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  • From Edinburgh: Outlander Adventure Day Tour

    1. From Edinburgh: Outlander Adventure Day Tour

    After leaving Edinburgh at 9:15 AM you will travel back in time as your driver guides you over the Queensferry Crossing to Culross. This virtually-unchanged 16th century village overlooks the sea and poses as the fictional town of Cranesmuir. You have time to visit Claire’s herb garden, explore the palace, or wander the ancient streets while you imagine what life must have been like 400 years ago. You will journey past Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument to Doune Castle, or as it’s called in Outlander, Castle Leoch. This formidable building gives you an insight into the living conditions of a Scottish earl in the 14th century. You can also listen to an excellent audio guide about how this castle was used as a filming location for Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Your next stop is Linlithgow Palace. Here you have time to enjoy beautiful views to the Forth bridges, have a picnic by...

    It would have made life easier if we had paid £10 more and had tickets pre-purchased for Midhope and Blackness castles. Our guide Barbara was knowledgeable and entertaining and also an excellent driver. I really enjoyed the day.

  • From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye and The Highlands Tour

    2. From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye and The Highlands Tour

    Day 1: Departing Edinburgh, head north and pass Stirling Castle. Be inspired by tales from your guide of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Stop a few miles further north for a tour at Doune Castle. This 14th-century fortress is a filming location for Outlander (Castle Leoch), Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Game of Thrones amongst others. Continue north, into the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, admire the scenery as your tour guide explains the remarkable tribal clan history of the Highlands. Discover the beautiful Glencoe, the most famous valley in Scotland and hear of its tragic history. Admire the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct then head north and arrive on the southern banks of Loch Ness to get photos of the infamous monster Nessie! Stop for photos of Urquhart Castle before arriving in Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, where you'll stay for 2 nights, choo...

    Great tour, you get to see a lot of Scotland in a relatively short period of time. You do spend a lot of time on the bus but the scenery is wonderful. Stephen is a phenomenal guide and overall I had a really fun time.

  • From Edinburgh: West Highland Lochs & Castles Full-Day Trip

    3. From Edinburgh: West Highland Lochs & Castles Full-Day Trip

    From Edinburgh, travel west, passing the historic and imposing Stirling Castle, high on its volcanic rock, and on to a visit at the magnificent Doune Castle (which featured in the cult movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"). From there, drive into the Highlands, past the lovely Loch Lubnaig and up through impressive Glen Ogle, stopping nearby for lunch and beautiful views of the surrounding scenery.

    After lunch, drive further into the Highlands, stopping to view one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, Kilchurn Castle, jutting into beautiful Loch Awe and stunningly framed by the surrounding mountains.

    Then it’s on to Inveraray, a quaint small town built in the mid-18th century, on the shore of Loch Fyne. Explore the town and pick up some Highland souvenirs, or pay an optional visit to Inveraray Castle (April to October only), the historic home of the Duke of ...

    Fantastic full day trip visiting the beautiful Highlands and stopping plenty of times to see castles lochs villages and feed Highland cows! The views were incredible and our guide Stewart was extremely friendly and his knowledge was fantastic, the mini bus was very clean and comfortable too. Highly recommended trip!

  • Outlander Adventure 1-Day Tour from Glasgow

    4. Outlander Adventure 1-Day Tour from Glasgow

    The tour leaves Glasgow and begins following the trail of the best-known film locations featured in the Outlander TV Series. You journey past Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument to Doune Castle, or as it’s called in Outlander, Castle Leoch. This formidable building gives you an insight into the living conditions of a Scottish earl in the 14th-century. You can also listen to an excellent audio guide about how this castle was used as a filming location for Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Heading north, your next stop is the small town of Falkland to relive the first scenes of the show, where Falkland substitutes 1940’s Inverness. See if you can recognize the familiar sights such as Mrs. Baird’s Guesthouses and the Bruce Fountain. Please note, however, that between October 1, 2019-March 31, 2020, the tour will not be stopping at Falkland Palace. Next is the charming village of Culro...

