We know Fraser’s Ridge isn’t a real place, but it is based on real locations. Where is the Ridge supposed to be in the world of Outlander?
Fraser’s Ridge is not a real location. The Outlander location is one that was created for the sake of the books. In the series, the location isn’t even in North Carolina. The series still films in Scotland.
Fortunately, a lot of North Carolina’s backcountry has some similar views to Scotland. It’s not surprising that the Highlanders of the past did move to North Carolina when they emigrated to the Colonies. They got a taste of home.
Fraser’s Ridge isn’t real, but it is located in an area that is around now. Diana Gabaldon has shared where the place would have been in her story.
Where is Outlander’s Fraser’s Ridge?
The location is in North Carolina. Gabaldon shares that it probably sits around the 10 miles of Blowing Rock or Boone. It will cover the land north of the Yadkin River.
This was all mentioned in the Books and Writers Community publication.
The Ridge covers a large area. Jamie is given 10,000 acres of land. Of course, he can’t use it all, so he ends up opening the place up for people at Ardsmuir to set up homes. Eventually, he gains 60 tenants, although not all of them were from Ardsmuir. Tom Christie brings some Protestant fisherfolk, which causes a few problems for the Frasers.
The original plan wasn’t to create a settlement, though. Jamie and Claire were going to live in somewhere like Wilmington. However, they came across the area that becomes Fraser’s Ridge and Jamie falls in love with it. Who is Claire to say no, even if it means taking up Tyron’s offer and being indebted to the Crown for a while?