming fo

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Doune Castle as Castle Leoch

r Season 5. Oh, and then there are a few films, like the recent Netfix film, Outlaw King, that have filmed in the surrounding areas.

Fall is one of the most spectacular times in Scotland. The tourist numbers go down a bit, and with recent climate changes there have been Indian Summer days a plenty. However it’s still a country of four seasons in a day, so pack accordingly. Stirling is a great place for hillwalking, and locations like Mine Woods, where some of Season 5 has been filmed, is just one such area to have a peaceful ramble.

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Doune Castle as Winterfell

 

And if you are a fan of great series and film, why not check out the surrounding areas for your favorites. And many other Outlander and other filming locations are within an hour of the city. The city is reachable by train and there are some public buses and touring companies that can get you to these sites.

 

  1. Doune Castle – You know it as Castle Leoch, has also been Winterfell in S1 of Game of Thrones, and Monty Python’s The French Castle.
  2. Dunblane Cathedral – Near Doune Castle. S4 Kirkyard burial.
  3. Drummond Castle Gardens – S2 Gardens at Versaille Outlander GREAT FALL COLORS!
  4. Abercairney Estates – Creiff S4, S5 Plantation River Run
  5. Bridge of Allan (Mine Woods) – Wolfs Hole Quarry S5 Regulators camp
  6. Cambusbarron – Stirling Outlying village and woods area.
  7. Touch House, Touch Estate, Stirling S2 Culloden House Outlander
  8. Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling S2 Roger and Bree meet Geillis Duncan 

Links

Stirling Films  and Map

12 Movies Filmed in Scotland by Hillwalk Tours

Outlander Locations Listing

Outlander Lallybroch Filming Rescheduled for September?

Cambusbarron, Stirling Area Night Shoot August 9, 2019

Outlander Season 5 Bridge of Allan Night Shoot May 6, 2019

July Filming in Hottest Week for Outlander at Queens Park, Glasgow

Film crews were seen at Queens Park, Glasgow South Govanhill area, Scotland on July 23, 2019 filming what looked to be more 1960s or 70s scenes. Temps were 30° Celsius plus over the week, the hottest in 125 years in Europe.

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If you are traveling to Scotland in August, it is rumored that there may be filming at the Hopetown Estate, namely Midhope Castle. However, there are many properties on this estate used for filming. This location is used to film exterior scenes for Lallybroch. If you are planning on a visit to Scotland to see Outlander locales, this is usually the top of the list. Please call ahead, while they try to list closures on site, due to contractual agreements and publicity, they may not announce officially until a day or two before. It is also wedding season. And it looks like their news section has not been updated for some time. The estate is located west of Queensferry, outside of Edinburgh.

Outlander Filming in Paisley, Scotland

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Filming took place and included 1960’s cars, Caitriona Balfe was in her 1960s bob wig, driving a classic 1960s vehicle. Interiors in Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church and is rumored that the production made a large donation as the church is in fundraising to stay open, and possible renovations. Let’s hope they can keep the church open so if you plan for season 5 local visits, you can see it. If you wish to help out, see link below.

This looks to be another flashback scene. In Fiery Cross, book 5 of the Outlander series books, Claire Fraser has a waking scene with the ghost of Frank from her dreams. This looks to be another series only scene. images-1.jpg

Filming took place in the High Street/Wellmeadow Street area, between Stories Street to Walker Street.

Outlander Filming in Paisley

100 Days to Save Coats Memorial Fund

 

 

Outlander Touring is in Full Swing

downloadMany of you lucky fans are hopping the Atlantic and exploring Scotland to follow in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire. There are a great many locations for seasons 1-4 and if you went solidly to just see all locations, it would take more than three weeks of travel. You may have to make some choices and come back again. That wouldn’t be so terrible.

Having gone to Scotland twice since the filming began, and relying on public transport for most of my stay, I found it very limiting in some cases when on public transit to try to get every day filled with locations. There are Outlander Tours a plenty if you have it in your budget, and knowing which ones are good can be difficult, as all of the commercial touring companies have set up tours. Not all tour companies have quality tours, for any of their tours. Check out trip reviews before you use one. Large tour buses to sites are highly annoying, difficult to get around to sites, and you will be limited to where  these monsters can go. Keep in mind that some tours may cancel or skip some locations due to time constraints. If you want a smaller intimate tour, which I do recommend van tours, check out my Tours Page. I am collecting information and feedback from people who have taken tours, and so far the ones listed have had favorable reviews.

