Why we love Outlander in Inverness

The Outlander effect in Inverness

It’s hard not to fall in love with Diana Gabaldon’s gripping Outlander series. Especially since our beautiful city of Inverness plays a starring role in our heroine, Claire’s, epic journey. Before the books first hit the shelves way back when, the myths, mysteries and romance surrounding the Scottish Highlands have taken a firm hold over the hearts and minds of lovers for all things Scottish. Which is why we were over the moon when our beloved Outlander was adapted for our viewing pleasure. And with Outlander Season 7 now in the pipeline, we’re counting down all the things we love about the Outlander series.

1. History, Fantasy and Romance

Anyone who’s been to the Kingsmills Hotel for a romantic weekend away or a spectacular wedding knows we are suckers for romance. From kilts and broadswords, to Redcoats, World War Two and the Jacobite risings, The Outlander series has something to satisfy all your history-loving needs too. Sensational history coupled with time travelling standing stones and a century-old love story (and we mean that literally), and the Outlander series has hit the guilty pleasure trifecta.

An image of the Clava Cairns sheltered in a grove of beech trees alongside a large standing stone.
Clava Cairns was the inspiration for Craigh Na Dun in the Outlander series.

2. A Treat for the Eyes

While the dashing Jamie Fraser may have stolen the hearts of many, the incredible Scottish scenery is so beautiful it deserves a show of its own. With an endless supply of ancient castles and fortified strongholds throughout Scotland and the Highlands, the Outlander series is a testament to the true beauty of Scotland. And Inverness is no exception. Surrounded by natural beauty, magnificent architecture and historical drama, we have it all.

Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness, near the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
Urquhart Castle is known to fans as the spot where Claire sees the water horse.

3. Location, Location, Location

When it comes to recreating our favourite Sassenach’s Scottish adventure, it all comes down to location, location, location! And the Kingsmills Hotel is the perfect location from which to embark on a bonnie Outlander-inspired tour of the Scottish Highlands. Go back in time with a tour of the many historic sites associated with the Fraser and Mackenzie Clans. Brave a split stone at the 4000-year-old Clava Cairns standing stones. Take in the sights of the magnificent Castle Leod, the official Seat of Clan Mackenzie. Stare into the mysterious waters of Loch Ness at Urquhart Castle. Stand on the battlefield at Culloden, where the Jacobite Risings came to a bloody end. Explore the mighty Fort George, built in the aftermath of the battle.

Memorial stone at the site of the Battle of Culloden
You can visit the moor where the Battle of Culloden took place in 1746.

So there you have it. The top three things we love most about the Outlander series. Explore Outlander locations near the Kingsmills Hotel here, and if you’d like to book an Outlander experience with us directly, simply contact us here.