5 Days from £2149
per person based on 2 sharing
Seize the opportunity to discover Scotland and explore the sets and backdrops of the acclaimed book and TV series, Outlander. You will travel north to take in the majestic Scottish Highlands, visiting sets from Outlander as well as the real places some of the sets are based on. You will also visit places of great historical and cultural importance to Scotland, as well as places of immense natural beauty — this tour isn’t just for fans of Outlander; it is for anyone interested in exploring the beautiful Highlands of Scotland. You will be accompanied all the while by your friendly and highly experienced Driver/Guide who will unlock all the history and myths for you as you immerse yourself in the culture and the stories of Scotland’s fascinating past. As you learn about the places and sites you visit, your Driver/Guide will offer stories and insights you’ll never find in a travel book or tourist guidebook. This tour will help you connect with and get an understanding of the ‘wee country’ in which the Outlander books and TV series are set. This amazing tour of Scotland will no doubt give you some tales of your own to take home. If you’re particularly interested in Outlander, you might also like to check out our Edinburgh and Glasgow Two Cities and Outlander Tour.
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Stay in the awe-inspiring Culloden House, now a Luxury hotel this was where the Jacobite leader Bonnie Prince Charlie set up his HQ before the last battle ever to take place on British Soil - Culloden
Visit the town that substitutes for 1940’s and 1960’s Inverness – it will all seem so familiar
Tour the Highland Folk Museum – where actors in period costume bring the past to life
Visit Craigh na Dun or alternatively visit the beautiful village of Dunkeld and take a short but very scenic walk there
Tour Linlithgow Palace – Birth Place of Mary Queen of Scots, the entrance and corridors here are used as a set for Wentworth Prison
Visit majestic and atmospheric Glencoe and find out about the clan war between the Campbells and McDonalds
See Cairngorms National Park
Tour the fictional Castle Leoch –home to Colum Mackenzie, tour the castle, there is an option to take an audio tour narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones as the castle also features in the hilarious film The Holy Grail
Visit the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie landed in Scotland and see the monument to the lone highlander that marks the spot where the Jacobite Standard was raised.
Visit Black Jacks HQ – tour the old 15th Century Castle that doubles as Fort William, the HQ of Black Jack Randall
Tour a distillery and have a wee dram
See the real last resting place of the ‘Old Fox’ Chief of Clan Fraser, the last man to be executed by beheading in the UK
Visit Beauly Priory, a historic priory literally translated “beautiful place”
Find out about the feudal Clan system and the politics that dominated the Highland way of life
Explore and tour the site of the last land battle in the UK – Culloden
Discover the beautiful Trossachs National Park
Visit the set for the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, these Gardens of a Stately home that have been voted one of Europe’s finest examples of a formal garden
Visit Inverness – go on the Ness island walk and see Loch Ness (Nessie sightings never guaranteed)
Optional visit to Rob Roy MacGregor's grave or go for an easy walk in the Trossachs National Park
See the Bonnie Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond
Visit Clava Cairns, a prehistoric site of historical importance of over 4000 years old
Morning pick up from your hotel by your Inspiring Travel Driver/Guide – Today you will leave the city behind & begin your Outlander themed tour of Scotland in earnest, visiting 3 of the locales used in the famous series. The fictional Castle Leoch, home of the MacKenzie Clan, the Castle HQ of Black Jack that doubles as Fort William and a visit to Linlithgow Palace which as well as being a set has its own huge historical significance as the birth place of Mary Queen of Scots. You can enter each of these sites and tour them at your leisure, why not take the optional audio tour of the fictional Castle Leoch, narrated by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame. Your guide will always be on hand too, to tell you all about the places you are visiting. After a busy day of sightseeing you will be dropped off at your traditional Scottish lodgings by your Driver/Guide. Tonight you will enjoy a stay in Perthshire in a 5-star Spa Hotel or Castle.
After Breakfast you will continue your journey through the beautiful countryside of the Kingdom of Perth, scene of lots of the sets and backdrops for Outlander. Today you will visit Castle Gardens that double as The Palace of Versailles, these Gardens have been voted one of Europe’s best examples of a formal garden, keep an eye out for Peacocks wandering the lawns, as well as that you will visit the church where Claire stood trial for being a Witch and visit the town that is the set for Inverness in the 40’s and 60’s, to fans of the series this location will seem very familiar. You will travel through the spectacularly picturesque Cairngorms today on your way up north, but before that you have the option of either a short walk in beautiful Dunkeld or visiting the fictional Craigh na Dun where Claire from the Outlander series was transported back in time.
