THE OUTLANDER TOUR
The Outlander Tour – 3 Days
Day Tour Programme from Edinburgh/Glasgow
Craigh na Dun or Castle Leoch may have been a figment of Outlander author Diana Gabaldon’s imagination but this fascinating world of standing stones, romantic castles and sweeping scenery was inspired by real places and heritage. Not only that, the TV adaptation was filmed entirely on location in Scotland. Join us and discover the sites in Scotland that double for the fictional land of Claire and Jamie.
Day 1. The stunning Doune Castle near Stirling plays a leading role in the show standing in for the fictional Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan in the 18th century episodes. Over in the Lothians, the 15th century fortress of Blackness Castle, just over the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh, doubles as the setting for the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall and the heart-wrenching scene of Jamie’s incarceration, while the nearby Linlithgow Palace stands in for the prison entrance and corridors. We also visit Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway which was transformed into the 1940s London train station where Claire and Frank say their goodbyes. Hopetoun House
is our final visit of the day. Located in South Queensferry, just outside of Edinburgh it doubled for the stately home of The Duke of Sandringham.
Day 2. First on our list this morning is the beautiful Glencorse Old Kirk at Milton Bridge where Claire and Jamie’s impromptu wedding was filmed. Then we head over the river Forth and into Fife and the splendid ruins of Aberdour Castle which doubles for Saint Ann de Beaupre’s monastery in France. After our visit, we head to the rustic town
of Culross that saw its Mercat area transformed into the fictional village of Cranesmuir, the home of Geillis Duncan and her husband Arthur. Take a stroll along the town’s charming cobbled alleyways – it’s about as close to stepping back in time to the 18th century as you can get. You can find the gorgeous herb garden that Claire works in in the grounds of the fictional Castle Leoch behind the impressive historic Culross Palace. Our final visit of the day is the picturesque town of Falkland in Fife, which substitutes for 1940s Inverness. In the town centre, see if you can recognise the familiar sights such as the cosy looking Mrs. Baird’s Guesthouses (The Covenanter Hotel), the Bruce Fountain where Claire saw the ghost of Jamie, and Campbell’s Coffee Shop or Farrell’s Hardware and Furniture
Store (Fayre Earth Gift Shop), where Claire stops to look at the window stocked with authentic period merchandise.
Day 3. This morning we head to Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. Glasgow’s George Square features in the scene where Frank spontaneously proposes to Claire, while Pollok Country Park, also in Glasgow, doubles for the field where Claire searches for medicines and herbs to treat the sick. After we leave the City, we head towards the west coast and the seaside town of Troon, scenes aboard a 17th century ship in last two episodes of the show were filmed here.
This programme is based in either Edinburgh or Glasgow. The day tour programme is costed on the collection and delivery location being the same each day. The hire cost charged is for the exclusive use of the vehicle and my personal guiding services. It does not include any entrances for optional visits, boat trip charges or meals etc.
Tour duration: 9.5 hours per day.
One Full Day Sightseeing £495
All Three Days Sightseeing £1650
*Price is for hire of minibus, not per person. Minibus will seat a group of up to 8 people.
Additional hourly rate £45.
PLEASE NOTE: The hire cost charged is for the exclusive use of the vehicle and my personal guiding services. It does not include any entrances for optional visits, boat trip charges or meals etc.
A selection of sandwiches and hot and cold drinks are available at an additional charge, but must be requested at time of booking.
*A non refundable deposit of 20% is required at the time of booking