* If a group of three are happy to share the back seat of a Subaru Outlander 4 x 4 which is very spacious, then three people are welcome to book for exactly the same price as two.
We would be delighted to provide a quote for a larger group. Please contact us.
Walk in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire, and embark upon a wonderful journey; an Outlander Tour with a difference.
Book our One, Two and/or Three Day Outlander Tour from Inverness, choosing from the itinerary below. Explore the stunningly beautiful Highlands where the Outlander novels are set, then visit two of the filming locations, including the hauntingly beautiful Craigh na Dun…
Enjoy all of this, and take a journey back through time to explore your own Past Lives too. Past life regression is optional and explained further below.
Accommodation, admission fees and lunches are not included.
Each of the below three touring days can be booked individually or together for £340 per day. The price quoted is for your tour guides and vehicle and is not the price per person. There are no additional charges or taxes. This tour can be booked alongside any of our other tours.
Click here for our photographic gallery of the Outlander Experience...
Your Outlander Tour from Inverness – more than just a tour…
Your Tour Guide wears the full Jacobite Kilt: Called a féileadh-mór, this is the style of kilt worn by the Jacobites during the 1745 uprising, and by Jamie in Outlander.
Professional Photographs of your Tour: Throughout the tour we will take professional quality photographs of you in each location (only with your permission of course), and we will e-mail you a complete photographic record of your Outlander experience within two weeks. Here is a link to photos of recent Outlander clients who have kindly given us permission to share them.
We also offer a Celtic Handfasting Ceremony to couples who wish to renew their wedding vows whilst on tour with us.
Two very passionate Tour Guides: 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 a very personal 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 our past life story here…
If you feel a deep connection with Scotland, then this tour is for you. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey in comfort, while you step back into Jacobite history with us…
Your Outlander Tour from Inverness Itinerary:
We will collect you from your Inverness hotel or B&B at 9.15am each morning and return you there by 6.00pm.
Day One: Culloden and the Fraser Lovat Lands… the Outlander book locations…
(This can be booked as a One Day Outlander Tour for £340 for up to three people.)
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 a special highlight for many. The Mausoleum was built as a burial place and shrine to the Clan Fraser.
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 inspired landscape – the beautiful scenery you’ll be travelling through is spectacular Fraser Lovat land, and the very landscape that inspired the setting for Lallybroch in the Outlander novels.
The Real Castle Leoch, Seat of the Clan MacKenzie – home of the Earl of Cromartie. It’s a spectacular castle, steeped in history. Ideally, your tour will bring you here during one of the castle’s open days which will allow you to tour inside the castle. If the castle is not open to the public, we can take a leisurely walk up the tree-lined drive to see the castle from the outside. Alternatively, you can enjoy a private tour of Castle Leod with the Chief of the Clan MacKenzie himself, 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. We will confirm the price of the private tour on request once the size of your group is known. Please note that the private tour with the Earl of Cromartie is not included in the tour price listed above.
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. Enjoy a tour of the indoor museum and the battlefield. See the gravestone for the Frasers who tragically fell on 16 April 1746 along with many other Clansmen.
Culloden House – 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. Here you might wish to enjoy Afternoon Tea in the Drawing Room – a feast of cakes, scones and sandwiches, along with a cuppa of your choice.
Day Two: Inverness and Loch Ness… the Outlander book locations…
(This can be booked as a One Day Outlander Tour for £340 for up to three people.)
Urquhart Castle, on the banks of Loch Ness – visit the ruins of this medieval fortress which was once one of Scotland’s largest castles. The last of the government troops garrisoned here during the Jacobite Risings and they blew up the castle when they departed. Urquhart’s iconic ruins remain, offering glimpses into medieval times and the lives of its noble residents. It’s here you can walk down to the shores of Loch Ness and look for the ‘Water Horse’ which deeply entranced Claire Randall.
Jacobite Weapons Demo – Andrew will show you a range of Jacobite weapons and demonstrate how they were used in battle: The Targe, Basket Hilt Broadsword, Flintlock Pistol, Dirk and the Skian Dubh. You’ll also get to see how a Jacobite put his kilt on (just like Jamie’s) from a long length of plaid. The kilt is called a féileadh-mór.
