Outlander Classic Tour

Cultural & Theme Tours, Edinburgh to Returns to original departure point

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We started running Outlander tours 13 years ago after meeting Diana Gabaldon. As well as visiting sites from the story we put it them in context and explore what 18th Century Highland life was like. It’s a great general introduction to Scotland too.
ItineraryDay 1: EdinburghStop At: Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, ScotlandTime to get out and about... see Edinburgh Castle with your free pass (allow at least two hours), the Royal Mile (we provide you with a guide of 'Outlander places') and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: A chic Bed and Breakfast close to Edinburgh city centre.Day 2: Moving NorthStop At: Falkland Palace & Garden, Falkland, Fife, Scotland First stop is Falkland in Fife, used in the TV series for Inverness. Next, see what it looks like to stand in the dock and be accused of witchcraft (you'll just have to imagine the baying crowd!).After lunch we are in the Highlands and on our way to the Highland Folk Museum to see the traditional village used in the rent gathering scenes. The next two nights are at a charming B&B in the Highland town of Nairn.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore, Aviemore and the Cairngorms, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandAfter lunch we are in the Highlands and on our way to the Highland Folk Museum to see the traditional village used in the rent gathering scenes. The next two nights are at a charming B&B in the Highland town of Nairn.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: A charming B&B in the Highland town of Nairn.Day 3: InvernessStop At: Culloden Battlefield, Culloden Moor, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThe new visitor centre at Culloden offers a detailed explanation of the battle, the background to the conflict and its brutal aftermath. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Beauly Priory, Beauly, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThen we head by Inverness to the Fraser of Lovat clan lands, including a visit to the tomb of the 11th Lord Lovat ('The Old Fox') and Beauly Priory (where Claire met Maisri the prophetess).Duration: 1 hourStop At: Castle Leod, Strathpeffer, Ross and Cromarty, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandAfter lunch a tour of Castle Leod by its owner, the Earl of Cromartie. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Clava Cairns, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandFinally the bronze age Clava Cairns and stone circles. That evening, you will have the chance to hold a claymore, targe and dirk yourself and learn more about the life of a clansman and his traditional dress.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: A charming B&B in the Highland town of Nairn.Day 4: Isle of SkyePass By: Loch Ness, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe head west by Loch Ness and Glenmoriston (where Prince Charles Edward hid for three weeks in 1746) and by Glenshiel (site of another Jacobite battle) to the dramatic Mam Rattigan Pass. Stop At: Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh, Lochalsh, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandOne of Scotland's most famous sites. Duration: 2 hoursPass By: Ratagan to Glenelg, Ratagan, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandAmazing drive to the only turntable ferry in Europe and on to the Isle of Skye.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: A small hotel on Skye.Day 5: Isle of SkyeStop At: Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandCameras out today and we pray for good weather as we see 'Kilt Rock'. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandLook across to the pillar known as the 'Old Man of Storr', wind up to the dramatic Quirang viewpoint and across to Uig. This landscape is not much changed from the 18th century and helps us understand what life was like then.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandLunch is at Dunvegan and that afternoon we hear from a local (though internationally-known) storyteller.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: A small hotel in SkyeDay 6: HighlandsPass By: Sound of Sleat Beach, Sleat, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandWe take the ferry across the Sound of Sleat to Mallaig.Pass By: Mallaig Heritage Centre, Mallaig, Lochaber, Scottish Highlands, Scotland Arrive off ferry, then drive the west coast by Loch nan Uamh (from where Prince Charles Edward left in September 1746) Pass By: Glenfinnan Monument, Glenfinnan, Lochaber, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandTo Glenfinnan (where he raised his standard in August 1745).Stop At: Fort William VisitScotland iCentre, Fort William, Lochaber, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandTo Fort William (sadly almost nothing much left of the original fort) for lunch stop.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Glencoe Visitor Centre, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandHeading inland we see Glencoe (famous for the massacre of the MacDonalds in 1692) and Rannoch Moor. Duration: 15 minutesPass By: Rannoch Moor Visitor Centre, Kinloch Rannoch, Perth and Kinross, ScotlandDrive pass the the beautiful moor.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: That night we are in a family run inn by Loch Tay.Day 7: TV Locations DayStop At: Doune Castle, Doune, Stirling, ScotlandFirst up is Doune Castle, (Castle Leoch of course). Duration: 1 hourStop At: Royal Burgh of Culross, Culross, Fife, ScotlandThen to Culross, a fascinating 16th century time capsule, used for Cranesmuir and other places. Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Blackness Castle, Linlithgow, West Lothian, ScotlandFrom here we head to Blackness (Fort William).Duration: 1 hourStop At: Midhope Castle, South Queensferry, Edinburgh, ScotlandMidhope (Lally Broch). Duration: 45 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: A splendid castle outside Edinburgh.Day 8: Return to EdinburghStop At: Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland15th Century Rosslyn Chapel has been described as a 'Bible in Stone'. In fact it is more: full of carvings that recall tales of Knights Templar, Freemasons and the Holy Grail. After this we have a private tour of the church where Jamie and Claire were married. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh, ScotlandFinal lunch at a local pub and then visit to Craigmillar Castle, used for Ardsmuir in Season Three.The experience of several years has taught us that there are always individual things (like shopping!) that people absolutely have to do on the last afternoon and so the group gets depleted. We have therefore decided to end the tour mid afternoon. The guide will transport anyone to any part of the city that they may want to explore and departs when everyone is happily occupied at whatever they need to do. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Last night at the same B&B where you started.

