Outlander Classic Tour
We have been running these guided Outlander Tours for twelve 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.
We include a few places not associated with the books - historic places that consistently delight our clients: Rosslyn Chapel, the brochs at Glenelg, Glencoe 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.
Arrival Dates are as follows:
If you are a group of three or more looking for an Outlander Tour and there is no space available for your chosen dates, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see if we can lay on another tour or else arrange a trip just for your group.
|Month||Arrive||Meet Guide||Last Night||Places Left|
|April||Sun 22||Tue 24||Mon 30||FULL|
|May||Sun 6||Tue 8||Mon 14||2|
|May||Sun 13||TTue 15||Mon 21||FULL|
|June||Sun 3||Tue 5||Mon 11||FULL|
|June||Sun 17||Tue 19||Mon 25||FULL|
|July||Sun 8||Tue 10||Mon 16||FULL|
|July||Sun 22||Tue 24||Mon 30||1|
|August||Sun 19||Tue 21||Mon 27||1|
|September||Sun 9||Tue 11||Mon 17||FULL|
|September||Sun 23||Tue 25||Mon 1 October||2|
|October||Sun 7||Tue 9||Mon 15||5|
The general outline of the tours is as follows...
Experience teaches us that people prefer to give themselves a full day to recover from the flight, adjust to the time zone and explore a little on their own. We are therefore including two nights at a chic Bed and Breakfast close to Edinburgh city centre before you meet your tour guide.
A taxi from the airport will cost about GBP 20.
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 foyer at 0915 and head north. First stop is Falkland in Fife, used in the TV series for Inverness. Next, see what it looks like to stand in the dock and be accused of witchcraft (you'll just have to imagine the baying crowd!).
After lunch we are in the Highlands and on our way to the Highland Folk Museum to see the traditional village used in the rent gathering scenes. The next two nights are at a charming B&B in the Highland town of Nairn.
Outlander Tour at Castle Leod with Lord Cromartie
The new visitor centre at Culloden offers a detailed explanation of the battle, the background to the conflict and its brutal aftermath. Then we head by Inverness to the Fraser of Lovat clan lands, including a visit to the tomb of the 11th Lord Lovat ('The Old Fox') and Beauly Priory (where Claire met Maisri the prophetess).
After lunch a tour of Castle Leod by its owner, the Earl of Cromartie and finally the bronze age Clava Cairns and stone circles. 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.
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) and over to Glenelg. Here we see the best examples of brochs on the Scottish mainland.
The local inn provides an excellent lunch. The only remaining turntable ferry in Europe takes us across the narrows to Skye and then we visit super-picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. That night is at a small hotel on Skye.
Cameras out today and we pray for good weather as we see 'Kilt Rock', look across to the pillar known as the 'Old Man of Storr', wind up to the dramatic Quirang viewpoint and across to Uig. This landscape is not much changed from the 18th century and helps us understand what life was like then.
Lunch is at Dunvegan and that afternoon we hear from a local (though internationally-known) storyteller.
We take the ferry across the Sound of Sleat to Mallaig, then drive the west coast by Loch nan Uamh (from where Prince Charles Edward left in September 1746) and Glenfinnan (where he raised his standard in August 1745), to Fort William (sadly almost nothing much left of the original fort).
Heading inland we see Glencoe (famous for the massacre of the MacDonalds in 1692) and Rannoch Moor. That night we are in a small hotel by Loch Tay.
TV locations day. First up is Doune Castle, (Castle Leoch of course). Then to Culross, a fascinating 16th century time capsule, used for Cranesmuir and other places. From here we head to Blackness (Fort William) and Midhope (Lally Broch). That night you are staying in a splendid castle outside Edinburgh.
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 this we have a private tour of the church where Jamie and Claire were married. Final lunch at a local pub and then visit to Craigmillar Castle, used for Ardsmuir in Season Three.
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 gets depleted. We have therefore decided to end the tour mid afternoon. The guide will transport anyone to any part of the city that they may want to explore and departs when everyone is happily occupied at whatever they need to do. Last night at the same B&B where you started.
Culross aka. Cranesmuir
Price, Transport, Guide, Accommodation and Shopping
The cost of the tours in 2018 is GBP £2200 (USD $3075 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 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!
- 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
- A private castle tour (normally 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 in Nairn
- Trip insurance.
We ask for a non refundable deposit of GBP £450 per person.
The balance is payable eight weeks prior to the start of the tour.
We strongly recommend that you take out trip insurance in case of unforeseen circumstances.
At the time of writing (February 2018) the exchange rate is $1.39 USD to one pound sterling (GBP). We use www.xe.com for our calculations and this means that:
- The GBP £2200 holiday cost is currently USD $3075
- The GBP £200 per person reduction for sharing is currently USD $279.50
- The GBP £450 per person deposit is currently USD $629
If you would like to know, more about the trip then send an email to me, Alastair Cunningham.
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: 'OUTL'