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Standing Stones in Scotland Outlander Inspiration

When Diana Gabaldon began writing the Outlander series, she was said to be inspired by an old Dr. Who episode. 
The true crux of the story though began with standing stones. THESE standing stones.


Standing Stones in Scotland Outlander Inspiration
Standing Stones in Scotland Outlander Inspiration

Located east of Inverness, the Clava Cairns are a small, but impressive collection of tombs. They are not alone either. Around FIFTY similar burial grounds are in and around Inverness, though most are smaller and on private land. This particular one has three Bronze Age cairns, including an interesting "keyhole" shaped structure made of stacked stones in a circle with a center access point left open.

Clava Cairns Standing Stones Outlander Inspiration in Scotland


The others look like flat "patties" of stones, but are surrounded with the taller "standing stones".
Standing Stones in Scotland Outlander Inspiration

Standing Stones in Scotland Outlander Inspiration

The atmosphere here felt the same to me as any graveyard - sacred, quiet, set apart. The cairns are located off a country road, right across from typical Scottish farmland. (Check it out yourself HERE on Google Maps.)

There is nothing particularly special about the location and the cairns are just off to the side in what seems like a small, everyday national park. (It is maintained by Historic Scotland). When we were there in November, we saw one other duet of tourists, but were otherwise alone. It was not creepy, but it was certainly cool.

Standing Stones in Scotland Outlander Inspiration








Standing Stones Outlander Inspiration in Scotland

Standing Stones Outlander Inspiration in Scotland




Diana Gabaldon at Clava Cairns Inverness Scotland

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