Check out Traveling Savage’s Scotland article:

Traveling Savage Hire Cars Know Before You Go

Obtaining a hire car with several travel friends can be managed,  however familiarize yourself with the driving laws, and the driver cannot have access to a phone for navigation. There are heavy fines for phone use while driving. Many companies will take a huge deposit and not return it if there is even the smallest of scratches on the car. Check out hire car reviews!

I have created a resource after my last visit. This and a good map should help you to plan. It is a Google Docs Document:

Outlander Locations: Access by Public Transport Access or Vehicle Only

PDF Download Outlander Locations Table

 

 

 

Outlander Season 5 Bridge of Allan Night Shoot May 6, 2019

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@Stewart9395 Duncan Lacroix arrives 

Great catches by both @Stewart9395 and Outlandish Journeys, one of the tour groups listed on our Outlander Tours page, of some BTS pictures and video on the late afternoon setup and evening shoot for the show’s season 5 first block of shooting in Bridge of Allen, just north of Stirling. The filming took place in the quarry by the golf course, in Mine Woods.

Filming was with Duncan Lacroix (Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser) and the Regulators extras.

I want to thank both Stewart and Outlandish Journeys for taking the time and patience to wait and film, and as always, not film the filming process. If you are lucky and stumble upon filming in your travels, we appreciate it if you do the same. Let’s give everyone the creative space they need.

Video on Outlander Journeys. Check them out at the link below. Give them a like and subscribe.

Video filmed by Outlandish Journeys on May 6, 2019. https://www.outlandishjourneys.com/

Photography by @Stewart9395

And some Regulators.

The Hunt for Fraser’s Ridge

IMG_2876Looks like some Outlander Hunters have spotted some well guarded buildings near Doune Castle. Must be filming. If you are traveling near Stirling, Scotland, you should make a visit to Doune Castle by all means, as it has been used for filming not only Season 1 of Outlander, but Monty Python’s Holy Grail, and some bits for GOT. Close by is David Stirling Memorial, and past that a bit in the wooded area you may find that an area is blocked off and guarded. There are buildings there. They look suspiciously like Fraser’s Ridge to us all right. From Stewart on Twitter. It is still rumored that Cumbernauld Glen is  continuing to be used for parts of Fraser’s Ridge.

If you are a keen Outlander filming local hunter this spring and summer, send us you snaps and info. We’d love to share the fun.

Outlander Filming Locations News

Outlander Season 5 Production Heats Up, Actors and Set Designers Tease

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This morning we awoke to Duncan Lacroix staring over his own shoulder. The offices are filling up with not only production crew, but the actors are coming in to get ready for read throughs and fittings.

Production: Jon Gary Steele has been busy on his Instagram account helping everyone survive along with Matt Roberts. Jon has been featuring BTS of builds both on site and in the studios at Wardpark Film and Television studios. We are left guessing which scene, which episode, and the identity of some items not quite finished. Jon has been showing some great pre build bones on the set of the cabins, and one this week that may be S5’s Big House. Fans of the Outlander Books are waiting for representation of their favorite parts of Fraser’s Ridge. We were hoping for a cabin build for Murtagh, but with the cliff hanger in Season 4, were’s hoping that Jamie and Claire may still build it in the hope someday he can live out his days there. Perhaps a very deep basement to hide in with access to the outside with escape tunnels. What, Jon can do that.

Link to Caitriona’s Back Stage tour

Looking at the set builds both at the studios with Caitriona Balfe’s live action B&W set building tour was a blast this week, she even caught a dodging Jon Gary Steele, not one for the limelight, but who is kind to share the magnificent work his crew does daily.

For those of you lucky enough to start chasing the film crews as they start up in the next few months, here are the locales for River Run and the Indian Village, Frasers Ridge.

River Run was filmed here last year

Abercairny Estates, Crieff

Frasers Ridge was filmed in parts of  these two areas. You will have to hunt for the various places filmed:

Cumbernauld House Park and Glen

https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=6769

Calderglen County Park

Do you know where? Kept a huge secret because of roaming laws in Scotland, as well as landowners in the area. Places where outdoor scenes have been filmed are in

Indian Villages were created in:

Faskally Wood

https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/faskally-wood-p249271