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

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

Outlander Experience

Arrive in Scotland on 15 May, tour ends 5pm on 22 May 2019 – £1625 (FULL)
Arrive in Scotland on 27 June, tour ends 5pm on 4 July 2019 – £1725 (1 place left)
Arrive in Scotland on 24 July, tour ends 5pm on 31 July 2019 – £1825 (1 place left)
Arrive in Scotland on 21 Aug, tour ends 5pm on 28 August 2019 – £1825 (4 places left)
Arrive in Scotland on 18 Sept, tour ends 5pm on 25 Sept 2019 – £1725 (FULL)
Arrive in Scotland on 16 Oct, tour ends 5pm on 23 October 2019 – £1625 (4 places left)

There are just 6 places on each tour. The price shown is per person with accommodation included (sharing twin/double room) more details below. If you would like a single room, please contact us and we will provide a quote subject to availability.

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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.

Seven nights accommodation are 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. Simply contact us with your requirements, and we will reply as soon as possible.

If you feel a deep connection with Scotland

Your Outlander Tour Itinerary:

On arrival in Scotland on the first day shown above, we suggest you spend that day exploring either Edinburgh or Glasgow at your leisure, depending on where your flight lands. You can store your luggage at either Edinburgh Waverly train station or Glasgow Queen Street station, so that you may explore with ease. At the end of the day, collect your luggage from the train station and board a train to Linlithgow, which 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. There are no train changes.

Coming from Glasgow: A train service runs from Glasgow Queen Street direct to Linlithgow every thirty minutes and takes only thirty minutes. There are no train changes.

Your hotel is a short 4 minute walk from the train station (we will send you a map of the walk), where you can check in and relax, or explore some of the many shops and restaurants that Linlithgow has to offer. Your Seven Day Guided Tour begins right outside your hotel at 9.15am the following morning. The tour ends at 5.00pm in Linlithgow seven days later, where you can commute by train 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 stand upon the same stairs that Claire did and see the cell where Claire asked the prisoners where Jamie was. 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.

Jack Randall’s Fort William HQ (filming location) – This incredible 15th century fortress provides the setting for the Black Jack Randall’s Fort William headquarters and featured the heart-breaking 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 (filming location) – 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) – Once a luxurious Renaissance home – it is one of the oldest standing masonry castles in Scotland.

Cranesmuir Village and Square (filming location) – explore 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. Visit the room that was used as Jamie and Claire’s bedroom. 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 young boy’s illness.

The Kelpies (a wee extra treat for you) – enjoy a wander around the largest equine structures in the world. They are magnificent! After all, you can’t come all this way and not see the Kelpies…

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 hid from the Redcoats and Rupert lost his eye (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 the Highlands, where you’ll stay for four nights in a sea-view Penthouse Suite.

Day Four: The Clan Lands 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.

Wardlaw Mausoleum – reputed to be the final resting place of Simon ‘The Fox’ Fraser, the 11th Lord Lovat and Jamie Fraser’s grandfather in Outlander. We will visit the underground crypt that was said to contain his headless body, smuggled here after his execution at the Tower of London. His head remained in London. The Mausoleum was built as a burial place and shrine to the Clan Fraser.

Beauly Priory – a beautiful 13th Century ruin where Claire met Maisri, the Lovat’s Seer, and where she would also spend quiet time walking alone. 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 graveyard 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 (not the filming location) – visit the Laird’s House for the youngest Son of the Chief of the Mackenzie Clan in the 17th/18th Century. The House was built in 1637 and retains a great deal of history within its walls. If Lallybroch existed, this beautiful mansion would be it.

Glen Ord Distillery – founded by the Clan MacKenzie, you can enjoy a whisky tasting if you wish to (price not included in your tour), or just browse the shop and explore the exhibition. If you’ve come all the way to Scotland, why not enjoy a wee dram…

Castle Leod – The ‘real’ Castle Leoch, Seat of the Clan MacKenzie (not the filming location) – home of the Earl of Cromartie, Chief of the Clan MacKenzie. Enjoy a leisurely walk up the tree-lined avenue to see this magnificent castle from the outside. Steeped in history, it is still lived in by the family today. You’ll be right in the heart of Clan MacKenzie land.

