Start Date: 7th May 2024
Duration: 6 nights
Follow in the footsteps of the heroic Claire and Jamie Fraser. 7 incredible days exploring Outlander filming locations mixed with some of the "must see" locations around Edinburgh, Fife and the Highlands, with a couple of whisky distillery visits for good measure. In the Highlands, you'll visit Balmoral Castle - home to the present day Royal family, and Royal Deeside where they spend time during the summer months. Outlander highlights of this tour include a visit to Midhope Castle that will be instantly recognisable as Lallybroch, Blackness Castle where Jamie received a flogging at the Fort William headquarters of ‘Black Jack’ Randall, Craigh Na Dun, picturesque Preston Mill that features as the mill on the Frasers Lallybroch estate, and step inside the 17th century church where Claire and Jamie tied the knot.
Today is a fabulous introduction to the Outlander series as we head for Craigmillar Castle (Ardsmuir Prison) known for its connection to Mary Queen of Scots, who sought refuge there in the 1500’s. Next, we travel south to Glencorse Old Kirk (17th century church where Claire and Jamie tied the knot). Later, we spend the afternoon in Edinburgh Old Town with a visit to the Palace of Holyrood House with Mary Queen of Scots' historic Chambers. Overnight Edinburgh.
The scenic region of southeast Scotland that boasts miles of stunning coastline and rolling countryside. In 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite Army achieved a stunning victory over the Government forces at The Battle of Prestonpans. Discover more on this Jacobite battle at the Museum. Next, we step back in time when we visit Preston Mill that features as the mill on the Frasers Lallybroch estate. After lunch, we spend the afternoon at Glenkinchie Distillery for a tour and tasting. Overnight Edinburgh.
Today we leave Edinburgh and travel into South Queensferry to visit Hopetoun House (the stately home of the Duke of Sandringham) and Midhope Castle (Lallybroch). Next, we visit the 15th century fortress of Blackness Castle (the Fort William headquarters of ‘Black Jack’ Randall) before travelling over the river Forth to the ancient burgh of Culross where the rustic whitewashed, red-tiled buildings were transformed into the village of Cranesmuir in Outlander. Overnight Dunfermline.
Begin today at Aberdour Castle that plays the Abbey where Jamie is taken to recover from his injuries following his rescue from Wentworth prison. Next, we visit the small town of Falkland (used to portray the city of Inverness where Claire sees the ghost of Jamie). Visit the Palace & Gardens here too before we visit beautiful Tibbermore Church (Geillis Duncan and Claire Randall were put on trial here after being accused of witchcraft), before taking the Old Scone Road into the Highlands. Overnight Dunkeld.
We head out this morning to Balmoral Castle for a visit. Balmoral is associated with Queen Victoria, and the present castle, gardens and much of the woodlands owe their development to her. After visiting Balmoral and perhaps enjoying some tea in ‘The Pipers Hall’ coffee shop, we visit nearby Ballater town where the Royals shop to this day when they visit Balmoral Castle for the summer. We take the Glenshee mountain road south with some wonderful views into the Cairngorms. Overnight Dunkeld.
After breakfast we begin with a light walk at The Hermitage. These woods, near to Dunkeld, were used in both season 4 and 5 as parts of America, seen during several of Claire and Jamies travels through woodland in the Carolinas. Next, enjoy an interesting tour and tasting at Blair Athol Distillery, before we stop for lunch in the area. In the afternoon, we tour north to visit Newtonmore and the Highland Folk Museum (MacKenzie village). Overnight Dunkeld.
This morning we travel out to Kinnloch Rannoch in the Tay Forest Park and view the setting used as Craigh Na Dun. Touring south, we stop in Kenmore village and the traditional Scots market town of Crieff. Our journey takes us through the ‘Sma Glen’ - a scenic glen with the fast-flowing River Almond running along the narrow valley floor. We visit Drummond Castle Gardens with beautiful formal gardens which were used as the park and orchard of the Palace of Versailles in Outlander Season 2. We now make the return journey back to Edinburgh.