What’s included

  • 8x Breakfast
  • 1x Dinner
  • Accommodation included: 8 nights
  • Jacobite Weapons Presentation
  • Private Castle Tour
  • Storyteller on Skye
  • Entry/Admission - Edinburgh Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Highland Folk Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Culloden Battlefield
  • Entry/Admission - Beauly Priory
  • Entry/Admission - Castle Leod
  • Entry/Admission - Clava Cairns
  • Entry/Admission - Eilean Donan Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Doune Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Blackness Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Midhope Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Rosslyn Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Craigmillar Castle

What’s not included

  • Entry/Admission - Falkland Palace & Garden

Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh Stop At: Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland Time to get out and about... see Edinburgh Castle with your free pass (allow at least two hours), the Royal Mile (we provide you with a guide of 'Outlander places') and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: A chic Bed and Breakfast close to Edinburgh city centre.
Day 2: Moving North Stop At: Falkland Palace & Garden, Falkland, Fife, Scotland First stop is Falkland in Fife, used in the TV series for Inverness. Next, see what it looks like to stand in the dock and be accused of witchcraft (you'll just have to imagine the baying crowd!). After lunch we are in the Highlands and on our way to the Highland Folk Museum to see the traditional village used in the rent gathering scenes. The next two nights are at a charming B&B in the Highland town of Nairn. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore, Aviemore and the Cairngorms, Scottish Highlands, Scotland After lunch we are in the Highlands and on our way to the Highland Folk Museum to see the traditional village used in the rent gathering scenes. The next two nights are at a charming B&B in the Highland town of Nairn. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner Accommodation included: A charming B&B in the Highland town of Nairn.
Day 3: Inverness Stop At: Culloden Battlefield, Culloden Moor, Scottish Highlands, Scotland The new visitor centre at Culloden offers a detailed explanation of the battle, the background to the conflict and its brutal aftermath. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Beauly Priory, Beauly, Scottish Highlands, Scotland Then we head by Inverness to the Fraser of Lovat clan lands, including a visit to the tomb of the 11th Lord Lovat ('The Old Fox') and Beauly Priory (where Claire met Maisri the prophetess). Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Castle Leod, Strathpeffer, Ross and Cromarty, Scottish Highlands, Scotland After lunch a tour of Castle Leod by its owner, the Earl of Cromartie. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Clava Cairns, Scottish Highlands, Scotland Finally the bronze age Clava Cairns and stone circles. That evening, you will have the chance to hold a claymore, targe and dirk yourself and learn more about the life of a clansman and his traditional dress. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: A charming B&B in the Highland town of Nairn.
Day 4: Isle of Skye Pass By: Loch Ness, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, Scotland We head west by Loch Ness and Glenmoriston (where Prince Charles Edward hid for three weeks in 1746) and by Glenshiel (site of another Jacobite battle) to the dramatic Mam Rattigan Pass. Stop At: Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh, Lochalsh, Scottish Highlands, Scotland One of Scotland's most famous sites. Duration: 2 hours Pass By: Ratagan to Glenelg, Ratagan, Scottish Highlands, Scotland Amazing drive to the only turntable ferry in Europe and on to the Isle of Skye. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: A small hotel on Skye.
