Outlander Tour of Scotland - see where Jamie & Claire lived and loved (Small Group Outlander Tour )
Day 1 & 2 - GlasgowArrive Glasgow and transfer to your pre-booked accommodations. Like most Scottish towns, Glasgow is a friendly city with a good selection of traditional music at pubs around town and very good shopping choices. Using the included 2 day hop-on hop-off bus pass, see the sights of Glasgow and familiarize yourself with the layout of the town. You can also see some of the many sites used for filming the Outlander TV series. See my blog about Things to do in Glasgow for more information. On the second day in Glasgow, we'll have special entertainment provided by 'Gwyllyn the Bard' who played for Jamie and Claire in Castle Leoch in the Outlander TV show. Gwyllyn will entertain you with songs, stories about Scottish history, plus his work on the Outlander set. (The performance may be another night of the tour or a different performer depending on availability.) Overnight in Glasgow.
Day 3 - Journey begins - Film locations for Cranesmuir, Inverness, Sainte Anne de Beaupré’s, and Castle LeochAfter a good nights sleep and a nice breakfast, travel to Doune Castle, the film location for Castle Leoch with plenty of time to see the courtyard where Dougal and Hamish were mock dueling and the catwalk that Claire walked across. The next stop will be the charming Royal Burgh of Culross. This was the film location for Gellis Duncan's Cranesmuir in the TV version of Outlander. Culross is a fascinating example of a town that time has forgotten. This worked well for filming the herb garden where Claire met Gellis and the pillary where Jamie's strong fingers helped the young boy free his ear. Next we will see Aberdour Castle where the Old Kitchen and Long Gallery were used for the filming of Sainte Anne de Beaupré’s monastery which Jamie flees to, after Wentworth. Then continue on to Falkland, the village that was used for Inverness in the Starz TV Series. Stop at the Covenanter Hotel and recall the hanging sign for "Mrs Baird's Guesthouse, est. 1865". Walk around the town and see the Falkland Parish Church and the Bruce Fountain where Frank saw "the ghost". Overnight in Aberfeldy. B&B: Townhouse Aberfeldy (or similar)
Day 4 - One of the only tours that visits Craigh na Dun hill where the standing stones were filmed, 'Rent', Culloden Battlefield, and Clava Cairns Standing StonesToday we will journey to most scenic parts of Highland Perthshire and this tour is one of the few that actually visits the hill of Craigh na Dun where the filming of the standing stones occurred. The stones were made in the production studio and will probably not be on the hill when you visit, but you can see where they were and the beautiful views from the hill where Claire met her destiny. Next you'll travel on to the the 18th century village where 'Rent' was filmed and you'll be able to go into the hut where Dougal ripped Jamie's shirt down the back in the TV episode of Outlander. Next stop is the terribly serene Culloden Battlefield for a walk around the (paved) moors to see the Fraser clan stone and the memorial for all clans as well as an exploration of the new visitor's center. The final stop is Clava Cairns. Stand in the split stone like Diana Gabaldon on the back of her 'Outlandish Companion' book. Clava also has a large single stone like the one that Claire put her hands on in the TV series. Overnight in Inverness (the city that Clarie couldn't see the lights of which convinced her she really was in in a different time). Hotel: Ballifeary Guest House (or similar)
Day 5 - Loch Ness, Glen Affric, Beauly & Beauly Priory, and 'Lallybroch' (from the book)Travel through the scenic highlands stopping at Urquhart Castle for a photo stop and continue down the shores of Loch Ness (where in the book Claire saw the Water Creature) before winding over verdant hills and valleys to Glen Affric. A walk through this glen will take you into the remains of the Great Caledonian Pine Forest like where Jamie and Claire wandered after their wedding. Lunch will be at the Storehouse of Foulis (a fully restored 18th century storehouse). Next visit Beauly, the seat of Clan Fraser, and Beauly Priory where Claire liked to go for solitude. We'll finish the day at 'Lallybroch' (a house that looks like the book version of Lallybroch) for a bit of tea and cake and a fun and informative weapons presentation by your guide. Back to Inverness for the night. Hotel: Ballifeary Guest House (or similar)
Day 6 - Dundreggan, 'St Kilda', 2 Brochs, Ferry to Sky and Loch GarveBegin with a drive west through Dundreggan, where in the book, the story is told of the Farmer whose wife is stolen by the Fairies. As we reach the West Coast, we step lightly around the grave stones and look through the ruined chapel that Diana used as her inspiration for the Church of St Kilda. Driving over Mam Ratagan Pass will take us to see two of the best-preserved Brochs on the Scottish mainland. From Glenelg we will take the charming community ferry (if available) to the mystical Isle of Skye, and will hear some of the tales of the fairies that are said to inhabit that island. Returning to the mainland by bridge and traveling toward Inverness will take us along the shores of Loch Garve known from Outlander as the home of the water kelpie. Back to Inverness for the night. Hotel: Ballifeary Guest House (or similar)
Day 7 - 'Lallybroch' (from the TV Series), two filming sites that were used for Fort WilliamEn route back to Edinburgh we'll visit Midhope Castle, the site used for Lallybroch in the TV series (if it is available this day). Next stop will be Blackness Castle which stands in for Fort William where Jamie was flogged in the TV version of Outlander. You'll be able to walk on the actual wall that Jamie and Claire ran along before they escaped Fort William. This castle is often called the 'ship that never sailed' because of it's prow shape that seems to be heading out to sea. The final stop will be the "majestic ruins of Linlithgow Palace, once a favoured royal residence of the Stewart kings and queens and the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots" which was used for Wentworth prison entrance and corridors in the Outlander TV series. Overnight in Edinburgh.
Day 8 - Edinburgh - Costume Shop, Walking Tour of the Royal MileIn the morning we will be going to a costume shop to be outfitted with our period costumes for wearing on a guided walking tour of the Royal Mile. Our Outlander enthused tour guide will lead the tour down the Royal Mile pointing out all the places from the series including the World's End, White Horse Close and Holyrood. We'll end the day with a festive dinner wearing the clothes Jamie and Claire might have worn. Overnight in Edinburgh. B&B: Ibis Styles St Andrew Square (or similar)
Day 9 - Edinburgh - End of TourBreakfast is included on this final day but the tour is over after breakfast. You may schedule your flight home for this day (or you may choose to extend your stay and see more of Scotland).
Hugh Allison and I have worked together to design this tour and we will strive to see all of the places in the list above but they are subject to change dependent on weather and availability and what we may see in upcoming episodes.
Here is a Sample of the Outlander Immersion Itinerary.
Jamie & Claire at the beginning
Hugh Allison and I
Craig na Dun
a wee church
from Doune Castle