For Outlander On Location: Edinburgh Old Town edition we go through the historical Royal Mile of Edinburgh, westward.
A guide by Outlandish Journeys.
It’s a short walk on Canongate till the beginning of High Street, full in history in an area that was at time hosting anything from nobility residences to brothels and bakeries. The walk is crammed full of historical facts, art, curiosities and angles to get a glimpse of how the life of the old Edinburgh was like. Let’s go through the main locations in the video then!
The first one in the must-visit list of the outlander fans is the Bakehouse Close. The Bakehouse Close is named as the Carfax close, which leads to Jamie’s printing shop. It becomes even important when Jamie and Claire meet here after 20 years.
Accessed through a 1570 archway, it once was a courtyard in a pretty sketchy neighborhood back in the 1700s, where people were advised to stay away if they cared about their honourability. Nowadays it hosts the Museum of Edinburgh, right after the entrance, and a bakehouse, from which comes the name of the close.
The museum is a great way to know more about Edinburgh’s history, craftsmanship of its inhabitants and the decorative art local traditions. For Outlander fans, this is known as Carfax Close.
Further inside Bakehouse Close, at the number 5 there’s the location of Madame Jeanne’s Brothel in the series. Appropriately placed as in this area an actual brothel was active in the 18th century.
Curiously the brothel shared location with the Acheson’s residence, in a mix of nobility and vice that is common in the history of this area of Edinburgh. It is said that the name of the brothel mimicked the name insignia of the noble house, probably also because it was this way more recognizable for customers. Nowadays the building hosts the Edinburgh Old Heritage charity association.
You won’t be able to appreciate the print shop as it was just the green screen effect. However, this location will give you an idea of how the 17th century Edinburgh used to look like. The well-kept Huntly house is a picturesque view. Too good to be true. Finding the alley is easy because it is right next to the Museum of Edinburgh. Read more on the Third Eye Traveler.
Moving west, we get to Tweeddale Court, a narrow entrance to a somewhat spacier courtyard seen often in Outlander season 3. It’s tiny and easy to be missed. The court was first built in 1576, bordering the King’s Wall, a protecting circle from the 15th century.
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It can be seen on the western side of the courtyard. Tweeddale House is instead right in front as you enter, hailing from 1670 when the Marquess of Tweeddale bought it. Later the house was bought by two printers, Oliver & Boyd, and their names identify its entrance to this day. A last curiosity: a lamp post near the House entrance is thought to be one of the first making use of gas to illuminate Edinburgh back in the time.
When you see the Tweeddale court don’t forget to praise the producers of Outlander who just turned a place as calm as a cradled child into a bustling, full of life market.
This place is vital for the fans as Claire meets Fergus in this market, leaving several questions in the viewer’s minds about the past of Claire and Fergus.
The Tweeddale Court is itself a beauty standing tall since the 16th century. The house and court are named after Marquess of Tweeddale, a senior advisor of King Charles II. Don’t forget to notice the lamp post just after the entrance is the first gas-powered lamp installed in the whole of Scotland. Away from the high street, Tweeddale Court is the most easily accessible closes along the Royal Mile.
This quaint beauty secured a place in the UNESCO World heritage sites. To know more about this magical place, read more at the Atlas Obscura.
Another Outlander location along the Royal mile that will fascinate you for two reasons is the Acheson House. Two reasons make it a must-visit; the first one is its association with the Outlanders series.
This was portrayed as Madame Jeanne brothel, where Jamie owns a private room and shares business with Madame Jeanne. The location was used at the beginning of season 3.
The second reason is the history associated with the Acheson House. This property served as an actual brothel for more than two centuries. Named as the Cock and Trumpet, the brothel was disreputable but famous because of the prostitutes working here. The old brothel building is soon going to be used as the new heritage headquarter.
Take a detailed look at this notorious building on the Scotsman.
Edinburgh being on Europe’s oldest cities is tourist heaven depicting centuries-old buildings preserved in their original forms. This city is made even popular with the shooting the famous Outlander series. Most of these locations are open to the public and easily found. Pack your bags and plan a tour to one of the most astounding places on earth.