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Outlander Experience - small group

2 DAY TOUR

Lizzie and her Outlander group
Clava Cairns
Visit the Highland Folk Museum
Falkland Village

A journey through time: explore the filming locations in Scotland

Tour Only Price from £95

Tour with Accommodation Price from £125




Outlander Experience - small group Route Map

Tour Highlights

 

Highlight1Black Ness Castle*

The ship that never sailed, standing in for Fort William

Highlight2Doune Castle*

You may know it as Castle Leoch

Highlight3Clava Cairns & Culloden Battlefield*

Walk the historic battlefield

Highlight4Falkland

See the Bruce Fountain where Jamie's ghost appears to Claire

Highlight5Midhope Castle*

15th Century castle, better known as Lallybroch

 

 


Tour Details

Availability:
Summer
Departure Days:
Thursdays 9th April to 15th October
Departs/Returns:
9.00am/6.30pm
Reference: Tour No 60
Please note: * Indicates an Optional extra:
£ Exclusive discount with Highland Experience
Optional extras may be subject to seasonal availability
See our terms and conditions for details on the Tour Only option
Some tours may operate in reverse at certain times of the year.

   Check-in Closes 15 mins prior to departure at pick-up point



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Our tour follows in the footsteps of Claire & Jamie, letting you explore the historic locations where Outlander was filmed and immerse yourself in the places which inspired their unforgettable love story.

Tour Description


Day 1

A morning of Castles...
Our first stop is Midhope Castle, the external location for Lallybroch, the family home of Jamie Fraser. This 15th-century castle is largely intact outside, but sadly derelict within - so we will have a quick photo stop here before continuing our journey northwards. 

Our first stop of the tour is the imposing Blackness Castle*. A perfect viewpoint for the Firth of Forth and often referred to as 'the ship that never sailed' due to its strong ship-like stone exterior, this 15th-century castle stood in for Fort William in the show. It has also featured in other period films, most recently in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’.  Feel free to discover this castle at your own pace and discover the hidden secrets of the castle. This is not just a filming location. It has been; a royal castle, a stronghold, a prison and ancestral home to the Crichton family for whom it was built. You may be reminded of Jamie's heart-wrenching incarceration as featured in the show, as well as his dramatic escape.

We continue on to Doune Castle*, which boasts a striking 100ft high gatehouse and one of the best-preserved great halls in the United Kingdom. It is better known for playing a starring role in the show; Castle Leoch home of Colum MacKenzie and his clan. You might also remember it from as Castle Anthrax from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Immerse yourself in the Outlander spirit by listening to Jamie as he guides you through his uncle's home.
Enjoy stunning scenery and Highland towns...
Your lunch stop for the day will be in the pretty town of Callander, set on the banks of the River Teith, known colloquially as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’. You will have time here to explore the many teashops and sample the local produce. You’ll see the beautiful Roman Gate on your way out of the town. 

We travel north into the Highlands and visit Glen Coe, which features in Outlander's opening credits. Soak in the scenery of one of the most impressive places in Scotland. You'll be in awe as you stand in this striking glen. Here you can get a sense of the dramatic landscape in which the show was set, and imagine how Jamie and Claire may have lived. This will be a brief stop in which you will have the opportunity to photograph the glen. 
 
The tour continues past Fort William, home of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. This town is the site of Jamie’s incarceration in the show as it was the base of the Red Coat Army.  
Spend a moment Nessie spotting...
We'll have a quick stop at Loch Ness as we continue north to our final resting stop for the day. This is a great opportunity for a photo. Be sure to look carefully: this loch is home to the famous Loch Ness Monster! 

Your overnight stop for the day will be Inverness. You will arrive in the evening, so you will have the chance to explore the town by night. It is full of cobbled streets, churches and impressive architecture. There are plenty of bars and restaurants in which to enjoy your evening in the Highlands.  
 
Overnight: Inverness

 

Day 2

Explore Clava Cairns and the famous battlefield of Culloden...
Our second day begins with a visit to Clava Cairns, approximately 4,000 years old, these are one of Scotland's more impressive sights as you can get up close to the standing stones and burial chambers. These cairns are the real-life version of Craigh Na Dun, and the inspiration for the novel.

 

We then continue on to Culloden*, a sombre place to visit as you can walk the battlefield of the quick and bloody 1746 battle. This was the final battle between the Jacobite Forces and the Red Coats, and where the rising met its end. Your guide will tell you the whole tragic story, sensationalised in the show. 
Immerse yourself in Highland History...
We will journey south to the Highland Folk Museum for lunch and to get a flavour of how Highland people lived and worked from the 1700s up until the 1960s. You will have plenty of time to explore this museum, which will give you important background information for the show – a lot that you will recognise already. Nestled in the Cairngorm national park, this museum was an ideal choice for various period scenes in Outlander. 
Explore Falkland and Culross...
As we head further south to Fife we will visit the village of Falkland. Here you will have time to wander the streets and relive one of the first scenes of the TV series, in which Jamie's ghost looks up at Claire's room. You'll recognise this village as 1940s & 1960s Inverness. This small town is home to Falkland Palace and was a favourite retreat for many Royals, including Mary, Queen of Scots. It has remained remarkably unchanged since the mid-century making it the ideal filming location. See if you can spot the parallels between Falkland and Inverness!  
 
Your final stop of the tour will be the village of Culross. Here you will have an hour to explore the streets, which you will recognise as the town of Cranesmuir in the first season of the show. This 17th Century riverside town is owned and preserved by the National Trust and was once a busy port for Fife. Its narrow streets make it largely free of traffic making it easy to imagine life here in the 18th Century. You will then make the short journey back to Edinburgh where you will say goodbye to your group.  

Luggage limit 15KGMAX 15kg 55 x 40 x 20cm

Tour Reviews

Fantastic experience with beautiful scenery and Tommy as our handsome Scottish tour guide. Thoroughly enjoyed being a Sassenach immersed in the Scottish history and exploring the Outlander locations, while imagining I was back in 1743.

(Zoe - TripAdvisor - September 2019)


My sister and I did this trip and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Our guide Moray was friendly and very knowlegable about Outlander and Scottish History and kept us entertained on ourtrip. Would recommend this trip if you are an Outlander fan.

(Anne582013 - TripAdvisor - June 2019)


My daughter and I are avid Outlander fans and this was truly the highlight of our week in Scotland. The tour is well organized with ample time at each location. Our driver Daniel was decked out in his kilt and was very friendly and accommodating. The Highlands are absolutely stunning!! My daughter (student) had booked us the hostel option and at the last minute I requested to upgrade us to the BnB option. Daniel was on it right away.. contacting head office and within the hour they found us the perfect BnB in Inverness. Amazing customer service on everyone's part. During the tour Daniel gave us history and stories of the Highlands and at each location offered to take photos of my daughter and I together. He stopped at a few extra locations along the way so we could experience Scotlands nature and wildlife.
The entire 2 day trip was truly amazing... from the views to the locations to the driver to the accommodation... couldnt have asked for a better experience!
Thank you Highland Experience!!

(Joanne B - TripAdvisor - May 2019)

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