Join us in the stunningly beautiful Highlands of Scotland for a unique Outlander experience:
Visit the famous Outlander locations and Jacobite Rebellion sites of the Highlands,
~ and take a journey back through time to explore your own past lives ~
Three Day Private Outlander Tour for up to Two People – £947
Each day’s itinerary may be booked as a one day tour for £340 or a two day tour for £670
With Andrew and Diane Nicholson
Embark upon a magical journey: an Outlander Tour with a difference. We are Andrew and Diane Nicholson, husband and wife team, and we are passionate about this beautiful country, its remarkable history, and sharing it with you. We have shared many past lives together. However, one in particular had such a powerful impact that it was to determine how this life was to unfold for us too. Our story is Outlander reversed… we have come back home to Scotland, with clear memories of our past lives right here in the Highlands, including at the Battle of Culloden. You can read our story here.
So, allow us to bring Diana Gabaldon’s wonderful novels to life for you, while you sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey…
Your Complete Tour Itinerary
Outlander: The Past Lives Experience – Private 3 Day Tour for up to 2 People (contact us if you wish to book for a larger group – we can certainly accommodate you).
Please note that we can offer any day of this tour itinerary as a one day tour for £340, or a two day tour of your choice for £670.
Please note that lunches are not included, so you can decide whether you’d prefer to stop at a restaurant or cafe for lunch, or whether you’d like us to take you to a supermarket where you can pick up a pre-packed lunch that you can eat on the go. You can decide at the start of each day and we will be only too happy to accommodate your wishes.
Day One of your Outlander Tour
We will collect you from your overnight accommodation at 9.15am:
Castle Leod – Our first stop is Castle Leod, the inspiration behind Outlander’s Castle Leoch. This castle is the home of the Earl of Cromartie, Chief of the Clan MacKenzie.
Loch Garve – after seeing the castle we’ll take you to visit the spa village of Strathpeffer and then on to Loch Garve itself, immortalised in Outlander as the home of the Water Kelpie.
Beauly Priory – is a beautiful 13th Century ruin and, according to the Outlander books, it is where the Lovat Frasers are buried. There are certainly many Frasers buried here, although we’ll be taking you to where the Lovat Frasers are really buried later after lunch. Afterwards we will enjoy some lunch in the historic town of Beauly which lies in the heart of Fraser country. Here you can also take some time to explore the picturesque shops. Beauly originates back to the early 13th century when the Priory was first built. An 800 year old Elm Tree stands at the entrance to the grave yard which is thought to be the oldest Elm Tree in Europe. The village was named Beauly after Mary Queen of Scots exclaimed ‘C’est un beau lieu, which is French for ‘what a beautiful place’ when she visited in the 16th century.
Lallybroch – although Lallybroch itself does not exist, the landscape you will travel through is spectacular Fraser Lovat land, and the very landscape that inspired the concept of Lallybroch.
Beaufort Castle and Ancient Graveyard – this is the ancestral seat of the Frasers of Lovat. Our next tour stop is an ancient churchyard that is not only the real life burial ground of the Lovat Frasers, but is also the final resting place of John Stuart Sobieski, reputed to have ties with Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Wardlaw Mausoleum – the final resting place of the ‘Old Fox’, otherwise known as Jamie Fraser’s grandfather in Outlander. This is an extremely special place and we have a very special surprise for you here. We will visit the secret underground chamber that contains the headless body of the 11th Lord Lovat which was smuggled here after his execution at the Tower of London. His head remained in London. This is often the highlight of the day for many. The Mausoleum was built as a burial place and shrine to the Clan Fraser including Simon ‘The Fox’ Fraser.
Culloden House Hotel – at the time of the Jacobite uprising in 1745-46, Bonnie Prince Charlie used Culloden House as his lodging and battle headquarters prior to the fateful battle on Culloden Moor. Although not the real house, Culloden House featured heavily in Outlander towards the end of Series two. We have several additional, and very special, surprises for you at Culloden House. You are also welcome to enjoy their spectacular afternoon tea when we visit if you wish.
Clava Cairns – is an exceptionally well-preserved group of prehistoric burial cairns and standing stones which were built around 4000 years ago. They include the famous large ‘split stone’. It’s these stones that lie near Culloden Battlefield, where the sounds of battle would have been heard on that fateful day, just as they were heard as Jamie and Claire said their goodbyes at the stones before he went into battle and she came back through the stone.
