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Join us on our Outlander themed tour, designed especially for the fans of all things Jamie & Claire. You will be following in the footsteps of these epic lovers, visiting locations which have been used for the filming of the long-awaited Outlander Series as well as locations which would have inspired Diana Gabaldon in writing her fabulous book series! 

Day 1: Departing Edinburgh

Today you will get as close as possible to the 16th century in the well-preserved town of Culross. Or as it’s known to Outlander fans, Cranesmuir, visit beautiful Falkland and explore the setting for 1940s Inverness in Outlander and learn how Highlanders lived at the Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum This morning you'll leave Edinburgh with your guide - might it even be a red-haired Scot named Jamie? -  and follow the trail of the best-known locations featured in the Outlander TV Series. Your first stop is the place that needs no introduction: Midhope Castle, known as Jamie’s lovely home Lallybroch. The cosy interior of the house has been re-created in the film studios. In reality, visitors can’t explore the ruins of the castle, instead, you can sit on the iconic steps of Lallybroch and wait for Jamie or Claire to walk through the beautiful archway in the courtyard. Heading north, you visit the charming village of Culross. In Outlander, Culross posed as the fictional village of Cranesmuir and the home of Geillis Duncan and her ill-fated husband, Arthur. Exploring the town’s cobbled streets is like taking a step back in time. Look carefully and you may even find Claire’s herb garden behind the impressive, historic Culross Palace. We continue to the small town of Falkland to relive the first scenes of the show, where Falkland represents 1940s Inverness. See if you can recognize the familiar sights such as Mrs Baird’s Guesthouses (The Covenanter Hotel) and the Bruce Fountain, where Claire’s husband Frank sees the ghost of Jamie. Then, it’s time to leave the castles and villages behind and discover the beauty of the Highlands. In the afternoon, we travel through lush Perthshire and stop at the Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum. The site houses replicas of 18th-century turf-roofed Highland crofts and gives you a glimpse into past Highland life. You’ll remember this place as one of the MacKenzie clan villages where Claire and the MacKenzie party stop to collect the rent. Venturing further north, we pass Aviemore and continue to Inverness, where we arrive in the early evening.

Day 2: Inverness area

You start your day by visiting the mysterious site of Clava Cairns near Inverness. This well-preserved complex of ring cairns and standing stones is as ancient as it is beautiful. And it’s also said to be the inspiration for the standing stones of Craigh na Dun. Your driver-guide can’t promise any time travel here but exploring this 4,000-year-old site feels like stepping back in time. The next stop evokes a lot of emotions; it’s the forbidding Culloden Battlefield. This site plays a crucial role in Scottish history and the Outlander books. It’s not far from the battlefield where the couple said their tearful goodbyes before Jamie joined the Jacobite army to fight for the Stuarts. And it’s where the final Jacobite Rising came to a harrowing end, bringing on the persecution of the Highland way of life. You can explore the visitor centre and the site and pay tribute to those who lost their lives at the last battle fought on British soil. We continue our journey to the heart of Clan Fraser lands. Here you can pay your respects at the tomb of Lord Lovat, the ‘Old Fox’ of the Jacobite Rebellion, who’s Jamie’s manipulative grandfather in the saga. After seeing some of the most important sites from the Outlander universe, we return to Inverness with time to explore the city for another evening. (B)

Day 3: Inverness | Fort William

Wander through the ancient indigenous forests of Glen Affric and explore Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands. Your first visit of the day will be to the majestic Glen Affric. Lochs, mountains, and pine forests: this is one of Scotland’s most glorious glens. It’s also an ideal spot for Jamie to hide. Next, we leave the ancient forests behind and continue along Loch Ness to stop at Urquhart Castle. Standing on the banks of Loch Ness for 1,000 turbulent years, this castle offers a taste of the Highlands at their most dramatic. You can choose to explore this majestic ruin and discover its secrets. And while you’re there, be on the lookout for Nessie. The journey takes you through the Great Glen before heading to Glenfinnan. The monument here commemorates the meeting of Bonnie Prince Charlie with his loyal supporters and marks the beginning of the doomed Jacobite Rising. The column stands framed by Loch Shiel and a well-known section of the Jacobite Steam Train railway line, famously used as the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter. Moved by the history and beauty of this site, you travel to your overnight stop in Fort William, underneath the shadow of Britain’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis. (B)

Day 4: Fort William | Edinburgh

Be moved by the sheer beauty of Glencoe and see two of Scotland’s quintessential castles, Doune Castle and Blackness Castle. We'll start the day with a magnificent drive through Glencoe and cross the rugged Trossachs area onto Doune Castle. The Castle is an extensive ruin that represents Castle Leoch in the TV programme, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan in the 18th-century episodes. Later, we stop for a photo at Linlithgow Palace. This pretty palace is a favourite of ours because of its connections to Mary, Queen of Scots. It also starred as Wentworth Prison and is known for one of the most intense scenes in the Outlander series. The last highlight of the day is Blackness Castle. This tough-looking fortress looks like it could fend off an entire empire, and in Outlander, it represents Fort William. You can choose to walk along the ramparts and explore the fictional headquarters of Jack Randall. After having been immersed in the history and landscapes that inspired Outlander, we return to Edinburgh in the early evening with an expected arrival around 7:00 pm. (B)

Guaranteed departures:

Tour departs every Wednesday & Friday from May 03 - October 27, 2023 
Hotel names to be advised three weeks prior to departure.