Private Outlander Tour from Inverness for up to six people
Choose which days you’d like to experience from the three days listed below, all of which run from Inverness.
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.
The prices quoted below are for your tour guides and vehicle and are not per person. Accommodation, admission fees and lunches are not included.
These private tours can be booked alongside any of our other one day tours.
Your Tour 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 day can be booked as a Private Tour for £340 for up to two people, or for £395 for three to six people. The price is not per person.
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.
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. 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.
Wardlaw Mausoleum – the final resting place of Simon ‘The Fox’ Fraser, the 11th Lord Lovat and Jamie Fraser’s grandfather in Outlander. We will visit the secret underground chamber that was reputed to contain his headless body, which was said to have been 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 which is still lived in by the family today. Ideally, your tour will bring you here during one of the castle’s open days which will allow you to tour inside. If the castle is not open to the public, we can take a leisurely walk up the tree-lined avenue to see this magnificent 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.
Day Two: Explore film locations and more…
This day can be booked as a Private Tour for £340 for up to two people, or for £395 for three to six people. The Price is not per person.
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.
Day Three: Inverness and Loch Ness… the Outlander book locations…
This day can be booked as a Private Tour for £340 for up to two people, or for £395 for three to six people. The price is not per person.
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 rich and wealthy prisoners.
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.
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.
It’s 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…
Click here for our photographic gallery of the Outlander Experience...
Your Private Outlander Tour includes:
- Transport and Tour Guiding to the above locations either in our very comfortable all-wheel-drive, air-conditioned Subaru Outback (1-2 people) or our equally comfortable and air-conditioned Mercedes minibus (3-6 people).
- Two Tour Guides throughout, one in the 1745 Jacobite Kilt attire.
- Collection from your hotel or B&B each morning, and return there by 6.00pm.
- Professional photographic record of your complete Outlander Tour.
- If you wish to experience Past Life Regression, this is included on the Day Three 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 date/s and your choice from the three touring days listed above:
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.
Once you’ve requested the invoice, your 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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Prices in different currencies
The prices shown in different currencies below are for indication only – based on exchange rates as of 26 January 2018. The price you pay is based on the price shown in British Pounds. Exchange rates will vary.
|USD US Dollar $||$482||$560|
|AUD Australian Dollar||$595||$692|
|CAD Canadian Dollar||$594||$691|
|NZD New Zealand Dollar||$657||$763|
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.