Three Day Outlander Tour of the Highlands

Walk in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire, and embark upon a wonderful journey; an Outlander Tour with a difference.

Take in the stunningly beautiful Highlands around Inverness where the Outlander novels are set, then cross over the sea to Skye…

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 full tour itinerary below.

We have three options for you to choose from:

Option One: Join a group Outlander tour running from 20th to 22rd March 2018 – £650 per person. Let us know how many you would like to book for, and we’ll take care of the rest. Arrive in Inverness on Monday 19th March 2018, check into your hotel, then spend the rest of the day exploring Inverness at your leisure. You can also enjoy use of the hotel’s luxury leisure club and pool facilities, which are included in your package. We’ll collect you after a hearty Scottish breakfast on the Tuesday morning, and whisk you away to enjoy three wonderful days stepping right into the heart of Jacobite history and Diana Gabaldon​’s Outlander novels…

Option Two: Book a Private Tour for your group of three to six people – £750 per person. Decide upon dates that suit your group, check availability with us, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Option Three: Book a Private Tour for couples and groups of up to two people – £875 per person. Decide upon dates that suit you, check availability with us, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Four Star Luxury Accommodation and much more is included:

Four nights accommodation in the beautiful Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness, full Scottish buffet breakfast and free use of their swimming pool, gym and leisure club facilities during your stay. The hotel has two restaurants to choose from, a bar and stunning gardens to enjoy. This magnificent hotel even famously hosted dinner for the renowned Scottish poet, Rabbie Burns. Prices are based on two people sharing a twin or double Classic Room. The rooms are large in size and all are en-suite. Your first night’s inclusive accommodation is the evening prior to your Outlander tour, allowing you plenty of time to arrive in Inverness and explore a little before checking in. You’ll begin your Outlander tour the following day feeling well-rested, revitalised and ready to enjoy the journey…

Admission fees to Culloden Battlefield and the Castles on our tour are included, along with a rather luxurious Afternoon Tea at the beautiful and historic Culloden House.

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.

A Professional Photographic Album 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.

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. So, allow us to showcase the magnificence of Scotland for you, while taking you right into the heart of Diana Gabaldon’s wonderful novels…

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 it here

Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey in comfort, while you step back into Jacobite history with us…

Your Tour Itinerary:

Day One: Culloden and the Fraser Lovat Lands… the Outlander book locations… 

We will collect you from reception at the Kingsmills Hotel at 9.15am and return you there at 6.00pm.

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. I 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 will be treated to their magnificent Afternoon Tea in the Drawing Room – a feast of cakes, scones and sandwiches, along with a cuppa of your choice* (*applies to bookings for couples and groups of up to six people).

Day Two: Inverness and Loch Ness… the Outlander book locations…

We will collect you from reception at the Kingsmills Hotel at 9.15am and return you there at 6.00pm.

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, 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 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 herewhere 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: Over the sea to Skye…

We have a longer journey over to the beautiful Isle of Skye today, so we’ll collect you from reception at the Kingsmills Hotel at the earlier time of 8.00am and return you there at 8.00pm. Breakfast is served from 6.30am, so you won’t need to worry that you may miss it with the early start.

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 Scottish paradise…

Cuillin Mountains – enjoy the spectacular and majestic mountain range as we begin our journey on the Isle of Skye.

Portree – enjoy some leisure time to enjoy lunch and wander around this bright and colourful town.

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, the castle will be closed by the time we reach it, so it won’t be possible to tour inside.

You’ll end your day with a drive along Loch Ness and arrive back in Inverness at approximately 8.00pm.

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.
  • Four nights accommodation at the four star Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness.
  • Full Scottish Buffet Breakfast each morning.
  • Free use of the swimming pool, gym and leisure club facilities during your stay.
  • Admission fees to Culloden Battlefield and Castles (except Eilean Donan).
  • Afternoon Tea at the luxurious and historic Culloden House Hotel.
  • Collection from the Kingsmills Hotel in the 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 and we will provide a safe environment for your session to take place.

What’s not included:

Your travel to Inverness is not included. There are low cost direct flights from many UK and overseas airports to here in Inverness, and also our neighbouring airports – Edinburgh, Glasgow 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.

More details are on our Frequently Asked Questions page. 

A reminder of our tour options:

Option One: Join a group Outlander tour running from 20th to 22rd March 2018 – £650 per person. Let us know how many you would like to book for, and we’ll take care of the rest. Arrive in Inverness on Monday 19th March 2018, check into your hotel, then spend the rest of the day exploring Inverness at your leisure. You can also enjoy use of the hotel’s luxury leisure club and pool facilities, which are included in your package. We’ll collect you after a hearty Scottish breakfast on the Tuesday morning, and whisk you away to enjoy three wonderful days stepping right into the heart of Jacobite history and Diana Gabaldon​’s Outlander novels…

Option Two: Book a Private Tour for your group of three to six people – £750 per person. Decide upon dates that suit your group, check availability with us, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Option Three: Book a Private Tour for couples and groups of up to two people – £875 per person. Decide upon dates that suit you, check availability with us, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Prices in different currencies

British Pound £650 £750 £875
AUD Australian Dollar $1140 $1316 $1535
CAD Canadian Dollar $1102 $1271 $1483
Euro € €730 €843 €983
NZD New Zealand Dollar $1250 $1442 $1683
USD US Dollar $ $867 $1000 $1167

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 and your room reservation with the Kingsmills Hotel by email. 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.

Once you’ve requested the invoice, your hotel room/s and tour dates will be held for a maximum of 48 hours for payment to be made. After that, if no payment has been received, they will need to be released for re-sale.

If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, please contact us and we will forward our bank details on to you.

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