Are you looking for the best things to do in Dallas Texas? You’re in the right place! We’ve thoroughly explored the city to find all the best attractions, and we’re going to share them with you in this post.
As you’ll discover, there’s a lot to do in Dallas. You can learn about fine art, explore the set of one of the world’s most famous ’80s TV shows, discover amazing science museums, enjoy great food, and learn more about the tragic assassination of President Kennedy.
Beyond the attractions, we’ll also share everything else you need to plan your visit to Dallas, Texas. We’ll include tips on getting around, where to stay and how to save money on your visit.
20+ Things to Do in Dallas Texas
This guide covers some of our favourite attractions in Dallas. As you’ll discover, there’s something for everyone, whether you are visiting Dallas with family, as a couple or on your own.
When planning your trip, always check opening times and prices in advance as these can change. We’ve included links to all the relevant websites to make this easier for you.
Dallas Museum of Art
We’ll start our tour of things to do in Dallas with a visit to the Dallas Museum of Art. This is found in the Art District of downtown Dallas, and it’s one of the largest art museums in the USA.
The museum is home to a collection of over 24,000 objects which date from 3,000BC to the present day. The collection includes art from artists all around the world, and includes many masterpieces. So whether you are into European masters like Monet or Van Gogh, ancient America Art, or 2nd century Gandharan Buddhist art, we’re fairly sure you’ll find something to enjoy.
The Dallas Museum of Art is free to visit, although special exhibitions do charge an entry fee. You can see more about opening times and ticket prices here.
Speaking of art, if you love public art Dallas is an excellent city to explore. In addition to the art on feature in this museum and other museums and galleries in the city, you’ll find hundreds of sculptures, street murals, mosaics, art installations, paintings, memorials, and other pieces of art spread out throughout the city.
A few we’ll highlight in this guide, but a lot of public funding and donations have contributed to a large amount of art finding its way to this city, many of it free to see. You can se a full list of the current public art in the city here.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
If you’re visiting Dallas with family, or just people who love interactive science focused museums, then make sure to include the Perot Museum of Nature and Science on your to-do list. The museum was funded in part by donations from the family of Ross Perot and was named in their honor.
Note there are two Perot Museum campuses in different parts of the city. The main one I’m referring to in this Dallas guide is the Victory Park campus which opened in downtown Dallas in 2012. The other campus is found in Fair Park.
The massive Perot Museum at Victory park is a natural history and science museum which spreads out across five floor. It’s home to 11 permanent exhibitions. These cover everything from local ecosystems, to interactive exhibits where you can “race” local sporting legends, to the full evolution of life on Earth over four billion years.
If you’ve ever wanted to see a 60lb gold nugget, experience the Big Bang or travel through a shale gas well, this is the museum for you. We had a lot of fun visiting here and can highly recommend it.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science has an entry fee, with some discounts available. You can see opening hours and prices on the official website. We visited using our Dallas CityPASS, which includes this location as well as a number of others. Note that a ticket to the Victory Park campus also gets you in to the Fair Park campus museum which is much smaller.
Sixth Floor Museum
Dallas is commonly known as the location where President John F. Kennedy was tragically assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald on the 22nd November 1963. The shooting took place from the sixth floor of a Texas School Book Depository window, as the presidential motorcade drove through Dealey Plaza.
Today, people associate Dallas with lots of things, but from 1963 to the early 1980s many Americans’ main association with Dallas was “that city where Kennedy got shot”. This would only change in the early 1980s where it would become “the city where J.R. Ewing got shot”! More on that later.
Today, the sixth floor of the building has been turned into a museum which has a recreation of the area where Oswald fired from. This museum, known as the Sixth Floor Museum, also covers the life, death and legacy of President Kennedy, with films, photographs, artifacts and interactive displays.
There’s also a nod to the many conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination, although if these are of interest you would probably prefer to take a tour that has more of a focus on these, like this one.
We found the museum very interesting, and highly recommend it if you’re visiting Dallas. There’s an entry fee, and you can see more about prices and opening hours on the official website here.
We visited using our Dallas CityPASS, which includes this location as well as a number of others. It’s also included onthis full day small group tour of Dallas, as well as this tour which focuses on the JFK assassination.
Found in the West End district of downtown Dallas, Dealey Plaza is a city park which is often known as the birthplace of Dallas. It was here that the first home was built in Dallas in the mid-19th century, which later became the first courthouse and post office.
Dealey Plaza is also known as the location where President John F. Kenney was assassinated as his motorcade passed through here. The area is now a National Historic Landmark District, which is why the buildings here are older and in sharp contrast to the more modern office buildings nearby.
There’s a plaque commemorating the assassination in the plaza, and there are two white “X” markings on Elm Street which mark the two locations where President Kennedy was shot. There’s also a memorial plaza, which I will cover in the next entry.
There are also a number of fountains and reflecting pools, historic buildings, statues as well as two pergolas in Dealey Plaza.
Dealey Plaza is free to visit and open year round. Be aware that Elm Street is an active road, so please take care when visiting this area. We saw several tourists almost get hit by cars trying to take pictures in the middle of the road!
Kennedy Memorial and Plaza
Found within Dealey Plaza, The Kennedy Memorial and Plaza is a massive concrete memorial that was erected in memory of President John F Kennedy. Erected in 1970 and designed by architect Philip Johnson, the memorial serves as a cenotaph, or empty tomb, meant to symbolise Kennedy’s free spirit.
The memorial is a couple of hundred yards from where Kennedy was assassinated, and is essentially a large roofless square room with two openings. Visitors are welcome to enter and walk around the room.
Other than the president’s name in gold lettering on the north and south faces of the memorial, there are no other words or symbols on the memorial itself. There are two granite squares in the plaza, one near each of the memorial entrances, which are both inscribed with the same epitaph.
The Memorial is free to visit and open year round. At night, it is illuminated, and the design is set up to create the illusion that the large concrete structure is floating and supported by the beams of light.
John Neely Bryan Cabin
Sitting somewhat incongruously in the Downtown area of Dallas is a little log cabin, which we happened upon by chance as we wandered around.
This is actually a replica of the first house in the city. John Neely founded Dallas in the 1840s, and built his first home near the river. This log cabin, located in Founder’s Plaza, is a 1930s replica of the original. There’s a plaque outlining the history, and it’s fun to take a look and see what a pioneer home looked like back then from the outside.
Note that the house is locked, so you can’t actually go inside. However it is free to visit and worth a moment of your time to take a look at and read the historical plaque. Jess is drawn by historical plaques!
Belo Garden Park
If you’re looking for some green spaces in downtown Dallas, consider heading to Belo Garden Park. Once a parking lot, this area is now a 1.7 acre public park which has trees, an interactive fountain, and a variety of seating areas.
It’s a good place to relax and have a picnic in between visiting many of the attraction in our list, and kids in particular love to cool off in the fountain on a hot Texas day!
Nasher Sculpture Center
Found next door to the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Centre is a museum dedicated to modern and contemporary sculpture. It houses the collection of Patsy and Raymond Nasher, who started collecting sculpture in the 1950s.
The collection is home to a series of masterpieces which include sculptures by Rodin, Matisse, Picasso and Miró. The majority of the work is housed inside across two floors, but my favourite area was the outdoor garden which is also home to a number of interesting pieces and which is lovely for a peaceful wander.
The Nasher Sculpture Center has an admission fee. You can see prices and opening hours on the official website here.
Dallas World Aquarium
Another attraction that may be of interest, especially if you’re visiting Dallas with kids, is the Dallas World Aquarium. Found in downtown Dallas, this is both an aquarium and a zoo, with fish, birds, mammals and reptiles on display.
The Aquarium is spread out across two main levels. The lower level is home to a number of water tanks, which feature sea animals from around the world. There’s also a tunnel you can walk through to get a view of the fish all around you.
The upper level is set out to recreate a part of the Orinoco rainforest, and is home to birds and a variety of animals, including the only public display of three-toed sloths in the USA.
The Dallas World Aquarium has an admission fee, and you can see opening hours and prices on their website here.
Old Red Museum
If you want to learn about the history of Dallas and Dallas County, then you’ll want to head to the Old Red Museum. This is found in a large old red sandstone building (hence the name) which was originally the Dallas County courthouse.
The museum will take you on a journey from the prehistory and settlement of Dallas, right through to Dallas as a modern city. This story is told through artifacts and exhibits, with everything from Lee Harvey Oswald’s handcuffs through to J.R Ewing’s Stetson hat on display. There are also usually some special exhibits which change over time.
The Old Red Museum is open most of the year and has an admission fee. You can see more about pricing and opening hours on the official website here. It’s also included onthis full day small group tour of Dallas
One of my favourite things to do when visiting a city for the first time is to go up to a high observation deck or other viewpoint, and get a view of my surroundings.
In Dallas, the best option for getting a stunning view of the city is to head up the Reunion Tower. This 561 ft / 171 m purpose built tower was built in 1978 and quickly became one of the mot recognizable landmarks in the Dallas skyline. It has a cafe and observation deck. There was also originally a revolving restaurant and a club, but these are not currently operational.
The observation deck, known as the GeO-Deck, is where visitors will head. Here you get spectacular views over the surrounding city. You can also explore an interactive digital experience and learn more about what you are seeing.
The Reunion Tower has an admission fee, and you can check times and prices online here. We visited using our Dallas CityPASS, which includes this location as well as a number of others. You can also buy tickets online here.
If you love quirky public art, you’ll definitely want to visit the Giant Eyeball. Found at 1601 Main Street in downtown Dallas, this is a 30ft tall realistic depiction of a human eyeball.
Titled “Eye”, the artwork is the creation of artist Tony Tasset, and was originally made for a temporary display in Chicago in 2007. It was purchased by the Joule Hotel in Dallas, and since 2013 has been a main feature outside the hotel.
The Giant Eyeball is free to visit and makes for a fun photo stop as you’re wandering downtown!
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Every US President from Herbert Hoover (1929-1933) through to George W.Bush (2001-2009) has had a presidential library established in their name in their home state, as a part of the official presidential library system.
Each library serves as the archival location for all the papers, records and artifacts from that President’s terms of office. Each library also acts as a museum to its respective president, usually including information on key events during their term. In addition, many of the President’s have chosen to be buried at their respective presidential library.
Texas is home to three Presidential Libraries, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, and the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas.
We visited the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, Texas during our time there, and enjoyed it greatly. So when we were in Dallas, we made sure to visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
This covers the eight years of Bush’s presidency, which included the second Gulf War as well as the 9/11 terrorist attacks. There’s also a full-size replica of the Oval office, and a selection of the 43,000 gifts that were given to the President and First Lady.
In addition to the presidential content, you can also often learn a lot about a president’s more personal life at these libraries. Jess chatted with a staff member for quite a while and was surprised by things she didn’t know. For instance things that stood out was his little sister’s death from leukemia as a child, his struggles with being a wartime president, his veteran art project, and the current projects at their Prairie Chapel Ranch.
The museum has an admission fee, and you can see more about opening times and prices here.
We visited using our Dallas CityPASS, which includes this location as well as a number of others.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Dallas has a number of nice green spaces and city parks, but if you want to get lost amongst a larger expanse of greenery, you’ll want to head to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
Found a little out of town on the shore of White Rock Lake, this 66 acre botanical garden is the perfect place for a walk amongst some beautiful gardens.
There are a range of garden areas to explore, which also include fountains, play areas, and picnic areas. There are also flowers, plants and trees from all around the world to enjoy. Regular themed events also take place – when we visited it was near Halloween, and there were pumpkins galore!
There’s an entry fee to visit, and you can see more on opening times and prices on the website here.
Right in the heart of downtown Dallas you’ll find Thanksgiving Square. Here, people of all cultures and religions are invited to celebrate their thoughts, values, and spirituality, and find a moment of peace in an otherwise busy city environment.
The square is home to a a garden which features fountains, as well as various symbolic installations. Our favourite was the Ring of Thanks —a 14 foot diameter ring which is covered in gold leaf. Visitors are invited to walk through the ring.
There’s also a 50ft high bell tower which features three bronze bells in the form of the Liberty Bell, as well as a non-denominational chapel where all are welcome to give thanks.
Another good option if you’re visiting Dallas with family and looking for things to do is the Dallas Zoo.
Found three miles south of downtown Dallas, this 106 acre zoo is the largest and oldest zoo in Texas. It’s home to over 2,000 animals across over 400 species. There’s a fantastic range to see, from Galapagos tortoises through to tigers, lions, penguins, chimpanzees, and more.
One of my favourite activities was the opportunity to get close with the giraffes at the giraffe feeding station.
You could easily spend most of a day at Dallas Zoo. There’s so much to see and it is a wonderful family day out in Dallas. There’s on-site parking, but it’s also easy to reach by public transport.
The Dallas Zoo is also included on the Dallas CityPASS, although you have to decide between this location and the George W. Bush Presidential Library. Otherwise you can see opening hours and admission prices on the website here.
Bishop Arts District
If you’d like to explore a more eclectic part of town, then you might enjoy a visit to the Bishop Arts District part of town. Here you’ll find a wide selection of locally run shops as well as dining, drinking, and entertainment venues.
This is a fun and quirky neighbourhood and a great place to shop and eat. We’re sure you’ll find something to enjoy, and possibly a souvenir or two from your visit as well. Lovers of street art will also enjoy the many murals that adorn the walls here.
The Bishop Arts District is open year round, with individual stores and venues having their own opening times.
Another option if you’re looking for another district to explore is the Deep Ellum neighborhood. This is know for its live music scene, as well as its bars, clubs, and street art, etc. Just be aware that this area has had some issues with crime so do take normal precautions as you would anywhere else. Deep Ellum can also be visited on a tour like this.
Dallas Heritage Village
If you’d like to travel back in time, then you should plan a visit to the Dallas Heritage Village. This is home to the largest collection of 19th century pioneer and Victorian homes and commercial properties in Texas.
Spread across 20 acres in Dallas’ first city park, the heritage village has 21 authentic original buildings. The collection is also home to around 24,000 objects and materials that related to life in Dallas and North Central Texas, from the frontier days of the 1840s up to the early 1900s. These include tools for a range of crafts as well as furnishings, domestic accessories, and an extensive photographic collection.
We loved wandering around the Dallas Heritage Village, which felt just like stepping back in time.
There’s an entry fee to visit, and you can see more about opening hours and prices on the official website here.
Pioneer Plaza is another public park in downtown Dallas, and at 4.2 acres is the largest public space in this part of the city. It’s a popular place to visit, largely due to the very impressive set of sculptures that you’ll find in the park.
A large sculpture group depicts one of the 19th century cattle drives that would have taken place through this area, as the Texas longhorn cattle were taken from southern parts of the state up to the railway lines in the north.
The sculpture consists of 49 bronze cast steers as well as three trail riders atop their horses, set against a man-made limestone cliff and even a stream replete with waterfall. It’s the largest bronze monument of its kind on the world, and is very impressive to experience in person!
It’s free to visit the Pioneer Plaza which is open year round. It’s also included onthis full day small group tour of Dallas.
The Flying Red Horse
Basketball fans will likely know that the logo for the Dallas WBNA team (The Wings), is the mythical flying horse Pegasus. This flying horse is also used as the logo for a local brewery (Pegasus City Brewery), as well as appearing in some other artwork around the city.
Pegasus has been associated with Dallas since 1934, when a giant neon-lit sculpture of two back to back red horses appeared at the top of the Magnolia Building. This was the city’s first skyscraper, and the logo was created for the Magnolia Oil Company.
The horses rotated, and being neon, were visible both day and night for miles around. Unfortunately, in 1999, the original statue was removed, with a new version added in 2000.
The good news is that the original statue can still be visited. Even better, it’s not 450 feet in the air. Instead, it’s on ground level just outside the Omni Dallas Hotel, who are the new owners. It’s free to visit and worth a few minutes of your time for a photo of this Dallas icon.
If you enjoy shopping, then you will definitely want to allocate some of your time in Dallas to a little retail therapy. The city is home to a wide range of retailers, from luxury department stores like Dallas-based Neiman Marcus, to handcrafted artisanal boot stores like Miron Crosby.
With everything from small independent outlets through to massive malls like the Galleria, whatever your style of shopping or budget, you are sure to find something to suit!
Dallas Cowboys Stadium Visit
The city of Dallas gives it name to the Dallas Cowboys, a professional American Football team who compete in America’s NFL. The Cowboys are one of the most famous and valuable of the American football teams.
Home games are played at the AT&T stadium, which is found in the city of Arlington, also found in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, around 20 miles west of downtown Dallas. Texans take football seriously and if you want to experience an American football game, this is an excellent place to do so.
The Stadium is also open for tours, and Cowboys fans (or those with an interest in the sport in general), can visit, see how a massive stadium like this works, and even practice throwing a football on the field.
As the stadium is a little outside Dallas, you’ll need to plan your transportation. You can also take a tour like this which includes round trip transport.
If you were alive back in the 1980s, and even if you weren’t, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the TV show “Dallas”. The original series ran from 1978 to 1991 and featured 357 episodes that told the story of the Ewing family and their oil empire, all set in and around the city of Dallas. The show was rebooted and ran for a further 3 seasons from 2012 to 2015.
A lot has changed in the city since the original series first aired; however, one thing has remained the same, and that is the location used as the Ewing Home for most of the show – Southfork Ranch.
This home, originally known as Duncan Acres, is found on 300 acres of Texas ranchland. It’s around 25 miles north of Dallas itself, and is today open for tours.
Even if, like me, you aren’t a huge “Dallas” fan, I’d argue that Southfork Ranch is well worth the visit. The tours are a lot of fun, you’ll get to hear how the show was shot, and there are lots of props, photos, and memorabilia from the show to enjoy. If you were a “Dallas” fan like Jessica, then this is definitely an unmissable location.
As well as touring the ranch house itself, it’s also possible to head out onto the ranch on horseback. Both novice and experienced riders are welcome, with trail rides and riding lessons available. There’s even a 3 day educational camp where you can learn what it takes to be a cowboy or cowgirl!
Southfork Ranch is open for tours most of the year. They also host private events and concerts, so you’ll want to check availability and book in advance to guarantee your spot. You can see tour times and prices online here.
As it’s a little outside the city of Dallas itself, you’ll need to either drive yourself, or arrange transportation. You can also book a tour that includes round trip transportation from Dallas, such as this one or this one.
