There is no other Outlander location that provokes the warm fuzzies quite as much as the Midhope Castle Outlander location. It is an otherwise unassuming abandoned shell of a building in the middle of a random farm in South Queensferry. But it is the Lallybroch location. Jamie Fraser’s own Broch Turach, his clan’s ancestral home and his calm amongst the chaos.
To walk down the path as Claire and Jamie do and see that gorgeous homely manor house is surreal and amazing.
Midhope Castle was just a simple 16th-century tower house transferred from one well-to-do family to the next. Then, in the late 1800s/early 1900s it fell into disrepair. But since it is a Category A listed building, it is still standing. I’ll break it to you now that Midhope Castle is derelict and dangerous to enter, so all the Midhope Castle filming locations for Outlander are exterior shots only.
This Lallybroch location is one of the most prolific Outlander filming locations in the entire show. So, exactly where is Lallybroch? Which scenes and episodes did the Lallybroch Castle location appear in and how can you visit?! This complete guide answers every one of those questions and more!
Where Was Outlander Filmed in Midhope Castle?
Lallybroch Outlander Scenes at Midhope Castle
Outlander Season One
- “Castle Leoch” – Episode Two, Season One
- “Lallybroch” – Episode 12, Season One
- “The Watch” – Episode 13, Season One
- “The Search” – Episode 14, Season One
Lallybroch Castle in Scotland appears first as a flashback when Jamie recounts his flogging at the hands of Black Jack Randall to Claire in “Castle Leoch.” Then, after the pair become husband and wife, Jamie takes Claire back to his ancestral home of Castle Lallybroch to meet his sister Jenny in “Lallybroch.” Whilst staying at Lallybroch for an extended period of time, Claire helps Jenny give birth in “The Watch.” And finally, the whole family attempts to outsmart the Redcoats and find Jamie in “The Search.”
Outlander Season Two
- “Faith” – Episode Seven, Season Two
- “The Fox’s Lair” – Episode Eight, Season Two
- “Dragonfly in Amber” – Episode 13, Season Two
After their ordeal in France, Claire and Jamie return to Scotland and Lallybroch mid-season in “Faith.” Jamie and Claire reluctantly garner support for the Jacobite Rebellion in “The Fox’s Lair.” And in the last episode of the season, “Dragonfly in Amber”, Claire visits the Outlander Lallybroch location in present-day 1968.
Outlander Season Three
- “The Battle Joined” – Episode One, Season Three
- “Surrender” – Episode Two, Season Three
- “First Wife” – Episode Eight, Season Three
After the Battle of Culloden, Jamie is miraculously saved from execution. The Redcoats drop him off at Lallybroch half-dead at the end of “The Battle Joined.” For years after the battle, soldiers turn up unannounced at Lallybroch looking for Red Jamie or The Dun Bonnet in “Surrender.” Claire and Jamie turn up at Lallybroch, reunited once again after the fire in Jamie’s Edinburgh print shop in “First Wife.”
Outlander Season Four
- “Down the Rabbit Hole” – Episode Seven, Season Four
Lallybroch appears only a couple of times in the latest seasons. Once Claire and Jamie’s daughter Brianna goes back through the stones at Craigh na Dun, she meets her Uncle Ian Murray at Lallybroch who helps her book passage to America in “Down the Rabbit Hole.”
Outlander Season Five
- “The Fiery Cross” – Episode One, Season Five
It is the briefest of appearances, but Lallybroch appears for a final time (so far!) in a flashback to the death of Jamie’s mum. Murtagh promises to protect and watch over Jamie as they sit on a log outside Broch Turach in “The Fiery Cross.”
Other Midhope Castle Outlander Locations
Midhope Castle is the main Lallybroch Outlander location, but it is not the only one. In the season one episode “Lallybroch”, Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot in East Linton stands in as the Lallybroch mill. This is the infamous scene where Jamie is stood in the water wearing only his birthday suit to the delight of fans everywhere.
Midhope Castle in Scotland: Planning Your Trip
How to Get There By Car (& Parking)
It is a 35 – 45 drive from Edinburgh to Midhope Castle, around 40 minutes from Glasgow, and around half an hour from Stirling. Most of the journey is along main roads and motorways, but the last five minutes or so is a little off the beaten path.
Parking at Midhope Castle is a faff and a half. Because there are so few spaces, you need to first go to either Hopetoun House Ticket Kiosk or the Hopetoun Farm Shop for a parking pass. I recommend the farm shop because it is probably easier to find and you won’t need to go too far out of your way. The shop’s postcode is EH52 6QZ. You can pay the eyewatering £10 for a vehicle pass in cash or card.
Then, use the postcode EH30 9SL to drive to Midhope Castle where you can park up.
How to Get There By Public Transport
Honestly, there is not a good public transport option to Midhope Castle. You could get a bus or train to Linlithgow and then Jamie could pick you up on horseback, maybe? Or, perhaps there are some standing stones in Edinburgh or Glasgow you could travel through?
Opening Times & Ticket Prices
In peak season April 1st – October 31st, Midhope Castle is open 9:00 – 17:00 with the last admission at 16:45 every day. From November 1st to December 23rd, they operate reduced hours from 10:00 – 15:00 every day. Midhope Castle is completely closed from December 24th – March 31st.
Admission is £4 per person (under-fives are free) in cash to the kiosk in the car park. But you can book online here.
As you can tell, it is a bit of a makeshift attraction that doesn’t have a lot of infrastructures. The only reason Midhope Castle is open to the public is due to so many people wanting to visit the famous filming locations of Outlander. And often, on random days, it is closed. Check Hopetoun House’s website for up-to-date information.
Book Your Place on an Outlander Tour in Scotland
Of course, you could visit Midhope Castle by booking a place on one of the Outlander tours in Scotland as I did! I went on the Haggis Adventures One Day Outlander Trail from Edinburgh and it was amazing. Less than £50 and we visited Linlithgow Palace, Doune Castle, Culross, Falkland and Midhope Castle. Our guide and driver was also fun, energetic and knowledgeable about Scotland we listened to some Scottish folk music on the ride, too.
Some other great Scotland Outlander tours I’ve heard of include Rabbie’s Outlander Adventure One Day Tours from Glasgow or Edinburgh. Plus, Rabbie’s do three-day tours if you want to visit Outlander locations from the books as well as filming locations for Outlander the TV show.
Check Out My Other Outlander Filming Location Guides
And that’s my complete Lallybroch/Midhope Castle Outlander location guide! Have you visited Midhope Castle or watched Outlander? Let me know in the comments below!