Crosswoodhill is wonderfully located for visiting many of the key locations featured in the Outlander series. The suggested itinerary below is do-able in a day but why not spread the joy and integrate a number of individual Outlander locations into other excursions you make from Crosswoodhill? There are 29 Outlander locations you will find highlighted on a Visitscotland.com Outlander map in our self-catering cottages and only 3 of them are perhaps too far from here to fall within a leisurely day's drive.
The one day trip:
Head to the Forth bridge and over the recently built, architecturally impressive, Queensferry Crossing to nearby Culross.
Little changed since the 16th century Culross village overlooks the sea and is the fictional Outlander town of Cranesmuir. Visit Claire's herb garden, explore the palace, or wander the ancient streets and imagine what life must have been like 400 years ago.
Then drive to Doune Castle or, as it's called in Outlander, Castle Leoch. This stunning building, which plays a leading role in Outlander, gives you an insight into the living conditions of a Scottish earl in the 14th century and the grand banquets which would have been enjoyed there. Doune Castle is fairly close to Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument which should be on your not to miss list, either that day or another.
Your next stop could be Linlithgow Palace ( Wentworth Palace in Outlander) and in reality, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Explore the ruins ( children love them) , have a picnic by the loch. If you're feeling brave, you can visit the spot where that gruesome Outlander scene took place.
Then onto Blackness Castle, an impressive castle that's known as the 'ship that never sailed' because it resembles a giant stone boat. Walk along the ramparts and explore the fictional headquarters of Jack Randall, This location features in the heart-wrenching scene of Jamie's incarceration
Midhope Castle is your next highlight. Unfortunately, visitors are unable to go inside the castle, but Jamie's lovely Lallybroch home is still an essential photo opportunity for any fan of the Outlander show. A big bonus is that it is set in the grounds of Hopetoun House, one of the finest examples of Scotland's grandest houses, designed in the eighteenth century by Robert Adam. Guided tours are available in Hopetoun House from April to September. In the lovely grounds you can stock up at one of the best farm shops in our area. Highly recommended. And for those who love garden centres, New Hopetoun Gardens is very close.
By now you may want to head home to Crosswoodhill with your truly scrumptious Scottish food purchases. And what better to relax with after that than some of Scotland's finest whiskies or gin? Or a good Scottish beer....
4 Quality Self-Catering properties, sleeping 2 – 14, within easy reach of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Livingston. Welcoming holiday and short stay farm accommodation in West Lothian.
Crosswoodhill Holiday Farm Cottages
by West Calder