Attend a Festival or Event
Dallas plays host to a number of festivals and events throughout the year, including concerts, art festivals, sports games, and more.
One event to keep an eye out for if you are in Dallas towards the end of September or start of October is the State Fair of Texas. This has taken place most years since 1886, and is held in Fair Park just outside the downtown.
We happened to be in Dallas when the State Fair was on, and we loved seeing Big Tex, exploring the farm and craft halls, eating unhealthy fairground food, watching a couple of shows, and doing a few rides.
If you’re from outside the USA, then a visit to a State Fair is an absolute must – you probably won’t have experienced anything quite like it!
If you’re not in Dallas for the State fair, check the city events calendar to see what else might be on when you do visit!
Map of Things to do in Dallas Texas
To help you plan your time in Dallas, we’ve put together this map of all the attractions we’ve mentioned. The image below covers the downtown attractions, but if you click here you can see a Google maps version with the out of town attractions as well.
Where to Stay in Dallas
As a major city, there’s no shortage of options for places to stay in Dallas, from more budget oriented options through to five star hotels as well as options like vacation rentals. We’ve picked some options that you might consider for your visit across a range of budgets.
We’ve stayed in both a budget-friendly Airbnb and a 5-star hotel in the city, so we’re sure you can find something that will fit your taste and budget.
These are approximately ordered from low priced through to higher priced, but do always check for your dates as pricing can change.
Deep Ellum Hostel – if you’re looking for a centrally located budget option, this is a well reviewed hostel offering air-conditioned shared and private accommodation as well as a shared kitchen
Hotel Indigo Dallas Downtown – a popular 3* hotel in the centre of Dallas. Private rooms include en-suite facilities, coffeemakers and refrigerators. There’s also on-site dining, room-service and a fitness centre, as well as a free shuttle to get you anywhere within 3 miles of the hotel.
Fairmont Dallas – a well rated and good value 4* hotel found in the Dallas Arts District. Rooms are en-suite with a coffee machine, and there’s a fitness centre, pool and restaurant on site.
Lorenzo Hotel – a very well reviewed 4* hotel in downtown Dallas. The hotel has evening entertainment, a dining area and outdoor pool, and the en-suite rooms have coffee makers
The Adolphus – a very popular luxury 4* hotel in the Dallas Arts and Financial Districts. There’s a rooftop pool with a bar, a fitness centre and restaurant on-site.
Hotel Crescent Court – this luxury 5* hotel is well-reviewed and found in the Uptown District. Rooms have a coffee machine, there’s an on-site restaurant, fitness centre, spa and pool.
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek – this beautiful 5-star hotel is just a couple of miles from the downtown. A former expansive private residence, the hotel is today one of the more well known luxury hotels in the area with an excellent on-site fine dining restaurant. We stayed here during our time in Dallas and loved it.
There are of course more options. We’ve also stayed in an AirBnB in Dallas – you can see their listings for the city here. For more ideas, see our guide to AirBnB alternatives.
How to Get Around Dallas
Many of the attractions in downtown Dallas are quite close to each other, and as such, are relatively easy to walk between. However, you should be aware that in the summer months Texas gets very hot and humid, so you will likely not want to spend a lot of time outside in the heat.
Some of the attractions are a little outside the city centre, and for these you’ll either need your own transport or to use the local public transportation options.
Public transport in Dallas is excellent. The Dallas Area Rapid Transit system, or DART, is a bus, train, and trolley system which links the majority of the downtown area with the surrounding suburbs.
With the exception of the Southfork Ranch and Cowboys Stadium, all the attractions on our list can be reached by public transport from the downtown area.
Of course, there are also taxis and ride-sharing apps, and you can also use your own vehicle to get around if you prefer. Most hotels and many attractions have on-site parking available, although this will often come with an associated charge.
Tours in Dallas
As well as all the attractions we’ve listed, you might also consider taking a tour of Dallas or some of its attractions. There are a variety of tours available, from food focused tours, through to tours of popular sights as well as tours to out of town attractions. Here are some tours you might consider for your time in the city.
This tour tells the story of JFK assassination, with a visit to the sixth floor museum, Dealey Plaza, Kennedy Memorial and the home of Lee Harvey Oswald. This is a similar tour that doesn’t include the museum.
Food lovers will want to check out this food walking tour of the Uptown Dallas area. It includes a walking tour as well as a number of tastings
If you’d like a full day tour which includes a number of city highlights, check out this full day small group tour of Dallas. It includes the Old Red Museum and Sixth Floor Museum, as well as many other city highlights.
Fans of the Dallas Cowboys might enjoy this tour, which includes a city sightseeing tour and a ticket for the Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tour
If you want to head out to Southfork Ranch and learn about the TV show Dallas, this tour includes your entry as well as round-trip transfers plus a city sightseeing tour
Looking for a spooky experience? Check out this evening haunted walking tour of Dallas, which includes stops at a number of pubs as well.
You can take a 2 hour Segway tour of historic Dallas
This is a 3 hour walking tour of the Deep Ellum part of Dallas
This private tour of the city highlights will take you through many of the highlights of the city
As you can see, there are plenty of options for tours in Dallas! You can see more Dallas tours on Viator here, and GetYourGuide here.
Save Money on Attractions in Dallas
One of the most expensive parts of travel is the cost of attraction entry. Whilst we’re happy to pay for great attractions, we certainly don’t mind the opportunity to save where possible.
Like many large cities, Dallas has an attraction pass. Whilst not as comprehensive as the attraction passes for a city like New York, there are still some significant savings to be had.
The main attraction pass for Dallas, and the one we used, is the Dallas CityPASS. This currently includes the following attractions:
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Reunion Tower GeO-Deck
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Dallas Zoo –OR- George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum
As you can see, the pass gives you entry to four attractions, and can save you 40% on entry. We think that’s pretty awesome, and we used our pass to visit all the attractions on the list. You can check it out and buy yours in advance of your visit by clicking here.
We hope this guide has given you lots of ideas for things to do in Dallas Texas when you visit. To help you further plan your trip, we have a number of other resources we think you might find useful.
We have a guide to things to do in Houston Texas
We have a guide specifically for visiting Space Center Houston, to help you plan your visit to this awesome attraction
We have a detailed guide to things to do in Austin, another wonderful city in Texas.
We also have a guide to things to do in San Antonio
If you do visit San Antonio, we have a detailed guide to visiting the Alamo, and the San Antonio River Walk, which will help you plan your time visiting these two popular San Antonio attractions
If you decide to visit these cities, it would make for a great Texas road trip. To help you plan such a trip, see our guide to how much it costs to travel in the USA, as well as tips for driving in the USA if this is your first time
If you want some road trip inspiration, see our itineraries for a USA Deep South road trip, California Road Trip, Route 66 Road Trip and Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip
We’ve visited a lot of other cities in the USA! See our guides to Things to do in Huntsville, Things to do in Savannah, Things to do in Charleston, Things to do in Albuquerque, Visiting New Orleans During Mardi Gras, Things to do in Cambria and Things to do in Santa Fe to get started!
And that’s it for our guide to what to do in Dallas! As always, we’re happy to hear your feedback and questions to help you plan your visit. Just pop them in the comments below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
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Are you looking to travel to a country with amazing food, fantastic beaches, warm and friendly people, and a range of accommodation options to suit every taste? Well, you have pretty much described Thailand.
In this guide, I’m going to share with you a detailed 10 day Thailand itinerary. I’ve spent months travelling in Thailand, and I’ve been lucky enough to visit many parts of this wonderful country. Based on my experiences, I wanted to share my highlights. These are the places I would recommend to first-time visitors to Thailand who are planning to spend around 10 days in Thailand.
I wanted this itinerary to cover a range of what Thailand has to offer, which includes ancient temples, gorgeous beaches, spectacular jungle scenery, and cultural attractions. I also wanted to make sure that you spend more of your time sightseeing and less time just travelling from Point A to Point B. With that in mind, the itinerary doesn’t have you rushing around too much. After all, you want to spend your Thailand trip seeing attractions rather than the inside of a train, bus, or plane!
This guide starts off with a detailed idea for how to spend 10 days in Thailand. I’ll then cover a number of practicalities for your visit so you can plan the perfect Thailand adventure! Let’s get started.
10 Day Thailand Itinerary
Bangkok – 3 Days
Our Thailand itinerary starts in Bangkok. This is the capital city of Thailand and where most international travelers will arrive in the country.
I recommend you allocate 3 days to explore. This will give you time to adjust to the climate and any time difference. It will also give you time to sightsee in the city itself, and also to take a day trip to a nearby UNESCO world heritage site. More on that shortly. First, let’s look at what you should get up to in Bangkok.
There’s a huge amount to see in the city, which has excellent nightlife, a wide range of restaurants and street food vendors, and of course, a great many temples.
My first suggested stop for your time in Bangkok is the city’s most popular attraction: The Grand Palace. From the 18th century this was the official residence of the Kings of Siam, which later became known as Thailand. Today the palace isn’t home to the monarch, but it is still used for a number of official ceremonies and events.
It’s a good starting point to learn a bit about the history and culture of Thailand. There is a lot to see at the Grand Palace, however, one location you mustn’t miss is Wat Phra Kaew. Also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, this is the most sacred Buddhist temple in the country. It is home to an image of the meditating buddha which is made from jasper.
I’d recommend allocating half a day to visiting the Grand Palace. It’s open every day, and you can either buy tickets on the door, or in advance from the official website.
Another highlight I’d recommend in Bangkok would be a visit to a floating market. Here you’ll find local vendors selling a range of products, with some delicious street food on offer as well.
There are quite a few floating markets to choose from in the Bangkok region, and some of them are quite far from the city centre. Khlong Lat Mayom is a good option which is relatively easy to visit by yourself. There are also tours like this and this which will take you to some of the more popular floating markets and provide transport.
One of my favourite locations in Bangkok is Wat Arun. This is a temple, of which there are of course many to choose from in Bangkok. However, I think Wat Arun (full name Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchaworamahawihan), which means Temple of Dawn, should be on your short list.
There’s been a temple on this location since at least 1656. The temple is known for its large central “prang”, a large tower which is originated from the Khmer architecture. This is covered in white porcelain tiles, and at sunrise and sunset in particular, the light striking it is quite beautiful.
The temple has a small fee for visiting. You can find out more about opening hours and pricing on the official website here.
For your final day in Bangkok, my recommendation is to take a day trip out to the nearby UNESCO world heritage listed city of Ayutthaya.
Found around 90 minutes north of Bangkok by car (2 hours by train), Ayutthaya was once the largest city in the world. At its height, it had over a million inhabitants, and the city was the capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom, a precursor to modern Thailand which existed from 1350 to 1767. This Kingdom fell in 1767 when the Burmese invaded, and burnt the majority of Ayutthaya to the ground.
The good news is that parts of the old city survived, particularly the large temple complexes which were primarily built from stone. The new city of Ayutthaya arose around the ruins of the old, and a visit today offers an interesting glimpse across two time periods of Thailand’s history.
There are many sights to see in Ayutthaya, and I have a guide to the highlights of Ayutthaya here. In short though, be sure to visit Wat Phra Mahathat, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Chaiwatthanaram, and Wat Buddhaisawan.
Getting to Ayutthaya from Bangkok is easy. You can either do it yourself by public bus or train, you can hire a private driver like this, or you can take a tour. A tour is definitely the easiest way. Most tours include pickup from your accommodation, tickets to a number of the temples, and some also include soft drinks and meals.
The tour we’d recommend is this one, which also include a boat cruise back from Ayutthaya to Bangkok. However there are lots of options to choose from, you can see more here.
A quick side note on scams in Bangkok, which you should be wary of on your first visit. The two most common that you’ll likely encounter are the “closed temple” trick and the “tuktuk scam” trick. Read more on these scams in the section on “Safety in Thailand” which I cover later on in the post.
That rounds up your three days in Bangkok. Now we’ll provide some tips on where to stay, and how to get to your next destination.
Where to stay in Bangkok
Bangkok is a large city, and there are a huge range of accommodation options to choose from. These range from budget friendly backpacker hotels through to five star luxury hotels, and everything in between.
Here are some suggestions to get you started across a range of price points, which are approximately ordered from budget to high end.
Baan U-Sabai Hostel – Less than a mile from the popular Khao San road, this highly rated hostel offers great value rooms with shared bathrooms.
Siam Eco Hostel – Found in Bangkok’s Phaya Thai district, this is a very highly rated hostel with air conditioned rooms, a shared kitchen and a shared lounge. Free breakfast is included.
Old Capital Bike Inn -a good value well rated 3* hotel with individually styled air conditioned en-suite rooms. Breakfast is included, and it’s close to the Khao San road area
Inn a Day – this well rated 4* hotel offers river side views and is just 650 yards from the Grand Palace. Air-conditioned rooms feature balconies and en-suite facilities, and breakfast is included
Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok – a luxurious and well located 5* hotel with pools, a range of restaurants and spacious en-suite rooms
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok – a spectacular high end 5* hotel with beautiful river views, on-site spa, high end restaurants, and wonderful rooms.
Of course, there are a great many more options in Bangkok to choose from! You can see listings for Bangkok on Booking.com here, Hostelworld here, Agoda here, and AirBnB here.
Getting to Kanchanaburi from Bangkok
Your next stop on this 10 day tour of Thailand is the town of Kanchanaburi. This is around 100 miles west of Bangkok, and you have a few options for getting here.
First, you can take public transport. A train runs from Bangkok’s Thonburi station, and takes around 3 hours to Kanchanaburi. This was my preferred option as the scenery is lovely. Alternatively, you can take a public bus, with both minibuses and larger public buses making the route. These take around 2 hours, although it will vary depending on traffic.
You can also hire a private transfer that will take you from your accommodation in Bangkok to Kanchanaburi. This is obviously less hassle than navigating the public transport system and will save you time, with the downside that it will be slightly more expensive.
Another option is to take a tour from Bangkok. For example, this 2 day tour includes your transportation, overnight accommodation and visits all the major attractions in the area. A good option if you’d like everything to be arranged for you.
Finally, you might prefer to drive. It is possible to rent a car in Thailand, usually all you need is a valid driver’s license and an international driving permit. The traffic in and around the cities can be quite hectic, but outside of the cities the roads are usually pretty good, with road signs in both Thai and English.
For this itinerary though, I’d suggest that driving wouldn’t be my first choice, as the public transport system is easy to use and works well.
Kanchanaburi – 2 Days
Your next overnight stop is the town of Kanchanaburi. This was made famous by the 1957 film The Bridge over the River Kwai , which tells the story of the hardships faced by civilian labourers and prisoners of war who were forced to build the Burma railway by the Japanese military.
Whilst the characters in the film were fictional, the story behind them was very much real. It’s estimated that 100,000 civilians and 13,000 prisoners of war lost their lives building what became known as the Death railway.
As a result of the movie, the Bridge over the River Kwai (River Kwae in Thailand) became a popular location for visitors, and there is a lot to see and do here. I have more detail in my guide to things to do in Kanchanaburi, but I’ve outlined some highlights below.
First, of course, there’s the bridge over the River Kwai itself. The titular bridge built during the war was destroyed by Allied forces before the war’s end, and was in fact in a a different location. However there is a bridge that carries rail traffic which you can walk across, so this is where visitors go.
There are also some museums that tell the story of the war and the railway’s construction. These include the JEATH War museum and the Thailand-Burma railway centre. There is another museum, the WWII Museum and Art Gallery which is close to the bridge, but this museum has fairly poor reviews so probably one to skip.
Next, many of those prisoners of war who died in the construction of the railway were buried in Kanchanaburi. There are two cemeteries in Kanchanaburi, which are the final resting place of almost 9,000 souls.
If you stay in our recommended location near the Kanchanaburi railway station, you’ll be within a mile’s walk of most of the attractions in the area. Alternatively, there are plenty of local buses to get around, and bicycle hire is another popular transport option. We hired bicycles and explored the local area thoroughly, which was a lot of fun.
There are a number of other attractions in and around Kanchanaburi. One we highly recommend is Erawan Falls. This is a series of stunning waterfalls, arguably the most beautiful in Thailand, which cascade down through the jungle and create a number of wonderful swimming pools.
Erawan Falls are found in Erawan National Park, which is around a 90 minute public bus ride from Kanchanaburi. From the park entrance (a fee is charged) it’s around a two hour round trip hike to see the full extent of the falls, which are spread out across seven tiers. You’ll want to bring water, sunblock and a bathing suit. Expect to spend at least half a day making the trip.
You can do this trip yourself using public transport, or you can take a tour like this which includes Erawan Falls as well as some other attractions in the area.
Finally, there are also a number of temples in and around Kanchanaburi, and the night market is also excellent for delicious food.
As you can see, there’s plenty to do in Kanchanaburi and the area, and we’ve only scratched the surface. This is why we feel two full days is very much justified! Now, let’s look at where to stay and how to get to your next stop on this itinerary.
Where to stay in Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi is not a huge town in terms of population, but it is geographically spread out. There are three main locations – the northern area around the famous railway bridge, the area near the main train station which is around 1.5 miles along the bridge, and then the main part of the town which is 3 miles along the river from the bridge.
My recommendation is to stay in the area near the train station on the river. This puts you within an easy 30 minute walk (or short bike ride) of the main attractions, and you’ll also be near the night market that happens in the vicinity of the train station.
Here are some suggested accommodation options in this area, again ranging from budget to more expensive.
T & T Hostel – this is a well reviewed and great value budget hostel location. It’s around a mile from the bridge and 750 yards from the train station, with a lovely riverside location. Both private and shared rooms are available.
Sam’s House Kanchanaburi – this is a popular and well located great value three star property that features both raft house style accommodation and bungalows. There’s an on-site restaurant and a great value breakfast option is available.
Natee The Riverfront Hotel – a very well reviewed 4* river front hotel around a mile from the famous bridge. Rooms are en-suite with tea/coffee making facilities, there are good river views and an on-site wellness centre with hot tub.
River Kwai View Hotel – this 4* hotel is found 450 yards from the River Kwai bridge, making it a great option if you’d prefer to be close to this attraction. Rooms are air-conditioned, en-suite, and offer good views.
Dheva Mantra Resort – if you’d prefer a resort option, this 5* property is a fantastic option. It’s a little way out of town, but features everything from a fitness centre through to on-site restaurants and a large landscaped pool.
