2 Outlander locations closed and it has us excited

Midhope Castle and Doune Castle are both closed to tourists. That suggests some Outlander filming is happening.
Outlander Season 4 -- Courtesy of Aimee Spinks/STARZ
Outlander Season 4 -- Courtesy of Aimee Spinks/STARZ /

If you’re planning on a trip to see some of the Outlander locations, Midhope Castle and Doune Castle are likely on your list. The two are important locations in the story, but there’s some bad news for visitors. Both of these locations are currently closed.

Doune Castle is Leoch Castle in the Outlander series. Meanwhile, Midhope Castle is Lallybroch. The two places are popular attractions on a tour of the show’s locations, and they are often closed when it comes to filming.

Doune Castle is closed now until Feb. 21, 2024. Meanwhile, Midhope Castle is closed until spring 2024. Both are linked to filming needs, and yes, it’s all about Outlander.

Outlander locations closed for the prequel series

We know that the prequel series, Outlander: Blood of My Blood, has started filming. We’re not expecting Season 8 to start filming until March 2024, which means that the two locations look to be closed for the prequel series.

This makes a lot of sense when you look at storylines in the prequel series and the eighth season of the OG series. The prequel is a story about Brian and Ellen. This means we’ll spend some time at Leoch, where Ellen’s father, Jacob, is the laird. We’ll also see how Brian built Lallybroch for the woman he loved dearly.

The two locations could end up being closed temporarily again. I don’t see there being enough time to get through all the scenes in this short space of time for the 10-episode series.

When it comes to Outlander Season 8, it’s highly unlikely that any of the series will be filmed at the two Scottish locations at this point. The eighth season is likely to follow Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone and conclude the story. This keeps the story in America, despite us seeing Claire, Jamie, and Young Ian arriving in Scotland at the end of Outlander Season 7A. There’s no need for the series to film at Doune Castle or Midhope Castle.

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