Five decades ago Kippen had a global reputation for its massive grapevine, producing an annual crop of over 2000 bunches. They were sold as a luxury food at the counters of the best stores in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London! This resulted in Kippen being a very popular tourist attraction from worldwide visitors.
Sadly, the Kippen vine was cut down in 1964 however there are still cuttings of the original vine being grown in various households throughout the village so it still lives on.
There are two friendly pubs in the village offering excellent food and customer service – The Inn at Kippen and Kippen Cross Keys. We are also lucky to have two lovely deli / cafes on our doorstep – Rhubarb Lime and The Woodhouse.
A car is recommended for your stay, although not essential. There is a bus service that passes by the end of the farm road and the train/ bus services are pretty good – but they can’t take you off the beaten track!
Nearby Things to Do:
Local to the Farm:
Stirling University (Seasons 3 & 4 – the walkway between the university buildings doubled as the walkway at Boston Airport where Brianna met Roger off the plane from Scotland
Doune Castle (Season 1 – used as Castle Leoch)
Deanston Distillery (Season 2 Jamie’s cousin’s wine warehouse in Le Harve)
Finnich Glen – Devil’s Pulpit (Season 1) Dougal asks Claire to drink from the spring
Loch Katrine (Season 2 – Roads travelled by Roger and Brianna when they first got to know each other after meeting in Inverness)
Callendar House – Falkirk (Season 2 – Bellhurst Manor, home of the Duke of Sandringham)
Muiravonside Country Park Falkirk (Season 2 – backdrop to the dramatic battle of Prestonpans)
Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway Bo’ness (Season 1 – Claire and Frank said their goodbyes)
Drummond Castle Gardens Crieff (Season 2 – Palace of Versailles)
Midhope Castle (Seasons 1, 2, 3 & 4 – External location for fictional Lallybroch… the family home of Jamie Fraser)
Linlithgow Palace (Season 1 – Wentworth Prison where Jamie was imprisoned)
Beecraigs Country Park (Season 4 The park doubled as the North Carolina wilderness which Jamie and Claire rode through after leaving River Run)
Signet Library Edinburgh (Season 3 transformed into the Governor’s Mansion in Jamaica)
Bakehouse Close – Edinburgh (Season 3 – setting for Jamie’s print shop and where Claire reunited with Jamie after years of separation
Tweeddale Court – Edinburgh (Season 3 & 4 transformed into the market where Claire is reunited with Fergus)
Craigmillar Castle (Season 3 – featured as Ardsmuir Prison, where Jamie was incarcerated)
Glencorse Old Kirk (Season 1 – where Claire and Jamie tied the knot) Open by appointment only
Culross (Season 1 – The town is best remembered as being used as Cransemuir)
Culross Palace (Season 1, 2 & 4 – Claire’s herb garden, Black Kirk)
Dysart Harbour (Season 2 – where Jamie and Claire landed when they escaped to France)
Blackness Castle (Season 1 & 2 – HQ of Black Jack Randall; Jamie’s incarceration… the setting for Fort William)
Glasgow City Chambers/City of Westminster’s Register Office (Season 1 – Frank’s proposal to Claire)
Glasgow Cathedral (Season 2 – Doubled as L’Hopital Des Anges in Paris where Claire volunteered to work)
The University of Glasgow – (Season 3 & 4 – doubled for Harvard University where Frank taught as a Professor and where Brianna visited him in his office
Kelvingrove Park (Season 3 – doubled for Boston Park where Claire frequently walked)
Pollock Country Park (Season 1 & 2 – doubled as the grounds surrounding Castle Leoch and French Countryside