Possibly the most iconic Outlander location, Kinloch Rannoch was used for the site of Craigh na Dun. It is here, in the very first episode, that Claire visits the stone circle and is thrown back in time to 1743. There she meets Captain ‘Black Jack’ Randall, a sadistic British officer, before being rescued by a passing highlander, Murtagh. Unfortunately, the stones lead Claire back to Captain Randall, in the mid-season finale ‘Both Side Now’, when she is captured by Redcoats while trying to return to Frank.
Later, at the end of season 2, we are brought back to the stones. We experience the emotion of Jamie and Claire’s reluctant farewell. And, in the 1960s, Brianna, Roger and Claire follow Geillis to Criagh na Dun, watching her leave through the stones.
We had hoped to see more of Kinloch Rannoch in Outlander series 3. However, we understand that season 4 will offer us that opportunity.
There are no stones at Kinloch Rannoch. However this does not detract from the stunning beauty of the Loch and surrounding Rannoch Moor. This is a stop you won’t want to miss!
How to find Craigh na Dun
Driving to ‘Craigh na Dun’ will take approximately two hours, travelling from either Glasgow, Edinburgh or Inverness. Looking at a map, it may seem that you should reach it sooner. However, the route demands some care, so take it easy and enjoy the scenery as you go. And if you come from the east (from Glasgow or Edinburgh) you will be able to stop (there is parking nearby), on the way, and enjoy the road sign location used in ‘Both Sides Now’ to direct Frank to the stones.
Although there is no actual stone circle, the site of the stones is instantly recognisable. Drive until you are the south of Dunalastair Reservoir, east of Loch Rannoch. There, you will find a turn-off on towards the east side of the reservoir. Look in the direction of this track and you will instantly see the site of Craigh na Dun.
Be aware that, although the public are allowed to visit, this is private land and you may be politely asked to leave if the farmer is herding sheep through the field. We experienced this, but had arrived early enough to enjoy the scenery beforehand.