10 summer days out for Outlander fans in Scotland

Summers looks set to be busy for Outlander fans in Scotland with a wealth of events lined up to seize on the huge interest in the series Here we look at 10 events across the country which look at the culture and history which underpin the books and television show.

The turbulent history of Corgarff Castle in Aberdeenshire during and after the Jacobite risings will be explored at an event this summer. PIC: Flickr/Creative Commons/John Mason.

Outlander Day

Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore

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Saturday June 9, from 10.30am

18th Century life will be revisited at a special Outlander Day at Highland Folk Museum on June 9. PIC: Flickr/Creative commons/Neil Williamson.

This 18th Century township featured as a location in the show with guests invited to step back in time to the time of the Jacobite rising. The day includes a demonstration from a local waulking group with talks from an expert in authentic Highland 18th Century dress and author Sarah Fraser, who will speak about her real life links to Clan Fraser. Fan group Inverness Outlanders will also be talking about their new Inverness map which points to locations used by Diana Gabaldon in her series of Outlander books.

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Lusan na Gàidhealtachd - Highland Plants


Bonnie Prince Charlie's visit to Linlithgow Palace will be recounted at an event at the landmark Stuart residence this summer. PIC: TSPL/John Devlin.

Friday, August 17 to Sunday August 20

Herbalist Claire Mackay, who advised the Outlander team on 18th Century medicines, has twinned up with Gaelic Consultant Àdhamh Ó Broin, who also worked with the show, for this residential weekend of Gaelic and herbs.

Cost is £325, which includes accommodation, meals, workshops, materials and evening entertainment)

Jacobite Secrets

Edinburgh Castle

Limited dates between May 14 and September 19

A woman’s perspective of the 1715 and 1745 Risings with a recollection of the arrival of Bonnie Prince Charlie in Edinburgh. Hear how the Jacobite cause created a sensation - and divided families in the process.

Highland Militia

Fort George, near Inverness

Limited dates between June 1 and August 30

A look at the Highland militia formed after the 1715 Jacobite uprising, when some Highland clans were creating defences for the government. The militia pledged allegiance to the King, but did they harbour secret Jacobite ambitions?

Bonnie Prince Charlie and Fountains of Red Wine

Linlithgow Palace

Limited dates between June 2 and September 15

Recount the steps of Prince Charles Edward Stuart as he visited Linlithgow Palace, which had long links to his ancestors, as he made his way to Edinburgh. Accounts claim the fountain in the courtyard flowed with red wine to welcome the Young Pretender.

For his most Britannic Majesty!

Doune Castle, Stirlingshire

Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17

With Doune Castle posing as Castle Leoch in the hit show, the Stirlingshire pile is enjoying rising visitor numbers. Guests this summer will get the chance to increase their understanding of the history that underpins the series with a numbers of events. Here, redcoat recruitment and training will be explored.


Doune Castle, Stirlingshire

Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24

Visitors will meet a Jacobite guard and learn the role the castle played as a prison for redcoat soldiers during the 1745 Rising.

A Loyal Man

Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness

Saturday 7 July 2018 to Sunday 8 July 2018

The life of a Jacobite clansman will be explored with visitors able to handle weaponry and equipment from the period.

Garrisoned for George

Corgarff Castle, Aberdeenshire

Saturday July 21 and Sunday July 22

Visitors will learn how Corgarff Castle, located in a commanding position on The Lecht road, passed between Jacobite and government control. After the government victory at Culloden, soldiers were stationed here to patrol for Jacobite sympathisers and whisky smugglers.

Battle of Prestonpans anniversary re-enactement

Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16

Witness the dramatic events of the Bonnie Prince Charlie’s first battle, as the Jacobite Highlanders claim victory over the redcoats of Sir John Cope.

Featuring living history camps, cameo scenes, fun crafts and spectacular battles scenes.