Salmon and Trout Holidays in Scotland near Outlander Film Locations
If you are looking for the best fishing spots in Scotland that are close to the locations used in the TV series “Outlander” this is the package for you.
For each numbered Outlander location on the map, we list the best fishing spots near where Outlander was filmed.
Doune Castle was not only used in Outlander as Castle Leoch, seat of the Clan MacKenzie, it was also used for filming Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The Castle is close to a very good Autumn salmon river called the River Teith, which is one of the best salmon rivers in Central Scotland. This is a tributary of the River Forth and is a superb river in September and October.
Kinloch Rannoch is not only the site of “Craigh na Dun” used in the first episode, it’s also surrounded by superb fishing. If your target is wild brown trout, then the shallow clear loch Dunalistair Water offers superb sport and holds some very big fish. There are also numerous pike and trout lochs nearby and if you travel about 40 minutes away you can enjoy salmon fishing on Scotland’s biggest river, the River Tay.
Culross was used as the location for Cranesmuir, the village near Castle Leoch. A short drive from Culross north will connect you with the River Earn. This is one of Scotland’s best Salmon, Trout and Grayling Rivers. The salmon fishing peaks on this river in October, however, the trout fishing is superb in May. You can also catch sea trout in the Earn and night fishing is always worth a try.
Is the woodland, where Claire meets Jamie in the first episode. A short drive north from here and you can be on the iconic River Spey, one of Scotland’s best salmon rivers. There are many good beats, and which one to choose depends on the conditions and time of year. Our favourite beats to fish are Ballindalloch, Wester Elchies and The Brae Water beats, between them, they offer something for all conditions. The Muckrach Hotel is the perfect base for this.
Falkland poses as Inverness in the first episode. If you drive 45 minutes north you can be Salmon Fishing on the River Tay. This is a salmon fishing experience that everyone interested in Fly Fishing in Scotland should enjoy.
Glencorse Old Kirk
Is where Claire and Jamie got married. It is also very close to one of Scotland’s best pike fishing lochs. This scenic loch (lake) is close to Edinburgh. Fishing for predators on this loch can be enjoyed by fly fishing, spin casting or bait fishing.
Highland Folk Museum
Bo’ness Kinneil Railway
The train station where Frank says farewel to Claire as he heads off to war. Close to Edinburgh, this is an opportunity to travel south and enjoy Salmon Fishing on the River Tweed. The River Tweed is also one of Scotland’s best trout rivers and in April and May spectacular trout can be caught on the dry fly. October sees the biggest runs of Salmon, however, fish can be caught all year. It’s important to choose the right beat according to the time of year. We have access to beats throughout the Tweed.
The Abbey where Clare nurses Jamie’s injuries at the hands of Black Jack. If you travel north from here you can fish the Iconic and historic Loch Leven for wild brown trout or pike. Loch Leven is one of Scotland’s most famous lochs. In days gone by it was home to a hatchery and brown trout from here were used to stock rivers and lakes around the world, including North America, New Zealand and Patagonia.
Hopetoun has been used to film scenes in series 1, 2, 3 and 4. It was used as the home for Duke of Sandringham. Hopetoun House is close to Edinburgh and there are many superb trout fisheries near Edinburgh worth a visit.
It would be a shame to visit Linlithgow Palace, the setting for Wentworth Prison, where Jamie suffers torture at the hands of Black Jack, without fishing the trout loch that the palace overlooks. Linlithgow Loch is a superb Rainbow trout fishery, that happens to hold a very good stock of wild brown trout. If you hit it on the right day, you can enjoy spectacular sport on the dry fly.
Setting for the Fort William HQ of Jack Randall, this castle is actually a stone’s throw from Edinburgh. Why not try your hand trout fishing at one of Scotland’s few Lakes? (we call them lochs and there are over 30,000)
The Lake of Menteith is a stunning fertile fishery that offers brown and rainbow trout fishing. In fact, it’s also a hugely productive pike fishery as well. Menteith is a shallow Mesotrphice Lake with a great natural food source for fish. The scenery is lovely too and regardless of wind direction, there’s always somewhere to get fishing. Typically a day here would involve fishing from a boat with a guide. Several of our guides fish for Scotland at International level at this venue, so you can be assured of being well informed and looked after.