Again, there are lots more options beyond the above. You can see listings for Kanchanaburi on Booking.com here, Hostelworld here, Agoda here, and AirBnB here.
Getting to Khao Sok from Kanchanaburi
Your next stop is the Khao Sok National Park, which is in the Surat Thani province. This is around 300 miles / 500 km south of Bangkok, and will be one of the longer journeys you make on this trip.
First, you will need to get back to Bangkok as there’s no direct route from Kanchanaburi to Khao Sok. So you can follow the previous instructions in reverse.
Then, to get from Bangkok to Khao Sok you have a few options. The nearest transport hub is the city of Surat Thani, from where you can take a local bus, a tour like this, or arrange private transport to Khao Sok.
The fastest option for getting from Bangkok to Surat Thani is to fly. Good value direct flights are available, with a number of flights operating each day.
Another option, which was what we did, is to take the overnight train from Bangkok to Surat Thani. These depart at varying times, and arrive at Surat Thani in the morning. This is quite a popular route, so you will want to book this well in advance, especially if you want a first class ticket (which includes a bunk bed).
Finally, you can also take a bus from Bangkok to Surat Thani. This takes around 10 hours, and a number of routes are available. We’d advise against taking a daytime bus though as this will use up a lot of your sightseeing time—instead we’d recommend an overnight bus. Our overall preference would be an overnight train though as they tend to be more comfortable.
Khao Sok – 2 Days
When people ask me for tips on where to visit in Thailand, I always tell them that they must visit Khao Sok National Park, and specifically Cheow Larn Lake within the park. You can read my experiences visiting here if you need some convincing.
The National Park was established in 1980, and covers 739 square kilometres, much of which is made up of virgin rainforest which predates the Amazon.
Naturally, there is a lot to see and do in the park, with popular activities including trekking and caving. There’s a huge number of species of both flora and fauna in the park as well, with the massive endangered Rafflesia kerrii plant being the most well known.
To get around the park you can take public transport, or you can take a tour which includes transport like this. Most of the hotels and hostels in the park can also arrange private transport.
My favourite area of the park is Cheow Lan lake. This is a man made lake which was created after the construction of the Ratchaprapha Dam in 1982. The dam created the 165 square kilometre lake, which sits amongst the stunning karst limestone formations.
Spread out across the lake are a series of lake house hotels. These floating hotels offer beautiful views of the surrounding scenery and the opportunity to disconnect from the world. A stay at one of these hotels is, in my opinion, a must for any visitor to this region.
Because the lake house hotels are floating on the lake, and therefore only accessible by boat, you will need to book your stay in advance of your visit. There are a number of lake house hotels to choose from across a range of styles and budgets. Many of these offer round-trip transport options from nearby locations, including Surat Thani.
Of course, if you would prefer to visit other parts of Khao Sok National Park instead of the lake, this is also an option. There are a number of hotels within the park, most of which are clustered around Khao Sok village near the National Park headquarters. From here you can take advantage of the plethora of hiking opportunities.
I have stayed both on the lake, and at a hotel in Khao Sok village. If I was on a limited timescale, I would definitely choose the lake option, but of course the choice is yours!
Where to stay in Khao Sok National Park
There are two main locations for accommodation in Khao Sok National Park. There’s Khao Sok village, which is home to a range of hotels, guesthouses and restaurants. This is also where you’ll find the Khao Sok National Park headquarters. Here are some options in Khao Sok.
Sunshine Khao Sok Hostel – at the budget end of the spectrum is this highly rated and great value hostel. Rooms are air-conditioned and feature mountains views, with shared facilities. Breakfast is also available.
Khaosok Good View Resort – this is a great value well rated hotel with private en-suite rooms that feature balconies and jungle views. There’s also a pool and on-site restaurant.
The Bliss Khao Sok Boutique Lodge – this boutique hotel features comfortable en-suite rooms with air-conditioning and terraces. There’s also a restaurant and bar.
Khao Sok Jasmine Garden Resort – this 3* resort features a pool and restaurant. Accommodation is in en-suite air-conditioned bungalows.
The other main area where you can stay is around Cheow Lan Lake, where you’ll find the lake house resorts. This would be my recommended place to stay. The scenery is beautiful, staying in a floating lake house is a unique experience, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to disconnect from the world.
There are around 15 lake hotels where you can stay the night and these need to be booked in advance. Here are some options to choose from.
They vary from very basic through to more luxurious options, and as always, we’d advise reading reviews before booking to avoid disappointment. It’s also worth being aware that many properties do not have cell coverage or WiFi reception, and might require payments in cash.
Keereetara – this is one of the lakehouses which is closer to the pier. It offers good value accommodation with breakfast included.
Keereewarin – comfortable cabins at a reasonable price with good reviews. Breakfast is included
Panvaree Resort – this lake house resort offers a number of accommodation options, which include individual floating cabins. All rooms are air-conditioned, breakfast is included, and the reviews are good
500 Rai Floating Resort – if you’re looking for the best, this is the lake house to go for. The air-conditioned floating bungalows are large and spacious and some come with hot tubs! It is the most expensive option, but reviews suggest it is worth it. Note that it is included on this tour.
Getting to Phuket from Khao Sok
The next stop on this Thailand itinerary is the city of Phuket. This is around 110 miles / 150km south of Khao Sok. Phuket doesn’t have a train connection, so for public transport you’ll be looking at either a bus or minibus. The trip from Khao Sok to Phuket by bus takes about 4 hours.
You can also arrange a private transfer, which most hotels will be happy to arrange for you. This will cost you more, but should save you a couple of hours of driving time.
Phuket – 3 Days
It’s time for some time on the beach and in the sea! For this, I recommend you head to the island of Phuket. This is Thailand’s largest island, and also one of the most popular destinations in the country for beach goers.
If you’d rather not be amongst the crowds, then you might prefer to head further south, perhaps down to the Trang region, which you can reach by train from Surat Thani. The coastal region near the town of Trang is lovely, as are the nearby islands of Ko Muk, Ko Libong and Ko Ngai.
Anyway, back to our recommended destination of Phuket, which is popular for a reason. It has many beautiful beaches, a plethora of tourist services, and some of its own local attractions.
Phuket is also an excellent base from which to explore two wonderful locations in Thailand. These are the Similan Islands and Ao Phang Nga National Park, both of which are easy to reach as a day trip from Phuket.
So my suggestions for Phuket would be to spend your three days as follows, in any order you prefer.
One day spent on Phuket discovering its beautiful beaches (most of which are on the west coast), as well as local attractions such as the Thai Hua Museum, Chinpracha Mansion and Big Buddha Statue.
Then, spend two days doing day trips to nearby spots such as the Similan Islands and Ao Phang Nga National Park.
Of course, if you just want to hang on the beach and not spend money day tripping, some days on the beach are a good plan too!
If you want to do day trips from Phuket, I’d plan and book in advance any day trips you want to do. If you want to do two day trips, I’d recommend taking tours to visit the Similan Islands on one day and Ao Phang Nga National Park on a second day.
The Similan Islands are a group of islands found about 60km / 40 mi off Thailand’s west coast, slightly to the north of Phuket. They are a world famous snorkelling and diving location, and also have some absolutely spectacular white sand beaches ringed with turquoise waters.
Obviously, as these are islands you need some kind of boat to get to them. Basically, you have to book a tour. The best option is to take a tour which includes a transfer via high speed speedboat, as otherwise you lose a lot of the day on the transfer.
My suggestions are this tour or this tour. These both feature hotel pickup from Phuket, your national park fee, snorkelling equipment, meals, and soft drinks. I actually did an overnight tour to the Similan Islands, and it was a highlight of our time in Thailand. You can read about that here.
The other day trip I recommend is to Ao Phang Nga National Park. This is a huge national park which spans the Strait of Malacca, and is filled with beautiful limestone karst islands.
The most famous of these is the so called James bond Island (Khao Phing Kan), which appeared in the James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun“. The island is particularly recognisable for the tall but narrow karst tower (Khao Ta Pu) that is just offshore.
Again, as this is a trip that requires a boat, you’ll want to take a tour. there are a number of tours from Phuket to Ao Phang Nga National Park, most of which style themselves as tours of James Bond Island.
My recommendation is to pick a tour which includes time canoeing around some of the rock formations in the park, as well as your meals, soft drinks and your national park fee.
This is an early-bird tour which aims to skip the crowds. It can get busy in the park and on James Bond island in particular, so this is a good option. This is another option which uses a longtail boat. Finally, if you want a private experience, this is a private tour option.
Of course, it’s up to you how you spend your three days in the area. You might choose to relax on the beaches, take different tours, visit the attractions or buy souvenirs. It’s up to you!
Where to stay in Phuket
Phuket is a popular destination, and as such there is no shortage of places to stay. For ease of transport I’d recommend staying in Phuket Town itself. Alternatively, if you would prefer to be close to a beach and have access to more evening entertainment, then consider Patong which is the island’s main resort town.
Here are some suggested places to stay on Phuket, ordered from budget to higher end.
Aekkeko hostel – This is a centrally located and well rated hostel in Phuket Town offering both shared and private accommodation. There’s a shared kitchen, lounge and garden area
Book a Bed Poshtel – another very well rated centrally located hostel in Phuket Town featuring both private and shared rooms. There’s also a pool, shared kitchen and evening entertainment.
Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel – this centrally located 3* hotel in Phuket Town offers private en-suite air conditioned rooms with tea/coffee making facilities. There’s also a pool and garden for guest use.
The Memory at On On Hotel – a well reviewed and centrally located 3* hotel in Phuket Town . All rooms are en-suite and air-conditioned
WOO Gallery & Boutique Hotel – this is a very well rated boutique hotel with air-conditioned en-suite rooms in Phuket Town . Breakfast and room service are available and there’s an on-site restaurant
Rak Elegant Hotel Patong – found just near Patong Beach, this 4* hotel has a fitness centre, swimming pool, room service and private en-suite air-conditioned accommodation
Lady Naya Villas – if you’re looking for a 5* experience on Phuket, this is a great option. Private villas with pool are available, as are standard rooms. Naturally all rooms are en-suite and air-conditioned, and there’s an on-site restaurant and spa. This is found in the south of Phuket Island.
Again, there are lots more options beyond the above. You can see listings for Phuket on Booking.com here, Hostelworld here, Agoda here, and AirBnB here.
Getting from Phuket to Bangkok
Now all you have to do is return to Bangkok from Phuket. I’m going to suggest you fly as there’s no direct train. There are multiple direct flights a day from Phuket Airport, which take around 90 minutes. From Bangkok, you can fly home.
You can of course also take a bus to return to Bangkok, but it’s a 10 – 12 hour trip, and not one I’d recommend unless you really love long bus rides! If you do want to take the bus, you can book tickets in advance here.
10 Day Thailand Itinerary Summary
Here’s a quick summary of this itinerary for easy reference.
Days 1 – 3: Bangkok
Days 4 & 5: Kanchanaburi
Days 6 & 7: Khao Sok
Days 8 – 10: Phuket
10 Day Thailand Itinerary Map
To help you visualise this trip, here’s a map of Thailand with the key locations marked. You can also see this on Google Maps here.
Tips for Travel in Thailand
Now that you have an idea of where to go for your Thailand adventure, I wanted to share some tips on travelling in this wonderful country.
Getting to Thailand
Most visitors to Thailand arrive by plane into Suvarnabhumi Airport (code BKK), which is also often referred to as Bangkok Airport. Bangkok does have another airport, Don Mueang International Airport, which despite the name is primarily used for domestic flights.
From Suvarnabhumi Airport there are a number of options for getting into the city, with the easiest and fastest being the Airport Rail Link. This special purpose train connects the airport with the centre of Bangkok.
Getting Around Thailand
I’ve provided some recommended options for getting between the stops on this itinerary. I also just wanted to share in general the options you have for travelling around Thailand. I’ll cover both travel inside the destinations as well as travel between the stops.
Transport within Cities and Towns in Thailand
Like most other countries, the cities in Thailand have a range of transport options. For the smaller towns, you might find you can easily get around on foot or bicycle. Bike rental is quite easy, and many guest houses and accommodation providers will be able to arrange this for you.
However, for the larger cities like Bangkok, you will likely want to use some form of transport as distances might be too far to easily walk.
Different options are available. Bangkok has the widest range, from the excellent metro system, through to taxis, tuk-tuks, and ride hailing firms like Uber and Grab. If you hail a taxi, make sure they put the meter on. Some drivers may be reluctant to do this, if so, just wave them on and get another taxi.
Transport between Cities in Thailand
First, there are the bus services. There are two types of bus in Thailand. The first are the large and comfortable long distance buses. These are usually air-conditioned and run to a schedule, and they connect many of the major cities in the country. You can buy tickets from the major bus stations (make sure to go to a ticket counter), or online in advance here.
The second type of buses are the small minibuses. These tend to run on an ad-hoc basis on shorter routes. In my experiences, they are faster than the larger buses, although the ride can be slightly hair-raising and sometimes uncomfortable depending on the number of passengers the driver tries to squeeze in.
After the bus is the train. Thailand has a fairly extensive train network which covers quite a lot of the country. The trains are usually slower than the buses, but make for a good overnight option if you can get a sleeper bunk. You can book tickets online in advance from the official Thai railways website here (you need to click the option to put it in English).
For longer distances, we’d usually recommend flying. Thailand has a number of domestic flight routes between a number of towns and cities, and they are both inexpensive and quick. You can see flight times and prices and book online here.
Private transfer services can also usually be arranged to take you from one place to another, such as from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi. These can be more comfortable ways to get round but are also going to be more expensive.
Another option is to rent a car and drive yourself. It is possible to rent a car in Thailand, usually all you need is a valid driver’s license and an international driving permit. The traffic in and around the cities can be quite hectic, but outside of the cities the roads are usually pretty good, with road signs in both Thai and English.
For this itinerary though, driving wouldn’t be my first choice, as the public transport system is easy to use and works well.
Finally, if you’d rather not plan and book a trip like this yourself, you can also take a tour. The next section has some recommended tours that you might enjoy.
Tours of Thailand
If you would prefer to take a tour rather than plan your own trip, we’ve put together some suggestions. Tours have the advantage that you can relax and know someone else is handling all the logistics, so you can get on with having fun.
You’ll also get to meet and hang out with some fellow travellers, and the tour leader will be on hand to share information about the culture and history of Thailand as you travel.
Here are some tour options to give you an idea of what is available in Thailand.
This 8 day tour of Thailand with G Adventures includes Bangkok, Ko Tao, Ko Phangan, and Khao Sok
This 8 day National Geographic Journeys small group tour of Thailand with G Adventures includes Bangkok, Ko Samui, Khao Sok, and Krabi
This 9 day small group tour of southern Thailand with Intrepid Travel includes Bangkok, Koh Samui, Khao Sok National Park, and Ao Nang.
This 9 day small group tour of southern Thailand with Intrepid Travel focuses more on the beaches, with stops in Bangkok, Surat Thani, Ao Yang and Ko Yao Yai
This 12 day tour of Thailand with G Adventures includes Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, and Phuket, and is designed for families
If you do decide to book a tour and are comparing different options, don’t forget to check all the inclusions and exclusions. Some tours might seem more expensive, but might include more comfortable accommodation options or extra meals and activities that make it worth it for you.
When to Visit Thailand
Thailand can be visited year round, however there are times of year where the climate is more pleasant than others.
Thailand has a tropical climate, with a wet season and a dry season. The dry season is between November and March. Temperatures will be pleasant at this time of year, and it won’t rain so much.
The rainy season is April through October, with the hottest part of the year between March and May, when the rain can make rural areas more inaccessible, and the temperatures can be hot and humid.
If you’re travelling more on a budget, then be aware the prices will be higher in the November – March time as this is the most popular time to visit, and prices will be a little lower in the off-season.
Safety in Thailand
Thailand is overall considered a safe and welcoming place, with friendly people. The most common problems that tourists are likely to encounter are similar to those elsewhere in the world. There are some common scams to be aware of, and of course, in popular locations you’ll want to keep a close eye on your belongings from opportunistic pickpockets and thieves.
The most popular scams in Thailand are the “closed temple” scam and the “cheap tuktuk” scam.
The closed temple scam usually involves a helpful person outside a temple, who will inform you that the temple you are trying to visit is closed. This often happens at the temple’s back gate or emergency exit, which will obviously look closed. Luckily, the helpful person will know of a much better nearby temple, which he can take you to.
On the way to this temple, if it even exists, you will take a detour via a range of stores and tour operators. If you buy anything at these locations, which will often be at inflated prices, the person guiding you will get a commission. Ultimately, you will generally just lose time in this scam. If a temple looks closed, make sure you are at the right entrance, and if it really is closed, I’d recommend finding another temple yourself.
The cheap tuk-tuk trick will feature a helpful tuk-tuk driver who will promise to take you anywhere you want to go for some ridiculously cheap price that seems too good to be true.
Ultimately, you might get to your destination. However, on your way you will stop at a series of, you guessed it, shops and tour operators! Again, generally you’ll just lose time, but it’s best to avoid this altogether.
Overall, just practice the same sensible behaviour you would when you are at home, like not exploring unknown locations late at night, letting someone know of your location and trip plans, etc. Overall, I never had a problem in Thailand, and would expect the majority of travellers to have a similarly safe experience.
There is a low risk of malaria in parts of Thailand, particularly in the forested and hilly areas of the country. It is generally not recommended that most tourists take anti-malarial medications, because the risk is so low in most tourist spots, but those planning to travel into more malaria prone areas or may be particularly at risk should check with a medical professional before traveling.
Internet Access in Thailand
Thailand is a very well connected country with free WiFi available in most locations all across the country.
There’s also excellent 3G and 4G coverage across much of the country, and if you have an unlocked device you can buy pay as you go SIM cards for very reasonable prices.
To get an idea of what’s available, take a look at this page, which lists all the pay as you go options for Thailand, with a focus on data prices. For more on information on connecting to the web when you travel, see my guide to getting online when travelling.
Of course, internet access and WiFi is not totally universal. Some of the National Parks and islands might not always have connectivity, so do keep this in mind.
Food in Thailand
Thai food is seriously amazing (in my opinion anyway!), with different regions offering different cuisines and cooking styles. The food features a range of flavours and fresh ingredients, with spicy curries and flavourful stir fries being popular options. You’ll probably recognise many favourites such as Pad Thai, Red & Green Curries, and spicy soups.
