Outlander Tours 2011

 

We have been running our guided Outlander Tours for five years now and are delighted at their growing popularity.

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

We have increased the length of the tour by one night for 2011 so that everyone is gathered before the first day.

 

2011 tours start on the following dates:

 

16 May, 16 July, 19 September.

(At the time of writing we already have five people booked on the July tour.)

 

TOUR SCHEDULE

 

Day One. Arrive Edinburgh and make your own way to four star city centre hotel with views across to Edinburgh Castle.

 

Day Two. Meet guide and travel up to Inverness with views of the Forth Bridge and Lochleven Castle, diverting then to a scenic, back road route with good views and quirky places, learning a little about the countryside. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast in Nairn, sixteen miles along the coast from Inverness.

 

A back road route with good views

- A back road route with good views -

 

Day Three. See the bronze age Clava Cairns and stone circles, Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle and a quick look at Fort George (built after Culloden to contain future risings). Back to your B&B for dinner and a demonstration of Jacobite weaponry by Hugh Allison.

 

Day Four. A look round Inverness, see the tomb of 'The Old Fox', Beauly Priory, musings on Lally Broch, then a tour of Castle Leod by its owner, the Earl of Cromartie. Check in to Castle Stuart for the night.

 

Dinner at Castle Stuart

- Dinner at Castle Stuart -

 

Day Five. We head west by Loch Ness and Glenmoriston (where Prince Charles Edward hid for three weeks in 1746). We visit Glenelg and the best examples of brochs on the Scottish mainland, then lunch in the local inn. We cross to the Isle of Skye on a traditional turntable ferry, then back across the Skye Bridge to see the lovely Eilean Donan Castle. Stay at a small hotel by an old harbour.

 

Storyteller on Skye

Storyteller on Skye

 

 

Day Six. We head north with dramatic views of the Cuillin Hills and a landscape that helps us understand how Highland people lived in the 18th century. Dunvegan Castle is not just the ancient seat of Clan Macleod but also the guardian of clothes and artefacts that belonged to Flora MacDonald and Prince Charles Edward. That afternoon, in a traditional 'black house' we hear from a local, (but internationally-known) storyteller (see left). Back to hotel for pub or restaurant dinner.

 

 

Day Seven. The trip south is by Mallaig, Loch nan Uamh (from where Prince Charles Edward left in September 1746 ) and Glenfinnan where he raised his standard in August 1745, Fort William and Glencoe. All have their stories. Further south we visit a castle that, in my view, is as close as you get to Castle Leoch. By early evening we are in the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh's Old Town.

 

Day Eight. 15th Century Rosslyn Chapel has been described as a 'Bible in Stone'. In fact it is more, and full of theories about Knights Templar and the Holy Grail. After Rosslyn we lunch in the oldest pub in Edinburgh and in the afternoon take a walk down the Royal Mile, checking for Carrubbers Close and print shops. In the evening there is a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

 

Day Nine. Depart

 

Clans and Castles

 

PRICE, TRANSPORT, GUIDE, ACCOMMODATION AND SHOPPING

 

The cost of the May and September tours is GBP 1690 (USD 2671 on 12 Oct 2010).

 

Regrettably the July tour has to be a little more expensive at GBP 1750 (USD 2772 on 12 Oct 2010)

 

The tour is priced for people travelling on their own. If you are happy to share a room, there is a reduction of GBP 150 per person.

 

In order to contain costs, we ask everyone if they will please share a twin bedded room for the one night at Castle Stuart. If you would prefer to have a room to yourself, the supplement is GBP 175.

 

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

 

I plan to be guiding each one of the tours myself.

 

The accommodation includes a four star city centre hotel, a friendly B&B, a restored Victorian inn by an old harbour and a castle.

 

Breakfast is included throughout; lunch is not included. Dinner is included for the two nights at the B&B, at Castle Stuart and on the last night. On the other three nights there will be formal and informal options available for dinner.

 

There will be plenty opportunity to buy souvenirs but this is not really a tour for serious shopping! If you want to stay on for a day to sample the delights of the Edinburgh shops (and see the castle) let us know and we will price this up for you.

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

 

Price includes the following:

 

  • Bed and Breakfast for eight nights in accommodation as above.
  • Dinners on four nights
  • Services of tour guide for seven days
  • Entry to Culloden Battlefield
  • Storyteller on Skye
  • Jacobite weapons presentation
  • Tour of Castle Leod by the Earl of Cromartie.

 

Not included:

 

  • Air Fares
  • Lunches, drinks and snacks
  • Entry to castles (in case weather, the general will or other opportunities mean that we adjust our schedule).
  • Dinners on three nights
  • Trip insurance.

 

We ask for a deposit of GBP 340.

 

Exchange Rates

 

At the time of writing (12 October 2010) the exchange rate is 1.58 USD to one pound sterling (GBP). We use www.xe.com for our calculations and this means that:

 

The GBP 1690 holiday cost is currently $2,671

The GBP 1750 July hoiday cost is $2772

The GBP 150 reduction for sharing is currently $237

The GBP 175 supplement for a single at Castle Stuart is currently $277

The GBP 340 deposit is $537

 

Clans and Castles

 

NOW WHAT?

 

If you would like to know, more about the trip then 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 340 here ...

 

 

Clans and Castles

 

Broch at Glenelg

- Broch at Glenelg -

 

 

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Alastair Cunningham with Diana Gabaldon

 

What Outlander tourists have said ...

 

"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 from the stay at Castle Stuart, to the story teller on the island of Skye. I have traveled Europe before, and your tour ranks among my best experiences".

Camille Kateb, Texas, USA. (August Tour 2010)

 

"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 (June Tour 2010)

 

"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 (August Tour 2010)

 

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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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