    Ahh. Great trip. Jenny was a great tour guide, her knowledge was impeccable. Thank you

  • From Edinburgh: Outlander, Palaces and Jacobites Tour

    5. From Edinburgh: Outlander, Palaces and Jacobites Tour

    Depart Edinburgh and journey northwest to Midhope Castle (April 1 to September 24), site of Lallybroch Castle in the time travel TV series "Outlander." Next, stop in the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow and enjoy a photo stop at Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison in "Outlander"), originally a royal retreat between Edinburgh and Stirling Castle. Continue to the 14th-century country pile of Callandar House, where ties to Rome's northern frontier in Europe at the Antonine Wall have been traced. Following in the footsteps of Claire and Jamie, visit Falkland, Outlander's Inverness. Many of the streets here were used as filming locations in Outlander, including when Claire sees Jamie's ghost. Move on to the Royal Burgh of Culross to discover a tiny village nestled on the coast of Fife. Arguably the best example of a 17th-century Scottish village, the gardens at Culross were featured in "Outlander"...

    Unfortunately due to Covid some places were closed. The driver was very good and did his best to provide photo opportunities. He was very knowledgeable and has some interesting anecdotes.

  • West Highlands Lochs & Castles Tour from Edinburgh

    6. West Highlands Lochs & Castles Tour from Edinburgh

    Enjoy a small group tour of Scotland’s Western Highlands, and explore some of its most atmospheric lochs and castles. Traveling in a comfortable 16-seat Mercedes minibus, you will depart Edinburgh and head west past Stirling Castle. The first stop will be Doune Castle, built for Robert Stewart, the Duke of Albany, over 600 years ago. You might recognize it from the famous comedy film, Monty Python and The Holy Grail. Continue to Callander, where you will pause for a coffee, before leaving the rolling farms for the wild mountains and forests of the Highlands. Visit Loch Luibnaig, and continue over the Braes of Balquhidder, final resting place of Highland outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. Made famous by Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy was a sort-of Highland Robin Hood, who stole from the rich, but never quite got round to giving it to the poor! From Balquhidder, the tour winds its way throug...

    Great day trip. Loved every minute. I did 4 trips with Rabbies over a two week visit to Edinburgh and Inverness and had no complaints. Lovely, knowledgeable and eager to please guides. Highly recommend Rabbies. Thanks Rabbies, love you work. From female solo traveller. March 2020

  • From Edinburgh: Outlander Experience 2-Day Tour

    7. From Edinburgh: Outlander Experience 2-Day Tour

    Day 1 Your first visit will be Blackness Castle overlooking the Firth of Forth. The castle was used as the backdrop for Fort William and then Wentworth Prison (or as it in known, Linlithgow Palace). Onwards to Doune Castle, better known as Castle Leoch, home to Colum Mackenzie. The castle has also made appearances in the Monty Python and the Holy Grail film. Stop for lunch and a taste of whisky at the charming little distillery of Deanston. Next, into the Highlands and through Glen Coe with a quick stop at Loch Ness before arriving at your overnight in Inverness. Day 2 Step back in time 4000 years ago at Clava Cairns, the inspiration for Craigh na Dun. Then, continue to Culloden Battlefield, the scene of the last battle fought on British soil. Discover a living history at the Highland Folk Museum and its various time period scenes. Relive one of the f...

    We had the beet two days on our Outlander tour, we can't really decide which was the best bit! We expected to see areas where Outlander was filmed and we absolutely did but so much more as well. We totally recommend the trip if you love Outlander and thee opportunity to see more of Scotland. Thank you so much it was all incredible. Thank you so much for everything including the post cards that was such a nice surprise and so very thoughtful! Thank you so much! I only have one comment that could help I'm prove the trip, please outline all of the costs upfront and maybe send a reminder about the trip a couple of days before with details of weather forecast and what Venuses are open etc. We didn't get to see Doune castle for example, it was a bit disappointing but everything made up for it.

  • 4-Day Outlander Trail From Edinburgh

    8. 4-Day Outlander Trail From Edinburgh

    Leave Edinburgh and begin following the trail of the best-known film locations featured in the Outlander TV Series. Your first stop is the charming village of Culross. You continue to the small town of Falkland to relive the first scenes of the show, where Falkland substitutes for 1940s Inverness. In the early afternoon you stop at the Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum, which houses replicas of 18th century turf-roofed Highland crofts. These were used as a setting in the first episode of the show. You then pass Aviemore, where you may recognise the stunning hilly and wooded area of Tulloch Ghru. You arrive in Inverness later that afternoon, which will be your base for the next two nights.  Day 2 starts by visiting Culloden, which plays an important role in Scottish history and the Outlander books. It’s at the Culloden Battlefield where Claire and Jamie said their tearful goodbyes, before ...