Culloden Battlefield – where the last pitched battle was fought on British soil. We will give you a tour of the battlefield and take you to see the Fraser Stone, which is the gravestone for the Frasers who tragically fell on 16 April 1746. You are welcome to enjoy the Visitor Centre tour if you wish, for which there’s an admission fee of £11.
We can then either take you back to your overnight accommodation, or drop you off at a place of your choice (within reasonable distance).
Day Two of your Outlander Tour
We will collect you from your overnight accommodation at 9.15am. Today’s tour involves some walking, so please ensure you wear walking shoes that will comfortably take you through Culloden Woods and through the city of Inverness. The walks are not difficult or strenuous, and are on good paths.
Past Life Regression – the first item on your itinerary for today is your own journey back in time… your past life regression, which will be held in a quiet, tranquil place in Culloden. This is optional, so it’s at your discretion whether you’d like to experience the past life regression or not. It doesn’t cost anything extra, so it’s open to you should you wish to try it. If you are touring with your partner or friend, then some or all of you are welcome to partake in the Past Life Regression sessions if you wish, either individually or as a group. There are many who feel a deep connection to particular places, yet are unable to explain why, and they find that exploring their past lives answers many questions for them…
Past Life Regression can help you to:
- Reconnect with past life experiences.
- Help you understand why you feel a deep connection with certain places.
- Explore your past life and current Soulmate experiences.
- Identify physical ailments you have, which may be remnants of past life experiences.
- Explore unresolved emotions which have carried through into this lifetime, creating fears or beliefs which you have been unable to explain.
- Acknowledge and embrace the key lessons learned through those lives.
What is Past Life Regression and how does it work? For full details click here, where you can also listen to a free 20 minute guided relaxation meditation to gain an insight into how a session with Diane would feel. Meantime, you are most welcome to download our free Past Lives Clues Workbook, which will help you begin to join the dots.
The Prisoner’s Stone and Culloden Woods on the Culloden Trail – take the journey that Jamie Fraser and his men took in Outlander from Culloden House towards the Battlefield, through what is now the stunningly beautiful Culloden Woods. See the famous Prisoner’s stone. Seventeen Jacobites were taken, wounded, at the close of the Battle of Culloden and confined in the dungeon of Culloden House. They were kept there for three days, and then put into two carts and conveyed to the Prisoner’s Stone; against which they were placed and shot. One account by Alexander Bain Sage, a son of one of the men who carted the prisoners to the stone said one man, named Fraser survived and managed to crawl away and escape.
Clootie Well, Culloden Woods – visit the natural spring well, a sight of ancient pilgrimage, where the soldiers washed and tended to their wounds after the fateful battle. If you wish to tie a Clootie to one of the surrounding trees during your visit, then do remember to bring a rag with you. Although there is more than one Clootie Well in the area, we think this is likely to be the Well Diana Gabaldon refers to in ‘Drums Of Autumn’. After our walk through the Culloden Trail, we’ll head back to our base in Culloden for tea/coffee and cake (which is included).
Loch Ness – we will take you to the stunning beach at Dores on the banks of Loch Ness, where you can look for the ‘Water Horse’ (Nessie) which deeply entranced Claire Randall. This is also the home of the official Nessie Hunter, Steve Feltham, who you may be able to purchase your own one-off Water Horse from. This is one of the most beautiful and captivating views of Loch Ness from anywhere. You can enjoy lunch at the Dores Inn if you wish, or perhaps a glass of wine overlooking the Loch … or if you prefer, you can wait until you arrive in Inverness which is the next stop on your Outlander tour.
Inverness – we will take you a walking tour through the history of Inverness to visit the oldest buildings, those that were here during Jamie Fraser’s time. Although the Well outside Claire Randall’s hotel is not there now, we will take you to the actual place where the Well used to stand, show you where her hotel room would have been back then and where the ghost was seen by Jack Randall. We’ll also be visiting the oldest public house in Inverness, which is adjacent to where the well once stood. This pub is known to be haunted. Put it this way, while we were speaking to the Landlord about our tour, the hanging lights directly above us began fizzling and flickering… we have quite a few stories to share with you!
