Outlander Experience - 1 day tour
One day tour
The fantastically successful Outlander novels by Diana Gabaldon may be fiction but they are inspired by the real heritage and scenery of Scotland, as you will discover on this exciting tour.
Midhope Castle - see the real Lallybroch Castle
Blackness Castle - visit the headquarters of Black Jack Randall
Linlithgow Palace - explore the impressive setting for Inverness Prison
Callander House - the filming of the Duke of Sandringham’s kitchen were shot here
Culross - enjoy free time to explore Cranesmuir Village and see Claire’s herb garden
Hopetoun House - choose to visit this grand house, the home of the Duke of Sandringham, or take a stroll in the extensive grounds
Movie locations - Outlander, Outlaw King and The 39 Steps
Full Tour Itinerary
From Edinburgh, we make our way to see the instantly recognisable Midhope Castle, Lallybroch Castle (Jamie's Home) in the series. We'll pause so you can soak up the atmosphere and take photographs.
Blackness Castle stands overlooking the Firth of Forth. This 15th Century castle was the home of the Crichton Family. From the sea, the castle resembles a massive stone ship which is why Blackness is known as "the ship that never sailed".
Fans of Outlander will find it familiar as the setting for the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall.
We'll make an extended stop in Linlithgow so you can explore this historic town and enjoy time for lunch.
Through wars, rebellions and the industrial revolution, Callendar House has played host to many significant 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.
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.
Behind the impressive Culross Palace is where Claire's herb garden at Castle Leoch is located.
Our last visit of the day is to the impressive Hopetoun House. It's one of the grandest houses in Scotland and home to the Hope family, the Earls of Hopetoun.
It doubles as the stately home of the Duke of Sandringham, although you might have to use your imagination as it was digitally altered in the TV series. After visiting the house and enjoying the grounds, it's just a short drive back to Edinburgh.
Note: During the winter months (Oct-March) Hopetoun House and Midhope Castle are unavailable for visiting, so there will be time to explore Doune Castle* (Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie) instead.
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.
Can you tell me more about the optional extras on this tour?
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.
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.
They are Outlander enthusiasts too so as well as discovering more about the history and nature of the landscape that surrounds you they’ll point out the locations that helped fire Diana Gabaldon’s imagination.
Will there be stops for meals and are they included in the price of the tour?
Meals are not included in the tour price, but we will make stops where you can get refreshments and something to eat.
If you wish, you can bring a packed lunch or pick up lunch items at a previous stop.
Vegetarian food is widely available in Scotland.
How many people will be in the group?
The group size is normally between 16 and 33 passengers, however at times of peak demand larger coaches may be used.
- 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 The Ensign Ewart
The Royal Mile
Edinburgh EH1 2PE
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 4 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 4 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
Book by paying a 20% deposit. Make date changes or get a full refund with 48 hours notice before travel. Click here for more information.
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.
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Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:(5 /5) 20 Aug 2023
This is an epic tour. The castles that you get to go in and explore are truly breathtaking.John from Bristol, US
Rating:(5 /5) 01 Aug 2023
Well worth the visit to these castles featured in the Outlander TV show.MR A J from wishaw, US
Rating:(4 /5) 23 Apr 2023
We really enjoyed the tour, and Gillian, our driver, was lovely and so much fun to have her as our guide. She shared so many interesting things with us about the history of the places, and culture of Edinburgh! There was only one thing that we didn't have time to enjoy, and that was our last stop at Falkland, where we had only an hour to walk around the town and visit the palace. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough time at all, as only a quick visit around the palace and the gardens takes about an hour and a half. We had to rush through the different rooms without giving a chance to the people who worked there to explain anything about the history of the palace and the family who owned it. The palace has one of the oldest tennis court that we couldn't see and that was a really bummer.Vassilia from ,