Outlander Redoux 2018!

Need more Scotland?
Immerse yourself in the Scotland of Jamie and Claire.

Outlander Redoux - June 26, 2018 - 8 nights
beginning and ending in Inverness
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The Scotland of Jamie & Claire (Small Group Outlander Tour - 7 people maximum)

This tour is intended to be a part 2 for those who have already gone on the original Outlander Immersion tours (i.e. part 1). The intent of this tour is to see the sites from the filming of Season 2 which covered Dragonfly in Amber plus 1 or 2 sights that might have been missed in part 1. If you want to spend time in Glasgow and/or Edinburgh before or after the tour, please contact me and I'll help you work out the details.

Of course if you haven't gone on the part 1 tour, you are still most welcome to go on this tour.

Why this tour?
  • Scottish to the core: You'll be staying in authentic Scottish accommodations and your tour guides know Scotland and Scottish history. You'll love it like they do by the end of your tour.
  • The size: with only 7 people maximum, you get to interact with the other members of the tour and the wonderful guide. It also means that you won't have a multitude of people pouring out of a bus at each location and can stop for lunch at nice Scottish venues.
    And we stay at hotels and B&Bs who serve delicious breakfasts.
  • Inverness Tours: Diana Gabaldon herself recommends Inverness Tours and the guides Hugh Allison, Dave Fyfe, Ian Deveney and Laura Moon have been guiding Outlander tours for years and they are also familiar with the TV series. They are knowledgeable, charming and entertaining. This is not a boring bus ride from one spot to the next - you will leave feeling like you know Scotland.
  • And finally, me: I am an IATAN Accredited Travel Agent and I am Outlander fan just like you. I've been thrilled by the Outlander TV series and read almost all of the Outlander books. I also create individual blogs for each of the tours so you can chat with the other members on your tour before you go to Scotland. And I have traveled - a lot - to Scotland and Ireland. So I can give you general tips on travel as well as tips on Scotland specifically. See some testimonials here.

  • Day 1 & 2 - Inverness

    Spend 2 nights in the Capital of the Scottish Highlands - Inverness.
    On your own, using the included 2 day hop-on hop-off bus pass, see the sights of the charming city of Inverness and familiarize yourself with the layout of the town. Like most Scottish towns, Inverness is a friendly little town with a selection of traditional music at a couple of pubs and good shopping choices.

    Recommended places to visit:
    The tourist information center Visit Scotland is just up the hill from the River Ness on High Street, right past the Whisky Shop, Gellions Bar which is across the street from Visit Scotland has nightly live music, Hootananny is down Church Street, Highland House of Fraser - Kiltmaker & Supplier of Highland Dress, "The Bar" at the Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel for a good selection of fine Scottish Whisky
    See more here: Things to do in Inverness.
    Using public transport, Inverness is just under 4 hours from Glasgow and 3.5 hours from Edinburgh. Or you can rent a car and drive there. If you have questions or concerns about how to get to Inverness, please contact me and I'll help you with this.
    Overnight in Inverness.
  • Day 3 - Journey begins - Aviemore and the Cairngorm, Film Locations for Witches Trial, Eldridge Manor, Gardens of Versailles

    The 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 kitchen

    Today 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 TBD
  • Day 5 - Exterior of Bellhurst Manor, Dumfries & Galloway, the coast where Jamie & Claire sail for France, The Fox's Lair

    Today 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 TBD
  • Day 6 - Glencoe, Fort William, Isle of Skye

    On 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 & Gardens

    One 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 Tour

    Today 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 ferry to Mallaig 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
Highlights:
  • All Accommodations are included plus a full Scottish Breakfast each day except the first day.
  • Inverness City Sightseeing, 1 day hop on hop off pass
  • An Outlander expert tour guide from Inverness Tours.
  • 6 day driver-guide tour with Inverness Tours in 8 passenger van. (Luggage is limited.)
  • Includes entrance to the castles and sites as well as the ferry to the Isle of Skye (if available)
  • Luggage allowance is one small to medium sized suitcase and one tote or daypack per person. Additional luggage must be arranged in advance.
Price:
  • The price (in USD) for this tour is $TBD per person double occupancy for land only, $TBD for a single room. There are a limited number of single rooms so there will be an extra charge if we have to book a double to be used as a single room. Prices are subject to change until final payment is made.
  • There is a $500 non-refundable deposit per person due when the tour is booked.
  • The tours are not guaranteed until 4 people have signed up. There will be options if the tour does not get the minimum amount of people. If the tour is canceled, then you would get your $500 refunded.

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.

Write Kathie
The official version and mine
Hugh and I
Inverness Castle
Highland House of Fraser
Witches Trial
Drummond Castle Gardens
Preston Mill
Drumlanrig Castle
Old Church near Glencoe Village
Fort William
Old Man of Storr
Jacobite Train
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