Outlander Fanatics Tour
We have been running our guided Outlander Tours for twelve 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 Outlander Classic Tour that fuses Outlander with the history of Scotland, then have a look here.
Arrival Dates are as follows:
If these tours book 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) either before or afterwards.
|Month||Arrive||Meet Guide||Last Night||Places Left|
|April||Mon 30 April||1 May||Mon 7 May||Full|
|May||Mon 14 May||15 May||Mon 21 May||5|
|June||Mon 11 June||12 June||Mon 18 June||Full|
|July||Mon 16 July||17 July||Mon 23 July||Full|
|September||Mon 10 September||11 September||17 September||1|
The outline of the 'Fanatics' tour is as follows...
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
The experience of several years has taught me that there are always individual things (like shopping!) that people absolutely have to do on the last afternoon and so the group is always depleted or subject to people diving off into shops. I have therefore decided to end the tour after lunch but give everyone a little guide to those places on the Royal Mile that are of particular interest to Outlander fans so that these can be explored in what time you have left - or indeed before the tour begins. I am also happy to transport anyone to any part of the city that they may want to explore. Guide departs when everyone is happily occupied at whatever they need to do.
Last night at the same hotel.
Down the main road through the Cairngorm National Park to the Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore which was used in the rent gathering scenes. Then 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 2100 (USD 2916 in February 2018).
- 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.
- 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!
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) please let us know when you book and we will arrange, if we can, for you to stay in the same hotel.
- Bed and Breakfast for eight nights
- Dinner on the last night
- Services of tour guide for seven days
- All entry fees
- Jacobite weapons presentation
- Air Fares
- Lunches, drinks and snacks
- Dinners, except the last night
- Trip insurance.
We ask for a deposit of GBP 400.
At the time of writing (February 2018) the exchange rate is 1.38 USD to one pound sterling (GBP). We use www.xe.com for our calculations and this means that:
- The GBP 2100 holiday cost is currently USD 2916
- The GBP 200 reduction for sharing is currently USD 277
- The GBP 400 deposit is currently USD 555
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 450 (Mastercard or VISA) below...
Note - Please use Ref: FANA when prompted and let us know which tour you would like, the names of your travelling companions, and whether you would like to share a room.'