In my experience, the southern cuisine was spicier than the northern cuisine, with the yellow curry in the far south being eye wateringly hot.
Some of my personal highlights of Thai cuisine include Pad Thai, Khao Soi (unique to the north), green, red and yellow curries, Som Thai, and my absolute favourite, mango sticky rice. In reality though, it’s hard to go wrong, pretty much all Thai food is fantastic!
Budget in Thailand
Thailand is popular amongst budget travellers, and it very easy to travel in the country on $10 – $50 USD a day. However, Thailand is not just for budget travellers, with plenty of high end hotels, restaurants, and private tour options also available.
When planning your budget, think about your accommodation, transport, food and tour / entry costs.
Power Outlets in Thailand
Thailand uses a 220v system, so if you are travelling from the United States or other countries which use a 110v system then you need to be sure your devices support this standard.
In my experience, most low power electronics like smartphones and cameras automatically switch voltages and you don’t need to buy new chargers, just check it’s rated for 220v on the label.
Higher powered items like hair dryers usually don’t support dual voltages unless you have a specific travel model. You can read more about this topic in my guide to travel adaptors for travel.
Plug socket wise, Thailand confusingly has two types of socket, one with round holes that matches most European style plugs, and a two pin flat plug that will match a US two pin plug. So sometimes you may have the right plug and other times you won’t, so it is best to bring along some plug adaptors no matter where you are coming from for your electronic devices.
A good option, and what we do, is travel with a universal travel adaptor and a power strip, thus ensuring you don’t have any power issues.
Further Reading and Information for your Thailand Itinerary Planning
We have a lot of content about Thailand on our site. Here are some of our more relevant posts to check out.
And that just about sums up my guide to visiting Thailand for 10 weeks, as well as everything you might need to know to make the best of your trip!
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In this post, I’m going to share with you a number of snow photography tips to help you get great photos in the snow.
Snowy conditions make for some wonderful photography opportunities. However, taking photos in snow can be a little bit challenging. This is for a number of reasons, from the brightness of the snow, through to the cold weather conditions that can hamper a camera’s functions. Then of course you have to consider general winter issues, like ice and cold, that can make conditions challenging for a photographer.
I’ve taken photos in the snow in locations around the world, from high altitude ski resorts through to winter in Nordic countries like Finland where the temperature has been below minus 30 degrees Celsius / Fahrenheit.
I’ll include some tips for getting great photos of snowy scenes, the camera settings you need for snow photography, some ideas for snow photos, and some tips on suggested camera gear and accessories for snow photography. Let’s get started.
Tips for Taking Photos In Snow
Here are some tips for getting the best photos in snow, whatever your camera.
Start with the Composition
Whatever type of camera you have and regardless of the subject or scene, the composition of your image should always be one of your key considerations.
Composition in photography is all about deciding what is going to be in your image, and how the different elements of the image work together. So you need to think about what exactly your image is of – the subject – and compose around that.
There are lots of compositional tips and tricks you can use to improve your image, from things like the rule of thirds through to use of color, leading lines and so on. If you’d like some tips, see my guide to composition in photography to get you started.
Shoot at Blue and Golden Hours
Light is a key component of photography. Through the course of the day, the light changes in both its direction and color. In the early morning and late evenings, when the sun is just below the horizon, the light is very blue and cold in tone, and this time is known as the blue hour.
Just after the sun rises and before it sets, the light is very yellow and warm in tone, and this period is known as the golden hour.
These times of day are good for photography in general, but are particularly good for shooting snowy scenes. This is because snow is very reflective, and tends to amplify and reflect light well. So a warm sunset or cool pre-dawn tones can look really wonderful as part of a snowy scene.
It’s also worth keeping in mind when planning your snowy photography shoots that you will generally be shooting in the winter season in most destinations. This means that the days will be shorter, giving you less time for daytime photography.
However, it does carry the advantage that sunrise / sunset are closer together, and you can usually capture the golden and blue hours without having to get up really early or go to bed really late. When I’ve done winter photography in the artic circle, sometimes I’ve found that the few hours of daylight are all golden all the time, which made for fantastic photography opportunities.
Get the Focus Right in Snow
One thing you might notice when shooting in snow is that your camera or smartphone might struggle to lock focus, with the autofocus hunting backwards and forwards. In a worst case scenario, it won’t be able to auto focus at all, and you won’t be able to take a photo. Or you might get an out of focus shot which isn’t usable.
The reason for this is down to the way that most camera focus systems work. The focus function normally require a contrasting area to focus on—any area of the scene with contrasting elements. A large expanse of white snow tends not to have much contrast, and so the camera doesn’t have much to lock onto.
This issue isn’t specific to snow. You will often have the same problem if you try to take a picture of a wide open blue sky—the camera has nothing to lock onto.
In both these scenarios, the solution is to find something other than a uniform expanse to focus on. With the case of a blue sky, this might be something like a cloud. With snow, it might be a tree, or a person, a building, an animal, or any object that stands out against the white snow.
You might need to change the camera’s focus mode and specifically select the object you want it to focus on in order to get the results you require. So instead of full autofocus, you might change to a single point and focus there.
If you are still struggling to get focus using the automatic focus system, then check if your camera has a manual focus option. If so, you can use this to over ride the autofocus system and get a sharp image. Note that not all cameras and lenses support manual focus. Most DSLR and mirrorless cameras do, but not all compact or smartphones have manul focus.
Use the Exposure Compensation Feature for Snow Photography
One very common issue that I see when folks on my photography course send me questions about snow photography, is that their images are coming out darker than they expect, with photos of snow looking gray rather than white.
Snow photos coming out too dark happens all the time, but luckily there is a simple fix that works across pretty much all cameras and other devices.
First, you might be wondering why your snow photos are coming out too dark, or are “under-exposed” to use the correct photography term. The reason is down to the way that a camera evaluates the light in a scene. To put it in simple terms, all the white snow in the scene confuses the camera, causing it to reduce the amount of light it captures, and therefore underexposing your image.
If you want to learn more about how a camera works and the concepts of exposure, see my guide to exposure in photography, and my guides to how a DSLR works as well as how a mirrorless camera works.
The good news is that there is a simple fix to gray snow in your photos. All you have to do is use your camera’s exposure compensation feature. This tells the camera to let more light in when taking the photo, and will result in a brighter image.
Nearly every camera on the market, including smartphones, have an exposure compensation option. It will either be available directly via a button on the camera itself, that looks like “+/-“, or via the camera menu.
When you press the button, you should be given a scale that runs from negative numbers to positive numbers, perhaps from -3 to +3, with zero in the middle. Any number above zero will increase the brightness, any number below zero will decrease the brightness.
Each full positive increment of 1 (i.e. from 0 to 1 or 2 to 2) will result in the image being twice as bright.
Each full negative increment of 1 (i.e. from 0 to -1 or -1 to -2) will result in the image being half as bright.
For snow photography, a good rule of thumb is to increase the exposure by “+1”, also known as one stop. Then shoot and adjust if needed.
You should be able to do this from most shooting modes, although this will vary by camera and device. If you have any issues, either look up your camera manual, or search the internet for “exposure compensation + your camera model“.
Use a Lens Hood
If you have a camera with a removable lens, like a mirrorless camera or a DSLR camera, then you should consider using an accessory known as a lens hood. These are also sometimes called sun hoods.
A lens hood is simply an extended piece of circular plastic that fits onto the end of the lens, giving it an extended look. Usually, the main reason to use a lens hood is to reduce unwanted glare entering the lens from the sides of the shot, which can cause flares and other image quality issues in your photos.
In snow photography, there is often a lot of glare as the snow is so bright, and a lens hood can help cut down on this, giving you higher contrast and cleaner images.
However, even if it’s not sunny, a lens hood can offer benefits for snow photography. Primarily, if it’s snowing, a lens hood can help stop flakes of snow landing directly on the glass of your lens. This protection is why I nearly always have a lens hood on my camera—it’s helpful in both snow and rain to help keep my lens dry.
Some lenses come with a lens hood. If not, they are generally inexpensive to buy for most cameras. You can purchase them either direct from the manufacturer or from third party manufacturers. Click here for a list of lens hoods. Just make sure the lens hood is designed for your lens, as lenses are of a different diameter and the lens hood needs to match.
Try a Polarizing Filter
Another snow photography tip for cameras that support interchangeable lenses is to use a polarizing filter. A polarizing filter is a bit of glass that attaches to your lens which is used to filter out polarized light.
Polarized light is generally light which has been reflected from a certain type of surface, which includes snow. If you use a polarizing filter when shooting snow, it cuts down on the glare, and will improve the contrast and colors in your image.
Polarizing filters have a lot of uses in photography in general, from cutting down on reflections to making the clouds in a blue sky really pop. So they are definitely a worthwhile investment for a range of photography subjects beyond snow photography. You can read more about polarizing filters here.
Use Aperture Priority or a Special Snow Photography Mode
For the majority of photography that I do with either our DSLR or mirrorless cameras, I have the camera set to aperture priority mode. Snow photography is no different.
I like aperture priority because it allows me to easily control the depth of field of a photo, but frees me up from worrying about setting the shutter speed and ISO as I would have to in manual. Of course I keep an eye on these settings to ensure they are within acceptable parameters, but generally I prefer to let the camera deal with those things so I can focus on getting the shot itself.
When shooting snow, in most situations it will be outdoor situations with plenty of light, so I don’t have to worry about the shutter speed dropping too low or the ISO going too high. Instead, I can focus on the composition of my shot and capturing the moment.
Most cameras with an aperture priority mode let you set it via the camera’s mode dial. Aperture priority will be marked as “A” or “Av” in most cases.
If your camera doesn’t have an aperture priority mode, then you might check to see if it has a snow photography mode (or winter mode), which will help ensure correctly exposed images. Alternatively, try either the portrait mode for shooting portraits, the action mode if you are capturing fast moving action, or the landscape mode for landscapes.
Shoot in RAW if available
For a long time, the RAW format was the exclusive domain of higher end digital SLR cameras. These days though, many more devices can shoot in RAW, including high end smartphones from Apple and Samsung and higher end compact cameras.
A RAW file is an unprocessed (in most cases) version of the image file which doesn’t sacrifice image data for file size. RAW files have a number of downsides, including the size of the file and the fact you have to edit them. However, the upsides are that you have a lot more control over the final look of the image when it comes to editing.
I have a great deal more information on what RAW is in photography here. Suffice to say, if your device supports RAW photography, it is worth trying it out for snow photography.
Protect Your Gear
When you’re out shooting the snow, you need to be mindful of how the conditions can affect your gear.
To start with, when it’s cold, expect your battery to last for fewer photos. You might not notice too much difference if the temperatures are just around freezing point, but as it gets colder you will definitely notice a big drop off in capacity. So you’ll want to carry spare batteries and keep then in an inside pocket (such as in a vest or interior jacket) to keep them warm.
Next, if you are in really cold conditions, you’ll want to be careful when taking your gear back to a warm location like your house. The rapid temperature change can cause condensation to build up even inside the camera, which will not do the sensitive electronics any good. To prevent this, place the whole camera inside something like a sealed freezer bag before you bring it inside.
If the weather is even more extreme, then you might consider a camera cover like this which will protect the whole camera from snow and rain. These are a useful accessory for photography in general, and are not too expensive.
I have more tips on protecting your gear (and you!) from the cold in my winter photography tips guide.
Our last snow photography tip is just to be safe. Photographing snow is a lot of fun and very rewarding, but you obviously have to take care in wintery conditions.
There are all sorts of hazards when it’s cold, from the health risks associated with the cold itself like hypothermia and frost bite, through to slippery surfaces when icy and avalanches.
Always put your health and safety first, even if it means missing a possibly great shot. If you’re heading to remote locations, follow best practice and ensure someone knows where you are and what your itinerary is. If you are travelling alone, be sure to have a way to contact someone in the area if you run into any trouble.
Camera Settings for Snow Photography
I’ve covered this in part in the tips section, but here’s a quick overview of my suggested settings for snow photography for some different camera types to get you started.
These are of course suggested settings to get you started and you may need to adjust depending on your specific situation, image style, and device.
Snow Photography Settings for Mirrorless / DSLR / Camera with Manual Control
If you have a mirrorless camera, DSLR camera or other camera with manual controls, set it up as follows:
Aperture priority, wide apertures (f/1.2 – f/4) for shallow depth of field, and narrow aperture (f/8 – f/16) to get more of the scene in focus
ISO – either set the ISO to Auto, or adjust based on the light. Usually 100 – 400 will be fine except at night.
Shutter speed – in aperture priority this will be set for you
Exposure compensation: Set to +1
RAW: configure the camera to capture images in RAW mode
White Balance: Set to Auto and you can adjust this when post processing
Snow Photography Settings for Compact Camera / Camera without Manual Control
If you have a compact camera or a camera that doesn’t give you manual controls, then try the following for photographing snow:
Set the camera to “snow” or “winter” mode if it has one (many do)
Exposure Compensation: Nearly every camera has some form of exposure compensation feature. Set this to +1. There might be a “+/-” button on the camera, otherwise check your camera manual for the feature
White balance: Auto
Flash: Off (see here for instructions on disabling camera flash)
Snow Photography Settings for Smartphone Cameras
If you have a smartphone, the chances are you have limited manual control over many of the key settings. However, most smartphones these days are very clever, and should be able to get great snowy photos without too much adjustment on your part. Some things to try:
HDR mode on – this will ensure an evenly lit image across the whole frame
Exposure Compensation: Nearly every smartphone has an exposure compensation feature in the camera app. Set this to +1
White balance: Auto
Flash: Off (see here for instructions on disabling camera flash)
Snow Photography Ideas
Now you are all ready to take some great photos in the snow. But you might be wondering what exactly to take photos of. Here are some subjects and image types to consider.
A beautiful snowy landscape is a classic scene to photograph. My tips would be to ensure there is good depth in your shot with defined foreground and background elements to give your viewer a sense of perspective and scale.
You can also use a subject like a person to add some color and a human touch to a shot. Another option might be to use a snowman or other human created object to interest your viewer.
Snow makes a great backdrop to wildlife photography. From a beautiful red breasted robin through to majestic stags, you can easily use an animal as the key subject in your snow photographs.
If you’re looking for fun ways to take pictures of people in snow, then I think capturing action is a great way to do that. This could be people having a snowball fight, sledding, building snowmen, skiing, making snow angels, or simply out for a walk in a winter wonderland.
For action photography, you might want to switch to shutter priority rather than aperture priority if your camera supports this, as this way you’ll be able to control whether you freeze your subject (fast shutter speed) or capture some of their motion (slow shutter speed).
Gear for Snow Photography
Snow photography doesn’t require specialized equipment to get great results, however you may consider investing in some of the following in order to have a better experience and improve your images.
That’s it for my guide to taking pictures in snow. If you found this useful, you might enjoy some of my other photography content. Here are some articles to get you started.
If you’re looking for more advice on specific tips for different scenarios, we also have you covered. See our guide to Northern Lights photography, long exposure photography, fireworks photography, tips for taking photos of stars, and cold weather photography.
We have a guide to how to use a compact camera, how to use a DSLR camera, and how to use a mirrorless camera. We also have a guide to how a DSLR works
Knowing how to compose a great photo is a key photography skill. See our guide to composition in photography for lots of tips on this subject
We have a guide to what depth of field is and when you would want to use it.
We are big fans of getting the most out of your digital photo files, and do to that you will need to shoot in RAW. See our guide to RAW in photography to understand what RAW is, and why you should switch to RAW as soon as you can if your camera supports it.
We have a guide to the best photo editing applications which includes both paid and free options
You’re going to need something to run your photo editing software on. See our guide to the best laptops for photo editing for some tips on what to look for.
Color accuracy is important for photography – see our guide to monitor calibration to ensure your screen is set up correctly.
If you’re looking for a great gift for a photography loving friend or family member (or yourself!), take a look at our photography gift guide,
If you’re in the market for a new camera, we have a detailed guide to the best travel cameras, as well as specific guides for the best cameras for hiking and backpacking, the best compact camera, best bridge camera, best mirrorless camera and best DSLR camera. We also have a guide to the best camera lenses.
If you want a camera or lens, but the prices are a bit high, see our guide to where to buy used cameras and camera gear for some budget savings options.
We have a guide to why you need a tripod, a guide to choosing a travel tripod, and a round-up of our favourite travel tripods
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And that’s it! I’d love to hear about your thoughts on snow photography, and am happy to answer any questions you have. Just pop them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
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The popular Outlander TV show and book series is set primarily in Scotland, and many Outlander filming locations are also real life locations that you can visit on a trip to Scotland.
A visit to these filming locations is often a must for fans of the TV show, where they can see the locations that have brought the show to life.
In this guide, we’re going to share with you all our favourite Outlander filming locations around Scotland that you can actually visit yourself. This is based on our own explorations in Scotland from our time living there, as well as a specific tour of Outlander locations that we took.
If you’re an Outlander fan who is travelling with friends or family who haven’t seen the show, we still recommend bringing them along on your Outlander adventure. You definitely don’t need to be a fan of the TV show or to have watched many episodes to enjoy visiting the locations, as many of them are interesting and scenic. After all, that’s often why they were chosen to be in the show!
The majority of the Outlander filming locations can be easily visited as a day trip from Edinburgh or day trip from Glasgow, although you would need more than one day to visit all of them. However, basing yourself in either Edinburgh or Glasgow is likely the best option as this will let you access most of the filming sites quite easily.
In this guide I’m going to go through all our favourite Outlander filming locations in Scotland, and provide you with all the information you need to visit them yourself. Note that this will contain spoilers for all seasons of the show to date as I describe the scenes and events that happen at each location.
Let’s get started!
Where is Outlander Filmed?
Outlander is primarily filmed in Scotland. Much of the filming takes place at the Wardpark Studios near Glasgow. However, a number of scenes have been shot at locations all across country. Even those scenes which are set outside of Scotland, such as those set in North Carolina (USA) and France, were also filmed in Scotland.
Although almost all of Outlander has been filmed in Scotland, a few filming location outside of Scotland have been used, including Prague, Czech Republic and Cape Town, South Africa.
For the first few seasons of the show, many publicly accessible and well known locations in Scotland were used.
However, as the show became ever more popular, the studio had to move to more studio shooting, shooting on private estates, and more off the beaten path filming locations, to avoid all the fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the stars. This is why you will find more locations from earlier seasons of the show in this guide.
