Where is The Traitors filmed and what is the Castle used in the show?

The UK and US version were filmed at the same place!

a close up of the castle in The Traitors tv show at night - it's main filming location
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Reality TV fans are wondering where is The Traitors filmed as the urge to binge all episodes takes over.

The reality series sees 22 strangers move into a remote Gothic castle for the 'ultimate game of detection, backstabbing, and trust." Fans - who have watched The Traitors UK - have described it as a bit like I'm A Celebrity 2022 (opens in new tab), but instead of famous people and Bushtucker trials (opens in new tab), there's ordinary folks and psychological warfare. 

The premise of The Traitors (opens in new tab) is fairly straightforward, with competitors battling it out to determine which members of the group are the 'Traitors' and which ones are the 'Faithfuls'. These players have been selected at the start of the game, and while viewers at home will know their roles, the competitors will have to figure it out for themselves. The Traitors' role is to murder one member of the group every night without getting caught, while the Faithfuls' are tasked with detecting the identities of the suspected 'killers'. Players who survive until the end could win a whopping prize of £120,000. 

Viewers have been taking to Google to find out more about the gripping new show. Two questions that seem to be at the forefront of viewers' minds include where is The Traitors filmed and what's the name of the castle in the series? So without further ado, here's everything you need to know. 

Where is The Traitors filmed? 

The Traitors UK and US was shot in the stunning Scottish Highlands, with most of its scenes taking place in a fairytale-like castle and its lush parkland surroundings. The nearest city is Inverness which is 25 miles away.

The cast and crew of the BBC One reality series found themselves fairly isolated during filming as a result. This being said many were taking with the breathtaking natural scenery. The Traitors UK host Claudia Winkleman told the Scottish Mail on Sunday (opens in new tab)she'd "never been anywhere more beautiful than the Scottish Highlands in my life." 

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“It felt sometimes like we were in a painting if that’s not too cheesy,” the 50-year-old added. "There were baby deer, there were beautiful heathers, there were ancient trees and an ancient loch." 

The TV personality was so moved by the 'beautiful' landscape that she felt compelled to share it with her children, Matilda, Jake, and Arthur. "I Facetimed my kids to say, 'You've never seen anything like it, it's magical,'" she said.

Where is the castle in The Traitors?

The castle featured in The Traitors is Ardross Castle, a Scottish Baronial-style structure that dates back to the 19th century. 

With its conical roofs and asymmetric layout, the gorgeous fort is today a popular venue for couples looking for that fairy-tale wedding. The castle is perched on 100 acres of parkland, with the idyllic River Alness running through its gorgeous grounds. 

A walled garden, a formal garden, and lawns with a variety of specimen trees are also to be found, thanks to restorations carried out by its most recent owners, the McTaggart family, in the 1980s. Viewers got a glimpse of the gorgeous grounds in The Traitors, as contestants on the show often ventured outside to discuss their tactics and suspicions. 

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Ardross Castle's remote location also makes it the perfect place for a psychological reality show like The Traitors, where contestants need as little distraction as possible to fully immerse themselves in the game. 

The castle in The Traitors is available to hire for corporate events and private clients, but unfortunately, it is not open to visitors. You can find out more details via the official Andross Castle website (opens in new tab).

Who owns the castle in The Traitors?

According to the Andross Castle website, the castle in The Traitors is owned by the McTaggart family who bought the estate in 1983. The family have dedicated time to restore and renovate the castle, its grounds and estate properties to the high quality it appears as today. 

The castle certainly has a colourful history of owners, once being owned by a Captain in the Highland Light Infantry who also had interests in Lea & Perrins (the Worcester sauce company).

However, it's first owner was the wealthy Sir Alexander Matheson, a tradesman in tea and opium who bought the land at Ardoss in 1839 for £90,000. He worked with architect Alexander Ross to develop the castle in it's traditional Scots Baronial style, and over the years added in a flower garden to the west of the Castle, plus an oval pond and shrubberies to the east of the Castle. During the latter part of his tenureship, Ardross Castle was open to the public. Though public access was rescinded following Sir Alexander's death and the sale of the property to C. W. Dyson Perrins (the Captain) in 1898.

A black and white photo of Ardross Castle, a 19th century Gothic style Scottish manor house with a large formal garden laid out in Ardross, Scotland. Taken in 1960.

Ardross Castle photographed in the 1960s.

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Which The Traitors was filmed first?

The Traitors UK Contestant Ivan Brett confirmed via Twitter (opens in new tab) that the British version was filmed in May 2022. Peacock also announced in April 2022 that the US series would also began production in May - so we're unsure which one was filmed first. 

With the Scottish Highlands often experiencing tumultuous weather in autumn and winter, it's highly likely that the BBC and Peacock would have wanted to wrap filming before the leaves started to fall. 

You can stream all episodes of The Traitors UK (opens in new tab) and The Traitors US (opens in new tab) on BBC iPlayer now.

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