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The Outlander 1 Day Experience from Edinburgh

1. The Outlander 1 Day Experience from Edinburgh

Departing central Edinburgh hop aboard an air-conditioned coach and head to your first location of the day, Midhope Castle, a must for Outlander fans. The Midhope Castle is the external location of the Fraser family home known as Lallybroch. Spend time at the castle for photos and live out your Outlander fantasy before heading to the next stop, Blackness Castle. Explore the rich history within the castle walls and learn of its multi-functional history as a lordly residence, garrison fortress, and state prison. Fans of Outlander may also recognize that the exterior posed as Fort William, the foreboding headquarters of Black Jack Randall. The tour continues to the town of Linlithgow, famous for its palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Here, outlander fans have the opportunity to see Linlithgow Palace, used as the set for the infamous Wentworth Prison in Outlander. Linlithgow Palace is where Outlander's Jamie was held prisoner and tortured by Black Jack Randall, one of the most intense scenes filmed during the TV series. Enjoy some time for refreshments and exploring before the next stop. Visit Culross next. Several parts of Culross are used to depict the village of Cranesmuir, predominantly for season 1 of Outlander. During your time here, you'll notice many of the scenes come to life as you step into the actual shooting location of the show. Following in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire, stop at the beautiful village of Falkland, nestled between the two Lomond Hills in the Howe of Fife. Fans of Outlander will recognize Falkland as the stand-in for Inverness, where Claire and Frank honeymoon. The last stop of the day is at the viewpoint of South Queensferry. Admire the Firth of Forth and the three magnificent bridges that link Edinburgh to Fife. Stretch your legs and take some final photos. On returning to Edinburgh, choose to be dropped off at Bakehouse Close, a location featured in the third series of Outlander as Jamie's print house. *Midhope Castle is only available April-December

From Edinburgh: "Outlander" Filming Locations Explorer Tour

2. From Edinburgh: "Outlander" Filming Locations Explorer Tour

Join a local guide and discover some of the stunning filming locations from the hit TV series "Outlander". Admire the views of Doune Castle, Blackness Castle, Midhope Castle, and the quaint villages of Culross and Falkand on a tour departing from Edinburgh. Set out from Edinburgh early in the morning for a journey to some of the most famous locations from the series. Relive some of your favorite moments from the show as you gain insight into the history of each location from your local guide. Leave the capital behind and first drive to the instantly recognizable Midhope Castle. Enter the grounds and discover the real-life Lallybroch and the home of Jamie Fraser. Next, travel to Doune Castle, or Castle Leoch, which was also featured as Winterfell in "Game of Thrones" and as the castle in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". You have the option of entering the castle, or you can simply admire it from the outside. Next, travel to the ancient Kingdom of Fife, an area of great historical importance. Make a stop in Culross, where Claire was accused of witchcraft in the village of Cranesmuir. Admire one of the most complete examples of a typical 17th and 18th-century burgh that remains in Scotland today. For your penultimate stop, head to the charming village of Falkland, which was used as the filming location for 1940s Inverness. Admire some of the 28 listed buildings, which indicates their national historic and architectural significance. Finally, visit Blackness Castle which is perched on a strategic point overlooking Blackness Bay. Then, hop back on the bus and relax on the return journey to Edinburgh.

From Edinburgh: Outlander Adventure Day Tour with Entry

3. From Edinburgh: Outlander Adventure Day Tour with Entry

Time for your own Outlander adventure. You leave Edinburgh and begin following the trail of film locations featured in the Outlander TV Series. First, we travel to the place that needs no introduction: Midhope Castle*, known as Jamie’s lovely home Lallybroch. And you'll get a warmer welcome than he did. The cosy interior of the house has been re-created in the film studios. In reality, visitors can’t explore the ruins of the castle but you can sit on the iconic steps of Lallybroch and wait for Jamie or Claire to walk through the beautiful archway in the courtyard. We then journey through the charming countryside to Blackness Castle. It’s an impressive fortress that’s known as the ‘ship that never sailed’ because it resembles a giant stone boat. You have time to walk along the ramparts and explore the fictional headquarters of Jack Randall. Just pray you don't run into him... The next stop is Linlithgow Palace, otherwise known as Wentworth Prison. It’s also where you have lunch, so try local specialities or have a picnic by the loch and take a photo of the ruins of Mary Queen of Scots’ birthplace. Heading north, we journey past Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument to **Doune Castle, or as it’s called in Outlander, Castle Leoch. This formidable building represents home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan in the 18th-century episodes. When you visit, you can discover its real story and get an insight into the living conditions of a Scottish earl in the 14th century. There’s also an excellent audio guide describing how this castle was used as a filming location for Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Travel back in time once more as your driver-guide takes you 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. From there, we head back to Edinburgh, where we arrive in the late afternoon. *Please note that Midhope Castle is closed for approximately 12 weeks from Friday 22nd December 2023 at 3pm.