Inverness Castle – formerly known as Fort George, was blown up in 1746 during the last stage of the Jacobite Risings by the army of Bonnie Prince Charlie to prevent it falling into the hands of the government troops. The Castle then lay in ruins until 1836 when the South part was rebuilt as a Court House. The Northern part was then built in 1846 and served as a jail until 1903. You are free to visit the Castle viewpoint too, which has recently opened to the public, where you will see magnificent 360 degree views over the city. In order to reach the viewpoint, you’ll walk through the prison cell which was used specifically to hold the rich and wealthy prisoners. There is a £5 admission fee to those wishing to visit the Castle viewpoint.
Ness Islands – time permitting, you can meander along this beautiful walk, which was the inspiration behind Dragonfly In Amber Part Seven ‘Witch -Hunt’, when Brianna and Roger ‘stroll down the narrow walk by the River Ness’. After this, we can either return you to your overnight accommodation, or you can stay on in Inverness to explore further, and perhaps enjoy dinner overlooking the River Ness.
(Please note we have an alternative itinerary for day two if you are not able to walk far, or if the weather is inclement).
Day Three of your Outlander Tour
We will collect you from your overnight accommodation at 9.15am:
Tulloch Ghru – which will be familiar to anyone who’s seen the opening credits to Outlander. Located on the fringes of Cairngorm National Park, Tulloch Ghru features heavily in several scenes of the Outlander TV series. Aside from featuring in the Credits, the heavily-wooded area is the very one Claire travels through on her way to Castle Leoch with her group of Highlanders.
Ruthven Barracks – following the Jacobite defeat at Culloden, those men who were lucky enough to escape went to Ruthven where they awaited word from Bonnie Prince Charlie. It is estimated some 2-3,000 men were at Ruthven Barracks when a note was received from the Prince stating “Let every man seek his own safety in the best way he can.” The Jacobites dispersed and the Jacobite cause was all but abandoned. The departing men torched the barracks and the building has remained a ruin ever since. We can stop on the way for lunch. There is no admission fee.
Highland Folk Museum – this is the beautiful 18th century village used as MacKenzie Village in the Outlander episode ‘Rent’. This wonderful open air, living history site stretches over a mile and includes a great example of a 1700s Highland township where you can experience what life was like for Highlanders during the Jacobite period. There is no admission fee.
Craig na Dun – your Outlander tour would not be complete without a visit to the actual hill used in the TV series as Craig na Dun. Of course the standing stones won’t be there, but you’ll be able to stand on that very special hill and take in the breath-taking views and the tangible energy surrounding you… and from there, we will head back to Inverness where we can drop you off either at your overnight accommodation, or at a location of your choice.
Throughout your tour Andy will be taking professional quality photographs for you (unless of course you prefer that he doesn’t), and we will send you a photographic record of your entire Outlander Experience.
Your Private Outlander Tour for up to 2 people includes:
- Transport and Tour Guiding to all the above Outlander locations in a very comfortable Subaru Outback 4 x 4.
- Collection from your hotel or B&B each morning, and drop off at a location of your choice (within reasonable distance) after your day’s touring.
- Professional quality photographic record of your complete Outlander Tour. The photographs will be emailed to you within 2 weeks of the completion of your tour.
- If you wish to experience Past Life Regression, this is included and we will provide a safe environment for your session to take place.
To Book your Tour…
Simply contact us with your preferred dates, and we’ll get the ball rolling immediately.
More details are on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
What’s not included: Your travel to Inverness, admission fees, meals and overnight accommodation are not included. There are low cost direct flights from many UK and overseas airports to here in Inverness.
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Prices in different currencies
Three, Two and One Day Private Outlander Tour Prices shown below in other currencies:
|AUD Australian Dollar||$1552||$1098||$557|
|CAD Canadian Dollar||$1584||$1120||$569|
|NZD New Zealand Dollar||$1682||$1190||$604|
|USD US Dollar $||$1184||$838||$425|
Please note that we also offer bespoke Highland tours with digital photography mentoring as an option too. To tailor your own unique Highland Tour, please visit our other website: Highland Personal Development Photography Tours.
My journey back in time…
I’m Diane Nicholson. I’ve had several past lives, as I believe we all have. I remember many of them, but one was to shape the events that unfolded in this life-time too…
The first time I came here aged around 20, I cried most of the way back to London in the car. The pull to come back refused to leave me. I couldn’t watch a Scottish film or documentary without crying or feeling overwhelm and recognition. I felt that my ties to Scotland, to Culloden in particular, ran deep in my soul.
