Visit the stunningly beautiful Highlands around Inverness where the Outlander novels are set, followed by the filming locations near Edinburgh in the very heart of Scotland. Walk in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire as you bring the novels and TV series to life on an incredible private Outlander experience…
One, Two, Four and Six Day Private Outlander Tours
for up to two people
Please contact us if you wish to book for a larger group – we can certainly accommodate you and provide a quote.
See our Six Day Tour itinerary below, then choose the Outlander journey you wish to take:
Day One and Two are based around Inverness and the Highlands, and can be booked separately or together as a One or Two Day Book Locations Tour for £340 per day.
Day Three to Six inclusive, based around Fife and Edinburgh, can be booked as a Four Day Filming Locations Tour for £1,600.
Or you can combine the two, and book the whole Six Day Tour, immersing yourself in the entire Outlander Experience for £2,280.
Prices quoted are for your tour guides and vehicle for up to two people, and are not per person.
Overnight accommodation and meals are not included.
Embark upon a wonderful journey: an Outlander experience with a difference…
Our itinerary encompasses 31 Outlander locations over 6 days, from which you can choose the Outlander journey you wish to experience: Begin by visiting the Highland locations in the novels, then move on to the filming locations for Series One and Two near Edinburgh, all of which you’ll recognise. You can stand where Jamie and Claire once stood, and bring your Outlander experience into beautiful, glorious life. Our itinerary ensures you spend minimum time in the car, and the majority of each day enjoying the locations. If you include the filming locations tour, you even have one afternoon and evening to explore the famous Royal Mile in Edinburgh, and on the last day you return to the Highlands via Craigh na Dun… (see our gallery).
Enjoy all of this, and take a journey back in time to explore your own Past Lives too. This part is optional, and is explained further in our tour itinerary below.
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. So, allow us to bring Diana Gabaldon’s wonderful novels to life, while you sit back, relax, and enjoy your journey in comfort…
We have quite a story to share about why we love Scotland so much, why we chose to include the option of Past Life Regression on our tours, and why Outlander affected us both so deeply. You can read about it here…
Your Complete Tour Itinerary
This tour begins and ends in Inverness. Nights one, two and six require overnight accommodation in Inverness, and nights three, four and five require overnight accommodation in Fife. Overnight accommodation is not included in your tour price, however we are happy to advise where we suggest you stay at very reasonable rates. The locations we suggest provide not only the best choice of restaurants for your evening meals, and the best choice of evening entertainment, but they are also perfectly suited for each day’s touring itinerary, particularly during your stay in Fife. We will be happy to arrange a quote for overnight accommodation for you, and even book it for you, once your tour dates have been confirmed.
Please note that meals/lunches are not included. We have included in the tour itinerary below some wonderful locations that you may wish to enjoy lunch. However, you are free to decide whether you’d like to have lunch at the suggested location each day, or whether you’d like to buy a prepacked lunch for each day’s tour. You can decide at the start of each day and we will be only too happy to accommodate your wishes.
Throughout your tour Andy will be taking professional quality photographs of you in each location (unless of course you prefer that he doesn’t), and we will send you a photographic record of your entire Outlander Experience within two weeks.
Day One of your Outlander Tour – Inverness and the Highlands, the locations in the books…
(This day can be booked as a One Day Private Outlander Tour for up to two people – £340)
We will collect you from your overnight accommodation in Inverness at 9.15am.
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, the gravestone for the Frasers who tragically fell on 16 April 1746.
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. As such, Culloden House featured heavily in Outlander towards the end of Series two. We have some additional, and very special surprises for you while we’re there.
Wardlaw Mausoleum – the final resting place of 11th Lord Lovat, the ‘Old Fox’, otherwise known as Jamie Fraser’s grandfather in Outlander. We will visit the secret underground chamber that contains his headless body, 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.
Lunch – before our next stop 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 Priory – a beautiful 13th Century ruin where the Lovat Frasers are buried in the Outlander novels. The town of 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 – the landscape you’ll be travelling through is spectacular Fraser Lovat land, and the very landscape that inspired the concept of Lallybroch in the Outlander novels.
Castle Leod – Our last stop of the day is Castle Leod, home of the Earl of Cromartie, Chief of the Clan MacKenzie. This is the real Castle Leoch. It’s a spectacular place, filled with history. Ideally, your tour will bring you here during one of the castle’s open days which will allow you to tour for a small admission fee. Alternatively, you can enjoy a private tour of Castle Leod with the Chief of the Clan MacKenzie himself for £120 in total, subject to availability. Please note that if you would like to book the private tour, do advise us well in advance, as the demand for these tours is extremely high and the Earl’s schedule fills up very quickly.
Day Two of your Outlander Tour – Inverness and the Highlands…
(This day can also be booked as a One Day Private Outlander Tour for up to two people – £340, or added to Day One’s itinerary as a Two Day Tour – £680)
We will collect you from your overnight accommodation in Inverness 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 the Jacobite Officers took from Culloden House towards the battlefield in 1746, through what is now the stunningly beautiful Culloden Woods. See the famous Prisoner’s stone. Seventeen wounded Jacobites were confined in the dungeon of Culloden House after the battle. They were kept there for three days, then put into two carts and taken 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.