Day 5: Isle of Skye Stop At: Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, Scotland Cameras out today and we pray for good weather as we see 'Kilt Rock'. Duration: 20 minutes Stop At: The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, Scotland Look across to the pillar known as the 'Old Man of Storr', wind up to the dramatic Quirang viewpoint and across to Uig. This landscape is not much changed from the 18th century and helps us understand what life was like then. Duration: 15 minutes Stop At: Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, Scotland Lunch is at Dunvegan and that afternoon we hear from a local (though internationally-known) storyteller. Duration: 3 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: A small hotel in Skye
Day 6: Highlands Pass By: Sound of Sleat Beach, Sleat, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, Scotland We take the ferry across the Sound of Sleat to Mallaig. Pass By: Mallaig Heritage Centre, Mallaig, Lochaber, Scottish Highlands, Scotland Arrive off ferry, then drive the west coast by Loch nan Uamh (from where Prince Charles Edward left in September 1746) Pass By: Glenfinnan Monument, Glenfinnan, Lochaber, Scottish Highlands, Scotland To Glenfinnan (where he raised his standard in August 1745). Stop At: Fort William VisitScotland iCentre, Fort William, Lochaber, Scottish Highlands, Scotland To Fort William (sadly almost nothing much left of the original fort) for lunch stop. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Glencoe Visitor Centre, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, Scotland Heading inland we see Glencoe (famous for the massacre of the MacDonalds in 1692) and Rannoch Moor. Duration: 15 minutes Pass By: Rannoch Moor Visitor Centre, Kinloch Rannoch, Perth and Kinross, Scotland Drive pass the the beautiful moor. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: That night we are in a family run inn by Loch Tay.
Day 7: TV Locations Day Stop At: Doune Castle, Doune, Stirling, Scotland First up is Doune Castle, (Castle Leoch of course). Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Royal Burgh of Culross, Culross, Fife, Scotland Then to Culross, a fascinating 16th century time capsule, used for Cranesmuir and other places. Duration: 40 minutes Stop At: Blackness Castle, Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland From here we head to Blackness (Fort William). Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Midhope Castle, South Queensferry, Edinburgh, Scotland Midhope (Lally Broch). Duration: 45 minutes Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: A splendid castle outside Edinburgh.
Day 8: Return to Edinburgh Stop At: Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland 15th Century Rosslyn Chapel has been described as a 'Bible in Stone'. In fact it is more: full of carvings that recall tales of Knights Templar, Freemasons and the Holy Grail. After this we have a private tour of the church where Jamie and Claire were married. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland Final lunch at a local pub and then visit to Craigmillar Castle, used for Ardsmuir in Season Three. The experience of several years has taught us that there are always individual things (like shopping!) that people absolutely have to do on the last afternoon and so the group gets depleted. We have therefore decided to end the tour mid afternoon. The guide will transport anyone to any part of the city that they may want to explore and departs when everyone is happily occupied at whatever they need to do. Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Last night at the same B&B where you started.
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