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’.
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.
Inverness, as it was in 1745 – Be prepared to step back in time as we take you on a walking tour through the streets of Inverness to visit the oldest buildings, those that were here during the 1745 Rebellion. As well as an ancient Church where Jacobite prisoners were executed after the battle, prepare to experience Inverness as very few have. Although the fountain outside Mrs Baird’s Guest House does not stand in Inverness now, it once did. We will take you to that place, and show you where the ghost would have been seen by Jack Randall. We’ll also visit the oldest public house in Inverness. 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! After your walking tour through Inverness, you’ll be free to enjoy some time to wander around the shops.
Past Life Regression – your past life regression will be held in a quiet location. This is optional, so it’s at your discretion whether you’d like to experience it or not. It doesn’t cost anything extra, so it’s open to you should you wish to try it. 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.
Day Three: Explore historic and film locations…
(This can be booked as a One Day Outlander Tour for £340 for up to three people.)
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 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 village allows you to experience what life was like for Highlanders during the Jacobite period. There is no admission fee, though they do request a donation. (Closed November to March inclusive).
Craigh na Dun (filming location) – your Outlander tour would not be complete without a visit to the famous hill used 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…
After standing on Craigh na Dun’s magical hilltop, we’ll take you back to Inverness.
Your Private Outlander Tour includes:
- Transport to all the above Outlander locations in a comfortable and properly insured touring vehicle.
- Two Tour Guides throughout, one in the 1745 Jacobite Kilt attire.
- Collection from your hotel or B&B each morning, and return there after your day’s tour.
- Professional 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 on the Day Two Option and we will provide a safe environment for your session to take place.
Overnight accommodation, lunch and admission fees are not included. Your travel to Inverness is not included. There are low cost direct flights from many UK and overseas airports to our airports in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Aberdeen and the international hubs at Amsterdam Schiphol, London and Manchester. There is also an excellent train and bus service direct from many UK locations, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London. The Visit Scotland website contains a superb listing of local accommodation, which you can access here to obtain your discount. It is up to you to organise and pay for your own overnight accommodation direct with the venue of your choice if not booking an inclusive tour.
Meals are not included in your tour. We provide a large flask of hot water, along with coffee and a selection of teas in the car as light refreshments. We also provide a large cool bag and cold bottled water. As your Tour Guides, we will bring our own food and refreshments, leaving you free to decide whether you’d like to enjoy a sit-down lunch at one of the locations, or whether you’d like us to take you to a supermarket to purchase a packed lunch to eat later in the day. We will store your packed lunch in the large cool bag until required. You can let us know when we collect you each morning which lunch option you’d prefer for that day, and we will be only too happy to accommodate you.
More details are on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Looking for Accommodation?
If looking for a superb Bed & Breakfast within walking distance of Inverness town centre, we can highly recommend John and Susan’s award winning Inverglen Guest House. They have won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 5 years running (2013-2017). They provide beautiful en-suite accommodation and a hearty cooked Scottish breakfast. They also offer a 10% discount on overnight accommodation (when you stay at least 3 consecutive nights) to those who book a tour with us.
We can supply you with a code to claim your discount when booking online, or alternatively please be sure to mention your tour when booking with them to obtain your discount.
It is up to you to organise and pay for your own overnight accommodation direct with the venue of your choice if not booking an inclusive tour.
Alternatively the Visit Scotland website contains a superb listing of local accommodation, which you can access here.
To Book your Tour…
Simply complete the below short enquiry form with your preferred tour option:
Once availability is confirmed and you’d like to proceed with your booking, we will forward a PayPal invoice for 20% of the full amount to secure your place. The remainder will be payable 60 days prior to your tour dates. We will confirm receipt of your payment. PayPal is a safe, quick and simple way to pay in your own currency. You can pay by debit or credit card and you do not need to have a PayPal account. Simply follow the instructions in the email and your tour will be booked in just a couple of minutes.
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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.