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A walk through time – the ultimate Royal Mile Outlander guide

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A walk through time – the ultimate Royal Mile Outlander guide

There’s no denying that the Outlander series has taken the world by storm – and with its gripping storyline, beautiful locations, historical interest (and not to mention the rather attractive stars of the show), it’s not difficult to see why.

While a certain red-headed Scotsman may take most of the limelight, the clear star of the show is the spectacular backdrop, and whether you live in Scotland or just love to visit, spotting the locations where filming took place can give a real thrill.

We must admit that we’re a little biased, but seeing our beautiful city feature in series three was our particular highlight. Edinburgh is bursting with history and romance, so it doesn’t take much to make the Capital work for the show. So for Outlander fans wanting to see some of the real film locations – and also spots referenced in the books – a stroll through Edinburgh’s Old Town is a simple way to take in the Outlander experience. With its cobbled streets and narrow wynds and closes, visitors are soon transported back to 1745 Edinburgh.

With The Hub’s position at the top of the iconic Royal Mile, we offer the perfect place to plot a wee walking tour of Claire and Jamie’s Edinburgh. So why not warm up with a whisky in our cosy cafe, and then take a wander to these top Outlander spots:


A walk through Edinburgh’s Old Town can really make you feel like you’ve stumbled back in time, and as you venture into Tweeddale Court – just a ten minute walk from The Hub – you’ll feel like you’ve just landed in 18th century Scotland. The narrow passageway and beautiful courtyard are steeped in history, and this is also the location where Claire sees Fergus for the first time in Series 3.


Bakehouse Close is a must see for any Outlander fan in the Capital. Just five minutes along from Tweeddale Court, Bakehouse Close acts as Carfax Close, where Jamie’s print shop is based – and where Claire and Jamie are reunited after 20 years apart. While you won’t see Alexander Malcolm’s Print Shop, the close is as you would expect it to have looked back in Jacobite Edinburgh.


Just north of Bakehouse Close is the World’s End pub, which has been open since the 16th century. The tavern is heavily referenced in series 3, as well as in the book Voyager, and superfans will know it is a favourite haunt of Dougal Mackenzie. The World’s End is a prime example of one of the many taverns which has been on the Royal Mile for centuries, and is also the place where Jamie rescues Mr Willoughby from a spot of bother! While filming inside the tavern was actually a film set, it’s well worth ticking off the list as an Outlander location.


For the full Outlander experience, the perfect finale is the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Palace is the official residence of HM the Queen in Scotland, and is the place where Jamie and Claire work to convince the Prince to abandon his cause. As well as being a film set for the series, the Palace is of significant historical interest and was where Bonnie Prince Charlie set up court when the Jacobite army took the Scottish capital in September 1745.

A walk along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile always feels like a walk through time and history. Whether heading down to the Palace or up to the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, rain or shine, we offer a prime place to grab a bite of lunch or refreshing drink while soaking up the atmosphere of this unique part of the city.