The Standing Stones of Craigh na Dun

Scotland: OutlanderThe Standing Stones of Craigh na Dun

Location

The cult series Outlander boasts a myriad of stunning Scottish landscapes, so the stone circle of Craigh na Dun has some very tough competitors for coolest show location.

But as this magical stone circle is the portal through which Claire travels back in time, the filmmakers needed to place the (styrofome!) stones in a fittingly remote and magical spot. They found this very place in Kinnloch Rannoch.

Even without the standing stones, the hilltop with its surrounding circle of trees is very recognisable. 

Even without the standing stones, the hilltop with its surrounding circle of trees is very recognisable. 

You can almost hear Claire's voice coming through the veil of the past.

You can almost hear Claire's voice coming through the veil of the past.

The location is part of the Dunalastair Estate. It's a working farm and visitors are asked to take care around the animals (mainly sheep) on site.

Key Scenes

The magic of the stones reveals itself in the very first episode of Season 1: Sassenach, set in 1946. Claire observes a Druid ritual on the hill of Craigh na Dun. The following morning, she touches one of the stones and wakes up in the year 1743.

The following morning she finds herself in the middle of a skirmish between English redcoats and rebel Highlanders.

The following morning she finds herself in the middle of a skirmish between English redcoats and rebel Highlanders.

Claire's husband Frank is desperatly searching for her.

Claire's husband Frank is desperatly searching for her.

After several unsuccessful attempts to make it back to the stones, she finally reaches Craigh Na Dun with the help of her newly-wed Highlander husband Jamie (Season 1, Episode 11: The Devil's Mark).

Jamie wishes her well in returning back to the future.

But can Claire really leave her beloved?

But can Claire really leave her beloved?

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In 1946 Frank is losing hope of finding Claire, but goes to the standing stones one last time...

Map

The location is on the south side of the Dunalastair Reservoir on the edge of the Tay Forest Park. The mound is very recognisable from the roadside.

Travel Tips

10,000 years ago, the first settlers arrived in Scotland and began to erect standing stone monuments, some of which have endured over the ages and can still be seen today. Here are a few you can visit:

 

Machrie Moor Standing Stones - Isle of Arran

The Stones are 4,500 years old.

The Stones are 4,500 years old.

The Ring of Brodgar - Orkney Islands

This stone ring is over 2,000 years old and originally consisted of 60 megliths. Only 27 remain today. 

This stone ring is over 2,000 years old and originally consisted of 60 megliths. Only 27 remain today. 

The Callanish Standing Stones - Isle of Lewis

This near-perfect stone circle is 5,000 years old and provided the blueprint for Craigh Na Dun. 

This near-perfect stone circle is 5,000 years old and provided the blueprint for Craigh Na Dun. 

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