In addition to using our travel guide to Outlander filming locations, we can also recommend picking up the official companion books to Outlander, available here for the Seasons 1 & 2, and here for Seasons 3 & 4. They have hundreds of photos of the sets, information from the crew and cast on the filming process and locations, and lots more to get you excited about visiting the real life Outlander locations!
40+ Outlander Filming Locations in Scotland
There are a great many locations where Outlander was filmed in Scotland. Here are some of our favourite locations.
These are not in a strict order – we’ve grouped some together that are easier to visit together, and tried to list some of the more iconic locations first. However, everyone has their own idea of which are the best outlander locations, so you are welcome to pick and choose which ones you want to visit of course!
Kinloch Rannoch – Craigh Na Dun
One of Outlander’s most well known moments is when Claire travels back through time at the Craigh na Dun stone circle.
Fans visiting Scotland are always keen to know how to visit the standing stones from Outlander. Unfortunately, you can’t actually visit them because they don’t exist. The stone circle in the show was created out of Styrofoam, and the set was built on private land near the village of Kinloch Rannoch.
The good news is that you can of course visit Kinloch Rannoch as the surrounding scenery as seen in the show is very much real. Loch Rannoch in particular is beautiful, and there’s lovely Highland scenery in the area.
If you would prefer to see some standing stones, you have a great many options in Scotland. First, the stone circle that is believed to have inspired the look of the stones at Craigh na Dun is the 5,000 year old Callanish stone circle on the island of Lewis & Harris.
Another popular option are the Clava Cairns near Inverness, where there’s a split stone similar to the one from the show.
In terms of visiting, the village of Kinloch Rannoch is on the shores of Loch Rannoch. This is around a two hour drive from Edinburgh, Glasgow, or Inverness. It’s not on any public transport routes so you will have to have your own vehicle to visit.
Clava Cairns is a lot easier to visit, being found just a few miles outside of Inverness. A number of tours include the Clava Cairns on their day trips from Inverness.
The Callanish standing stones will require you to visit Lewis & Harris, either using your own vehicle, or on a tour like this.
Doune Castle – Castle Leoch
Doune Castle, found just outside the village of Doune, is a 15th century medieval stronghold found around an hour’s drive from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Doune Castle features as Castle Leoch, the Mackenzie family home, in the first season of Outlander. Both exteriors and interiors of the castle were used for a number of scenes and a small village was built outside the front entrance of the castle to appear in the show.
It’s worth noting that their is a Clan MacKenzie in real life, and their family home is at Castle Leod. This is found about 14 miles north west of Inverness. Whilst it served as the inspiration to Castle Leoch in the Outlander novels, it was not chosen as a filming location. However, many fans still wish to visit Castle Leod. You can see more about Castle Leod in my section on related Outlander locations further on in this guide.
Doune Castle is no stranger to the silver screen. Before Outlander, it was well known as the filming location of the Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The TV show Game of Thrones also shot early scenes here, with the castle standing in for Winterfell.
Doune Castle is open for visitors, and you can learn about both the Outlander and Monty Python filming when you visit. It’s operated by Historic Scotland, and there’s a fee to visit. It’s free for Historic Scotland members and English Heritage members.
You can also get a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass that gives you access to a number of attractions over a time period. This will be worth getting if you plan on visiting some of the other Historic Scotland attractions on our list, or in Scotland in general.
Doune Castle is a popular attraction in Scotland, and is included on a number of tours from Edinburgh, including this one and this one. You can also visit it on a tour from Glasgow like this.
Of course, if you have your own transport you can also visit Doune Castle by car. In addition, a public bus runs from Stirling to Doune, and you can get to Stirling by train from locations around Scotland. You can check train times and book tickets here, and you can get general public transport information for Scotland on the Traveline Scotland website here.
Hill of Row – Fraser’s Ridge
Whilst you are visiting Doune, you might try searching out the iconic Fraser’s Ridge location where Jamie and Claire live in North Carolina. The log cabin they live in is actually found on the Hill of Row, a stretch of high ground to the south east of Doune.
The exact location of the cabin, which features from Season 4 of the show onwards, is not publicly known. However, it is believed to be in woodlands not too far from the David Stirling memorial if you are feeling adventurous!
The Culloden Battlefield, just outside of Inverness, was the culminating point of the Jacobite rebellion, which the Outlander series largely revolves around.
This battlefield saw the Jacobite army defeated by British forces in 1746, with a great loss of life, largely on the Jacobite side.
The Battle of Culloden features in Outlander in Episode 12 of Season 2. The principle filming location for the battle scenes was Cumbernauld Glen, a beautiful ancient woodland found between Falkirk and Glasgow. The real Battle of Culloden is a historical monument with thousands of war graves, and so was not used for the battle scenes in the show.
However, later on in Episode 12 of Season 2, we see Claire in 1960s Scotland visiting the Clan Fraser memorial stone at the Battle of Culloden. This was filmed at the actual battlefield, and the Clan Fraser memorial stone can be visited today. There are also memorial stones to many of the other clans as well as the English fallen around the site.
Culloden Battlefield is open for visitors. The site is managed by the National Trust for Scotland, and there is a fee to visit. It’s free for National Trust members. Overseas visitors can buy a National Trust Touring Pass which grants access to over 300 properties across the UK for a number of days.
You can see details of opening hours and prices here.
Culloden Battlefield is 5 miles east of Inverness. You can reach it in around 40 minutes by public bus from Inverness, or you can drive yourself in around 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can visit it on a tour like this.
Blackness Castle – Fort William
One of my favourite Outlander filming locations in Scotland is the spectacular Blackness Castle. This 15th century sea fortress is found 45 minutes drive from Edinburgh, and it stood in for Fort William in Season 1 & Season 2 of Outlander.
Specific scenes filmed at Blackness Castle include Jamie being given lashes in the courtyard by Black Jack Randall, and Jamie and Claire escaping later on in the season. In Season 2, Brianna and Roger visit Fort William, and Blackness Castle reprises its role.
The castle is quite a feat of engineering. It looks much like a ship, with a tall triangular shaped wall surrounding the imposing central keep.
Blackness Castle is operated by Historic Scotland, and there’s a small fee to visit. It’s free for Historic Scotland members and English Heritage members.
Blackness Castle is also visited on a number of day trips, including this tour of Outlander filming locations near Edinburgh.
Blackness Castle can of course be visited by car, and there’s parking on site. By public transport, the best option is to take the train to Linlithgow from either Edinburgh or Glasgow, and then take a local bus out to Blackness.
You can check train times and book tickets here, and you can get general public transport information for Scotland on the Traveline Scotland website here.
Culross – Cranesmuir
The beautiful village of Culross was used for multiple scenes across a number of Outlander seasons. Fans will likely associate it most with the fictional village of Cranesmuir, featured in Season 1 of Outlander as the home of Geillis Duncan. Part of the the village were actually repainted for the show to more muted shades of grey and brown.
Culross is also where you’ll find Culross Palace. This featured in Outlander as Geillis Duncan’s parlour. The garden to the rear of the palace featured as the Castle Leoch herb garden, where you see Claire gathering plants for medicinal use in Episode 3 of Season 1.
Culross Palace also appeared as a tavern in Season 2 of the show, and the village re-appeared in Season 4 as the location of Balriggan Cottage, the home of Laoghaire.
When you visit Culross, you will quickly see why the Outlander crew were so keen to use it. The village is one of the finest examples of a 17th century burgh (an autonomous municipal corporation) surviving today. It was a port city on the Firth of Forth and an important coal and salt trading town.
After the 18th century the towns fortunes declined, and it became a bit of a ghost town. This worked in its favour from a preservation perspective, as many of the buildings survived largely unchanged to the present day.
Parts of the town, including Culross Palace, are preserved by the National Trust for Scotland. The village itself is free and open to visitors, however Culross Palace has an entry fee. It’s free for National Trust members. Overseas visitors can buy a National Trust Touring Pass which grants access to over 300 properties across the UK for a number of days.
You can see details of opening hours and prices here.
Culross is an easy 45 minute drive from Edinburgh, and can also be reached by public transport from Edinburgh in around 90 minutes. It can also be visited as a day trip from Edinburgh on a tour like this.
Midhope Castle – Lallybroch
Midhope Castle is a 15th century tower house found just on the outskirts of Edinburgh on the Hopetoun Estate. Outlander fans will instantly recognise the building as Lallybroch, the family home of Jamie Fraser. It primarily featured in the first two seasons of the show.
The building itself is actually derelict inside, although the exterior is fairly intact. For the show, only the exteriors were used. It’s not possible to go inside the castle, and there wouldn’t be much to see if you could.
As a result of the popularity of the location and its close proximity to Edinburgh, the owners of the estate charge a small fee for parking on site. It’s also not open year round – you’ll want to check opening times and pricing on the website here.
Access can close due to work on the estate or farming activities, so you will definitely want to check it is open to avoid a wasted visit. Tour operators may have access at time when they are not allowing regular visitors so taking a tour can be a good way to visit here.
To visit, you can either drive yourself, or take a taxi from the city. Another option is to visit as part of a tour like this.
Hopetoun House – Duke of Sandringham’s Residence
Midhope Castle is on the grounds of Hopetoun Estate, where you’ll also find the spectacular 17th century Hopetoun House. This is one of Scotland’s most impressive stately homes. Of course, it was also a filming location for Outlander, primarily as the Duke of Sandringham’s residence.
In Season 1, the Red Drawing Room inside the house was used as the interior of the Duke’s home. Exteriors were also used, with the Sea Trail and West Lawn used as the duel location between the Duke and the McDonald clan leader. A sword fight from Season 1 played out on the rear steps of the house.
Season 2 of the show featured a number of scenes set in Paris. The courtyard behind the Stables Tearoom stepped in for a Parisian street for some of this season.
Hopetoun House is open for visitors seasonally, and you can visit both the house and the grounds. There’s a fee to visit. You’ll want to have your own transport as there’s no easy public transport access. Alternatively, you can visit on a day tour from Edinburgh like this.
If you have your own vehicle, then we’d recommend including Midhope Castle, Blackness Castle, Abercorn Church, and Linlithgow Palace on your Outlander itinerary, as they are all close to each other. Culross is also quite close by.
You can see more about prices and opening times to plan your visit to Hopetoun House and Estate here.
Abercorn Church – Frank’s Grave
The tiny village of Abercorn is between Hopetoun House and Midhope Castle, and is where you’ll find the 11th century Abercorn Church. This is a very pretty small parish church, where you’ll also find a small museum.
Abercorn Church appeared in Season 4 of the show, as a graveyard in 1960s Boston where Frank is buried. Bree visits his grave to pay her respects in Episode 7 of the season, and Abercorn Church was the filming location for the scene.
Abercorn Church is free to visit. You will likely want your own car, and we’d suggest including the other nearby locations on your trip out here, including Hopetoun House and Midhope Castle.
Linlithgow Palace – Wentworth Prison
Once a residence of the monarchs of Scotland, the massive 15th century Linlithgow Palace was destroyed by fire in 1746. Today, the ruin is still an impressive structure, with most of the walls surviving (if not the roof).
Linlithgow Palace was used in Season 1 of Outlander, as the filming location for Wentworth Prison. It was here that Jamie was held and abused by Captain “Black Jack” Randall.
Linlithgow Palace is in the town of Linlithgow, around a 20 mile drive west of Edinburgh, or 30 miles east of Glasgow. It’s easy to reach by public transport as there’s a train station, which offers access to Edinburgh (about a 20 minute train ride away) and Glasgow (about a 30 minute train ride away). You can check train times and book tickets here.
Of course, you can also visit Linlithgow on a guided tour of Outlander locations such as this one.
Linlithgow Palace is operated by Historic Scotland, and there’s a fee to visit. It’s free for Historic Scotland members and English Heritage members.
You can also get a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass that gives you access to a number of attractions over a set time period. This will be worth getting if you plan on visiting some of the other Historic Scotland attraction on our list, or in Scotland in general.
Newhailes House – Governor Tryon’s Home, North Carolina
Newhailes house is a 17th century Palladian mansion, found just 6 miles outside of Edinburgh in Musselburgh. It was used as Governor Tryon’s home in North Carolina in Season 4 of the show.
In Episode 1 of Season 4, Jamie chats with the Governor about land grants. The show was filmed in the Dining Room and Library of Newhailes House, both of which can be visited (although when we visited photography wasn’t allowed inside).
Newhailes House and Grounds are operated by the National Trust for Scotland, and there’s a fee to visit. It’s free for National Trust members. Overseas visitors can buy a National Trust Touring Pass which grants access to over 300 properties across the UK for a number of days.
You can see opening times and prices here.
Newhailes House can easily be visited by car from Edinburgh, it’s around a 20 minute drive. Alternatively, you can take a bus or train from Edinburgh to Musselburgh, and then it’s a short walk to the estate.
Craigmillar Castle – Ardsmuir Prison
Whilst many people are aware of Edinburgh’s famous city centre castle, there is another castle just outside the city centre – Craigmillar Castle. It is one of the places we recommend to those looking for lesser known things to do in Edinburgh.
Dating from the late 14th century, Craigmillar Castle is a truly impressive castle to visit. The walls in some places are over three metres thick! Today much of the castle is ruined, but the main structure is still obvious and it is fun to explore all the different parts of the castle. Its most famous historical visitor was probably Mary, Queen of Scots.
Craigmillar Castle appeared in Season 3 of Outlander, where it filled the role of Ardsmuir Prison. It was here that Jamie and a number of other Jacobite rebels were imprisoned following the Battle of Culloden. In the show, this was set in the Scottish Highlands, but in real life it’s just outside Edinburgh and easy to visit.
Many parts of the castle featured in the show, including the internal courtyard, the castle exteriors, and some of the internal stairways.
Craigmillar Castle is operated by Historic Scotland and there’s a fee to visit. It’s free for Historic Scotland members and English Heritage members.
You can also get a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass that gives you access to a number of attractions over a set time period. This will be worth getting if you plan on visiting some of the other Historic Scotland attraction on our list, or in Scotland in general.
You can see prices and opening times on the official website here.
You can easily reach Craigmillar Castle from Edinburgh. It’s around a four mile drive by car, or around 35 minutes by bus to Craigmillar, followed by a short walk.
Backhouse Close, Edinburgh – A. Malcolm’s Print Shop
Edinburgh is well known for its closes or narrow little alleyways that are generally found running off the Royal Mile.
One of these, Backhouse Close, was the filming location of Alexander Malcolm’s print shop in the 5th Episode of Season 3. Claire walks down Backhouse Close (renamed Carfax Close in the show) to visit the shop and reunite with Jamie. You’ll see her walk up the exterior stairs here before entering the shop for their reunion.
The inside of the shop was actually a set, so it can’t be visited, but the exterior looks very similar to how it did in the show, despite it being set in the 18th century. Backhouse Close is easy to find, it’s right next to the Museum of Edinburgh.
Backhouse Close was also used other filming locations for the show, to depict scenes of various Edinburgh streets. One notable scene that was shot here was when Jamie leads Claire to his less than salubrious lodgings (the brothel operated by Madame Jeanne).
There actually was a real life brothel on this street in Edinburgh, the Cock and Strumpet, at the present day Acheson House. This 17th century building features as the outside of Jamie’s lodgings in Outlander.
It’s easy to visit this location yourself, or you can take a guided walking tour of the Outlander Edinburgh locations like this.
Summerhall, Edinburgh – Lecture Hall
Summerhall is one of our favourite venues in Edinburgh. It has its own on-site gin distillery, microbrewery, and entertainment space, as well as a variety of venues for lectures, entertainment, and festival events. It was originally built and used as a teaching college for veterinarians.
One of its rooms is an original lecture theatre that would have been used as a teaching space when Summerhall was a veterinary school. It has distinctive curved wooden seating, and was used for teaching anatomy. The design gave all the students a good view of any animal dissections!
This is the last surviving room of its type in the UK. It was used for Season 3 of Outlander, and it was here in Episode 2 that we see Claire starting her medical studies in Boston in the middle of the 20th century. It’s also here that she meets Joe Abernathy for the first time.
Parts of Summerhall are open to the public, although the anatomy lecture hall isn’t always open. We actually attended a lecture here during the Edinburgh Science Festival, and it’s also a popular Edinburgh Fringe venue. So if you want the full lecture experience (minus the dissection!), this is a good way to visit. Alternatively, you should contact Summerhall directly prior to your visit and ask if you can visit the room.
Signet Library – Governor’s Mansion, Jamaica
One of our favourite places for afternoon tea in Edinburgh is at the beautiful Colonnades restaurant, which is found in the downstairs room of the Signet Library building just off the Royal Mile.
The upstairs room was the filming location for the Governor’s Mansion in Jamaica for Episode 12 of Season 3. Jamie and Claire visit the mansion to meet the governor, and these scenes were shot in both the downstairs and upstairs rooms of the Signet library.
For visiting, the upstairs rooms are generally off limits to the public as they are being used as private offices. However, you absolutely can visit the downstairs, and the best way to do that is by booking one of the delicious afternoon teas!
The small village of Dunure on Scotland’s west coast was used for a number of scenes in Outlander. First, the harbour here was used as Ayr harbour, where Jamie and Claire board the Artemis to Jamaica in Episode 9 of Season 3. In Season 4, Outlander returned to this location, and this is where Brianna boards the ship to North Carolina in Episode 7.
As well as the harbour scenes in Seasons 3 and 4 of the show, the nearby coastline and the ruins of Dunure Castle were also used as an Outlander filming location. In Season 3, during a flashback in episode 8, Jamie escapes Ardsmuir Prison and travels to the Silkies’ Isle.
In the books the Silkies’ Isle is depicted as being one of three small islands found off the far north coast of Scotland. However, the filming location that was used for the Silkie’s Isle wasn’t actually an island at all, it’s the shore near Dunure. It’s just the magic of the camera that makes you think it’s an island. You’ll see Jamie swimming from the beach here, and exploring Dunure Castle in search of Claire. He doesn’t find Claire, but he does find the MacKenzie treasure.
Other scenes from these episodes were also shot here, including the scene where Jamie and Claire watch Young Ian being kidnapped by pirates, which was filmed on the beach.
Both Dunure Harbour and Castle are free to visit. The Castle is in ruins and some parts are fenced off for safety, but you can certainly visit the exterior.
