Seven Day Outlander Experience Tours for 2018 departing from Edinburgh/Glasgow – Accommodation included

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Your Outlander Experience departs from Linlithgow (midway between Edinburgh and Glasgow)

Outlander Experience10th – 16th May 2018 – £1550 – FULL
14th – 20th June 2018 – £1650 – FULL
26th July – 1st August 2018 – £1750 – FULL
30th August – 5th September 2018 – £1750 – 6 places left.
20th – 26th September 2018 – £1650 – 4 places left.
18th – 24th October 2018 – £1550 – 3 places left – there is a single room (double bed) available on the October tour for a supplement of £45 per night.

There are just 6 places on each tour. The price shown is per person with accommodation included (sharing twin/double room) more details below.

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(Click here for prices in €, $ USD, $CAD, $AUD, $NZ shown at the bottom of this page). For 2019 dates, click here…

walk in the footsteps of jamie and claire

Visit the Outlander filming locations near Edinburgh, then journey up to the stunningly beautiful Highlands where the novels are set. You’ll also cross ‘Over the Sea to Skye’...

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.

Six nights accommodation included, along with all admission fees and an indulgent Afternoon Tea at Culloden House…

If you would like to book this Outlander Experience as a Private Tour on dates that suit you, either for your group of up to six, or as a romantic getaway for a couple, we would be delighted to provide you with a quote. You can book with or without accommodation included. Click here to send us your enquiry for this as a private tour.If you feel a deep connection with Scotland

Your Outlander Tour Itinerary:

Your tour begins at 9.30am at Linlithgow Palace.

Linlithgow is centrally located between the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and both airports. 

Coming from Edinburgh: A train service runs from Edinburgh Waverley direct to Linlithgow every twenty minutes and takes only twenty minutes.

Coming from Glasgow: A train service runs from Glasgow Queen Street direct to Linlithgow every thirty minutes and takes only thirty minutes.

Linlithgow Palace is a short 4 minute walk from the train station, where we will meet to commence the tour.

The tour ends at 5pm in Linlithgow seven days later, where you can commute back to either Edinburgh or Glasgow with ease.

Day One: Explore the filming locations around Fife, in the very Heart of Scotland…

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.

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).

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.

Day Two: More filming locations…

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.

Black Kirk (filming location) – visit the secluded church ruins where Jamie and Claire discover the reason for the nephew’s curse.

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.

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.

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 hotel in Inverness, where you’ll stay for four nights.

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

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 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.

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.

Outlander-inspired Landscape and the ‘real’ Lallybroch – visit the Laird’s House for the youngest Son of the leader of the Mackenzie Clan in the 17th Century. The House was finished in 1637 and retains a great deal of history within its walls. The beautiful scenery you’ll be travelling through is 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 will take a leisurely walk up the tree-lined avenue to see this magnificent castle from the outside.

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

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. Your tour includes a visit to the Castle viewpoint, 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 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 Six: Over the sea to Skye…

We will collect you from your overnight accommodation at 8.00am. Please be aware that the Isle of Skye tour is longer than our other touring days. This is a 12 hour tour running from 8.00am to 8.00pm which transports you through 300 miles of some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery. 

Prepare to journey through the wild, remote, breathtaking Highlands, where every mile is beautiful. Sandy beaches, blue Lochs, Heilan’ Coos, castles, mountains and glens…

Loch Ness – you’ll begin your day with a drive along the beautiful and deep Loch Ness, which contains more water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined. This will include a viewpoint over the spectacular Urquhart Castle.

 

Viewpoint – we’ll take you on a short detour to enjoy one of the most spectacular views in Scotland…

Eilean Donan Castle – you’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.

Then we’ll travel over the sea to Skye…

Kyleachin – we’ll stop at this small village briefly for some beautiful views of the Skye Bridge.

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 wander around this picturesque 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 video shows the views from partway up the mountain. 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!

Skye Museum of Island Life – Step back in time to an old Highland village. The museum offers visitors a unique experience and a true insight into island life one hundred years ago.

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…

Another Viewpoint – enjoy the stunning vistas on this beautiful part of the drive as we head back towards Inverness, but on a different route.

Fort Augustus – we’ll have a short stop at this picturesque Highland village on the southern tip of Loch Ness. In the early 17th century, the village became known by the name of the fort built by General Wade, Fort Augustus, named after the second son of King George. Augustus, the Duke of Cumberland, became infamous in the Highlands as ‘Butcher Cumberland’ owing to the many atrocities inflicted on the Highland population by his orders. While there, you’ll  see the 5 locks that run through the River Oich and the impressive 60 mile long Caledonian Canal and lock system, built by Thomas Telford in the early 1800s. The Caledonian Canal stretches from Fort William to Inverness, and is linked by a series of natural lochs. Here in Fort Augustus is a flight of 5 locks from the top of the canal in Fort Augustus down into Loch Ness.

