The Outlander Trail Small Group Tour
2 day/1 night tour
Follow in the footsteps of your favourite characters as we visit the iconic Scottish sites that were used during the filming of Outlander. Visit the real-life castles and palaces that were the filming locations for Castle Leoch, Wentworth Prison and Black Jack Randall’s Headquarters. Soak up the atmosphere when you walk on the battlefield at Culloden and explore the mystical standing stones at Clava Cairns. This entertaining tour seamlessly intertwines real events in Scottish history with the creative genius of Diana Gabaldon.
Price range: £165 - £225
Small group Tour - travel in an intimate group of just 16 passengers
Blackness Castle - visit this imposing castle where Jamie was incarcerated
Doune Castle - see the real Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie
Highland Folk Museum - discover how life was traditionally lived in the Highlands
Falkland - explore this historic village which doubled as Inverness in the TV series
Movie locations - Outlander, Loch Ness and Rob Roy
Guest house accommodation included - hotel upgrade option available
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Edinburgh - Doune - Inverness
Leaving Edinburgh behind we travel to the banks of the Firth of Forth to visit sinister Blackness Castle, the location of Black Jack Randall’s Fort William headquarters. It was here that Jamie was incarcerated.
Impressive Linlithgow Palace is situated overlooking a loch and was the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots. This amazing 15th Century site played the part of Wentworth Prison and was where Jamie was imprisoned.
We travel onwards to the attractive village of Doune where you’ll have the chance to visit Doune Castle, the real-life Castle Leoch, home to the Clan Mackenzie. Nearby lies Deanston Distillery which played the part of the wine warehouse in Le Havre owned by Jamie’s cousin. We’ll stop to enjoy lunch here and, if you wish, a wee sample of whisky!
The Highlands beckon so we make our way across the wilderness of Rannoch Moor and into the majestic scenery of Glen Coe which features in the opening credits of Outlander. As you take in the stunning scenery hear the tragic story of the massacre that took place here in 1692.
Onwards through the real Fort William and into the Great Glen. We’ll make a stop to view the deep, dark and mysterious waters of Loch Ness before heading to Inverness, our home for tonight.
Day 2 - Inverness - Culloden Moor - Edinburgh
After breakfast we make the short drive to visit ancient Clava Cairns which, it is said, were the inspiration for Craigh na Dun. These burial cairns are around 4,000 years old and are surrounded by a ring of standing stones.
Just a short drive away lies Culloden Moor, site of the last battle ever fought on British soil. The Jacobite army of Bonnie Prince Charlie was routed in a short, but bloody battle. The outcome changed life in the Highlands forever.
The scenic beauty of the Cairngorms National Park is our next treat. We’ll make a stop at the popular Highland Folk Museum where you can enjoy lunch and discover how life was lived in the Highlands in days gone by. The museum has a recreation of a 17th Century highland village complete with turf-roofed crofts which was used for period filming.
Falkland, in the ancient Kingdom of Fife, was a popular retreat for the Scottish Kings and Queens. This charming village played the part of 1940’s and 1960’s Inverness. During our time here you’ll also be able to discover other filming locations including Mrs Baird’s Guesthouse and Campbell’s Coffee Shop.
Our final stop is a photo-stop at Midhope Castle, the external location for Lallybroch, the family home of Jamie Fraser. From here we return to the heart of Edinburgh and the end of our tour.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Small Group Tour?
With an average of just 16 passengers (and never more than 20) a Small Group Tour will provide a more intimate and flexible travelling experience. These tours are carefully planned to travel off the highways so you’ll discover quaint villages and picturesque vistas that other tours just can’t access. All the small group tours that we feature are operated by purpose built luxury minicoaches that feature air-conditioning, panoramic windows, wifi, usb charging points and comfortable seating. Each group is led by an experienced driver/guide who will entertain and inform you with stories of our history, nature and folklore. Comfortable guest house accommodation with en-suite bathrooms, tv and other amenities is included in the price of all tours. You can choose to upgrade to hotel accommodation, at extra cost, if you wish. A delicious Scottish breakfast is included each morning of your stay. If you’ve got more time to spare a series of extraordinary itineraries has been created by combining one or more shorter tours. Seamless in operation these unique holidays allow you to discover even more of Scotland’s Highlands and Islands. A feature of these tours is that you will travel with a different driver/guide and fellow travellers for each portion of the itinerary.
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 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.
What type of room should I choose?
There are different bedrooms types to choose from, here is what you can expect: Single room - one person sleeping in a single bed. Twin room - two people sleeping in two separate beds. Double room - two people sharing one large bed. Family room - three people sharing a room sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person). Please note that a family room can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.
Can I reserve specific seats on the coach?
Seating on this tour is on a first come, first served basis and cannot be pre-booked. If you are travelling as part of a group please make sure that all members of the party arrive at the departure point together.
How much luggage can I bring?
Luggage space on the tour is restricted so the amount of luggage that you can bring is limited to 1 bag per person that weights no more than 15kg and has maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20cm. Luggage larger than this will only be carried if space is available.
- 1 night guest house or hotel accommodation
- Location: Inverness (1)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (1)
- Transportation by luxury air-conditioned minicoach with wifi and usb charging points
- 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 1 Parliament Square
Royal Mile/High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1RE
Check-in: 08:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 18:30 hrs
Concession discount applies to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 3 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 3 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
The price of this tour includes guest house accommodation with en-suite bathroom. You can up-grade to hotel accommodation at extra cost during the booking process.
One medium sized suitcase/bag per person (maximum weight: 15 kilos)
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.