Outlander Immersion 2018!

It doesn't have to end...
Immerse yourself in the Scotland of Jamie and Claire.

Outlander Immersion - May 1st, 2018 - 8 nights More Info

The Scotland of Jamie & Claire (Small Group Outlander Tour - 7 people maximum)

How is this tour different than other tours out there?
  • Scottish to the core: You'll be staying in authentic Scottish accommodations and your tour guides know Scotland and Scottish history. You'll love Scotland 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 Craigh na Dun or Clava Cairns where it is nice to have a bit of peace when you're trying to go back through the stones or see if you can spot Jamie and Claire in the woods. (But watch out for Black Jack - you would not want him coming up behind you!)
  • Having a small group means you can have breakfast and lunch at places large groups don't have access to.
  • No "bags out at 7:30." You'll have a leisurely morning to enjoy your lovely breakfast.
  • 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... Hugh and I found "the hill" - the place where they do the filming for Craigh na Dun. The stones may or may not be there when you're there. Our October 2015 tour was actually able to see the Standing Stones on the hill!
  • Gwyllyn the Bard: A fun performance with songs, stories about Jacobites, Scottish history and his work on the Outlander set.
  • 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.
  • Click here for Testimonials.

  • Day 1 & 2 - Glasgow

    The first 2 days are on your own. Arrive Glasgow and transfer to your pre-booked accommodations. Like most Scottish towns, Glasgow is a friendly city with a good selection of traditional music at pubs around town and very good shopping choices.

    Using the included 2 day hop-on hop-off bus pass, see the sights of Glasgow and familiarize yourself with the layout of the town. 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) Glasgow Cathedral which was used for L'Hôpital des Anges and
    3) Glasgow University where filming occurred for season three.
    You could also take a train or city bus to Pollok Country Park where they filmed Jamie and wee Fergus galloping by the waterfall and see the bridge Claire went over before Jamie "did in" Frank in the film version of Outlander.

    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. (The performance may be another night of the tour or a different performer depending on availability.) Overnight in Glasgow.
    Hotel: Piper's Tryst Hotel Glasgow (or similar)
  • Day 3 - Journey begins - Film locations for Cranesmuir, Inverness and Castle Leoch

    After 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 Stones

    Today 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 Garve

    Begin 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 William

    En 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.
    B&B: B+B Edinburgh (or similar)
  • Day 8 - Edinburgh - Costume Shop, Walking Tour of the Royal Mile

    In 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 Tour

    Breakfast is included on this final day but the tour is over after breakfast. You may schedule your flight home for this day (or you may choose to extend your stay and see more of Scotland).
Highlights:
  • All Accommodations are included plus a full Scottish Breakfast each day except the first day.
  • Three dinners including the final one with entertainment.
  • Scottish Heritage Pass
  • Glasgow City Sightseeing, 2 day hop on hop off pass.
  • Entertainment by Gwyllyn the Bard (or another suitable entertainer if he is not available).
  • 6 day driver-guide tour with Inverness Tours in 8 passenger van. (Luggage is limited.)
  • Includes the Lallybroch tea and entrance to the Highland Folk Museum, and passage on the Glenelg Ferry when available.
  • On the final day in Edinburgh, we will have period costumes to wear around the city for the walking tour of the Royal Mile.
  • A Traditional Scottish Evening entertainment (except for October when it is not available).
  • Luggage allowance is one small to medium sized suitcase and one tote or daypack per person. Additional luggage must be arranged in advance. (Note: You will be staying at small hotels and B&Bs that do not have elevators and you will be managing your luggage on your own.)
Not Included:
  • Airfare
  • Arrival or departure transfers (but these can be added for an additional charge)
  • Lunches and Dinners except the 3 dinners included in your itinerary
  • Porterage of suitcases at hotels, airports, bus or rail stations
  • Tips for guides and other services
  • Edinburgh Castle is not included in the tour. It is included with the Scottish Heritage Pass, but you would need to stay an extra day to see it.
Price:
  • The price in USD for this tour is $2,564 per person double occupancy for land only, $3,128 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.
  • Final Payment Due: Monday 5th March 2018

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.

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Calendar for May Tours

Hugh and I
Craig na Dun
Mrs Bairds
Clava Carins
Lallybroch
a wee church
Culross
Beauly Priory
from Doune Castle
Costumes