Outlander Filmed Here in Scotland
Scotland is one of those places. It is wildly beautiful but remote and not thickly settled. Consequently a lot of the history is still lying right on the surface.
Diana Gabaldon, author of Outlander Series.
So right she is! Here on our doorstep we have the 16th century Falkland Palace (with the oldest Royal Tennis Courts in Britain) representing 1940s Inverness in Outlander; the Bruce Fountain where Frank witnesses the ghost of Jamie looking up at Claire in the first episode; Doun Castle as Castle Leoch, home to Colum Mackenzie and his clan; the fictional village of Cranesmuir; 12th century Aberdour Castle that was Sainte Anne de Beaupre’s monastery in France, which Jamie flees to; and the Reaper Tall ship in the first episode of the new series.
The Old Maltings is unique for its central location in the home of Golf. We are a springboard to 44 courses in incredible locations, by the sea and in the countryside, including St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Gleneagles. The Old Maltings is set in a quiet countryside, near Falkland estate that is the home to red squirrels, deer and a range of birds, and one of the oldest organic farms in Scotland growing salads, vegetables, apples and keeping laying hens. We are close to breathtaking beaches and characteristic fishing villages — there are even Puffins, a short boat tour away to the Isle of May! The Old Maltings itself was built in 1601 and was the favoured distillery of Falkland Palace. The proprietor today is a professional glass artist. Where the original maltings steeped grain, she now melts glass.
Generally Scotland is a very friendly place. Here, the locals are especially helpful and chatty, with lively people running the shops! Check out Cottage Craft Centre, Fayre Earth and Pillars of Hercules.
Scrumptous Organic Food and Drink
‘The best organic farm cafe in the UK’ is just down the road. Although everything’s organic, vegan and some gluten-free, their home-baking is VERY popular with everyone, even to non-vegetarians.
We are immersed in birdsong! You will also see red squirrel, deer, coos, lamb and horses.
Remarkable coastline, from West Sands St Andrews (where the opening and closing title scenes of Chariots of Fire were filmed) through to the rocky coastline of Kingsbarns, characteristic fishing villages of the East Neuk and expansive bay at Elie Beach.
Distinctively different handmade crafts
Scotland is well established as a creative nation, with the largest international arts festival in the world.
Artists open their doors a couple of times throughout the year. Here in Fife, there are a number of traditional, yet cutting edge, crafts, from textiles and ceramics, through to glass and bold, bright abstract paintings inspired by Scotland’s light and landscape.
Old Maltings is also the home of a professional glass artist. Her work is held in collection in the US and UK, most notably with Ewan McGregor and a design lawyer for Apple Inc.
Outlander was NOT produced with CGI. It was filmed here in the local area! See REAL castles, 16th century palace, old cobble stone streets, and much much more. You have the option to add on a local tour, with photographs of Claire and Jamie on set; or for an Outlander Style dinner cooked in the house just for you!
all photographs Copyright Steven Brown
As a professional artist, I am well connected with other artists in the area. I’ll help to organise studio visits you may be interested in, including my own!
If for one, why not enjoy a guided tour in an open top convertible? Glorious on a sunny day!
photograph Copyright Charonne Ruth
You’ll be spoilt for choice. Uniquely positioned in the countryside and beside the sea, there are a variety of walks in the area. Many enjoy the Lomond Hills, local woods and coastal walks through old fishing villages – on sunny days, you’ll even see hot air balloons and gliders! The area is VERY family friendly and cycling groups and hill walking groups regularly venture here. Best of all, delicious, healthy food awaits you down the road at the UKs best organic farm cafe!