Outlander Tour of Scotland - see where Jamie & Claire lived and loved (Small Group Outlander Tour )
How is this Outlander Tour of Scotland is different than other tours out there?
Day 1 & 2 - InvernessSpend 2 nights in Inverness, the Capital of the Scottish Highlands. On your own, using the included hop-on hop-off bus pass, see the sights of the charming city of Inverness. Like most Scottish towns, Inverness is filled with friendly people and has traditional music and very good shopping.
Day 3 - Jacobite Steam Train then Over the Sea to Skye & PortreeToday will begin with a drive to Fort William for your fabulous ride on the Jacobite Steam Train (the Hogwarts Express from Harry Potter). Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, this 42 mile trip takes you across the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct which overlooks the stiring Glenfinnan monument. Then we’ll take the ferry (weather permitting) "Over the Sea to Skye". After a stop at Clan Donald Centre, you'll travel on to the colorful town of Portree where you can take pictures of the bright buildings and maybe get in a bit of shopping. You will spend two nights on magical Isle of Skye. Overnight: Hotel in Portree, Isle of Skye
Day 4 - Isle of Skye - Island on the Edge, Dunvegan Castle, Trotternish Peninsula, Fairy GlenThis will be your full day on the Isle of Skye to enjoy it's many captivating delights. You'll start with visiting the shop of "Island on the Edge" which provides beautiful handcrafted items. Next will be a tour of Dunvegan Castle where you'll also delight in the beauty of its formal gardens. This is an award winning castle and Highland estate steeped in history and clan legend, including the Fairy Flag. Legend has it that this sacred banner has miraculous powers and when unfurled in battle, the clan MacLeod would invariably defeat their enemies. The afternoon will be a wonderful treat as you experience the intriguing Trotternish Peninsula including photostops at the lovely mountains surrounding the Old Man of Storr, amazing Kilt Rock, and the breathtaking view from the Quiraing. You'll also drive through the lovely hills leading to the ferry port of Uig with a stop at the magical Fairy Glen. Then you’ll return to Portree for the night. Overnight: Hotel in Portree, Isle of Skye
Day 5 - Eilean Donan, Glencoe, Tullibardine ChapelTo start the day, you will visit one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle. It was partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, but after 200 years (and then 20 years of toil and labour) it was restored to its former glory and re-opened in 1932. After a stop for lunch, you will get to see the sweeping hills and valleys of Glencoe which is featured in the opening credits of Outlander. There will be time for photo stops so you can get out of the van and actually experience this most gorgeous location. The final stop for the day will be Tullibardine Chapel which was used in "Vengeance is Mine", and is the church where Jamie, Claire, Dougal, Fergus and an injured Rupert shelter/hide out on their journey north to Inverness. Overnight: Hotel in Stirling
Day 6 - Dean Castle Country Park, Dunure Harbour, Wardpark Studios (drive by), (optional Stirling Castle)On this day you'll start with a visit Dean Castle Country Park which stands in for the home of Lord Lovat, Beaufort Castle. This is where Claire and Jamie went to try to persuade the Old Fox to send his clan to aid Charles Stuart. The next destination is Dunure which is on the lovely coast of Scotland. This is where filming for the Season 3 harbor scenes took place when they were getting ready to sail to the Caribbean as well as the conversation with Jared. (This is also the site from Season 4 where Bree and Lizzie were walking around the harbor.) The beach and castle next to the harbor were used for the scenes in Season 3 where Claire and Jamie watch young Ian swim out to Silkies’ Island. Then you will stop at the Burns Centre for lunch and a bit of shopping. On the way back to Stirling, you'll get a glimpse of the Wardpark Film Studios where the filming for Outlander is produced (as we drive by the locked compound). The final stop of the day will be an optional visit to Stirling Castle or free time on your own. Overnight: Hotel in Stirling
Day 7 - The TV location of 'the Mill', Rosslyn Chapel, Glencorse Old Kirk, the Duke's kitchenToday we will start with one of the most remembered scenes in outlander - "the Mill" where Jamie dove in the frigid water to free the stuck wheel. The filming was done at the picturesque Preston Mill – one of the oldest, working, water-driven meal mills in Scotland. Next, you'll get to visit the beautiful church where Jamie and Claire's iconic wedding took place. You can stand in the exact spot where Claire learned Jamie's full name (James Alexander Malcom MacKenzie Fraser). After lunch, you'll stop for a visit at Rosslyn Chapel (as long as we're in the neighborhood and it is such a not to be missed site). Next will be Callendar House, which was used as Bellhurst Manor, and the authentic Georgian working kitchen was that of the Duke of Sandringham ("Off with your head!"). Overnight: Hotel in Stirling
Day 8 - Film Locations for the Witches Trial, Drummond Castle & Gardens, Mohawk Village, and a DistilleryOur first stop will be Tibbermore Church to visit the site of the Witches Trial and stand in the same pulpit where Claire and Gellis faced the angry crowd. The next stop will be Drummond Castle & Gardens. The gardens are immediately recognizable as the film location of Versailles. (See if you can find the location where Jamie and Murtagh were practicing their sword skills.) After visiting Pitlochry for some free time and lunch, you'll travel on to the Faskally Forest which was used as the filming site for the Mohawk Village in season 4. This is where the bark hut and thatched building were set up and you'll get to tromp around in the woods trying to find Roger. (really, I have to say it: "Where's Roger?" Did Diana Gabaldon do that on purpose?) From there you'll head up north and stop at the distinctive Dalwhinnie Distillery for a tour and possibly a wee dram. The day will end with a drive along the Cairngorms National Park on your way towards Inverness. Overnight: B&B/Hotel in Inverness
Day 9 - Inverness - End of TourBreakfast is included on this final day but the tour is over after breakfast. You may schedule your flight home (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 Redoux Itinerary.
The official version and mine
Hugh Allison and I
Heather & Mountains on the Isle of Skye
Sweeping Green Hills of Glencoe
Drummond Castle Gardens
The Harbor of Dunure