The Village of Falkland in Fife, Scotland, was used several times during the filming of Outlander and it's easy to see why when you visit. The traditional stone cottages that line the streets were built in the 17th and 18th century and there are 28 listed buildings including the impressive renaissance Falkland Palace. The door frames of the cottages are small which is typical of the era, there are original marriage lints above several of the doors and some of the cottages even have thatched roofs. The winding cobbled lanes, colourful hanging baskets and quirky artistic touches make Falkland a popular day trip for locals.
Filming for season one began in October 2013 and Falkland was used as Inverness in 1946. The real Inverness was not suitable as the buildings and roads are now modern and not exactly the look they were going for!
Much of the filming concentrated on the main Square. Claire and Frank spent their second honeymoon in Mrs Baird's B+B after returning from the war. The Covenanter's Hotel was used as the B+B and the team didn't have to change much so you will instantly recognise the building. the black window frames were painted a mustard yellow and the white lost outside the front door were painted a matt black.
In the centre of the village you will find the Bruce fountain and you won't be the first to recreate the scene where Jamie's ghost looks up at Claire in the window. Again not much was changed except the horse statues on each corner which are usually red were changed to black using what looked like a black rubber covering.
Campbell's Coffee House was originally a pharmacy before filming but the owners have now decided to remain a coffee house although the front was altered to include a thatched canopy and wooden fruit and veg crates were piled up against the windows.
The Fayre Earth Gift Shop was used as Farrell's Hardware shop and was where Claire was admiring the blue base in the window. The shop was given a 17th century revamp, the sign was replaced and the usually bright and cheerful exterior was painted in a more traditional palatte.
The village was transformed again for season 2, as 1960's Inverness complete with 60's cars, bikes and the typical colour palette of the decade.
Falkland itself is one of my favourite villages and I've spent a lot of time there growing up. My aunt Ella used to work in the gift shop in the Palace so as kids we spent a lot of time exploring the gardens.
While you are in Falkland I'd highly recommend visiting the Castle. Mary Queen of Scots spend a lot of her early years here and enjoyed playing tennis in the court in the gardens, which is now the oldest real tennis court in the UK, apparently the gentlemen were shocked and appalled when she stepped out in men's breeches! The Royal Stuart's used Falkland Palace as their country retreat to hunt and fish in the surrounding fields and forests. James IV and James V commissioned the best architects to build a "pleasure place" and the result is what you see today, a beautiful French inspired Renaissance Palace.
Also take some time to explore, take a walk up the winding lanes to see cute, flower covered cottages, visit the small independent craft and art shops and have lunch in one of the cafes. You can even have lunch and a drink in Mrs Baird's.
Tip If you visit in the winter try the stovies and oatcakes from The Palace Pantry, they are amazing!