Over seven days, walk with us in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire, and embark upon a wonderful journey; an Outlander Tour with a difference.
Visit the filming locations near Edinburgh in the very heart of Scotland, take in the stunningly beautiful Highlands around Inverness where the Outlander novels are set, and travel over the sea to Skye… (see our gallery).
Enjoy all of this, and take a journey back in time to explore your own Past Lives too. Past life regression is optional, and 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 7 day journey around Scotland on a luxury coach with like-minded friends.
Throughout the tour Andy will take professional quality photographs of our group in each location, and we will e-mail each person a photographic record of the entire Outlander Experience within two weeks. Here is a link to some of recent Outlander clients who booked one of our private tours for couples, and have kindly given us permission to share them.
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…
What’s included: Six nights accommodation, breakfast and admission fees to all locations. Accommodation is based on sharing a twin room (or double if booking with your partner), otherwise a supplement for a single room will be payable. Nights one and two are based in Fife, nights three to six are based in Inverness. We will stop at locations daily which are suitable for you to purchase either a sit-down or take-away lunch. Your overnight accommodation is located close to a wide choice of restaurants for evening meals. Lunch and evening meals are not included on your tour.
Day One and Two: Explore the filming locations around Fife, in the very Heart of Scotland…
Lallybroch (filming location) – visit the hauntingly beautiful castle used as the filming location for Jamie Fraser’s home, Lallybroch. (Please note, this does close on occasional days, so we will do all we can to ensure it is open on the day we take you there).
The French Port (filming location) – This 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.
The Monastery where Claire and Murtagh bring Jamie to recover from his prison ordeal (filming location) – This beautiful castle was once a luxurious Renaissance home, and is one of the oldest standing masonry castles in Scotland.
Cranesmuir Village and Square (filming location) – walk through the fictional village of Cranesmuir where Geillis lives. See the square where the young lad’s ear was hammered to the post, and visit the impressive garden where Claire and Geillis gathered herbs. This town also lends its backdrop to the Jacobite encampment and makeshift hospital scenes in series two.
Wentworth Prison (filming location) – The entrance and corridors of this 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.
Black Kirk (filming location) – visit the secluded church ruins where Jamie and Claire discover the reason for the nephew’s curse.
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 heartbreaking scene of Jamie’s flogging.
The Railway Station where Claire and Frank said their goodbyes (filming location) – This picturesque station was transformed into a wartime London railway station for this scene.
The Home of the Duke of Sandringham – visit this stunning stately home and gardens, which has been used both indoors and outdoors for several Outlander filming locations, including some in Season Three. (Closed October to mid-April inclusive).
Overnight accommodation for night one and two is in Fife. We will take you there to check-in when our first day ends at 6.00pm.
Day Three: Journey north towards Inverness and the Highlands, taking in more filming locations en-route…
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.
The Chapel where Claire and Jamie hide from the Redcoats (filming location) – Look out of the same window as they watched the Redcoats approaching. This is a beautiful Chapel with an amazing history. (Closed November to March inclusive).
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. They are one of Europe’s finest examples of a formal garden. (Closed November to April 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 to your overnight accommodation in Inverness, where you’ll stay for three nights.
Day Four and Five: Inverness and the Highlands, the book locations…
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Real Castle Leoch, Seat of the Clan MacKenzie – home of the Earl of Cromartie. It’s a spectacular castle, filled with history. Ideally, your tour will bring you here during one of the castle’s open days which will allow you to tour inside for a small admission fee. Alternatively, you can enjoy a private tour of Castle Leod with the Chief of the Clan MacKenzie himself for £150 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.
Jacobite Weapons Demo – Andy 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.
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.
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. There is a £5 admission fee to those wishing to visit the Castle viewpoint.
Inverness, as it was in 1745 – Be prepared to step back in time as we walk you 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, and 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 a group session, held in a quiet location. 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. 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.
This is a 12 hour day, so we’ll be collecting you from your overnight accommodation at 8.00am.
The journey you’ll take throughout this day will transport you through the wild, remote, breathtaking Highlands, and every mile is beautiful. Sandy beaches, blue Lochs, Heilan’ Coos, castles, mountains and glens,… this journey has everything. It’s a photographer’s paradise.
Cuillin Mountains – enjoy the spectacular and majestic mountain range as we begin our journey on the Isle of Skye.
See the Old Man of Storr – although we won’t be walking up the mountain to see the Old Man himself, this is the scenery that you’ll be traveling through…
Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls – enjoy these beautiful falls and famous viewpoint. Mealt Waterfall descends 60m into the Sound of Raasay, and on windy days it doesn’t even reach the bottom as it blows back up the cliff. The backdrop to the falls is a rock formation which looks strikingly similar to the pleats of a Scottish Kilt. You may even catch a rainbow there too.
The Quiraing – this part of the Trotternish ridge is incredible! It was formed by a large landslip which created high cliffs, hidden plateaus and pinnacles of rock. This awe-inspiring landscape and has featured in films such as ‘The BFG’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘Stardust’, ‘The Land That Time Forgot’, ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’, ’47 Ronin’, ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’, and ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’. The area features places including the famous rock pinnacle, The Needle, the hidden plateau of The Table, and The Prison, a natural rock formation that can look very much like a castle from certain angles. The Quiraing portion of the Trotternish landslip is still moving today!
The North Coast of Skye – enjoy the breathtaking views as we travel around the Trotternish Peninsula…
Flora MacDonald’s Grave – it is said that Flora’s funeral in 1790 was attended by several thousand mourners, who between them drank 300 gallons of whisky. Tradition has it that she was buried in a shroud made from a bed-sheet in which Bonnie Prince Charlie had slept.
Sligachan – we’ll stop at this beauty spot for a rest and a cuppa…
Eilean Donan Castle – after leaving the Isle of Skye, we’ll be visiting this iconic castle which has to be one of the most famous in Scotland. Used as a filming location for many movies: ‘Highlander’, ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’, ‘The Master of Ballantrae’, ‘The New Avengers’, ‘Loch Ness’ and ‘James Bond – The World is Not Enough’… its famous bridge and romantic turrets draw sightseers from all over the world. A visit here is a truly unforgettable experience. Although we will be stopping here for a break, it won’t be possible to tour the inside of the castle.
You’ll end your day with a drive along Loch Ness and arrive back in Inverness at approximately 8.00pm.
Day Seven: heading south, back towards Edinburgh taking in historic and filming locations en-route…
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).
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.
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.
The Town used as Inverness (filming location) – this beautiful town 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. You can enjoy lunch at Mrs Bairds too if you like…
At the end of the touring day, we will drop you off at the same location your tour began, just 14 miles from Edinburgh Airport at approximately 5.00pm.
Your Private Outlander Tour includes:
- Transport and Tour Guiding to all the above Outlander locations in a very comfortable bus.
- Collection from your hotel or B&B each morning, and drop off at approximately 6.00pm 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 our pick-up location is not included.
More details are on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
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