The easiest way to visit Dunure is to drive. It’s around an hours drive south of Glasgow, or two hours from Edinburgh. Another option is to take public transport, with public buses running to Dunure. You can check bus times for Scotland at traveline.
Glencoe – Opening Credits
The opening credits from Outlander feature a range of different scenes from the show, from many of the filming locations around Scotland. One of the standout locations though is the beautiful Glencoe Valley, which is one of Scotland’s most beautiful valleys.
Glencoe has appeared in numerous films, including James Bond’s Skyfall, the Harry Potter series, and the Highlander. It’s not hard to see why – the valley is truly spectacular and scenic, and is a favourite amongst landscape photographers and visitors to Scotland in general.
Glencoe is around a 2.5 hour drive from Edinburgh or Glasgow. It can also be visited on a day trip from either city, including on a tour like this from Edinburgh, and one like this from Glasgow. If you’re visiting Scotland in winter, Glencoe is also a popular destination for skiing in Scotland!
Highland Folk Museum – Village where rent is collected
Found in Newtonmore in the Cairngorms National Park, the Highland Folk Museum is a fantastic outdoor museum which showcases what life in the Highlands has been like over the last few hundred years.
The Museum actually started on the island of Iona in 1935, and it moved a number of times before settling on its present day location in Newtonmore in the 1980s. Today, the site takes up 80 acres and is home to numerous buildings and artifacts which run from the 1700s to the 1900s.
Outlander fans will be particularly interested in the reconstruction of a 1700s township, which features a number of beautiful old thatched buildings. In Episode 5 of the first Season of Outlander, Claire and Jamie visit a village to collect rent, and the village in the show was the 1700s township in the Highland Folk Museum.
Very little set building had to be done as the village is so authentic already, so if you want to really step into the world of Outlander, this is definitely one of the best locations to do just that! As well as the houses here, there are also costumed docents who do period-relevant demonstrations. So it all feels very authentic.
The Highland Folk Museum is in the Cairngorm National Park, 16 miles from Aviemore, or 44 miles (1 hour drive) from Inverness. It is easy to visit by car, and there are also train and bus services to the town of Newtonmore. You can see timetables here.
The museum is also visited on a number of tours, including this 3 day tour from Glasgow and this 4 day tour from Edinburgh.
At the time of writing, and when we visited, entry was by donation. Of course, museums like this can only survive if visitors do donate – you can read more about the importance of donating to free museums here.
Falkland – Inverness
In the first and second seasons of the show, we find Claire in Inverness at various time points including the mid 20th century and the 18th century.
Whilst the real city of Inverness is very picturesque, clearly the Outlander crew decided it wasn’t quite the look they wanted. As a result, scenes depicting Inverness were actually filmed in the village of Falkland which is found in Fife.
General street scenes featuring the buildings of Falkland were used as Outlander locations. Examples include the Covenantor Hotel as Mrs. Baird’s Guesthouse, where Frank and Claire take their honeymoon in Episode 1 of Season 1. It’s a real hotel, and you can book here to stay the night if you want! Just be aware that only the exteriors of the building were used in the show.
Another easily recognisable location from the first episode of the show is the Bruce Fountain in the centre of the village. This was where we saw Jamie’s ghost staring up at Claire. A number of other buildings and locations in Falkland also appeared as background or shop windows in the first and second seasons of the show.
In addition, the cellar kitchen of Falkland Palace was also used as an apothecary room in Episode 12 of Season 2.
Falkland, being a village, is of course free to visit. Falkland Palace is operated by the National Trust for Scotland, and there’s a fee to visit. It’s free for National Trust members. Overseas visitors can buy a National Trust Touring Pass which grants access to over 300 properties across the UK for a number of days.
You can get to Falkland in around an hour by car from Edinburgh. By public transport, you can take the train to nearby Markinch, and then take a local bus.
Falkland is included on this tour, which also visits Anstruther where you could visit the Scottish Fisheries museum and see the “Reaper”, which was used as the vessel that transported Claire and Jamie to France at the end of Season 1. This tour also features Falkland.
Drummond Castle Gardens – Versailles
Drummond Castle Gardens are a series of formal gardens on the Drummond Castle estate in Perthshire. The castle itself consists of a tower house dating from the 15th century and a mansion dating from the 17th century, although they were both rebuilt in the 19th century.
Unfortunately, the castle itself cannot be visited as it is a private residence. The good news for Outlander fans is that it is actually the gardens which are the star attraction, and these are open to the public.
In Episode 2 of Season 2 of Outlander, Claire and Jamie visit the spectacular palace of Versailles, just outside Paris. This palace is famed for its incredible gardens, and the gardens at Drummond Castle were deemed the best option in Scotland for recreating the Versailles look.
Of course, the gardens at Versailles were built on a scale that was only possible by a European monarch, and the Drummond Castle gardens aren’t quite the same. But they are still beautiful in their own right, and well worth a visit. In the show, the gardens are used with a computer generated backdrop of the palace of Versailles for some scenes.
There is a fee for visiting the Drummond Castle gardens, and you can find out more about prices and opening times on the official website here.
The best way to reach Drummond Castle is with a car. It’s around a 90 minute drive from Glasgow or Edinburgh. By public transport you will want to travel to Crieff or Muthill, from where you can take a taxi for the last few miles of the journey.
Alternatively, Drummond Castle Gardens is one of the stops on this very comprehensive 3 day Outlander tour from Glasgow.
Gosford House – Versailles
Found just outside of Edinburgh near the town of Longniddry, Gosford House is a 19th century neoclassical mansion.
Along with Drummond Castle, Gosford House was used as a filming location for Versailles. Specifically, the house was used as the Versailles stables. If you’ve visited Versailles, you’ll be aware that the stables were a extravagant affair, capable of housing over 2,000 horses and home to over 1,500 workers!
The exterior of Gosford House was used to stand in for the stables in Season 2 of Outlander, in Episode 5. You can see Jamie outside the stables discussing a horse purchase with the Duke of Sandringham.
However, it’s worth bearing in mind that some computer wizardry was used in order to make the building look like a French 18th century building rather than a 19th century neoclassical mansion!
Gosford House is open for tours on some days of the year, and they also sometimes run Outlander specific tours. You can read more about opening times and prices here.
Gosford House is around 17 miles east of Edinburgh. You can reach it be car or public transport from Edinburgh in around 45 minutes.
Dunkeld House Hotel Grounds – North Carolina wilderness
Dunkeld House Hotel is around a 90 minute drive north of Edinburgh and Glasgow. It’s a beautiful 4* luxury country house hotel set in 280 acres of land, dating from 1897.
Despite the home itself being picturesque, it wasm’t actually featured in the show. Instead, the woodlands of the property were used to stand in for the North Carolina wilderness in Season 4 of the show. Jamie, Claire, and Young Ian journey through the wilderness here on their way to save Roger from the Mohawk in Episode 10 of Season 4.
As a hotel, Dunkeld House is obviously open for guests (check prices and book online here), and there’s also a spa and restaurant on site. We can also recommend visiting nearby Dunkeld when you are in the area, as the ruined cathedral there is beautiful.
Faskally Forest – Mohawk Village
Just north of Pitlochry, a little further on from Dunkeld, is Faskally Forest. Created as a model woodland in the 19th century, today the forest is managed by Forestry and Land Scotland. There are a series of lovely walks here, some of which take you around Loch Dunmore.
Faskally Forest featured in Season 4 of Outlander as the location of the Mohawk village where Roger is held in the last four episodes of the show. Quite an elaborate set was created here, including wigwams and canoes, although nothing remains today. However, this is a lovely part of the world, and the walks through the forest are well worth the visit.
You will need your own transport to visit Faskally forest.
Tibbermore Parish Church – Cranesmuir Church
Tibbermore Parish Church is a small church dating from 1632, found in the tiny village of Tibbermore, just to the west of Perth.
Tibbermore Parish Church was used in the 11th Episode of Season 1 of Outlander, as the location where Claire and Gellis are tried for witchcraft.
In the show, this takes places in Cranesmuir Church. Other scenes from Cranesmuir were filmed in Culross, but Tibbermore is actually just outside Perth. The magic of TV! We assume it was chosen because it has a natural layout for a trial. The church looks pretty much exactly the same in real life as it does in the show.
Tibbermore is a 15 minute drive by car from Perth, which is the nearest city, or you can take a bus from Perth. You can also travel by car from Edinburgh or Glasgow in around an hour. If you want to travel by public transport from these locations, you’ll want to head to Perth first and then take a local bus. You can see public transport timetables here.
The church is no longer operational as a church, and is managed by the Scottish Redundant Churchs Trust. It is possible to visit, however you’ll need to arrange your visit in advance with the keyholder. This is easy to do if you plan ahead, and you can see the details on the official website for the church here.
Dean Castle – Beaufort Castle
Dean Castle is found to the south west of Glasgow in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire. The castle, which sits in the Dean Castle Country Park, has two parts, a Keep and a Palace.
The Keep is a defensive structure which dates from 1350, and features very thick walls and minimal windows. The original Palace building dated from the 1300’s, however it was destroyed in a fire in 1735, and was restored in the mid-20th century.
Ok, let’s talk about Outlander. Dean Castle was thef ilming location for Beaufort Castle in Season 2 of the show. It’s the home of Jamie’s grandfather Lord Lovat, and appears in episode 8 of the show when Claire and Jamie visit Lord Lovat.
The castle and the country park are free to access, and are maintained by East Ayrshire council. There are also sometimes free tours of the castle.
From Glasgow it’s around a 30 minute drive to Dean Castle Country Park. You can also take the bus from Glasgow, which takes around 35 minutes. You can see public transport timetables here.
Note there is a real Beaufort Castle in Scotland as well, which is found near Inverness, but this was not used in filming of the show.
Troon – Coastal Port
Troon is a popular coastal town in South Ayrshire from where you can get lovely views of the Isle of Arran. It has some gorgeous beaches, and one of these beaches is where Jamie, Claire, and Murtagh board the Christabel ship bound for Paris at the end of Season 1.
If you’re looking for this location, you’ll want to head to the Troon south beach. Specifically, the area around the sand dunes is where the filming took place.
As a side note, you can actually see the actual ship as well, although in another part of Scotland. The ship that was used was a 1902 two-masted sailing lugger called “Reaper”, which today lives in the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther, Fife. So when you are exploring the Outlander locations in Fife, don’t forget to add this to your list!
Troon can be easily reached by train from Glasgow in under an hour. You can check train times and book tickets here. It’s also possible to drive here, which will take around 40 minutes from Glasgow or around 2 hours from Edinburgh.
Drumlanrig Castle – Bellhurst Manor
Drumlanrig Castle is in the south west of Scotland, in the Dumfries & Galloway region. The castle, which is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry dates from the mid-17th century. It’s an impressive construction, known for its use of pink sandstone.
It’s also a big place. The castle has 120 rooms, 17 turrets and four towers! It’s also home to a well known art collection, which includes a painting by Rembrandt and one by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Of course, you’re interested in the Outlander scenes filmed at Drumlanrig Castle. Well, in Season 2 of Outlander, the castle was used as the location of Bellhurst Manor. Fans will recognise this as the Duke of Sandringham’s estate, which featured in the 11th Episode of Season 2.
Many locations were used for the show, both inside and outside the castle. You’ll see an army camp set up in the grounds, with the castle in the background. Inside, a number of rooms were used for filming the episode, including the reception room, dining room, and salon. In addition, the bedroom where Claire is locked in is one of the bedrooms, the one made famous as the location where in real life Bonnie Prince Charlie slept one night.
Outlander fans will have plenty to experience at Drumlanrig Castle. The Castle is open on some days of the year and there’s a fee to visit. Both the grounds and the castle itself can be visited. For the castle, you can only visit on a guided tour. You can check prices here.
The castle is in a fairly remote location, so we advise having your own transport in order to visit.
Callendar House – Bellhurst Manor
Whilst Drumlanrig Castle was the setting of Bellhurst Manor for the majority of the scenes, it wasn’t the only real-world location used.
Callendar House, which is found in Falkirk, is a stunning 19th century mansion that was built in the style of a French Renaissance chateau around a previous 14th century tower house. It’s been visited by many notable historical figures, including Mary Queen of Scots, Oliver Cromwell, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and Queen Victoria.
The kitchen in Callendar House stood in for the Bellhurst Manor kitchen in the 11th episode of Season 2. It’s a fully working kitchen of the Georgian period, so was perfect for the show.
Callendar House is operated by the Falkirk Community Trust and is open to the public. There’s a self-guided tour of the home, which has a number of permanent exhibitions. The Georgian kitchen itself has costumed staff who actually create food here as well, giving you a really authentic insight into a working Georgian kitchen.
Callendar House is free to visit. Whilst here, don’t forget to visit the Antonine Wall in the grounds, which was built by the Romans as a more northern version of Hadrian’s Wall. Other attractions in Falkirk include the Falkirk wheel and the Kelpies statues.
Falkirk is around 25 miles west of Edinburgh. It is well connected, and you can get here by train or bus from towns and cities around Scotland. You can also drive yourself of course. Callendar house is also visited on this 3 day Outlander tour from Glasgow.
Muiravonside Country Park – Battle of Prestonpans
Not too far from Callendar House is the Muiravonside Country Park. This is a 170 acre country park which is also operated by the Falkirk Community Trust.
The park has walking trails through woodland and parkland, a mini farm that demonstrates farming practices, a children’s play area, a cafe, and a sculpture trail. They also run a variety of events and activities throughout the year. It’s a popular place for families.
The park also featured in Outlander, specifically in Season 2 of the show, where it was the location of the Battle of Prestonpans in Episode 10. Shots such as Dougal testing the British rifle and many of the battle scenes were filmed on location.
Muiravonside Country Park is free to visit and open year round. It’s around a 45 minute drive from Edinburgh, just past Linlithgow. You will want your own transport as it’s not easy to reach by public transport.
Preston Mill – Lallybroch Mill
Preston Mill is a very pretty old mill, found in the village of East Linton to the east of Edinburgh. The mill, which is one of the oldest working water-driven meal mills in Scotland, dates from the 19th century. However, there has been a mill in this location since at least the 16th century.
Preston Mill appeared in a number of scenes in the first Outlander Season. First, when we see Jamie repairing a waterwheel at Lallybroch in Episode 12, this is the Preston Mill waterwheel.
In addition, the museum exhibition room that you can visit at Preston Mill was also used for Outlander. It was the location of the court ante-room from the witch trial in Episode 11. The rest of the trial was filmed at the previously mentioned Tibbermore Church.
Preston Mill is a National Trust for Scotland property, and there is an entry fee. It’s free for National Trust members. Overseas visitors can buy a National Trust Touring Pass which grants access to over 300 properties across the UK for a number of days.
You can see opening hours and prices on the official website here.
Preston Mill is 23 miles east of Edinburgh, and you can visit by both public bus or train from Edinburgh. By train, you’ll want to travel to North Berwick and then take a local bus service to East Linton. You can see public transport timetables here. It’s also possible to drive from Edinburgh, which should take around 40 minutes.
Additionally, Preston Mill can be visited as part of this private tour, which has departures from multiple locations in Scotland including Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Aberdour Castle – Monastery
Aberdour Castle, which dates from around 1200, is one of the oldest castles in Scotland. It’s found in the village of Aberdour in Fife. The original medieval part of the castle has lost its roof, but the more recent 17th century addition is still covered up.
Aberdour Castle featured in the first Season of Outlander as the abbey where Claire tends to the wounds that Jamie received from “Black Jack” Randall in Episode 16. Multiple locations were used, including exterior shots of the castle, the stables, and the upstairs gallery. Staff on site will be able to direct you to specific locations if you have any questions.
Aberdour Castle is operated by Historic Scotland. It’s open year round, and there’s a fee to visit. You can see prices and opening hours online here. It’s free for Historic Scotland members and English Heritage members.
You can also get a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass that gives you access to a number of attractions over a time period. This will be worth getting if you plan on visiting some of the other Historic Scotland attraction on our list, or in Scotland in general.
Aberdour Castle is easy to get to by car from Edinburgh, it takes around 40 minutes. There’s also a train station in Aberdour offering direct services to Edinburgh, which takes around 30 minutes. You can check train times and book tickets here.
Dysart Harbour – Le Havre Port
Dysart harbour is a very picturesque harbour on the Fife Coastline. The harbour dates back to the mid 15th century, and is still in active use today. Over time it has seen a wide variety of goods pass through, including salt and coal. Today it is primarily leisure and fishing boats using the harbour.
Dysart harbour was used as the French port of Le Havre in the first episode of Season 2 of Outlander. We see Claire and Jamie arrive in 1745 France with Murtagh aboard the Christabel.
The show had shots of much of the harbour, as well as the harbourmasters’ house, although the old buildings in the background shots aren’t actually there—in reality it’s just a large wall! The harbourmasters’ house however was used in the show, as the guesthouse where they get rooms.
Another scene that appeared to be shot at this location was Jared’s wine warehouse. However, this was actually shot at Deanston Distillery, near Doune Castle, not here.
Dysart harbour is easy to visit. You can take a direct train from Edinburgh to Kirkcaldy, and then take a local bus to Dysart. Alternatively, it’s around a 50 minute drive from Edinburgh.
Deanston Distillery – Jared’s Wine Warehouse
There is obviously more to Scotland than Outlander locations. We think visiting a Scottish whisky distillery whilst in Scotland is a must for any visitor, even those who might not particularly like whisky.
The good news for Outlander fans is that you can combine a visit to a whisky distillery with an Outlander filming location.
Deanston Distillery, which is found just next to the village of Doune, is a Scotch whisky distillery found in a former cotton mill. It’s been producing whisky since 1966, and you can take a tour of the distillery, learn how whisky is made, and sample the product.
Deanston Distillery was the filming location of Jared’s wine warehouse in Season 2 of the show. We see Claire entering the warehouse in Episode 1 of Season 2, where Claire goes to inspect some men suffering from smallpox.
The location used for this shooting was the Deanston Distillery maturation warehouse, where the magic happens to turn the spirit in the barrels into Scotch whisky. Whisky casks and wine barrels are actually the same, and whisky is often matured in old wine barrels for the flavour. The only inauthentic point in the scene is that the liquid in the barrels in the background is most certainly not wine!
You can visit Deanston distillery, and you can see tour times and price on their website here. It’s close to Doune Castle, the filming location for Castle Leoch, so it would make sense to visit the two together.
