The Outlander Experience
One day tour
On this amazing tour you’ll have the chance to visit many of the settings used in the filming of the hugely popular TV Outlander series. You’ll also experience some famous sights too including the historic Wallace Monument and iconic Forth Bridge!
Price range: £40-£47
Doune Castle - see the real Castle Leoch
Deanston Distillery - savour delicious coffee and cake in the popular Coffee Bothy
Blackness Castle - visit the headquarters of Black Jack Randall
Linlithgow Palace - explore the impressive setting for Inverness Prison
Callander House - the filming for the Duke of Sandringham’s kitchen were shot here
Culross - enjoy free time to explore Cranesmuir Village and see Claire’s herb garden
Movie locations - Outlander, Outlaw King and The 39 Steps
Full Tour Itinerary
Leaving Glasgow behind our first visit of the day is to Doune Castle, known as Outlander's home of the MacKenzie Clan (Castle Leoch). We stop here to visit this magnificent 14th Century courtyard castle which has also had a starring role in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Game of Thrones. Look out for the 100 foot high gatehouse and magnificent great hall, one of the best preserved in Scotland.
It’s a short drive to Deanston Distillery for refreshments then onwards to Stirling, where we’ll make a photo-stop to capture the view of the Wallace Monument, built to commemorate the famous Scottish freedom fighter (the real Braveheart!). During our stop you’ll also see Stirling Castle, standing proudly guarding the surrounding countryside.
Next we make our way to the quaint little town of Culross which is the location of Cranesmuir. On our visit it doesn’t take much imagination to relive 16th and 17th Century life as we walk amid the old buildings and cobbled streets of this Royal burgh on the banks of the River Forth.
Through wars, rebellions and the industrial revolution, Callendar House has played host to many great historical figures over the centuries, including Mary, Queen of Scots, Cromwell and Bonnie Prince Charlie. This impressive building dates from the 14th century and its grounds contains a section of the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site. Be sure to visit the famous kitchen which was the setting for the Duke of Sandringham’s home.
Linlithgow Palace is the location of Wentworth Prison, where Jamie was imprisoned. In real life it was once a Royal residence and was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. We’ll make an extended stop here so you can explore this historic town and enjoy time for lunch.
Blackness Castle stands overlooking the Firth of Forth. This 15th Century castle was the home of the Crichton Family. As its impressive walls resemble a ship it was often known as "the ship that never sailed”. Fans will find it familiar as the setting for the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall. We’ll make a stop here for photographs before joining the motorway and the journey back to Glasgow.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Day Tour?
Travelling on a Signature one-day tour is a great way to discover the best of Scotland from your city centre base of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness. During your day of discovery we’ll introduce you to many aspects of our country: spectacular scenery, history, folklore, nature and much, much more. Luxury travel is provided by air-conditioned mini or midi coaches and each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a live commentary in English. There are stops planned at the key sights as well as for meals and comfort breaks. Please note that tours to some destinations, particularly to Loch Ness, can be faster paced so the number and duration of stops may be limited.
What are the optional extras on this tour and how much do they cost?
The tour fare includes transportation by luxury mini or midicoach and the services of a professional driver/guide. Admission to the attractions featured on this tour is optional so you can choose to visit or not depending on your interests. The tour itinerary will allow time for you to enjoy visits to:
The links above will give you more information on these attractions as well as current admission prices. On some tours discounted prices are available to tour passengers - your driver/guide will provide more information if this applies. Not all attractions accept payment by credit or debit card so you should carry sufficient cash should you be planning a visit.
Tell me what the visit to a whisky distillery will be like?
A visit to a traditional whisky distillery is a feast for all the senses. After a warm welcome you’ll normally have a short audio/visual presentation on the the history of the distillery and the traditional methods used in the distilling process. Next is a tour of the distillery where you you will experience all stages of the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturation. Your tour will end with a tutored tasting of a malt whisky and the opportunity to buy a souvenir of your visit in the distillery shop.
Will there be a tour commentary?
Each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide an informative and entertaining commentary in English. You’ll hear tales of the Clans, bloody battles and the famous characters that have shaped the history of Scotland. You will learn too of the landscape that surrounds you and of the nature that makes Scotland so special. Be ready to have a laugh as well - you’re bound to be told some really corny jokes!
Tell me more about the optional Loch Ness Cruise?
Mount your very own Nessie adventure by taking a one hour cruise to explore the deep, dark and mysterious waters of Loch Ness. The cruise boat is equipped with on-board sonar, comfortable seating inside and out as well as toilets. Refreshments are available for purchase or you can bring packed food. You can purchase a ticket from your driver/guide on the day of the tour and payment is in cash only.
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- Live commentary in English.
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From Parish Hall Coach Tour Stop
266 George Street
Glasgow G1 1QX
Check-in: 08:15 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:30 hrs
Tour Returns: 18:00 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 5 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 5 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.