On route back to Inverness, except this time on the other side of Loch Ness. Be prepared for some more beautiful and expansive vistas, as our video below shows…

 

Loch Ness… our final stop of the day will be at a small village on the banks of Loch Ness where you’ll have your photos taken by Andy at this iconic monument to the famous Loch.

You’ll 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.

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. 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.

At the end of the touring day, we will drop you off at the same location your tour began, at Linlithgow, providing you with easy rail access to both Glasgow and Edinburgh. This will be at approximately 5.30pm.

This is 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 quality 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.

Smaller numbers on your tour mean that you can come to know your fellow Outlander travelers as friends, and that we can ensure everyone’s needs are met.

Two very passionate Tour Guides throughout your tour: 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…

For a Photographic Gallery of some of your Outlander Tour locations, click here. 

Your Outlander Experience Tour includes:

  • Transport to all the above Outlander locations in a comfortable and properly insured touring vehicle.
  • Professional photographic record of your Outlander Tour.
  • Two Tour Guides throughout, one in the 1745 Jacobite Kilt attire.
  • A Jacobite Weapons demo – hold a replica of a Targe (shield) and Flintlock Pistol taken into the Battle of Culloden.
  • Six nights accommodation – full details below.
  • Cooked Scottish Breakfast each morning.
  • Admission fees to all tour locations, as per the above itinerary.
  • Afternoon Tea at the historic Culloden House Hotel (photo on the right).
  • Collection from your hotel each morning, and return there in the evening.
  • If you wish to experience Past Life Regression, this is included and we will provide a safe environment for your session to take place.

Overnight Accommodation…

During your first two nights in Fife, you’ll be staying in Linlithgow at the historic Court Residence, ‘A Luxurious Home from Home in the Heart of Central Scotland’. You will have every modern comfort at your convenience, whilst also being steeped in 150 years of history. This magnificent building once served as a Court, and is located in the centre of this picturesque town, opposite Linlithgow Palace. There are a wide variety of shops to browse during your free time, and a good choice of restaurants for your evening meals.

During your four nights in Inverness, you’ll be staying at the Premier Inn River Ness Hotel, right beside the River Ness in the heart of the city. The hotel is perfectly located for you to explore the many shops and historical buildings during your evenings. The hotel itself enjoys views over Inverness Castle, and although we can’t guarantee that your room will have that view, you will be perfectly located to enjoy Inverness and its many restaurants at your leisure.

Accommodation is based on two people sharing a twin or double room. If you would like to book a single room, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can advise you what the supplement will be. Any supplement will be based on actual room prices and availability at the time of enquiry. Room rates rise during the summer months, so please do let us know as soon as you can.

Not included:

Your travel to Scotland and our starting location, Linlithgow Palace, is not included. There are low-cost direct flights from many UK and overseas airports to Edinburgh and Glasgow Airports. There are also excellent train and bus services direct to Edinburgh and Glasgow from many UK locations, including London. We have chosen Linlithgow as our central point for this tour, because it can be easily reached from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Lunches and dinners are not included. We will take you to suitable places for a sit-down lunch each day for those who would like it, and you will also have the option of buying lunch from a supermarket to eat on the go. With smaller numbers on these tours, we can accommodate everyone’s needs.

More details are on our Frequently Asked Questions page. 

To Book your Outlander Experience Tour…

Simply pay your non-refundable deposit using the booking widget below. A confirmation of your booking and your payment will be sent to you from us and from Stripe, our secure payment gateway. For more information about online booking and Stripe – click here for our FAQs page. Please also read our terms and conditionsBy booking with us, you are agreeing to be bound by these terms and conditions. The person booking the tour (the lead person) does so on behalf of all the other individuals included on the booking, so that all are bound by the booking conditions.

The remainder of your payment will be due 60 days prior to your touring dates. If you are within the 60 days when you pay your deposit, then we will forward a payment request to you for the remainder of the payment once we receive notification of your deposit (sorry our online booking system does not currently support the choice of either deposit or full payment – we are working to provide this option).

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Prices in different currencies for the Outlander Experience Tour

The prices shown in different currencies below are for indication only and are taken from exchange rates as of 7 January 2018. The price you pay is based on the price shown in British Pounds. Exchange rates will vary.

British Pound £1550 £1650 £1750
USD US Dollar $ $2103 $2239 $2375
AUD Australian Dollar $2675 $2847 $3020
CAD Canadian Dollar $2611 $2779 $2948
Euro € €1748 €1861 €1974
NZD New Zealand Dollar $2934 $3123 $3313

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.

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