FILMING of the television series Outlander has seen production teams travel up and down the country, capturing unique and historic sites on camera.
Ahead of series two, which is set to premiere next month, we take a closer look at some of the Scottish locations brought to life on screen.
A quick glance at our Outlander map reveals that the majority of locations are concentrated around Edinburgh and Stirling, two cities steeped in history. Around the capital city, filming has taken place in Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway and Linlithgow Palace. Blackness Castle, which overlooks the River Forth, can be spotted in episode six of the show and throughout as the setting for Black Jack Randall’s headquarters in Fort William.
Doune Castle, Stirlingshire, home of Robert Stewart, the 1st Duke of Albany, and is now used as the fictional Castle Leoch for the TV adaptation of the Outlander novels. In the show the castle is inhabited by Colum MacKenzie and his clan in the 18th century episodes. Its ruins are visited on a day trip by Claire and Frank in the 20th century episodes
Prior to the show being aired, the A-listed monument was already a must-see destination for fans who were found to be wandering around the set. The historical structure was transformed for television and altered using special digital effects.
Main character Jamie Fraser was once a resident of Castle Leoch as a young teen before returning many years later when seeking refuge from the crown. Further down the line, Claire was imprisoned in its walls, making it an integral location in the stories plot.
Moving north of the country, filming locations are scattered across the likes of Perth and Inverness.
Kinloch Rannoch, nestled in the mountains of Perthshire, is not only a fan favourite but is one of the favourite filming locations of star Sam Heughan. The small village sits in the shadow of Schiehallion and is the crux of one of the main storylines in the show and features in the opening credits.
While celebrating her second honeymoon with her husband, Claire visits the Craigh na Dun standing stones in Kinloch Rannoch, a make-believe prehistoric stone circle near Inverness, where she falls through into the 18th century.
One location that has been thrust into the spotlight is the Highland Folk Museum. The open air museum’s replica rustic stone foundations, roof timbers and thatch roofs make it the perfect backdrop for the 18th century based show and gives viewers an authentic look at how characters would really have lived. Filming in the museum was centred in the 1700s Township, a mile long stretch which features six houses dating up to the 1930s.
Scotland’s second city is another location which caught the eye of producers with busy locations in Glasgow being adapted for the show. The sprawling countryside of Pollok Country Park was used as grounds for Castle Leoch and will also feature in the second series, after it was seen to be transformed into a 1700s-themed set in August last year.
Further in the city, Glasgow’s George Square was used for a more modern shoot. The famous square which was the scene of many real historical moments, was taken back in time to the 1940s as the backdrop for the marriage proposal between Claire and Frank.
Around 16 Outlander filming locations are detailed on the map with many more set to pop up following the release of season two. Although the new series will see Jamie and Claire travel to France, a large part will still feature Scotland much to the delight of fans, with filming having been spotted in Kilmarnock’s Dean Castle and the plot to feature the Battle of Culloden.