Outlander Tours 2017
We have been running these guided Outlander Tours for eleven years now, and are delighted at their success. As well as 'Outlander sites', we put the books into context and explore a little of what life was like for a Highlander in the 18th century. They also include a few places not associated with the books - historic places that consistently delight our clients: Cawdor Castle, Rosslyn Chapel and the Isle of Skye.
Each tour is for a maximum of seven people, travelling in a nine seater minibus.
NOTE: We also run 'Outlander Fanatic Tours' which are totally devoted to the books and the film locations. See here for details and dates.
All of our 2017 tours except for July 1, August and September 2 are now full.
We will be scheduling more tours after the festive period.
If you are a group of three or more looking for an Outlander Tour, please email us at email@example.com with your preferred dates.
Arrive: Sun 24th
Depart: Tue 3 October
(1 place available)
The general outline of the tours is as follows...
Arrival Date. Experience teaches us that people prefer to give themselves a full day to recover from the flight and adjust to the time zone. We are therefore including two nights at a chic Bed and Breakfast in the 'New Town'. A taxi from the airport will cost about GBP 20.
So on the first day you may like to explore a little and take an open top bus tour of the city.
Arrival Day Plus One. Time to get out and about... see Edinburgh Castle (allow at least two hours), the Royal Mile (we provide you with a guide of Outlander places) and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Day One with the Tour Guide. We all meet in the hote foyer at 0915 and head north. An early 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 a charming B&B in the Highland town of Nairn.
Day Two. Culloden Battlefield, then the bronze age Clava Cairns and stone circles. The new visitor centre at Culloden offers a detailed explanation of the battle, the background to the conflict and its brutal aftermath; a walk out on the field sometimes makes it all too real. We then visit stunning Cawdor Castle and gardens. That evening, you will have the chance to hold a claymore, targe and dirk yourself and learn more about the life of a clansman and his traditional dress.
Day Three will normally include 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) and, for most tours, a tour of Castle Leod by its owner, the Earl of Cromartie.
Day Four. We head west by Loch Ness and Glenmoriston (where Prince Charles Edward hid for three weeks in 1746) and by Glenshiel (site of another Jacobite battle) to the dramatic Mam Rattigan Pass (fantastic views) over to Glenelg. Here we see the best examples of brochs on the Scottish mainland and the old 1720 barrack block, one part of a plan designed to keep Highlanders under control. The local inn provides an excellent lunch. The only remaining turntable ferry in Europe takes us across the narrows to Skye.
Day Five. Super-photogenic Eilean Donan Castle then through Skye and a landscape that helps illustrate how Highland people lived in the 18th century. That afternoon we hear from a local (but internationally-known) storyteller.
Day Six. 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 (sadly almost nothing much left of the original fort) and Glencoe. All have their stories. Further south we visit Castle Leoch. That night you are staying in a splendid castle outside Edinburgh.
Day Seven. 15th Century Rosslyn Chapel has been described as a 'Bible in Stone'. In fact it is more: full of carvings that recall tales of Knights Templar, Freemasons and the Holy Grail. After Rosslyn, we visit a number of locations used in the TV series - 'Lally Broch', 'Fort William' and, perhaps most memorably, a private tour of the church where Jamie and Claire were married.
The experience of several years has taught us 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. We have therefore decided to end the tour after a late lunch. The guide will transport anyone to any part of the city that they may want to explore anddeparts when everyone is happily occupied at whatever they need to do. Last night at city centre hotel.
Day Eight. Depart
PRICE, TRANSPORT, GUIDE, ACCOMMODATION AND SHOPPING
The cost of the tours in 2017 is GBP 2100 (USD 2656 in December 2016).
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 for the two nights at the Nairn B&B. 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!
Price includes the following:
- Bed and Breakfast for nine nights.
- Dinners on two nights
- Services of tour guide for seven days
- Entry to Culloden Battlefield
- Storyteller on Skye
- Jacobite weapons presentation
- In most cases, a tour of Castle Leod
with Lord Cromartie.
- Air Fares
- Lunches, drinks and snacks
- Entry to castles (occasionally, by mutual consent, we change one castle for another)
- Dinners, except at the B&B
- 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.
It is almost impossible to fill places on these tours if there is a cancellation within a few weeks of the departure date and so we regret that if you have to cancel your holiday after payment of the balance, we can only return to you the token amount of GBP 200.
At the time of writing (December 2016) the exchange rate is 1.269 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 2656
- The GBP 250 per person reduction for sharing is currently USD 317
- The GBP 400 deposit is currently USD 507
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: 'OUTL' when prompted and send us an email with names of all in the group and your selected month to travel.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel 01450 371719
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