Day 1 & 2 - InvernessSpend 2 nights in the Capital of the Scottish Highlands - Inverness.
Day 3 - Journey begins - Tulloch Ghru and the Cairngorms, Film Locations for Witches Trial, Eldridge Manor, Gardens of VersaillesThe journey starts with a drive through the sweeping, stunningly beautiful area called Tulloch Ghru in 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 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. After having a nice Scottish lunch at Gloagburn Farm Shop, we'll move on 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. 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: B&B/Hotel in Edinburgh
Day 4 - The TV location of 'the Mill', Rosslyn Chapel, the church where Jamie and Claire were married, 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) and have lunch at Rosslyn Inn. From there you'll go to the beautiful church where Jamie and Claire's iconic 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. 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. On the return to Stirling, we'll have a short photostop of the Kelpies. Overnight: Hotel in Stirling
Day 5 - Dean Castle Country Park (The Fox's Lair), Dumfries & Galloway, Harbour of Dunure, Drumlanrig CastleToday you will travel south of Glasgow to Sam's neck of the woods down by Dumfries & Galloway. The first stop of 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. The next destination is Dunure which is on the lovely coast of Scotland and is where the filming took place for Season 3 (episode 309 The Doldrums). This is where filming for the harbour scenes when they were getting ready to sail to the Caribbean took place as well as the conversation with Jared. Also the beach and castle next to the harbour, were used for the scenes where Claire and Jamie watch young Ian swim out to Silkies’ Island. After this we'll stop for lunch at the Harbour Inn. The afternoon will be spent at 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. There will be time to tour the castle as well as the gardens. Overnight: Hotel in Stirling
Day 6 - Glencoe, Fort William, Isle of SkyeOn this day, you will head north to 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 may visit the quaint West Highland Museum (if it is open). 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. Overnight: Hotel or B&B in Portree, Isle of Skye
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. Overnight: Hotel or B&B in Portree, Isle of Skye
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 ferry to Mallaig with the final highlight of the day 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." Overnight: B&B in Inverness
Hugh Allison 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: Monday March 11, 2019