Outlander Fanatics Tour

 

 

We have been running our guided Outlander Tours for ten years now, and are delighted at their success. However with the arrival of the TV series, we are being asked to include an increasing number of film locations on top of the well tried itinerary, and it doesn't all fit into seven days...

 

Hence the "Outlander Fanatics Tour" which focusses entirely on Outlander and includes as many of the known filming sites as possible as well as all the places that we know from the books - Edinburgh's Royal Mile, Culloden Battlefield, the Fraser lands.

 

Each tour is for a maximum of seven people, travelling in a nine seater minibus.

 

At the moment we have

scheduled only one tour.

This is 7 - 14 April.

 

It starts and ends in

Edinburgh.

 

The tour will be led by

Hugh Allison, author of

'Culloden Tales'.

 

If the tour books

up quickly, we will

add more tours and

try to accommodate

everyone.

 

 

 

We are of course delighted to make arrangements for you to stay (or tour further) either

before or afterwards.

 

The outline of the tour is as follows...

 

6 April. We have booked a good city centre hotel with easy access to the Royal Mile and ask you to make your own way there. A taxi from the airport will cost about GBP 20.

 

7 April. Driver/guide meets you at the hotel for a half day walking tour of Edinburgh's Royal Mile, looking out for burned out print shops and strange looking Chinamen. That afternoon you will go out to Preston Mill (used as the mill where Jamie hid underwater) and then, if possible, the church that was used for the wedding.

 

8 April. A day trip to Fife to see Aberdour Castle, used as the monastery, Balgonie Castle, used for MacRannoch's Hall and then to Falkland (Inverness 1945) and a tour of its wonderful palace.

 

9 April. First stop is Culross, a fascinating 16th century time capsule which appears as Cranesmuir in the TV series. More film locations follow, culminating in the Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore which was used in the rent gathering scenes. The next two nights are at an Inverness hotel, set on the banks of the River Ness.

 

 

Culross - a fascinating time capsule                            

 

10 April. See Culloden Battlefield and the bronze age Clava Cairns with the associated stone circles. The new visitor centre at Culloden offers a detailed explanation of the battle, the background to the conflict and its brutal aftermath and of course we take a walk out on to the field. Then it's Fort George, a massive baracks, now home to the Blackwatch, built after Culloden to combat the Jacobite threat.

 

11 April. A look around Inverness, the Fraser of Lovat clan lands, a (perhaps rather unsettling) visit to the tomb of the 11th Lord Lovat ('The Old Fox'), Beauly Priory (where Claire met the prophetess). Musings on Lally Broch and that afternoon, you will have the chance to hold a claymore, targe and dirk yourself.

 

12 April. Down the Great Glen, seeing Urquhart Castle by Loch Ness, to Fort Augustus for lunch. On then to Fort George (sadly almost nothing much left of the original fort) and to Glencoe, famous for the massacre of the MacDonalds in 1692. All have their stories. That night you are staying in small hotel in the pretty town of Callander, which has been welcoming tourists since 1810.

 

 

Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle

 

13 April. First up is wonderful Doune Castle - Castle Leoch of course, but a great visit in its own right. Then back to wartime London and the station where Claire and Frank said their good-byes. Nearby Blackness Castle was used for the Fort William scenes and the impressive Royal Palace of Linlithgow (now ruinous) was used as Wentworth Prison.

 

Depending on time and availabilty,  we hope to show you some other locations used in the TV series, but some of these places are rather taken aback by the interest shown in their properties by 'Outlanders' (!) and have not yet announced arrangements for 2016.

 

Dinner is included for your final night at a fine country house hotel very close to Edinburgh Airport.

 

14 April. Depart

 

 

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PRICE, TRANSPORT, GUIDE, ACCOMMODATION AND SHOPPING

 

The cost of the tour is GBP 1815 (USD 2795 in November 2015).

 

The tour is priced for people travelling on their own. If you are happy to share a room, there is a reduction of GBP 200 per person.

 

The tour will be for a maximum of seven people travelling in a nine seater minibus.

 

This tour will be led by Hugh Allison, author of 'Culloden Tales'.

 

Breakfast is included throughout; lunch is not included. Dinner is included on the last night. At the other overnight stops there is a range of bar meals and more formal options.

 

There will be plenty opportunity to buy souvenirs but this is not really a tour for serious shopping! If you want to arrive early or to stay on for a day to sample the delights of the Edinburgh shops (and to see the castle) let us know when you book and we will price this up for you (sadly it has proved unmanageable to add nights on at a later stage).

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

 

Price includes the following:

 

  • Bed and Breakfast for

           eight nights.

  • Dinner on the last night
  • Services of tour guide for

           seven days

  • All entry fees
  • Jacobite weapons presentation

 

Not included:

                                                                

  • Air Fares
  • Lunches, drinks and snacks
  • Dinners, except the last night
  • Trip insurance.

 

 

We ask for a deposit of GBP 350.

The balance is payable eight weeks

prior to the start of the tour.

 

 

Cancellation

 

We recommend that you take out trip insurance in case of unforeseen circumstances.

