Outlander Immersion - 9 nights - May 21st 2016
The Scotland of Jamie & Claire (small group Outlander Tour - 7 people maximum)
By special request, we are adding Callanish Standing stones.
Day 0 - GlasgowArrive Glasgow and transfer to your pre-booked accommodations. On your own, see some of the sites used for the Outlander TV series including Pollok Country Park and George Square. The park was used for the outside of Castle Leoch (where Claire searches for medicines and herbs) in the film version of Outlander. You should also visit the easily accessible historic George Square which was used as the film location of when Frank proposed to Claire. In the evening, 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. Overnight in Glasgow.
Day 1 - Journey begins - The wee church of 'St Kilda' and 2 Brochs on the way to the Isle of SkyeAfter a good night's sleep and a full breakfast, we'll travel up the Glencoe valley stopping along the way to visit the ruined chapel that Diana used as her inspiration for the Church of St Kilda. Then it is over Mam Ratagan Pass to see two of the best-preserved Brochs on the Scottish mainland. From Glenelg we will travel to the mystical Isle of Skye, and will hear some of the tales of the fairies that are said to inhabit that island. For this part of the tour there may be an option to miss St Kildas and the brochs and add the Jacobite Steam Train (for an additional fee). Overnight in Broadford. Hotel: Dunollie Hotel (or similar)
Day 2 - Ferry from Skye to Lewis & Harris, Callanish Standing StonesToday we will take the ferry from Uig at the tip of the Isle of Sky to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris. We will travel through the remote islands of the Outer Hebrides to the far edge of the earth to see the Callanish Standing Stones and marvel at the 15 foot high stones and possibly feel the vibrations that Claire felt before she went back. Overnight in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. Hotel: Cabardeidh Hotel (or similar)
Day 3 - Callanish Visitor's Center, Blackhouse at Arnol, Dun Carloway, Ferry back to the mainland and Loch GarveOn this day we'll go back to the Callanish Standing Stones to get more pictures and see the the optional display inside the visitor's center. After that we'll see one of a traditional, fully furnished, Lewis thatched house that provides a unique insight into island life. From there we'll move on to Dun Carloway, if available, to see one of the best-preserved brochs in Scotland. Then we'll take the ferry back to the mainland through Ullapool and along Loch Garve known from Outlander as the home of the water kelpie. On to Inverness for the night. Hotel: Ballifeary Guesthouse (or similar)
Day 4 - A boat ride on Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle, 'Lallybroch', Glen Affric and Beauly PrioryBegin with a drive down the shores of Loch Ness, where, in the book, Claire saw the Water Creature. Photostop at Urquhart Castle and a boat trip on Loch Ness reminiscent of the one Claire took with Frank. Then we stop at 'Lallybroch' for lunch or afternoon tea and see a weapons presentation. Travel through the scenic highlands to Glen Affric. A walk through this glen will take you into the remains of the Great Caledonian Pine Forest where Jamie and Claire wandered after their wedding. Next visit Beauly the seat of Clan Fraser and Beauly Priory where Claire liked to go for solitude in the Outlander book. Overnight in Inverness. Hotel: Ballifeary Guesthouse (or similar)
Day 5 - Culloden Battlefield, and Clava Cairns Standing Stones, the TV location of 'Rent'On to Culloden Battlefield for a exploration of the new visitor's center and a walk around the (paved) moors to see the Fraser clan stone and the memorial for all clans. Next stop is Clava Cairns. This is the location that has a split stone like the one in the Outlander book that Claire went through. Culloden Centre for lunch. Today we will journey to the 18th century village where 'Rent' was filmed and you'll be able to see the hut where Dougal ripped Jamie's shirt down the back in the TV episode of Outlander. Then Craig na Dun Hill, and views of Loch Rannoch. Overnight in Aberfeldy.
Day 6 - Falkland, Culross and Castle LeochEn route to Stirling we'll visit Falkland the village that was used for Inverness in the Starz TV Series "Outlander". 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 which was renamed Dalneigh Parish Church for the film and wander around the area surrounding the Bruce Fountain. After Falkland we’ll drive by Balgonie Castle, location for MacRannoch’s Castle – Eldridge Hall. Then we’ll continue, to 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. The Town House was built in 1626 and was the administrative centre of Culross with a tollbooth and witches prison. Finally we'll travel on to Doune Castle the film location for Castle Leoch with plenty of time to look around and listen to the interesting audio guide as well as time to take loads of pictures. Overnight in Stirling. Hotel: Stirling Highland Hotel (or similiar)
Day 7 - 'Railway Station', “Wentworth exterior” 'Fort William' 'Lallybroch' and Duke of Sandringham’s exteriorNext stop will be the station where Frank and Claire said farewell. Then there’ll be a look at the outside of one of the locations used as Wentworth Prison. Blackness Castle will be our third location. It stands in for Fort William in the TV version of Outlander. We'll look at the Duke of Sndringham’s House from the outside and also stop by the site used for Lallybroch in the tv series if it is available this day. Finally continue our journey toward Edinburgh.
Day 8 - Edinburgh Royal Mile - Scottish EveningIn 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 fabulous tour guide will lead the tour down the Royal Mile pointing out all the places from Outlander 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. Hotel : Edinburgh City Hotel (or similar)
Day 9 - Edinburgh - End of TourThis morning transfer to the airport for your flight home (or you may choose to extend your stay and see more of Scotland).
Hugh 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.
Final Payment due March 15, 2016