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.
This tour is £1,080 for 2 people or £1,275 for up to six people. Click the following link to check the price in your own currency.
Prices quoted are for your tour guides and vehicle and are not per person. Accommodation, admission fees and lunches are not included. Click here to book now.
This private tour can be booked alongside any of our other one day tours.
Your Three Day Private Outlander Tour from Inverness Itinerary:
We will collect you from your Inverness hotel or B&B at 9.00am each morning and return you there by 6.00pm.
Day One: Outlander Book Locations – Learn all about Clan Fraser and MacKenzie. Explore the land they walked, the homes they lived in, the towns they frequented and the places they were buried…
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 Two: Culloden and the Standing Stones… walking the path of the Jacobites.
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 – you may wish to 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. If you’d like us to reserve this for you as part of your Culloden Experience, please let us know and we will do.
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.
Day Three: Explore the Highland film locations and more…
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.
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.
Why are our tours so different?
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 from Inverness 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.
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 hotel or B&B on our one to three-day tours. Alternatively, we can arrange your accommodation for you for a £25 administrative fee. You will pay the accommodation provider directly once we have reserved your rooms for you. This service is provided by us subject to availability. You are advised to book accommodation well in advance, especially for peak season (June to September).
Alternatively, the Visit Scotland website contains a superb listing of local accommodation, which you can access here.
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