Inverness, as it was in 1745 – 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 Frank.

Day Five: Culloden, the Standing Stones and Inverness… the Outlander book locations… 

Culloden Battlefield – where the last pitched battle was fought on British soil. Enjoy a guided tour of the battlefield with a Jacobite (Andrew) and see the gravestone for the Frasers who tragically fell on 16 April 1746 along with many other Clansmen. After that, tour the indoor museum and gift shop at your leisure.

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. For information on what Past Life Regression is click here. You are welcome to download our free Past Lives Clues Workbook, which may help you begin to join the dots. 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.

Jacobite Weapons Demonstration – Andrew will show you a range of Jacobite weapons and demonstrate how they were used in battle: The Targe, Lochaber Axe, Basket Hilt Broadsword, Flintlock Musket, Flintlock Pistol, Powder Horn, Dirk and the Sgian Dubh. You’ll also see how a Jacobite puts his kilt on (just like Jamie’s) from a long length of plaid. The kilt is called a féileadh-mór.

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 and of course in the novels.

Afternoon Tea at Culloden House – enjoy an indulgent Afternoon Tea in the magnificent Adam’s Drawing Room – a feast of cakes, pudding, scones and sandwiches, along with a cuppa of your choice. This is included on your tour.

Clava Cairns – The Standing Stones – This is an exceptionally well-preserved group of prehistoric burial cairns and standing stones which were built around 4000 years ago. They include the famous ‘split stone’. It’s these stones near Culloden Battlefield, where the sounds of battle would have been heard on that fateful day, just as they were Jamie and Claire said their goodbyes before he went into battle and she came back through the stone.

From 3.45pm, you’ll be free to enjoy some personal time to explore the beautiful seaside town of Nairn. Enjoy your rest, as tomorrow is a 12-hour tour to the Isle of Skye…

Day Six: Over the sea to Skye…

We will collect you from your hotel at 8.00am. Please be aware that the Isle of Skye tour is longer than our other touring days. This is a 12 hour day 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. 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.

 

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

Eilean Donan Castle – we’ll be stopping for a break at 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. We won’t be touring inside the castle, as time doesn’t allow.

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 Dinosaur Museum – this museum shares the history of the dinosaurs that lived on the Isle of Skye and has many fossils on display.

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 (closed on a Sunday).

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 at your hotel at approximately 8.00pm.

Day Seven: historic and filming locations…

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 (historic location) – 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 and the famous fountain where the ghost looks up at Claire’s room. Walk down the same cobbled streets of old Inverness.

The tour ends at Linlithgow train station at approximately 5.00pm, providing you with easy rail access to both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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.
  • Seven nights accommodation – full details below.
  • Breakfast is included.
  • 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.

Your Overnight Accommodation…

During your first three 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. Each room has its own small kitchen and hamper of food goodies to make your stay more comfortable. Your hosts, Jim and Hazel, even provide Netflix as standard.

During your four nights in the Highlands, you’ll be staying at The Invernairne, an elegant and highly regarded Boutique Hotel in Nairn that is full of character. You will stay in the Penthouse Suite which comfortably sleeps seven people. Here our group will have a large private open plan living/seating area and fully fitted kitchen. All four bedrooms in the Penthouse have stunning views over the white sands of Nairn Beach. A private pathway through the garden leads you directly to the beach. The hotel also has a beautifully decorated sea-view bar and social area where you can relax by a roaring fire and chat with your hosts, Ryan and Camilla. The Invernairne is situated in the beautiful coastal town of Nairn, a few miles east of Inverness. With its picturesque harbour, historic fishing cottages and never-ending white sandy beaches, you’ll be perfectly located to explore the town during your evenings and choose from several restaurants for your evening meal. Alternatively, we can take you to a supermarket on our way there each night and you can purchase supplies to make your own evening meals as a group in your private kitchen.

Accommodation is based on two people sharing a twin or double room. If you would like to book a single room for the duration of your tour, 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 and finish location, Linlithgow, 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 start and end 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…

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