 

If you have to cancel your holiday prior to payment of the balance, then we retain 75% of the deposit, plus any sums necessarily paid out as non-refundable deposits to other providers. However if your place is taken by someone else, the deposit will be refunded to you in full or (if you prefer) held over to the following year.

 

If you have to cancel your holiday after payment of the balance, we regret that we can only return to you the token amount of GBP 200.

 

 

Exchange Rates

 

At the time of writing (November 2015) the exchange rate is 1.538 USD to one pound sterling (GBP). We use www.xe.com for our calculations and this means that:

 

  • The GBP 1815 holiday cost is currently USD 2795
  • The GBP 200 reduction for sharing is currently USD 308
  • The GBP 350 deposit is currently USD 539.

 

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NOW WHAT?

 

If you would like to know more about the trip then please send an email to me, Alastair Cunningham.

 

OR - If you would like to go ahead and book a place, you can make your deposit of GBP 350 (Mastercard or VISA) below...

 

Note - please use Ref: 'FANA' when prompted.

 

 

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What Outlander travellers have said ...

 

It was so much more than just Outlander. I’m glad I didn’t go on a tour where we just were whisked around to different Outlander sites. The ones we visited were great, but I’m so glad we saw so much more of Scotland. And I’m glad we had you. Best trip ever. "

Jenna Powell, Illinois, USA

 

"We wanted to say what a wonderful time we had with all of you!  It was truly one of the best trips we've ever taken.  Great company, fabulous sights, and terrific tour director."

Sharon Moore,

South Carolina, USA.

 

"I have seen person after person on the various Outlander related Facebook pages that I am part of praise you and your tour.   Didn't notice that they had marked your name so that you  would get notification so I wanted to pass along news of how many, many folks have wonderful things to say about you and your tour."

Inez Miller, Florida USA

 

"Thank you for your time and patience and for making it one of the best experiences of my life.  If money were no object, I would return every year!"

Elaine Paulsen, Texas USA

 

"Thank you so much for our immersion into Scotland's history. You really brought it to life for me. So many titbits of history to share with friends and family. I think tho that my husband is going to get sick of hearing about it."

Donna Heron, Philadelphia, USA

 

"Hi Alastair! My Outlander Tour was a dream come true. I have seen the first episode and it is great. I'm so thankful I saw it right after our trip. A million thank yous for a once in a lifetime experience."

Diane Rigger, California, USA

 

"Thank you so much for our 'Outlander Tour'. It was absolutely magical and I enjoyed every minute of it."

Carrie Brown, Iowa, USA.

 

"This tour beautifully brought together the dramatic history of Scotland's highland clans with the story of Jamie and Claire Fraser that we all love. With the help of Alastair, our knowledgeable and charming tour guide, the Outlander book characters came to life before us in the castle ruins, heather covered moorland, and Edinburgh pubs. Thank you for a once in a lifetime adventure!"

Claire Hoffman, Seattle, USA.

 

"Though the tour referred to the Outlander series, it was so much more. It balanced the beautiful sights wth your knowledge of history. It was a memorable and enjoyable experience. I have traveled Europe before, and your tour ranks among my best experiences".

Camille Kateb, Texas, USA.

 

"I had been looking forward to this ‘Outlander’ tour for a couple of years and your trip exceeded all my expectations! As you know, my husband Pat knew nothing about the books but came along for the ride and enjoyed the tour just as much as I did.

You filled us with stories about Scottish history, clans and the countryside that made Diana’s books come alive for us. Not only did we see the most amazing and breathtaking scenery but you took us to out of the way places that regular tourists would never see."

Julie McLean, Australia.

 

"Thank you for a great tour! It was amazing the things you had planned for us and the unique opportunities we had. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the week exploring the locale of the books, but also the beauty and history of Scotland, especially the Highlands. This was fantastic!"

Karen Corvan, California, USA.

 

"Alastair, this was the most magical, wonderful vacation ever!!! Thanks to you we had a gloriously-beautiful and educational tour through Scotland. You brought Diana Gabaldon's books to life for us".

Dorease Rioux, Colorado, USA.

 

"Hi Alastair,

The trip was just perfect!  Everyone always asks me what my favorite part was, but it all was so wonderful I could never pick just one thing.  I have such fond memories, I could go on and on for days.  So I'll just say don't change a thing.  Once again thank you so much for such a wonderful experience!" 

Kristen Goble, New York, USA 

 

"Although I am a Gabaldon fan, this tour far exceeded my greatest expectations. Your attention to detail brought the history of the Highlands to life in a way I would never have imagined. I was moved by vivid descriptions of battles and personages, castles and outposts and a country and heritage, that although not mine, were both tragic and romantic. This was a great tour that awakened the mysterious charm of Scotland and its people. Thank you!"

Diane Tripp, New Mexico, USA.

 

 

 

 

By the way, it looks from the above as though almost all our 'Outlander Tourists' are from far afield. Not so. We have also welcomed tourists from Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Denmark!

 

More ...

 

Contact us ...

 

Scottish Clans and Castles

Coille House,

Appletreehall, Hawick,

Scottish Borders TD9 8RS

T: +44 1450 371719

 

E: info@clansandcastles.com

 

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