You can reach Deanston distillery by car in around an hour from Edinburgh. In addition, a public bus runs from Stirling to Doune, and you can get to Stirling by train from locations around Scotland.
We visited Deanston distillery on this tour from Edinburgh.
Glasgow Cathedral – L’Hopital Des Anges, Paris
Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city, and with the film studios located nearby, you would expect to find a few Outlander filming locations here. And you would not be disappointed! Our next few locations are all in Glasgow.
We’ll start with the oldest building in the city, which is Glasgow Cathedral. This dates from 1136, making it the oldest cathedral on mainland Scotland. The cathedral is dedicated to St. Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow, who is buried within. The cathedral is very much worth a visit when you are in the city, and is one of our recommended things to do in Glasgow.
Outlander used the the cathedral crypt as the filming location of the Parisian hospital, L’Hôpital des Anges. This appears in Season 2 of the show a number of times, as Claire works here and tends to patients. She also recovers here after losing her baby.
The exterior of the cathedral is not featured in the show. The exterior shots of the hospital were actually filmed in Prague.
Glasgow Cathedral is looked after by Historic Environment Scotland, and is free to visit, although donations are of course welcome. It is an active place of worship, so there are events and masses taking place here. You can find out more about opening times and plan your visit on the official website here.
University of Glasgow – Harvard University
Founded in 1451, Glasgow University is one of the oldest universities in the English speaking world. It’s a large affair, which is today spread out across multiple campuses around the city.
The main campus today, and the one that Outlander fans will want to visit, is Gilmorehill. This is a little to the west of the city centre, and was built in 1870 in a glorious Gothic revival style.
Despite bearing no real resemblance to the real-life Harvard University in Boston, Gilmorehill campus was chosen as the filming location for the Harvard University scenes. These were shot at a number of different locations, including the gorgeous cloisters which appeared in Episode 5 of Season 3.
Parts of the University of Glasgow is open to visitors, and you can take a self-guided tour of the main highlights. It’s free to visit – see more on the official website here.
Kelvingrove Park – Boston Park
Next to the University of Glasgow you will find Kelvingrove Park, one of Glasgow’s oldest public parks which dates from 1852. The 85 acre park is home to a number of walking trails and monuments, as well as the excellent Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
Kelvingrove Park was used in Episode 2 of Season 3 of Outlander. In this episode, we see Claire walking through a Boston park pushing a pram, which is actually Kelvingrove park. She passes a bagpiper busking, and crosses a bridge. The bridge that she crosses is the Prince of Wales bridge which is located near the bandstand.
Kelvingrove Park is free to visit and it is open year round.
Dowanhill Street Glasgow – Furey Street Home, Boston
Glasgow was a popular location for filming scenes set in Boston! Another location the Outlander team used to depict 1940s Boston in Season 3 of the show was Dowanhill Street.
Dowanhill Street is a long residential street in the west end of Glasgow, not too far from the university. It runs from Victoria Crescent Road at it’s north end to Dumbarton Road at the south end, and it’s around a third of a mile long.
The street is home to many old Victorian era houses made of red brick, and was used as the location for Claire and Frank’s home on Furey Street. The house used was number 124 which is at the north end of the street, between Downside Road and Victoria Crescent Road.
The interiors of the house were not shot here, it was just used for external scenes. The street appeared throughout the first episodes of Season 3 as we progress from the 1940s to the 1960s.
Please be aware if you visit that this is a street of private residences, as is the house that was used. Whilst you are of course welcome to stroll the street and imagine yourself in mid 20th century Boston, do be respectful of the owners and don’t venture onto private property.
Glasgow City Chambers – City of Westminster Register Office
The Glasgow City Chambers are an impressive civic building found on George Square – the city’s main civic square. The chambers are the home of the local government in Glasgow, and they are also where you’ll find the Glasgow City Council registration office. This is where births, deaths and marriages are registered in the city.
It is appropriate therefore that this was where, in Episode 7 of Season 1, Frank and Claire get engaged. This is set in the City of Westminster in London, but it was actually filmed in Glasgow, at number 45 John Street, which is where you’ll find the entrance to the Glasgow City registration office.
Only the outside of the building was used for the show. However, we can recommend taking a free tour of the Glasgow City chambers. These run twice a week on working days. You can find out more about tour times here.
Pollok Country Park – Castle Leoch & French Countryside
A little to the south west of Glasgow is Pollok Country Park, the largest park in the city. The estate was gifted to the city in 1966 by the Maxwell family, who had owned it for over 700 years, on the provision that it would remain a public park.
As well as the large area of parkland, the park contains the Burrell Collection, an impressive art collection, as well as Pollok House.
Pollok Country Park was used for quite a few scenes in multiple seasons of Outlander, so if you’re an Outlander fan visiting Glasgow, it’s a must-visit.
In the first Season of Outlander in Episode 4, Claire is outside with some children on the grounds of Castle Leoch. These scenes were filmed in the park. In Episode 14 of the same season, the gypsy camp that Claire and Murtagh find was also shot in the park.
In Season 2 of the show, the park is used for scenes of French countryside. These are primarily in Episode 6. We see Claire in a carriage on her way to the duel between Jamie and Randall. The bridge she crosses is easily recognisable as a bridge that you can visit in the park. The duel itself was also shot in the park, as were earlier scenes in the episode where Jamie and Fergus are riding.
Finally, Season 4 of the show saw the Outlander crew return to Pollok Country Park again, this time for scenes in the USA. In Episode 3 of Season 4, Roger and Brianna attend a Scottish festival in 1970s North Carolina, which was filmed in the park as well.
As you can see there are many scenes from Outlander which were filmed in Pollok Country Park, although many of them were general scenes in woodland or fields so there is not necessarily a lot to see! Still, it’s a lovely park and it is well worth visiting, as is Pollok House.
Pollok Country Park is free to visit and open year round. It’s around a 20 minute drive from the city centre, or a 25 minute bus ride. Pollok House is a National Trust for Scotland property, which has an entry fee. We have visited and it’s well worth it in our opinion!
Abercainy Estates – River Run
Abercainy is a 1,400 acre private estate near the town of Crieff, which has been the home of the Moray family for over 700 years. It’s primarily used as a wedding and events venue, with the large house a popular location for big events.
Abercainy was the location of the North Carolina “River Run” plantation, which is owned by Jamie’s Aunt Jocasta. This appears in Episode 2 of Season 4, as well as in Episode 6 of Season 5.
The plantation house was built from scratch on set, although only the lower half of the house was built, with the upper part being computer generated. Only the external shots were filmed here whereas all the interior scenes were shot on a set.
Abercainy Estate is a private property so it not usually open to visitors, only those who have booked an event. However they do have open days so it is sometimes possible to visit and do a tour. That said, don’t expect to see much, as the plantation home was a fabrication which doesn’t actually exist. You can see more on their website here.
Devil’s Pulpit – Liar’s Spring
The Devil’s Pulpit, also known as Finnich Glen, is a deep gorge known for its green mossy sides and the red appearance of the water that runs through it (caused by the red sandstone riverbed).
The Devil’s Pulpit appeared in Season 1 of Outlander, as the location for Liar’s Spring. The legend has it that if you drink from the spring, you have to tell the truth, otherwise you die. In Episode 6, Dougal Mackenzie makes Claire drink from the water to ensure she’s not an English spy.
You can of course visit the Devil’s Pulpit, but be prepared for a bit of a challenge. First, it’s a popular location with minimal parking, and public transport in the area is not great. Second, the descent down into the gorge is via a very steep and muddy path, which can be challenging. Finally, the water levels in the gorge can rise dangerously quickly so you need to be fully prepared.
I’d recommend reading my guide to visiting the Devil’s Pulpit, so you know what to expect!
Map of Outlander Filming Locations
There are a lot of Outlander filming locations around Scotland, as you can probably tell from this post! To help you plan out your Outlander adventure, we’ve put together this map of Outlander filming locations. You can also see this on Google here.
Other Locations Related to Outlander
In this guide we’ve primarily focused on actual Outlander filming locations. However, there are a few other locations throughout Scotland that are very strongly tied to the show, that we think you might consider visiting even if they weren’t actually filming locations. Many of these served as inspiration for places in the books and TV show.
The World’s End Pub, Edinburgh
In Episode 6 of Season 3, Claire and Mr. Willoughby have a conversation in the World’s End pub. This is a real pub on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.
Whilst the scene was actually filmed on a set, it’s fun to visit this location and have a drink or meal when you’re in Edinburgh. The pub dates from the 16th century, and its name comes from a time when Edinburgh was a walled city. The pubs wall was a part of the city’s ancient wall, with the relatively safe world of Edinburgh ending just past the pub!
Found just outside of Inverness near the Culloden Battlefield, the Clava Cairns are one of the most popular locations for fans of Outlander looking for the real Creagh Na Dun standing stones.
Part of the reason for their popularity is that one of the stones is split in two, similar to the stones in Outlander. Additionally, they are relatively accessible compared to many other stone circles in Scotland.
So, whilst the Clava Cairns were not an actual filming location for Outlander, fans seeking a great photo of a standing stone will definitely enjoy a visit here.
Clava Cairns are a prehistoric site, dating to 4,000 years old. As well as the stones, there are three large cairns – mounds of stones that would have been the burial site for important individuals.
Clava Cairns are free to visit. They are just a few hundred yards from the Culloden Battlefield, so we would recommend visiting as part of your trip there.
Rothiemurchus Estate – Tulloch Ghru
Tulloch Ghru is a popular walking location in the Caingorms National Park. It’s on the Rothiemurchus Estate, just outside the popular town of Aviemore. As a side note, this is a great base if you’re planning on skiing in Scotland!
The Rothiemurchus Estate was used as the location where Claire first meets Jamie having passed through the stones. This takes place in Episode 1 of Season 1, and Tulloch Ghru was the filming location.
Like many other scenes like this in Outlander, this is a tricky one to pin down exactly as it is shot in woodland. However, if you are looking for a lovely walk in stunning highland countryside, which happens to have featured in Outlander, this is an excellent option. You can find information on some self guided walks on the Rothiemurchus website here.
Rothiemurchus Estate is on the outskirts of Aviemore, and is easy to reach by bus, car or a 30 minute walk from Aviemore.
Callanish Standing Stones
The Callanish standing stones on the Isle of Lewis & Harris are, in our opinion, the stones that most closely resemble the Creagh Na Dun stone circle from Outlander. If you are lucky enough to be visiting Lewis & Harris, then a trip to these stones is a must.
They are on a beautiful location atop a hill, with stunning views of the surrounding landscape, and are believed to be around 5,000 years old. They are also usually cited as being the inspiration the Outlander set designers used to create the stone circle in the show.
The Callanish standing stones are open year round and are free to visit. There is also a visitor centre on site which has a small museum, which has an entry fee.
The city of Inverness is known as the capital of the Highlands. It’s a beautiful city with lots to see and do, and there are also some great day trips from Inverness, including to nearby Loch Ness.
Whilst Inverness wasn’t an Outlander filming location, much of the show and books are set in and around the city, and we think it is well worth visiting on your trip to Scotland.
As mentioned in my section on Doune Castle earlier on in my post, the real world location of the Clan MaKenzie family home is at Castle Leod. This 17th century tower house served as the inspiration for Castle Leoch in the books, however it was not chosen as a filming location as it was deemed to be less accessible than Doune Castle.
Many fans still wish to visit Castle Leod, and it’s a popular inclusion on Outlander tours from Inverness, such as this one.
Castle Leod has some open days each year, but it is not always open. It is also possible to arrange a visit with a private tour guide. If you want to visit Castle Leod on your own, we suggest checking the official website here for information on how to do so.
You can reach Castle Leod by car, or you can take a public bus from Inverness to Strathpeffer and then it’s around a mile walk to the castle.
Beauly Priory – Lovat Fraser Grave Site and Church
The beautiful ruins of 13th century Beauly Priory are one of our recommended stops when driving Scotland’s North Coast 500. Not much is known about the priory or the monks who lived here. It operated for just over 400 years before being disestablished in 1634, and falling into ruin.
The priory is surrounded by a graveyard, where a number of members of Clan Mackenzie and Clan Fraser are buried. It wasn’t a filming location, but it featured in the Dragonfly in Amber novel as the location where Claire meets Maisri the Seer.
Tours of Outlander Filming Locations in Scotland
In our experience, the two easiest ways to see Outlander filming locations Scotland are to drive yourself, or to take a tour, although you can still see a number of sites via public transit. Driving yourself will let you visit some of the more off the beaten path locations, but will require some careful planning. Sometimes certain attractions may only be open to those on a tour.
A tour is an easy way to let someone else handle all the planning, and they are usually very cost effective as well. We also like that someone else does the driving, and most tours feature knowledgeable guides who can share with you everything you need to know about the locations you’re seeing, and which Outlander scenes specifically were filmed there.
Here are some tours we suggest from different departure points in Scotland. These include both single and multi-day tours, as well as some shorter walking tours of specific locations.
If you want to visit the sites virtually, this is a guided live virtual tour of many of the filming locations in the show
This private walking tour in Edinburgh visits many of the filming locations in the city, including Backhouse Close
This 1 day tour from Edinburgh includes Culross, Doune Castle, Linlithgow Palace, Blackness Castle, and Midhope Castle.
This 1 day tour from Edinburgh includes Culross, Doune Castle, Linlithgow Palace, Blackness Castle, Falkland, Hopetoun House and Midhope Castle. This is a similar tour.
This private tour from Edinburgh is with a guide who starred as an extra in multiple episodes of the show. It includes Midhope Castle, Blackness Castle, Doune Castle and Culross
This 1 day private tour from Edinburgh includes Midhope Castle, Falkland, Culross, Hopetoun House and Doune Castle
This 1 day private tour from Glasgow offers multiple departure options, and visits Preston Mill, Linlithgow Palace, Dounce Castle, Blackness Castle, Culross and Falkland
This 1 day tour from Glasgow includes Culross, Doune Castle, Falkland, Linlithgow Palace, Blackness Castle and Midhope Castle.
This private 1 day tour from Inverness visit a number of locations that are related to Outlander, including Castle Leod, Culloden Battlefield, and Clava Cairns
This 3 day tour from Glasgow stops at multiple Outland filming locations, including Blackness, Midhope castle, Falkland, Doune Castle, Culross, Hopetoun House, Linlithgow, Callendar House, Drummond Gardens, the Highland Folk Museum and Clava Cairns
This 3 day private tour is available from many locations around Scotland. It visits multiple Outlander filming locations and related sites, including Midhope Castle, Hopetoun House, Blackness Castle, Highland Folk Museum, Drummond Gardens, Doune Castle, and Culross
This 4 day tour from Edinburgh visits many Outlander sites, including Culross, Falkland, the Highland Folk Museum, Clava Cairns, Doune Castle, Midhope Castle and Blackness Castle
Finally, this is a fully customizable private tour option that you can make as long or as short as you like, depending on your interests and budget!
Tips for Visiting Scotland for Outlander
To help you plan your Scottish Outlander adventure, we wanted to share some tips we think you will find useful.
Where to Base Yourself in Scotland for Outlander
If you look at our map of Outlander filming locations, you’ll see that the majority of them are within easy driving distance of Edinburgh and Glasgow. As such, we would recommend staying in either Edinburgh or Glasgow. If you have more time, we’d also recommend basing in Inverness as well.
When to Visit Scotland for Outlander Locations
Many of the Outlander locations are at sites or attractions which are only open seasonally, so you will want to plan your trip based on when the attractions you are most interested in visiting are open.
Many attractions in Scotland outside of the bigger cities are closed in the winter, with many being open from April to October. Our favourite months for travel in Scotland are in May and September. These times are a little less busy than the summer months, but you still have a good chance of nice weather, and the majority of attractions will be open.
Note that a few attractions may only be open a few times a year or may require a booking or advanced reservation to visit. So once you decide which places you most want to visit, be sure to check on the opening dates, times, and if reservations are required.
How Many Days to Visit Outlander Locations in Scotland
You will want a minimum of one full day to visit some of the key Outlander locations. A full day should allow you to visit between 4 and 6 locations, depending on what part of Scotland you are focused on visiting.
If you are planning an Outlander focused trip to Scotland and wanted to visit the majority of locations in this guide, we’d suggest planning a trip that is 5 to 7 days in length. You could do this trip by driving yourself or you could book tours that would take you to most popular attractions
As an example itinerary for a self-driving trip, if you had five days, we’d suggest splitting that time with a couple of days in Edinburgh, a couple of days in Glasgow, and then a day in Inverness. This would let you visit the majority of filming locations around Scotland.
It is also easy to book a guided Outlander tour, or a series of day tours to see the Outlander attractions. For example, if you have 5 days in Scotland, you could arrive in Edinburgh and explore it on your own for the first day, and then take this 4 day tour of the major Outlander sites.
How to Get to the Outlander Locations in Scotland
The two easiest ways to get to the Outlander filming locations in Scotland are to either drive yourself, or to take a tour.
If you drive yourself, this will give you the ultimate flexibility in terms of which locations you visit, how many you visit in a day, and how long you spend at each location. The downside is that you will have to do quite a bit more planning, and factor in the budget for any car rental.
If you are visiting Scotland, you’ll likely want to hire a car. We recommend checking out the prices at either Priceline or Enterprise to see what options are available.
You can also take a tour of course to visit Outlander locations, and we mention a number of tour options in recommend Outlander tour options. Both private and group tours are available, and tours are available from a day in length up to multiple days in duration.
A tour has many advantages in that someone else will handle all the planning, and all you have to do is show up and enjoy yourself. In addition, the tour guide can tell you all about the locations you are visiting, and provide context, history and entertainment.
Of course, with a tour you can lose some flexibility in terms of your trip, although we think the tours do focus on some of the best Outlander filming locations, so you don’t need to worry about that too much. Another option is to tailor make a private tour, giving you the best of both worlds.
We’ve recommended a number of Outlander tours, but there are many more. We suggest looking for Outlander tours on GetYourGuide, Viator and Rabbies as a starting point.
Finally, a number of the Outlander locations in Scotland can be visited by public transport. This will often be the lowest cost option, but will also take the most time. If you do want to visit Outlander locations by public transport, we recommend using the Traveline Scotland website for planning both bus and rail travel. You can book train tickets online in advance here. For local bus tickets, you can usually just buy these on the bus or from a local bus operator.
