Outlander Redoux - April 2018 - 8 nights beginning and ending in Inverness
The Scotland of Jamie & Claire (Small Group Outlander Tour - 7 people maximum)
Day 1 & 2 - InvernessSpend 2 nights in the Capital of the Scottish Highlands - Inverness.
Day 3 - Journey begins - Aviemore and the Cairngorm, Film Locations for Witches Trial, Eldridge Manor, Gardens of VersaillesThe journey starts with a drive through the "sweeping, stunningly beautiful area near Aviemore and the Cairngorms" which according to Buzzfeed is "the setting for Claire's trip through the woodland with Jamie and his clansmen in the first episode". From there we will continue through the scenic highlands to Tibbermore Church to visit the site of the Witches Trial and stand in the same pulpit where Claire and Gellis faced the angry crowd. After having some fun there and then a nice Scottish lunch at Gloagburn Farm Shop, we'll move on to the splendid Drummond Castle Gardens. For filming of Season 2 of Outlander, the gardens stood in for ornate park and orchard of the Palace of Versailles in France. We'll travel through the heart of the kingdom of Fife and our last stop of the day will be Eldridge Manor, the home of Sir Marcus, where Claire came up with the idea to use the cattle to rescue Jamie. The actual location is the atmospheric, medieval Balgonie Castle which is a working, living castle where you can get a sense of what life was like during that period. Overnight in Edinburgh. Hotel or B&B in or near Edinburgh TBD
Day 4 - The TV location of 'the Mill', Rosslyn Chapel, the church where Jamie and Claire were married, Prestonpans battlefield, the Duke's kitchenToday we will journey to Gosford House which doubled as the stable building at the Palace of Versailles in France in the TV series. Next we'll see "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". After searching around for Jamie's clothes, you'll stop for a visit at Rosslyn Chapel (as long as we're in the neighborhood). From there you'll go to the beautiful church where the wedding took place. The Glencorse Old Kirk is still used today as a wedding venue so our visit will have to be arranged in advance and may need to be moved around in the schedule. Muiravonside Country Park is described beautifully by VisitScotland as the park that "lends its backdrop to the dramatic Battle of Prestonpans, and doubles as a British encampment and the English countryside. Visit and lose yourself in acres of woodland and parkland, follow the River Avon Heritage Trail to see relics of industrial archaeology, and explore the spectacular river gorge." Near by is the Callendar House which was used as Bellhurst Manor and the authentic Georgian working kitchen was that of the Duke of Sandringham. Hotel or B&B in Stirling/Bridge of Allan TBD
Day 5 - Exterior of Bellhurst Manor, Dumfries & Galloway, the coast where Jamie & Claire sail for France, The Fox's LairToday you will travel south of Glasgow to Sam's neck of the woods down by Dumfries & Galloway. The main stop will be Drumlanrig Castle which was used for the filming of the exterior, living rooms and bedrooms of Bellhurst Manor. It is a magnificent 17th century castle which contains over 40 acres of lovely gardens. On the way to our next stop, we'll drive through the two towns where Sam grew up: Balmaclellan and New Galloway. The destination is Dunure Castle is on the lovely coast of Scotland and is where the filming took place for Season 3. The next stop is the quaint seaside town of Troon in Ayrshire. This is the setting for the scene where Claire, Jamie and Murtagh arrive at the coast to board a 17th century ship to deliver Jamie to France. This is where Angus get overly friendly in his farewell to Claire and Rupert is the gallant one. "Overlooking the Isle of Arran, Troon boasts stunning sandy beaches and is a wonderful destination" even without the ties to Outlander. Our final stop for the day will be Dean Castle Country Park which stand 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. Hotel or B&B in Stirling/Bridge of Allan TBD
Day 6 - Glencoe, Fort William, Isle of SkyeOn this day, you will see the breathtaking 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 lovely area. From there it is a short journey to Fort William where you will tour the quaint West Highland Museum. It is exceptionally well stocked with unusual artifacts from Scotland's varied history including many different pieces of Jacobite memorabilia. After lunch you will travel on to visit the most photographed castle in Scotland - Eilean Donan Castle. ... Then you will experience 2 nights on magical Isle of Skye. Portree for the night. B&B: Hotel or B&B in Portree TBD
Day 7 - Isle of Skye - Fairy Pools, Neist Point, Talisker Distillery and Dunvegan Castle & GardensOne full day on the Isle of Skye to enjoy it's many, enticing delights. You will start by seeing the remote Neist Point, The most Westerly point on the Isle of Skye, with excellent views to the Western Isles. "Neist Point is renowned for its rock formations, which are closely akin to those at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. It is said that the causeway extends under the sea from Northern Ireland to the Isle of Skye." From there you will visit Dunvegan Castle and Gardens and have lunch at the Lochside in Dunvegan. After a tour of Talisker Distillery you will be taken to the enchanting Fairy Pools at the foot of the Black Cuillins. The Fairy Pools are "one of the most magical places in Scotland" according to Visit Scotland. Portree, Isle of Skye for the night. B&B: Hotel or B&B in Portree TBD
Day 8 - Skye & the Trotternish Peninsula, Jacobite Train and back to Inverness - End of TourToday will be a delightful day of touring the Trotternish Peninsula including photostops at Old man of Storr, Kilt Rock and Quiraing. From there you will board the little ferry to Mallaig (featured in the film Made of Honor) with the final highlight of the tour being the Jacobite Steam Train. "Described as the greatest railway journey in the world" this 42 mile trip takes you across the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct (seen in the Harry Potter films) which overlooks the Jacobite monument. "The train may pause on the viaduct, time permitting, to allow you to take in the magnificent view. Once stopped in Glenfinnan station there will be time to stretch your legs and, if you wish, visit the West Highland Railway Museum." Overnight in Inverness. B&B: Hotel or B&B in Inverness TBD
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.