Outlander Immersion - Sept 7th, 2017 - 8 nights with Laura Moon
The Scotland of Jamie & Claire (Small Group Outlander Tour - 7 people maximum)
Day 1 & 2 - GlasgowArrive Glasgow and transfer to your pre-booked accommodations. On your own, using the included 2 day hop-on hop-off bus pass, tour the (people friendly, live music, extensive shopping) town of Glasgow. See some of the sites used for the Outlander TV series including 1) the historic George Square, which was used as the film location when Frank proposed to Claire, 2) Pollok Country Park where they filmed Jamie and wee Fergus galloping by the waterfall and the bridge Claire went over before Jamie "did in" Frank in the film version of Outlander. (Barb, who went on a reunion tour with me, and I found this location thanks to previous tour members Kathy and Liz). 3) Glasgow Cathedral which was used for L'Hôpital des Anges and 4) Glasgow University where filming occurred in Sept 2016. 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. (Gwyllyn's performance may be another night of the tour depending on availability.) Overnight in Glasgow.
Day 3 - Journey begins - Film locations for Cranesmuir, Inverness and Castle LeochAfter a good nights sleep and a full breakfast, travel 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. The next stop will be 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 and the Bruce Fountain where Frank saw the ghost. Then continue on 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. Overnight in Aberfeldy. B&B: Townhouse Aberfeldy (or similar)
Day 4 - The TV location of 'the Hill', 'Rent', Culloden Battlefield, and Clava Cairns Standing StonesToday we will journey to Loch Rannoch which looks like where Claire recited the poem in the TV series. And we'll see "the hill" where the filming of the standing stones occurred. (If you're lucky, like the October 2015 Outlander Immersion tour - you'll actually get to see the standing stones on the hill.) 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). B&B: Ballifeary Guesthouse (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 afternoon tea and a fun and informative weapons presentation by our guide. Back to Inverness for the night. B&B: Ballifeary Guesthouse (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. B&B: Ballifeary Guesthouse (or similar)
Day 7 - Aberdour Castle, 'Lallybroch' (from the TV Series), the filming sites for Fort WilliamEn route back to Edinburgh we'll visit Aberdour Castle which was used for Sainte Anne de Beaupré’s monastery in France which Jamie flees to; the castle’s Old Kitchen and Long Gallery were used for filming. Next stop will be the site used for Lallybroch in the TV series (if it is available this day). We'll also stop by Blackness Castle which stands in for Fort William where Jamie was flogged in the TV version of Outlander. 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 the prison entrance and corridors. 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: B+B Edinburgh (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: 7 July 2017