Hopetoun House is a large stately home in Hopetoun, near Edinburgh. It has been a generous location, providing scenery for seasons 1, 2 and 3. Fans of Sam Heughan may also be aware that it has been used in photographs used to promote Barbour.
Hopetoun House is still in use, and the current resident is Adrian, Marquis of Linlithgow. Lucky for us he is quite happy for the estate to be used for filming.
On our first visit, we arrived too late to see around the building. Staff at the house were keen to keep us on the outside of the gate because filming was taking place. We had hoped that it may be Outlander filming, but we can’t say for sure one way or the other. And we couldn’t get any closer.
Luckily our second visit was a lot more fruitful. We were able to see around many of the rooms, including the room where Claire and Jamie meets the Duke to request Jamie’s pardon. Upstairs there were two bedrooms used in season 2, including that where Mary Hawkins recuperates from her rape.
After our tour of the house we ventured outside. Immediately, we were able to see that that house has been used to represent two mansions. The rear of the house has been used as the Duke of Sandringham’s home and the front is recognisable as Ellesmere.
And there was more. Previously viewed from the house’s rooftop, we were able to walk on the lawn where Jamie ‘seconds’ the Duke in his duel with the McDonalds. Also, we saw the courtyard used as the entrance to the Paris brothel, Maison Elise. Near to that was the alleyway where a number of Paris street scenes were filmed, including the infamous rape of Mary Hawkins. Interestingly, we have since seen that the same alley was used as the Helwater stables in episode 4 of season 3.
We have a few more photos on standby. Hopetoun House has been well used so far, but we won’t be surprised if it appears in future episodes.