Lunch… you can enjoy lunch at the Dores Inn if you wish, perhaps with a glass of wine overlooking Loch Ness … 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 the 1745 Rebellion. Although the fountain outside Mrs Baird’s Guest House does not stand in Inverness now, it once did, and we will take you to that place, and show you where the ghost would have been seen by Jack Randall. We’ll also be visiting the oldest public house in Inverness, which is adjacent to where the fountain 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 – 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’.
Day Three of your Outlander Tour – south towards Edinburgh and Fife to explore the filming locations for the next four days…
(The following four days can be booked as a Four Day Private Outlander Tour for up to two people – £1600)
We will collect you from your Inverness overnight accommodation at 9.15am.
Tulloch Ghru (filming location) – 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. There is no admission fee. Though not a filming location, this is on our way south and most definitely worth a visit.
The Highland Village used in the Episode ‘Rent’ (filming location) – 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, though they do encourage donations.
Cranesmuir Church used in the Witch Trials (filming location) – this beautiful church has medieval origins and was used as the location for Cranesmuir Church. This hosted the infamous scenes of Claire and Geillis’s witch trial, where you can stand in the very same pulpit.
Falkland (filming location) – which substitutes for 1940s and 1960s Inverness in the first and second series. See Mrs. Baird’s Guesthouse; the fountain where the ghost of Jamie looks up at Claire’s room; Fayre Earth Gift Shop was used as Farrell’s Hardware and Furniture Store, and Campbell’s Coffee House and Eatery is Campbell’s Coffee Shop in the TV series.
From here we will take you to the first of 3 nights in your Fife based overnight accommodation, which is close to a wide variety of restaurants, a cinema, and a leisure centre, where you can enjoy a swim, jacuzzi and sauna in their leisure facilities if you wish to.
Day Four of your Outlander Tour – exploring more filming locations around Fife…
We will collect you from your Fife overnight accommodation at 9.15am.
The French Port (filming location) – The picturesque harbour was transformed to portray the French port of Le Havre in the 1740s where Jamie and Claire land when they escape to France. This is where Claire discovers smallpox on the Comte St Germain’s ship.
Aberdour Castle (filming location) – This was used as the monastery where Claire and Murtagh bring Jamie to recover after his ordeal at the prison; the Old Kitchen and Long Gallery were used for filming. This beautiful castle was once a luxurious Renaissance home, and is amongst the oldest standing masonry castles in Scotland.
Cranesmuir Village and Square (filming location) – see the fictional village of Cranesmuir where Geillis lives, and behind the impressive Culross Palace is where Claire’s herb garden at Castle Leoch is located. The town also lends its backdrop to the Jacobite encampment and makeshift hospital scenes in series two.
Black Kirk (filming location) – this is where Jamie and Claire discover the reason for the nephew’s curse. It’s also where their relationship starts to heat up.
From here we will return you to your overnight accommodation in Fife.
Day Five of your Outlander Tour – exploring more filming locations, and a few hours in Edinburgh…
We will collect you from your Fife overnight accommodation at 9.00am.
Jack Randall’s Fort William HQ (filming location) – This incredible 15th century fortress provides the setting for the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall. This featured the scene of Jamie being flogged.
Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway Station (filming location) – This picturesque railway station was transformed into a wartime London railway station where Claire and Frank say their goodbyes.
Wentworth Prison (filming location) – The entrance and corridors of this ruined palace were used as Wentworth Prison where Jamie was imprisoned. You’ll be able to step into his cell, and stand upon the same stairs near his cell that Claire did. This impressive 15th century palace was once the royal residence of the Stewart kings and queens, as well as the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.
Lallybroch (filming location) – the castle used as the filming location for Lallybroch… need we say more?
Royal Mile, Edinburgh – today from 3pm until 8pm we’re setting you free on the beautiful Royal Mile in Edinburgh, where you can enjoy the history, the shops and even tour Edinburgh Castle if you wish. Enjoy five hours to wander the remarkable streets of this historic city, and enjoy dinner on the Royal Mile.
At 8pm we’ll take you back to your hotel in Fife.
Day Six of your Outlander Tour – the return to the Highlands, via Craigh na Dun…
We will collect you from your Fife overnight accommodation at 9.15am.
Castle Leoch (filming location) – This stunning castle plays a leading role in Outlander as the fictional Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his Clan. It also features in the first episode when Claire and Frank visit the castle when it stands in ruins on their day trip out.
Tullibardine Chapel (filming location) – Where Jamie, Claire and their group hide from the Redcoats.
Lunch – we’ll enjoy lunch at the Crieff Visitor Centre…
The Gardens at the Palace of Versailles (filming location) – These beautiful and ornate gardens were used as the gardens of the Palace of Versailles in France. Drummond Gardens are one of Europe’s finest examples of a formal garden.
Craigh na Dun (filming location) – your Outlander tour would not be complete without a visit to the actual hill used in the TV series as Craigh 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 return you to Inverness where we can drop you off either at your overnight accommodation, or at a location of your choice.
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.
What’s not included: Your travel to Inverness, admission fees to castles/ gardens etc on the itinerary, and 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
One, Two, Four and Six Day Private Outlander Tour Prices shown below in different currencies:
|AUD Australian Dollar||$557||$1115||$2623||$3738|
|CAD Canadian Dollar||$569||$1137||$2676||$3813|
|NZD New Zealand Dollar||$604||$1208||$2842||$4050|
|USD US Dollar $||$425||$850||$2000||$2850|
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.