Outlander Fanatics Tours 2017
We have been running our guided Outlander Tours for eleven 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 focuses 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.
If you are interested in our standard Outlander Tour that fuses Outlander with the history of Scotland, then have a look here.
Arrive: Mon 17 April
Meet Tour Guide: 18 April
Depart: Tue 25 April
Arrive: Mon 12 June
Meet Tour Guide: 13 June
Depart: Tue 20 June
Arrive: Tue 25 July
Meet Tour Guide: 26 July
Depart: Wed 2 August
Arrive: Tue 12 Sept
Meet Tour Guide: 13 Sept
Depart: Wed 20 Sept
(Three places available)
The outline of the 'Fanatics' tour is as follows...
Day One. We have booked a good Edinburgh city centre hotel with easy access to the Royal Mile. A taxi from the airport will cost about GBP 20.
Day Two. 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 to the church that was used for the wedding. Night in Edinburgh hotel.
Day Three. A day trip to Fife to see Aberdour Castle, (used as the monastery), Dysart (used for Le Havre) and a look at the exterior of Balgonie Castle, used for MacRannoch's. Lunch at Falkland (Inverness 1945) and then to Culross, a fascinating 16th century time capsule (Cranesmuir). Night in Edinburgh hotel.
Day Four. 'Lally Broch', 'Fort William' (Blackness Castle) the train station used for tearful 1940s departures (Bo'ness)and 'Wentworth Prison' (Linlithgow Palace). Up to 'Castle Leoch' (Doune Castle) in the afternoon. You stay at a small hotel by Loch Tay.
Day Five. By Rannoch Moor to Glencoe, famous for the massacre of the MacDonalds in 1692,and Fort William, where sadly little remains of the original fort. Then up the Great Glen by the Well of the Seven Heads to pretty Fort Augustus and a visit to Urquhart Castle by Loch Ness. The next two nights are at a B&B in the heart of Inverness.
Day Six. 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; of course we take a walk out on to the field. Then it's Fort George, a massive barracks, now home to the Blackwatch, built after Culloden to combat the Jacobite threat.
Day Seven. 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') within the Fraser of Lovat Mausoleum. Beauly Priory (where Claire met Maisri the prophetess) and that evening you will have the chance to hold a claymore, targe and dirk yourself.
Day Eight. Down the main road to the Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore which was used in the rent gathering scenes. Then by Loch Tummel and Aberfeldy to Dunkeld and the church that was used in the witch trial scene. Dinner is included for your final night at a fine country house hotel very close to Edinburgh Airport.
PRICE, TRANSPORT, GUIDE, ACCOMMODATION... AND SHOPPING
The cost of the tour is GBP 1950 (USD 2434 in February 2017).
The tour is priced for people travelling on their own. If you are happy to share a room, there is a reduction of GBP 250 per person.
The tour will be for a maximum of seven people travelling in a nine seater minibus.
Breakfast is included throughout; lunch is not included. Dinner is included on the last night. At the other 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) pleaswe let us know when you book and we will price this up for you.
Price includes the following:
- Bed and Breakfast for
- Dinner on the last night
- Services of tour guide for
- All entry fees
- Jacobite weapons presentation
- Air Fares
- Lunches, drinks and snacks
- Dinners, except the last night
- Trip insurance.
We ask for a non refundable deposit
of GBP 400 per person.
The balance is payable eight
weeks prior to the start of the tour.
We recommend that you take out trip insurance in case of unforeseen circumstances.
At the time of writing (February 2017) the exchange rate is 1.248 USD to one pound sterling (GBP). We use www.xe.com for our calculations and this means that:
- The GBP 1950 holiday cost is currently USD 2434
- The GBP 250 reduction for sharing is currently USD 312
- The GBP 400 deposit is currently USD 499
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 400 per person (Mastercard or VISA) below...
Note - please use Ref: 'FANA' when prompted and let us know which tour you would like.
Clans and Castles sell inclusive tour holidays. Payments are in GBP Sterling.
Refund policy: 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. All detail will be provided. If you have to cancel your holiday after payment of the balance, we undertake to recoup the maximum amount possible from the ultimate providers (such as hotels), according to their own terms and conditions, and this sum will be returned to you, to a maximum of 75% of the total amount received.
Scottish Clans and Castles Limited, Coille House, Appletreehall, Hawick, Scottish Borders, TD9 8RS. Company No: SC215349.
Customer service: Alastair Cunningham. email@example.com / Tel 01450 371719