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4 days from

$939

Join us on our Outlander themed tour, designed especially for the fans of all things Jamie & Claire. You will be following in the footsteps of these epic lovers, visiting locations which have been used for the filming of the long-awaited Outlander Series as well as locations which would have inspired Diana Gabaldon in writing her fabulous book series! 

Day 1: Edinburgh

Today you will get as close as possible to the 16th century in the well-preserved town of Culross. Or as it’s known to Outlander fans, Cranesmuir, visit beautiful Falkland and explore the setting for 1940s Inverness in Outlander and learn how Highlanders lived at the Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum This morning you'll leave Edinburgh with your guide – might it even be a red-haired Scot named Jamie? Today you follow the trail of film locations featured in the Outlander TV Series. On your way north to Inverness your first visit will be Culross, the fictional village of Cranesmuir and the home of Geillis Duncan and her ill-fated husband Arthur. Exploring the towns charming cobbled streets is like going back in time. Look carefully and you may even find Claire’s herb garden behind the impressive, historic Culross Palace. You continue to the small town of Falkland to revisit one of the first scenes of the show. Falkland substitutes for 1940's Inverness and in the town centre see if you can recognize the familiar sights such as the cosy looking Mrs Baird’s Guesthouses (The Covenanter Hotel), the Bruce Fountain where Claire sees the ghost of Jamie.  Early afternoon you'll stop at the Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum, which houses replicas of 18th-century turf-roofed Highland crofts making it a perfect choice for the period scenes. You can see them in scenes filmed in and around the Mackenzie village, as well as the background of the scene where Claire, Jamie and his clansmen shelter in the first episode, and later when Dougal collects the rent. Heading ever further north you will pass Aviemore. Will you be able to recognise the stunning hilly and wooded area of Tulloch Ghru near Aviemore, which appears during the journey Claire takes with Jamie and the Highlanders from Craigh na Dun to Castle Leoch? You may also recognize it from the opening credits. Arrive in Inverness, your base for two nights, later this afternoon.

Day 2: Inverness area

Learn about the last battle fought on British soil at Culloden and discover how whisky is made at a distillery in the Highlands.  First stop today will be at Culloden, a site which plays an important role in Scottish history and the Outlander books. It’s not far from the battlefield where the couple said their tearful goodbyes before Jamie joined the Jacobite army to fight for the Stuarts. You'll have the optional opportunity to explore the visitor centre and site and pay tribute to those who lost their lives at the last battle fought on British soil. After this visit, we'll take a short drive to the ancient standing stones at Clava Cairns, which may have been the inspiration for Craigh na Dun. After lunch,  continue to Castle Leod, “home of the Clan MacKenzie”, where you can enjoy a relaxing walk while your guide tells you the history of the clan and area. The castle resembles how Diana Gabaldon described Castle Leoch, however she had never heard of this building prior to writing Outlander. A short drive takes you to Beauly, the site of Beauly Priory and the tomb of Lord Lovat in the heart of Clan Fraser lands. Beauly Priory is a beautiful 13th-century ruin and where the Lovat Frasers are buried in Diana Gabaldon’s book. In the afternoon, you can sample ‘The Water of Life’ with an optional whisky distillery tour and tasting. We'll return to Inverness with time to explore the town and enjoy the city for another evening. (B)

Day 3: Inverness | Fort William

Wander through the ancient indigenous forests of Glen Affric and explore Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands.  Your day begins with a visit to the majestic Glen Affric. Lochs, mountains and pine forests: this is one of Scotland’s most glorious glens. It’s also an ideal spot for Jamie to hide. You'll then continue along the entire length of Loch Ness and through the Great Glen before heading to Glenfinnan. The monument here commemorates the beginning of the last Jacobite rising. It stands framed by Loch Shiel and beside a famous section of the Jacobite Steam Train railway line, famously used as the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter. Your overnight stop is in Fort William underneath the shadow of Britain’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis. (B)

Day 4: Fort William | Trossachs | Doune Castle | Edinburgh

Be moved by the sheer beauty of Glencoe and see two of Scotland’s quintessential castles, Doune Castle and Blackness Castle. We'll start the day with a magnificent drive through Glencoe and cross the rugged Trossachs area on to Doune Castle. The Castle is an extensive ruin that represents Castle Leoch in the TV programme, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan in the 18th century episodes. Later, you have a photo stop at Blackness Castle on the banks of the Firth of Forth. This was used as the set for Fort William in the show and appears in many other movies because of its beautiful setting and thickly fortified walls. You'll return to Edinburgh and expect to arrive back around 7:00 pm. (B)

Guaranteed departures:

Guaranteed departures every Friday from April 3 to October 30 & Wednesday, May 6 to October 14, 2020
Hotel names to be advised three weeks prior to departure.