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 info@clansandcastles.com with your preferred dates.

 

MAY

Fully Booked

 

JUNE 1

Fully Booked

 

JUNE 2

Fully Booked

 

JULY 1

Fully Booked

 

JULY 2

Fully Booked

 

AUGUST

Fully Booked

 

SEPTEMBER 1

Fully Booked

 

SEPTEMBER 2

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.

 

 

Culross - a fascinating time capsule                            

 

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.

 

 

Two Outlander Tours with Lord Cromartie, Chief of Clan Mackenzie at Castle Leod

 

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.

 

 

The Skye Hotel is by an old harbour from where Flora MacDonald left for imprisonment in the Tower of London

 

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.

 

Storyteller on Skye

 

The Storyteller on Skye

 

 

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

 

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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!

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

 

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.

 

Not included:

                                                                           A splendid castle outside Edinburgh (Day Six)

  • 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.

 

Cancellation

 

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.

 

Exchange Rates

 

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

 

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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 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.

 

 

Payments types

 

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.
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Customer service: Alastair Cunningham. alastair@clansandcastles.com / Tel 01450 371719

 

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What Outlander travellers have said ...

 

"Alastair, you made it super special and a lifetime memory - from your wonderful itinerary to the great overnight locations to marshalling the troops with patience and good humor through it all."

 

Annie Lee, Pennsylvania USA. June 2016 Outlander.

 

"Eilean Iarmain was just beautiful. We loved the storyteller, the cairns, the visit to the churches, and Rosslyn Chapel. There was nothing we didn't enjoy. Jamie was everything you'd want in a guide. His knowledge of history and the area is awesome. He was accommodating, and so very patient."

 

Peggie Armstrong, North Carolina USA. May 2016 OUtlander.

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

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Scottish Clans and Castles

Coille House,

Appletreehall, Hawick,

Scottish Borders TD9 8RS

T: +44 1450 371719

 

E: info@clansandcastles.com

 

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