One year later in 1989, I bought a new home here. This home was being built on a plot of land right on the edge of Culloden Woods and mid-way between Culloden House and Culloden Battlefield. Everyone told me that I was crazy to leave a well-paid job in finance in the City of London to move 570 miles north to the Highlands of Scotland. I was afraid, of course I was, but to me, not coming felt crazy. I had no idea why, I just had to come here.
The first place I worked when I moved here was at Culloden House Hotel. I didn’t know it at the time, but this was where the Jacobite troops gathered the night before the battle. Far more was to follow…
I’m South African by birth, and moved to Ireland, Wales, London and then here to Scotland aged 22. My family have never had any ties with Scotland.However, ten years after moving here my mother called me and asked “Are you sitting down Di?” I said yes, and she proceeded to tell me that she’d had a professional family tree done, and my direct ancestors on her side of the family were living right here in Culloden, not just Inverness, but Culloden, at the time of the Battle in 1746. They absconded and left for Ireland directly after the battle. The family tree traces my mother’s family through those centuries to present times.
When I moved to Ireland aged 9, I had a natural affinity for Gaelic. For a young South African girl newly in an Irish school, I came top of my class repeatedly in Gaelic. I had no idea why, as I had no such affinity for any other languages. Somehow, Gaelic seemed to pass a language barrier with me.
I remained in my home in Culloden for 17 years until 2007 when I met Andy. The way we connected was so perfectly timed and synchronized, it felt like something greater than us.
The story of how Andy and I found one another while thousands of miles apart, then met just one week later, made the national press. I moved to Warwickshire to live and work with him, and he moved over from Austria where he had been working for 2 years.
I had found my soulmate, but my heart yearned for Scotland. Through those 5 years away from the Highlands I could not bring myself to sell my home in Culloden.
In 2013, something amazing happened. I was able to move back into my Culloden home; this time my soulmate came back with me. This was something I would never have believed possible, but it proved to me that dreams really can come true. He brought me home to Scotland, but neither of us realised at the time that we were in fact both coming home. I can’t even begin to express the joy I felt at being back in the Highlands again.
For years I wasn’t able to remember specific details of my past life here in Scotland, which was strange because I’d had no problem remembering other lives in other places. Still, I intuitively knew that I had lived here, and that it had been as a man, yet clear recollection remained hazy. I would visit certain places and feel a strong recognition that I had been there before, but in a very different capacity. I would feel such a deep sadness in certain places that I didn’t know how to explain to the people I was with why tears were rolling down my face. I was able to list all the places I knew I’d been connected to, whilst having no such recognition or feeling with other places.
Then, after a series of quite incredible co-incidences over a short period of time, everything fell into place. The moment it dawned is ingrained in my memory. From there, like a domino effect, each piece of the puzzle unfolded one by one. I came to remember my life here. I remembered who I was, who I am. I was a Jacobite and fought in the Battle of Culloden. I remember it clearly, and many other things about my life in the Highlands. All of the places I’d visited that held memory for me were indeed places I had been. I spent weeks in a state of awe as everything began to sink in.
So much tied together that it’s left me humbled by just how immense our journeys really are, and by just how strongly our intuition and inner-knowing can guide us. It’s left Andy feeling the same.
The birthmark on my body is precisely where I was wounded in that battle. I’ve always been weak in that area of my body, and now I understand why.
The craziest thing of all… Culloden is not a large area, so it’s very likely that I would have met my own ancestors when they lived here.
Andy lived here in Scotland during that lifetime with me. He did not fight in the battle of Culloden. However, I was present in another lifetime and country when he did fight in battle, and it was devastating to see. I carried a great deal of pain with me because of that, yet until I’d been able to understand and heal that pain, I hadn’t known why I’d had such strong responses when I’d seen similar situations in the movies or on the news, or why I held such a fear of losing him again. It allowed me to release those fears, and the freedom and peace I feel as a result is immense.
Our souls and journey have been entwined for many lessons on one incredibly beautiful journey. It is too long a journey to explain in much more depth here…
I believe that we all have these journeys. Mine has guided me home to heal the past; a healing that needed to take place. Now that I can remember, I have been able to heal and understand in far greater depth who I am. So much makes sense to me now.
From the first week we began Outlander: The Past Lives Experience, we began receiving emails from people all over the world, who felt a similar connection to Scotland.