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Outlander Trail

Relive the tragic battles, death-defying escapes, and sentimental moments of Outlander. Visit towns that are virtually unchanged since the 16th century, wander through ancient battlefields, and visit some of Scotland's most hidden-away castles.

Outlander Trail

Relive the tragic battles, death-defying escapes, and sentimental moments of Outlander. Visit towns that are virtually unchanged since the 16th century, wander through ancient battlefields, and visit some of Scotland's most hidden-away castles.

Tour Highlights

  • Sightseeing including Clava Cairns, Doune Castle, Loch Ness, Glen Affric, Culloden, Culross, Falkland, Midhope Castle, and Glencoe.
  • Small groups up to 16 passengers (maximum of 8 passengers can be booked per departure - more passengers = private touring)

Outlander Trail Tour Includes

  • Five (5) nights accommodations; two (2) nights in Edinburgh, two (2) nights Inverness and one (1) night in Ft. William (choice of BB or 3 * Hotel in Inverness and Ft. William. In Edinburgh, hotels will be pre-booked and ranging from 3-4* depending on availability).
  • Breakfast daily (except for morning of arrival).
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Edinburgh.
  • Your very own "Gabaldon" enthused driver.
  • Admission included to Culloden Visitor Center, Museum and Battlefield, Urquart Castle, Doune Castle and Blackness Castle.
  • All service charges and hotel taxes.

Additional Notes

The program is subject to change. We will endeavor to include as many of the filming locations as possible, as these are made public over the coming months. We are currently not able to include a visit at the Cumbernauld Studios. Please note that children under the age of 18 are not allowed on this tour.

Please Note Baggage Restriction: Due to size of coach there is a luggage restriction of 14kg (31 Ibs) of luggage per person on this tour. This includes one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small personal bag.


Itinerary

Day 1 | Edinburgh

Arrive Edinburgh. Transfer to your hotel is included. You are free to enjoy this beautiful city on your own. (Please note: hotel check-in is generally between 2 pm and 4 pm. If you are arriving into Edinburgh early - the hotel will be happy to hold your luggage until your room is ready).

Day 2 | Edinburgh - Touring begins

  • Get as close as possible to the 16th century in the town of Culross. Or as it’s known to Outlander fans, Cranesmuir
  • Learn how Highlanders lived at the Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum

Make your way to the Edinburgh departure point for 8:45 am (If you booked a departure point transfer at time of booking, your driver will collect you as noted on your voucher). Depart Edinburgh at 9 am. We leave Edinburgh and follow the trail of the best-known locations featured in the Outlander TV Series. Your first stop is the place that needs no introduction: Midhope Castle, known as Jamie’s lovely home Lallybroch. The cozy interior of the house has been re-created in the film studios. In reality, visitors can’t explore the ruins of the castle, instead, you can sit on the iconic steps of Lallybroch and wait for Jamie or Claire to walk through the beautiful archway in the courtyard. 

Heading north, you visit the charming village of Culross. In Outlander, Culross posed as the fictional village of Cranesmuir and the home of Geillis Duncan and her ill-fated husband, Arthur. Exploring the town’s cobbled streets is like taking a step back in time. Look carefully and you may even find Claire’s herb garden behind the impressive, historic Culross Palace.

We continue to the small town of Falkland to relive the first scenes of the show, where Falkland represents1940s Inverness. See if you can recognize the familiar sights such as Mrs. Baird’s Guesthouses (The Covenanter Hotel) and the Bruce Fountain, where Claire’s husband Frank sees the ghost of Jamie.

Then, it’s time to leave the castles and villages behind and discover the beauty of the Highlands. In the afternoon, we travel through lush Perthshire and stop at the Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum. The site houses replicas of 18th-century turf-roofed Highland crofts and gives you a glimpse into past Highland life. You’ll remember this place as one of the MacKenzie clan villages where Claire and the MacKenzie party stop to collect the rent.

Venturing further north, we pass Aviemore and continue to Inverness, where we arrive in the early evening.

Day 3 | Inverness

  • Listen to the echo of the past at an ancient site of Clava Cairn
  • Learn about the last battle fought on British soil at Culloden

You start your day by visiting the mysterious site of Clava Cairns near Inverness. This well-preserved complex of ring cairns and standing stones is as ancient as it is beautiful. And it’s also said to be the inspiration for the standing stones of Craigh na Dun.