After you have been taken on a scenic drive through the National Park you will be dropped at Culloden House Hotel by your Driver/Guide. Long before it was a luxury hotel Culloden House was HQ of Bonnie Prince Charlie before the battle of Culloden, this is where you will stay for 2 nights to really connect with the history and immerse you in the drama of the area. A stay here sets you up perfectly for tomorrow’s visit to the battlefield itself.
After an early breakfast we will leave the Jacobite HQ where you spent the night to take in the history that is pivotal to Outlander, the battle of Culloden. Here you will be able to get a feel for the atmosphere and explore the battle site with your guide as well as visit the visitors centre to find out more about the last battle fought on British soil. Today you will also visit a prehistoric site, thousands of years old, feel a connection to the past as you view and even touch the standing stones placed there at that time. You will also visit Beauly Priory and Wardlaw Mausoleum, resting place of the ‘old fox’ Clan Chief of the Fraser Clan, Jacobite leader and last man to be beheaded in Britain.
After todays program where better to relax and unwind than the luxury Culloden House Hotel. You will no doubt feel a connection with Scotland and its past in this historic building that served as the Jacobite HQ. Sit back and discuss today’s touring in your luxury surroundings while completely immersed in the history and the legend.
In the morning after breakfast you will be taken to visit the Highland Folk Museum, where history will come to life. On a few selected dates in the year actors in period costume show you what life would have been like hundreds of years ago. After which you will visit the real town of Inverness, a town that features heavily in the books and TV series, here you will have the chance to wander along the Ness Islands walk before being taken to a viewpoint of Loch Ness (Nessie sighting is never guaranteed). We will cross over to the west of Scotland, giving you a chance to marvel at the wonderful scenery on the way to Glenfinnan, made famous by the Harry Potter Railway line scene, here you will recognise the viaduct used on the films. Glenfinnan is also the site of the raising of the Stewart standard by Charles Edward Stewart otherwise known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, the catalyst to the ill-fated Jacobite rebellion leading to the final battle fought on British soil, Culloden. You will see the spot where that is marked by the statue of the lone Highlander. Tonight you will stay in Glencoe area in another wonderful Heritage property which was once the home of a laird and is now a luxury 5-star hotel.
After Breakfast you will driven through Glencoe taking in all its rugged beauty while you find out more about the Clan feuds as well as the politics and history that gave rise to the tensions between Clans. After leaving Glencoe you will enter Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park where you will be able to view the Bonnie Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond. While in the national park you have the option to either visit the grave of infamous outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor or take a short walk in the park before the final visit of the tour. How else to finish a tour of Scotland than with a wee dram and a tour of a whisky distillery. In the late afternoon you will be dropped off in Glasgow or Edinburgh by your Driver/Guide.
All these sites will be visited on your private tour with your personal Driver/Guide who will be able to unlock all the secrets and reveal the history and myth behind them all. During the booking process we would hope to get to know you a little and this will help us pick the right guide for the job.
You will be welcomed to Scotland by your handpicked friendly Driver/Guide when they pick you up at your hotel. Here at Inspiring Travel we only use the best guides, holders of Scottish Tourist guides badge awards, guides that are educated and vetted & adhere to a code of conduct, giving you the peace of mind that you are in the right hands, they will be able to answer any questions you have on any subjects throughout the tour, at Inspiring Travel we have little doubt you will arrive a guest but go home as friends.
As this is a private tour, the time is yours, the flexibility is part of the beauty. Although we will have prepared a comprehensive tour that we hope you will enjoy, if one part isn’t floating your boat, feel free to tell your guide and move on to the next part, no dancing to anyone else’s tune. Had enough sightseeing for today and want to chill out at the hotel, your guide will take you straight there, want to explore a little by yourself, go ahead, they will leave you to it.
Your friendly guide will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the places you visit and the things you see, unlocking the secrets, stories and legends to give you a level of immersion and a feeling of connection with Scotland that would otherwise be impossible. It is the presence of the guide that will create real value for your holiday and the fact that the tour is Private that creates the flexibility.
More nights can be added or itinerary amended if needed, please note tour starts too early and finishes too late to facilitate airport pick up and drop off, we can deliver a bespoke itinerary of any duration for any dates, for example if desired we can book accommodation in the cities for you or extend the tour adding time at leisure or more site seeing – simply click on Tailormade – Customised Tours or call us, we would love to hear from you to help you create & book your dream trip to Scotland.
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