The iconic reality series that is The Traitors has returned to our screens with a new batch of contestants settling in at Scotland's Ardross Castle for another round of the psychological game.


Over the 12 episodes, the contestants, separated into Traitors and Faithfuls, will take part in challenges to help build their prize pot of up to £120,000. As well as this, the Faithfuls will work together to suss out who the Traitors are amongst them with contestants getting to vote to banish one person each night.

During the night, the Traitors will get the chance to murder one Faithful under the cloak of darkness.

If the Faithfuls manage to successfully banish all The Traitors by the final round, the remaining players will split the prize fund. However, if any Traitors remain in the game, they'll pocket all the money.

Season 2 kicked off on Wednesday 3rd January, and what a tense few episodes it's been already. From a shield twist, to a fourth Traitor being chosen at night, to Diane and Ross revealing that they're mother and son, season 2 hasn't been short of drama.

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Episode 4 resumed with Brian being banished and Traitor Ash receiving the most votes during the latest banishment.

But it's not just the premise that has left fans wanting more. It's also the stunning location, which sees the contestants call a grand castle home for a few weeks.

Read on to learn everything about the filming locations used in BBC One's The Traitors.

Where is The Traitors filmed?

Ardross Castle
Ardross Castle. BBC/Studio Lambert/LLARA PLAZA

The Traitors was filmed in the Scottish Highlands, with the contestants living in Ardross Castle – a 19th century venue, located 25 miles north of Inverness.

Filming took place predominantly within the castle and on its grounds, with challenges taking place in the nearby area.

The Scottish Baronial-style location has over 100 acres of parkland on the bank of the River Alness, and was previously a hunting lodge for the 1st Duke of Sutherland.

It is now owned by the McTaggart family, who bought the property in 1983 and restored the gardens and estate.

If you fancy recreating your own game of The Traitors, Ardross Castle is available to rent out for luxury corporate retreats and as a wedding venue – you can find more information on the Ardross Castle website, or RadioTimes Travel's guide to Scottish castle trips.

A boat in front of a lake on the grounds of The Traitors, Ardross Castle in the Scottish Highlands.

On filming in Scotland, host Claudia Winkleman said that she has "never been anywhere more beautiful" than the Highlands.

"It felt sometimes like we were in a painting, if that's not too cheesy," she said. "On day two, we saw a double rainbow, and everyone was like, 'Oh my gosh,' and the crew were crying, there were baby deer, there was beautiful heather, there were ancient trees and an ancient loch. We were all taking pictures.

"I FaceTimed my kids to say, 'You've never seen anything like it, it's magical.' And then, by day four, there had been another three double rainbows. I mean, by the end of the three weeks, where we had seen 50, it was like, 'I don’t care.' But it’s just the most beautiful landscape."

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Can you visit the castle in The Traitors?

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Claudia Winkleman in The Traitors. BBC

Unfortunately, Ardross castle is not open to the general public.

However, it is possible to hire the venue, which boasts more than 30 rooms, for a wedding or corporate event.

Activities including fly fishing on the River Alness, mountain bike hire and guided walks on the grounds of the estate.

The Traitors airs on BBC One on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 9pm. The first three episodes are now available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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