Your driver-guide can’t promise any time travel here but exploring this 4,000-year-old site feels like stepping back in time.

The next stop evokes a lot of emotions; it’s the forbidding Culloden Battlefield. This site plays a crucial 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. And it’s where the final Jacobite Rising came to a harrowing end, bringing on the persecution of the Highland way of life. You can explore the visitor center and the site and pay tribute to those who lost their lives at the last battle fought on British soil.

We continue our journey to the heart of Clan Fraser lands. Here you can pay your respects at the tomb of Lord Lovat, the ‘Old Fox’ of the Jacobite Rebellion, who’s Jamie’s manipulative grandfather in the saga.

After seeing some of the most important sites from the Outlander universe, we return to Inverness with time to explore the city for another evening.

Day 4 | Ft. William

  • Wander through the ancient indigenous forests of Glen Affric
  • See where the Jacobite supporters pleaded their loyalty to Bonnie Prince Charlie


Your day starts 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.

Next, we leave the ancient forests behind and continue along Loch Ness to stop at Urquhart Castle. Standing on the banks of Loch Ness for 1,000 turbulent years, this castle offers a taste of the Highlands at their most dramatic. You can choose to explore this majestic ruin and discover its secrets. And while you’re there, be on the lookout for Nessie.

The journey takes you through the Great Glen before heading to Glenfinnan. The monument here commemorates the meeting of Bonnie Prince Charlie with his loyal supporters and marks the beginning of the doomed Jacobite Rising. The column stands framed by Loch Shiel and a well-known section of the Jacobite Steam Train railway line, famously used as the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter.

Moved by the history and beauty of this site, you travel to your overnight stop in Fort William, underneath the shadow of Britain’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis.

Day 5 | Edinburgh

  • Be moved by the sheer beauty of Glencoe
  • See two of Scotland's quintessential castles, Doune Castle and Blackness Castle

You start the day with a magnificent drive through Glencoe and cross the rugged Trossachs area onto Doune Castle. The Castle is an extensive ruin that represents Castle Leoch in the TV program, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan in the 18th-century episodes.

Later, we stop for a photo at Linlithgow Palace. This pretty palace is a favorite of ours because of its connections to Mary, Queen of Scots. It also starred as Wentworth Prison and is known for one of the most intense scenes in the Outlander series.

The last highlight of the day is Blackness Castle. This tough-looking fortress looks like it could fend off an entire empire. And in Outlander, it represents Fort William. You can choose to walk along the ramparts and explore the fictional headquarters of Jack Randall.

After having been immersed in the history and landscapes that inspired Outlander, we return to Edinburgh in the early evening. The tour ends at approximately 7 pm. Make your own way independently back to your pre-booked hotel.

Day 6 | Edinburgh - Home

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the Airport for your return flight to the US.

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Hotels/Plans Available for Departure Dates

Outlander Trail - Based on B&Bs while touring, plus 2 nights Edinburgh Hotel
Outlander Trail - Based on Hotels while touring, plus 2 nights Edinburgh Hotel

Tour Details

Your land package begins: / Your land package ends:

(As most International flights are overnight flights - please book air accordingly)

Flight Details


Accommodation Details

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    Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

UK Hotel

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Pre and post nights booked at a mid-level hotel [more]

Accommodations booked by Rabbies UK

Edinburgh -

Depending on package booked, accommodations can be BB/Guesthomes, 3* Hotels/Inns (and some packages may include 4* Hotels) [more]

Pricing

Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. There are no triple rooms for this tour.

Children under 18 years are not allowed on this tour.

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on the itinerary
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Tips to driver/guide

Airfare

Unfortunately, due to the 2020 pandemic, Celtic Tours will only be offering airfare for groups sizes of 15 or more. Individuals should book directly with airlines. Please make sure you book your flight to arrive and depart on accurate dates. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Departures & Transfers

The departure date is the date the tour starts in Edinburgh. Please book your air one day before to accommodate overnight flights.

Tour Guarantee

Although our UK tours are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 passengers, it does not mean a date is guaranteed until we check with the Edinburgh office. Although we get regular updates, a tour can sell out and we may not yet have it noted above. We must first advise of a guarantee before airfare is booked and ticketed. A maximum of 8 passengers can be booked per departure. More passengers will have to be quoted as a private tour (with additional expense). Thank you.