Further Reading and Resources
Hopefully this guide to the Outlander filming locations helps you find all your favourite locations from the show on your trip to Scotland, as well as the information you need to get to them!
Before you head on your Outlander adventure, we wanted to share some additional resources that we think will help, both with finding Outlander locations and with visiting Scotland in general.
This book on Outlander in Scotland features information on many of the filming locations
This book offers a detailed guide to the making of the first two Outlander Seasons, with lots of photos of the sets and information from the crew and cast on the filming process. The sequel covers Seasons 3 and 4.
If you want to dive into the world of Scottish cooking, there are two official Outlander Kitchen books you can buy
We have a guide to all our favourite whisky distilleries in Scotland, which also has lots of information on how whisky is made, the different Scottish whisky regions, and more.
For Edinburgh, check out our 2 day Edinburgh itinerary, our guide to things to do in Edinburgh, and our guide to the best day trips from Edinburgh to get you started. We also have a guide to getting from London to Edinburgh.
For Glasgow, see our Glasgow and Loch Lomond itinerary, our guide to the best day trips from Glasgow, and our guide to things to do in Glasgow
For Aberdeen, we have a guide to things to do in Aberdeen, our favourite restaurants in Aberdeen, a suggested 2 day Aberdeen itinerary and a guide to the best day trips from Aberdeen.
From Aberdeen you can also tackle the North East 250! This is a newer driving route which covers spectacular scenery, many Speyside distilleries, and the wonderful Moray Firth coastline. See our 3 day NE250 itinerary for advice on that one.
For more road trip inspiration, check out our detailed guide to the North Coast 500 and North Coast 500 Accommodation Guide, as well as my photography highlights on the North Coast 500 for some inspiration for your trip. If you’d like an itinerary for the North Coast 500, check out our detailed 7 Day North Coast 500 camping itinerary.
We have a guide to Loch Ness as well as some of our other favourite day trips from Inverness for some inspiration. We also have some detailed guides to other attractions near Inverness, including a guide to the Black Isle and tips on visiting the Cairngorms
We’ve got an itinerary for visiting Skye and the Highlands
If you’re driving in the UK for the first time, check out my tips for driving in the UK for some advice. We also have a guide to how much it costs to travel in the UK.
For wider UK trip planning, we have suggested one week and two week UK itineraries as a starter, plus lots more UK content to help you plan your trip.
For other film location inspiration in the UK, see our guide to Harry Potter filming locations in Scotland, our guide to Harry Potter filming locations in the UK, and our guide to the Game of Thrones locations in Northern Ireland
If you’d like a guidebook for your time visiting Scotland, we recommend the Rick Steves’ Scotland guide
And that’s it for this comprehensive guide to Outlander filming locations! Thanks for reading. As always, we’re open to your feedback and any questions you might have on this or any of our other posts. Pop them in the comments section below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
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We’re thrilled to share the intercontinental start date of the much-expected Approach Sea guide. The journey / memoir / self-assist book will be introduced on December 23 2020, readily available on the internet and at e-book stores around the globe from January. We have previewed Approach Sea more than the earlier number of years whilst it was staying prepared – and found it evolve from a basic handbook of valuable vacation ideas, into an epic odyssey!
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Wednesday December 23 at THIS IS IT, Arambol
Prepare Sea is launched at THIS IS IT (north Arambol Seaside, Goa) on Wednesday December 23. The night capabilities a exclusive are living functionality by London-dependent Portuguese musician, AMADIS.
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We travel a lot, and we love to visit sights and attractions when we do so. Visitor attractions that charge entry fees may include museums, amusement parks, national parks, castles, historic buildings, zoos, experience based attractions, scenic city viewpoints, hop-on- hop-off buses, boat rides, and the like.
Many of these activities have an entry fee, and these can quickly add up. In fact, attraction entry often makes up a significant amount of our travel budget.
Over our years of travel, we have learned a lot about buying sightseeing and attraction tickets so we don’t spend any more money than we have to. Of course, we don’t mind paying to visit attractions, but we certainly prefer to let our budget stretch as far as possible!
In this guide, I’m going to share with you tips for getting the best deals when buying sightseeing. I’ll go through the options you have when it comes to buying attraction tickets online, the advantages and disadvantages of each, and share our tips on saving money when buying tickets for sightseeing.
Where to Buy Sightseeing & Attraction Tickets Online
I’ll now go through the main options you have to where to buy tickets online, and list the pros and cons of each option.
Online Sightseeing Ticket Websites
First, there are a number of websites which sell tickets to attractions all around the world. These are a great starting point for a search as they’ll usually have all the major sights listed, and in some cases are cheaper than buying from the attraction directly.
These websites are often able to give lower prices that other ticket buying options because they sell in higher volumes. In addition, some can have exclusive agreements with attractions for specific products, meaning some ticket types are only available through these third party sites.
In terms of disadvantages, you do have to keep an eye out for any fees that the service charges. The sites we’ve chosen don’t add extra fees except for some specific tickets, but it’s always good to check what the final price is.
The websites we like to use are as follows.
With over 60,000 activities available around the world, including tours and attractions, GetYourGuide is usually the first place we go to when looking to buy tickets online.
GetYourGuide have tickets for attractions all around the world, and in our experience the pricing is usually either the same or slightly better than booking direct. They also don’t charge booking fees except for very specific tickets like the Louvre.
The website is easy to use and navigate, and you can filter specifically for entry tickets.
We like how the key information you need to know is presented clearly and conspicuously. Ticket features like skip the line, the cancellation policy, and ticket validity are highlighted.
There’s also a comprehensive review system in place so you can see the experience of other users, and every product for sale has a detailed overview of what to expect. They also accept payment in multiple currencies.
We also really love the mobile ticket option that is offered for many products. For products that support mobile tickets, GetYourGuide sends you the ticket to your phone. You can then display the ticket on entry on your phone, which saves having to print out a ticket. Printing tickets can be a challenge when travelling! Of course, if you’d rather have a printed ticket that’s also an option.
I’ve used this mobile ticketing option whilst standing outside attractions looking at long ticket lines, and it’s let me skip the line and get inside, often whilst saving money on the ticket counter price as well!
Viator is probably one of the best known websites for booking tours and activities online. In fact, with over 345,000 activities to choose from, this TripAdvisor owned company definitely covers a lot.
We generally start with GetYourGuide because we prefer the interface, but we will usually also check Viator to compare prices. They also have a larger selection of products, so this is a good place to look if we can’t find an entry ticket elsewhere. This is especially the case for less well known destinations, where Viator is more likely to have products than the other sites on our list.
Viator offers a powerful filter system for finding attraction tickets. First, you can select just to view tickets and passes, which you can then filter by additional criteria such as being family-friendly or whether they offer skip the line access.
Payment is accepted in multiple currencies, mobile tickets are available for many products, and naturally there’s a review system in place. There’s also detailed information provided on every experience, featuring information on what to expect, inclusions and exclusions, as well as meeting point / redemption information.
Overall, Viator is definitely a great option for buying tickets for attractions online.
Whilst Tiqets does have some tours, the site specializes in venue tickets for attractions. This means that it has less products in its overall inventory (around 3,000 attractions are available), but the focus makes it easy to find specific tickets.
Tiqets has tickets for properties all around the world, from museums through to other types of attraction like hop on hop off bus tours and even theme parks. They also feature some smaller attractions and venues that are exclusively available on the Tiqets platform. So if you can’t find an attraction on another platform, it’s definitely worth checking Tiqets out.
Tiqets offers competitive prices, customer reviews of their products, payment in multiple currencies, and mobile tickets. Their filtering system however is not particularly powerful, so whilst you can find suggested attractions in a destination, we find it works best if you have an attraction in mind already.
Civitatis is the leading online platform for booking tours and activities for the Spanish speaking market. However, they do now also offer their services to English speakers.
With over 45,000 activities to choose from in destinations around the world, which includes tickets to attractions, there is certainly plenty of choice.
When it comes to features, Civitatis covers all the main things you would need. You can search a destination specifically for tickets, and filter by features like accessibility, price and cancellation policy. You can also filter by availability, so if you’re searching for something to do last minute, you can skip those things that aren’t available.
Naturally there are reviews of the products from other customers, payment is accepted in multiple currencies, and there are no hidden fees or surcharges. One thing we have noticed is with Civitatis is that many tickets need to be printed out, and there’s no option to filter by mobile ticket, so do keep this in mind.
Finally, another website which is worth checking for tickets to attractions is Klook. Launched in 2014, Klook have over 100,000 products available in more than 350 destinations around the world. Based out of Hong Kong, Klook is a great option if you are looking for attractions across Asia in particular.
The Klook website is very easy to navigate, and it’s easy to filter by the type of activity you are searching for. So if you are specifically looking for attraction tickets in a city, you’ll be able to find them quickly. You can even filter by the type of attraction you are interested in, from museums & exhibitions, through to theme parks and animal attractions like zoos.
Klook indicates before you buy if instant confirmation is available, and the majority of tickets can either be displayed on your mobile (or printed out if you prefer). Klook has thousands of user reviews for their tickets, and accepts payment in a number of currencies.
City / Region / Themed Attraction Passes
If you are visiting a city or a region and plan on doing quite a lot of sightseeing, then you might want to consider a pass that includes entry to a number of attractions.
There are a number of different types of passes available, from passes that are for a specific city, through to passes that might cover a type of attraction in a country, such as national parks.
When considering any kind of pass, you will need to do a little bit of research and planning to find out if the pass will save you money. You’ll also want to see if you get any useful perks with the pass, like public transport, skip-the-line entry to attractions, or discounts on shopping and dining.
The majority of these passes can normally be purchased online directly from the pass website. Some are also available for sale on the online ticket sale sites we mentioned above.
Passes have the advantage that you can see a lot of sights and save considerable money when doing so. The disadvantage is that unless you want to spend more money, you are limited to the attractions they cover, and you do have to do a bit of research to make sure the savings are worth it.
Here are some of the different types of pass, with examples for each type, to give you an idea of what’s out there.
Flexible City Attraction Passes
When we visit a city for sightseeing, we always check to see if there’s a flexible city attraction pass for sale. A flexible pass is one that lets you visit any number of attractions you want from a comprehensive list, and they are usually valid for a set number of days.
In our experience, you do need to plan to see quite a few sights in order to get the financial benefit of one of these passes. You will also want to check that the pass covers the attractions that you plan on visiting!
We have used flexible city passes in destinations around the world, and written reviews of many of them. You can see our reviews for some of our favourite attraction passes at the following links:
Of course, there are a great many more passes for cities around the world like the San Francisco Pass.
Fixed City Attraction Passes
The other type of city pass that is worth considering is one that allows you to visit a fixed number of attractions. Usually the pass will either include a set number of attractions, or you can pick from a list. Either way, you will only be allowed to visit the specified number that the pass you buy covers.
The advantage of one of these passes is that they usually last for much longer, and are sometimes a little bit more cost effective.
The cities that have these passes also commonly overlap with the more flexible but shorter duration passes. So you will have a choice as to whether you want to visit a lot of attractions over a shorter period of time, or fewer attractions over a longer period of time.
There are quite a few of these passes available. We like the CityPASS products particularly, they normally include 5 – 7 of the top attractions in a city and offer significant savings. They also often cover cities that over passes don’t. We used one during our time in Houston for example, and saved quite a bit of money.
Other companies offering passes of this type include the GoCity passes and the Sightseeing Pass, both of which have the option of a pass with a fixed number of attractions, and which cover many cities around the world.
Passes / Combined Tickets for a Specific Organisation or Region
Another category of pass that can save you money, depending on your trip, is a pass that comes from a specific organisation.
Some examples of this type of pass include the National Parks pass in the USA and passes for National Trust or English Heritage sites in the UK.
Additionally, there are passes that focus on a selection of similar attractions in a region. Examples include the Royal Edinburgh ticket, the Loire Valley Castles pass and the Bavarian Castles pass.
There are lots of these types of passes offered by organisations and regions around the world. Our tip when travelling is to do a search for the region or attraction you are looking for to see if a pass or combination ticket is available.
Some may only include two attractions, but if you were planning on visiting them both anyway, then it can be worth it!
Annual / Season Passes
For attractions you plan to visit multiple times in the same year or season, you might consider getting an annual or season pass. This will often save you a lot of money if you make several visits and may come with additional benefits as well such as priority entry, free entry to special exhibitions, and discounts in the restaurant or gift shop.
Annual / Season passes are particularly popular for things like ski resorts, major museums, zoos, and theme parks. You can also often get season tickets or passes for performance venues like theatres. Generally these kind of passes need to be purchased directly from the attraction website or in person, but may also be available on third-party ticket sites as well.
Sometimes these passes will be referred to as memberships. What they all have in common is that they tend to cover one venue (or sometimes a few venues under the same brand), and offer significant savings if you plan on visiting multiple times a year.
As an example of savings, a single-day ticket to a USA Disney Park usually costs from $100 – $130, whilst an annual pass will be usually start at around $1200. So if you plan on visiting a Disney Park for more than ten days in a year, an annual pass will usually give you great savings, as well as additional perks like free parking.
Tours that Include Attraction Entry
We also wanted to mention that another option for visiting attractions is to take a tour that includes attraction entry.
Whilst a tour is nearly always going to be more expensive, you do get an expert guide who can help you understand what it is you are seeing, as well as guide you to all the highlights. In addition, many tours include multiple attractions, so this can be a great way to see a lot of sights without worrying about having to book lots of separate tickets.
We often take a tour or two when we first arrive into a city. It’s a great way to get oriented and see some of the major highlights. We also find that it’s a good way to get some insider tips on other sights to see in the destination, as well as find out where to eat!
There are lots of walking tour companies operating around the world, many of which are listed on sites like GetYourGuide and Viator.
Two companies that we particularly like are Take Walks and Context.
Take Walks are one of our favourite small to mid size walking tour companies. We’ve taken tours with them in Florence, Venice and Rome, as well as in New York. They run walks in locations all over the world, including a number of exclusive access tours to locations like the Vatican and St. Mark’s Basilica. We think their full day tours in particular are an excellent way to get acquainted with a city.
We’ve also taken a number of walking tours with Context in various cities around the world. We love how small their tour groups are, and how the tour leader is always a true subject matter expert – usually holding an advanced degree on the topic of their walk!
We’ve got a discount code for Context, booking through our links will get you 10% off automatically.
Online Direct from the Attraction
Finally, of course, you can also book directly from the attraction’s website if they sell tickets directly online. In some cases the tickets will be cheaper than buying in person to encourage visitors to book online in advance. Although note that there may be a booking fee or tax added which may increase the price.
The advantages of buying direct are that you are usually ensuring more of your money goes to the attraction. There are also often ticket types and experiences that are exclusively available on the attraction’s own website, and if you have questions about your visit, direct contact with the attraction is going to get you the best answers.
However, there will also be some disadvantages. There might not be support for multiple currencies or extended customer service hours as you would get with a platform like GetYourGuide. In addition, the website may not be available in your language, making it hard to know what to do.
There also are unlikely to be reviews from other customers. In addition, if you are visiting multiple attractions, having to hop between websites and enter payment details multiple times can be more time consuming than doing it through one single website.
Naturally, we’re not suggesting you shouldn’t buy direct. It’s always worth checking the price, and some locations have exclusive ticket options, VIP experiences or skip the line entry that can only be purchased directly. So keep this one in mind when hunting for deals, and weigh the advantages and disadvantages before buying.
Buying Tickets In Person Versus Online?
You may be wondering if you should just buy your tickets in person rather than online for an attraction? Buying tickets online is the most traditional and obvious way to purchase attraction tickets after all.
All you have to do is show up at the attraction and purchase the ticket from an on-site ticket counter. This can still be a good option, but it depends a lot on the attraction you want to visit and how flexible you are on the trip.
However, there are quite a few disadvantages of buying tickets in person.
For major attractions such as the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona or the Colosseum in Rome, tickets often sell out well in advance. In addition, many of these popular attractions have a timed entry system, so even if tickets are available on the day, it might not be for the time you want. So then the consequence is you may not get to visit an attraction if you don’t book in advance.
Next, and again this primarily applies at popular attractions, there are often very long lines at the on-site ticket office. We prefer not to waste our limited vacation time standing in ticket lines where possible! So the consequence is that you may wait in long ticket lines versus buying a ticket that allows you to skip the line. This may also mean you have less time to visit other attractions at a destination.
There are some other disadvantages to buying tickets in person. For example, you might not get the best price on-site. In addition, there may be limited payment options available if you purchase a ticket in person. At smaller attractions for example, they might require cash payment in a local currency.
This is an exception, but is definitely something to keep in mind if you are used to paying with a credit or debit card.
Of course, it’s not all negative. There are some advantages to buying tickets in person.
The main advantage of buying a ticket in person is that it gives you a lot of flexibility with your planning.
If you’re the kind of person who just likes to wander around a destination and visit attractions on a last-minute whim, then you will likely find that buying tickets at the ticket desk is the easiest way to do that.
Finally, for smaller attractions or those found more off the beaten path, buying in person might be the only way to purchase tickets. In addition, for these smaller attractions, you know that when you pay in person all of your money is going to support the attraction.
For us, we usually only buy our tickets in person for off the beaten path attractions where online purchase isn’t possible, or for those smaller attractions we visit on a whim at the last minute.
Generally though, we prefer to shop online at one of the locations we’ve mentioned, and see if we can get a better deal for our entry.
Tips for Saving Money on Sightseeing
We just wanted to share a few tips for saving money on sightseeing and for buying tickets online.
First, when comparing prices on tickets across different websites, always check what the final price is. You might find that booking fees or taxes are added to the initial price at checkout, which may make the ticket more expensive than another website or buying it in person.
To get a fair comparison of price, you will want to be comparing what you will actually be paying for the tickets, including any fees and taxes.
If you are thinking about purchasing an attraction pass, make sure that you will visit enough attractions to make it worth it. Attraction passes offer significant savings, but you do usually need to visit a few of the included attractions before realising those savings. Otherwise it might be more cost effective to just pay for those attractions you do plan on visiting.
If do you purchase an attraction pass, make sure you read through everything it covers. Some might include a transport pass or other bonus, that can save you even more money on your trip.
We hope you found guide to buying tickets online useful! Before you head on, we wanted to share some more of our travel tips to help you plan your travels.
And that’s it for our guide to buying tickets online! We hope you found it useful. As always, we’re open to your feedback and questions – just pop them in the comments below. Safe travels!