    Our 4-day tour with Mac (MacKenzie) was incredible! It is an “Outlander” tour, but the depth of Diana Gabaldon’s books came alive with Mac. His knowledge of Scottish history was exceptional. His interlacing of the books’ fictional aspects with actual events was remarkable. For Outlander fans, this was wonderful. But even more importantly, Mac’s history of Scotland, its people, trials, successes, defeats will all remain with us. Aye, we were transported to another time. Much like Claire was, only in our imaginations. Thank you so much Mac.

  • From Edinburgh: Highland Lochs, Glens, and Castles Tour

    9. From Edinburgh: Highland Lochs, Glens, and Castles Tour

    After departing from Edinburgh your tour will travel past Stirling and its stunning hill-top castle. Your first stop is Doune Castle, a magnificent late 14th-century stronghold.  From there you will travel through the highland town of Callander to lovely Loch Lubnaig. Nestled between Ben Ledi and Ben Vane is where you’ll stop for morning refreshments. Head into the and continue on to Kilchurn Castle, which stands at the head of Loch Awe. Pause to take some photographs. Next, it’s onwards to Inveraray. You’ll have just under 2 hours here which is time to enjoy lunch and explore the town. You can choose to visit Inveraray Castle (limited dates, May to October 2021) or Inveraray Jail which was operational in the 19th century. Snap some photos at the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’, an iconic Scottish viewpoint before your last stop. Finish up at the charming highland village of Luss which sits o...

  • From Edinburgh: 2-Day Eilean Donan, Loch Ness & Highlands

    10. From Edinburgh: 2-Day Eilean Donan, Loch Ness & Highlands

    This tour departs from Edinburgh day 1, first heading west to collect Glasgow passengers. Journey via Stirling, catching a glimpse of its majestic Castle. Visit the Wallace Monument, the towering stone testimonial to the Scottish legend William Wallace. Afterwards pass Doune Castle, location for the film, Monty Python & The Holy Grail. After lunch, time permitting, a brief stop at Rob Roy’s Grave and then onwards to the pretty village of Killin for photos. The journey continues north via Tyndrum across the atmospheric Rannoch Moor. Next stop is Glencoe, a site of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald Clan, for a brief walk and photos. Continue to the stunning Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films, yet another photo opportunity (Apr-Oct). The final stop for the first day is the Highland town of Fort William, where you can check into your chosen accommoda...

    The tour was on a nice coach/tour van with USB ports for every seat. I thought this was great for keeping my phone charged between stops. Our tour guide was phenomenal! His name was Marty and he was hilarious and told historical stories along the way that had happened along our trip! He played great music as well. Almost every stop has restrooms, a cafe, and souvenirs. The tour has tons of opportunities to take pictures as well. Fort William is a cute little town. I recommend the restaurant The Great Glen. They offer breakfast-dinner at great prices. The tour and country was amazing!

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What people are saying about Doune Castle

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Our 4-day tour with Mac (MacKenzie) was incredible! It is an “Outlander” tour, but the depth of Diana Gabaldon’s books came alive with Mac. His knowledge of Scottish history was exceptional. His interlacing of the books’ fictional aspects with actual events was remarkable. For Outlander fans, this was wonderful. But even more importantly, Mac’s history of Scotland, its people, trials, successes, defeats will all remain with us. Aye, we were transported to another time. Much like Claire was, only in our imaginations. Thank you so much Mac.

It would have made life easier if we had paid £10 more and had tickets pre-purchased for Midhope and Blackness castles. Our guide Barbara was knowledgeable and entertaining and also an excellent driver. I really enjoyed the day.

What can we say about this tour except it does everything it says it does. Cameron our driver was extremely knowledgeable not only about Outlander but also Scottish history. Would highly recommend this tour. Five stars

An amazing day visiting lovely villages and feeling the Outlander atmosphere all over the places! Thank you for the adventure!

Ahh. Great trip. Jenny was a great tour guide, her knowledge was impeccable. Thank you