First of all it's late autumn 2014 as the filming commences, as you've seen by my photos on Scotland for Outlanders fb. But didn't Claire go through the stones in May during Bealtane? Right! She was taken to Castle Leoch pretty quickly (after attending one red headed Scotsman's wounds). So how do you change a set to reflect the season? You bring in your own Garden Gnomes!
To utilise the time they have at this filming location, could mean using it for other locations in the story. Can the castle walls double for a wicked garrison? The surrounding land certainly slopes down enough in places to see Claire being 'pushed out' of a door to tumble down a frozen embankment below the walls (snow to be added if this is the case).
A castle needs access to water and here is the real river that runs beside it.
A castle needs a good form of
escape; is this an ancient secret passage leading out of the cellars?
Find out for yourself in May 2014 on The Jamie and Claire Tour for Outlandish Spirits