Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway

Scotland: OutlanderBo'ness and Kinneil Railway


Remember the heartbreaking scene at the train station in the very first episode of Outlander, when Claire has to say goodbye to her beloved husband Frank? This was all filmed at Bo'ness station, a 30 minute drive from Edinburgh, Scotland. In this scene the station was transformed, becoming wartime London.

These days it's the starting point of one of Scotland's most scenic heritage railways. Arguably, the biggest attraction is a ride on one of the historic steam trains along the river Forth. Train enthusiasts will also love the Museum of Scottish Railways, which is on site.

Over 300 dedicated volunteers will help to make your visit an enjoyable experience.

The 5-mile journey takes in some lovely scenery and includes a number of tunnels before reaching the end of the line at Manuel, where visitors can enjoy a platform view of the engine changing ends to pull the train back to Bo’ness.



Season 1, Episode 1: Sassenach

In 1946, Claire Randall is a former WWII combat nurse visiting Inverness, Scotland, with her husband Frank, getting to know each other again after their wartime separation. Frank is researching his family history, in particular his 18th Century ancestor Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall. The morning after observing a modern Druid ritual at the standing stones on the hill of Craigh na Dun, Claire touches one of the stones, and wakes up lying on the ground. Soon she is in the middle of a skirmish between English redcoats and rebel Highlanders, and comes face to face with Frank's double, Randall, who is captain of the Dragoons. A Scotsman rescues Claire and she meets Jamie Fraser. As they flee, she sets his dislocated arm and later treats his bullet wound. Claire is brought to Castle Leoch, and realizes that she has somehow traveled back in time.


All trains depart from Bo'ness Station - located in Union Street in Bo'ness EH51 9AQ.



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