From Edinburgh: Outlander, Palaces and Jacobites Tour

4. From Edinburgh: Outlander, Palaces and Jacobites Tour

Step into the story and witness the scenic landscapes and ruins from the TV show "Outlander" on this day trip from Edinburgh. Travel in a comfortable bus and see the village of Cranesmuir and the Tuilyies Standing Stones. Board your bus in Edinburgh's Royal Mile and head to Midhope Castle. Explore this 16th-century Tower House, which served as the backdrop to Lallybroch; Jamie Fraser's family home. Next, head to Blackness, home to Blackness Castle, an optional extra on this tour. The castle is used to represent Fort William in the series. Learn why this castle is known as "the ship that never sailed". Following in the footsteps of Claire and Jamie, your Outlander tour travels northwest to the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow. Stop to take a photo of Linlithgow Palace, Outlander's Wentworth Prison. Explore the town, purchase refreshments, and learn about this palace's history as a relaxing retreat for the Royal Family on journeys between Edinburgh and Stirling Castle. Continue to the Royal Burgh of Culross. a tiny 17th-century village on the coast of Fife. The gardens here feature in Claire's herb garden and the Mercat Cross in Outlanders' Cranesmuir Village. Enjoy plenty of time to stroll through this picturesque town and visit the quaint Biscuit Café. Next, head to Falkland. This small village in Fife served as the set for Inverness in Outlander, where Claire and Frank arrive on their second honeymoon. Spend time exploring the small village, enjoy refreshments, and optionally visit Falkland Palace and Gardens. Finish your tour with a stop in South Queensferry for photos and a stunning view over the Firth of Forth before returning to Edinburgh.

From Edinburgh: Isle of Skye 3-Day Tour with Accommodation

5. From Edinburgh: Isle of Skye 3-Day Tour with Accommodation

Enjoy a full 3 days exploring the dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands and the romance of the island of Skye in a small group tour. Dhoose your accommodation to suit your own budget and you will get an exclusive discount card to receive discounts at local restaurants and shops. Day 1: Depart Edinburgh by luxury Mercedes minibus at and travel west, passing Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Continue towards Stirling with its imposing castle and views of the Wallace Monument. You will pass Doune Castle, movie location for scenes from Monty Python's infamous "Holy Grail," before stopping at the edge of the Highlands for refreshments. As you drive into the Highlands you will pass Loch Luibnaig, Loch Earn, Crianlarich and Tyndrum, stopping for lunch along the way. Drive north through Glencoe, scene of the great massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Continue to Fort William and up to the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge, offering magnificent views over Ben Nevis. Next you will take the "Road to the Isles," through the splendor of the 5 Sisters of Kintail, the mountains that guard the pass to the Isle of Skye. Stop to visit the famous Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film "Highlander" and located at the junction of 3 lochs as protection against Viking raiders. Crossing over the bridge to Skye, you head north to Portree where you will be dropped off at your accommodation. Enjoy an evening and dinner at leisure, exploring the town’s Gaelic attractions and harborside. Day 2: You will spend the day on the Isle of Skye with flexible arrangements. There are many possibilities, depending on the weather, and the dynamics of your group. Your driver/ guide's local knowledge will come to the fore to arrange the best day for everyone. You could travel north to explore the Trotternish Peninsula with its stunning Quiraing mountain pass and some of Skye's extraordinary geological scenery. Or head to Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns that are reminiscent of the pleats in a kilt. Enjoy the magic of the waterfall, cascading over cliffs and down into the sea below. Take a short break for lunch, before continuing to explore this most dramatic of islands. Head in a westerly direction to Dunvegan castle, the ancestral home of Clan Macleod, or enjoy spectacular views at Neist Point, the most westerly point of Skye. Return you to your accommodation in Portree in the early evening to enjoy dinner and the rest of the evening at leisure. Day 3: Your driver will collect you from your accommodation and head south through the Cuillin Hills, back over to the mainland for stunning views over Loch Duich and the 5 Sisters of Kintail. Move on to Loch Ness for lunch. Look out for "Nessie," the mysterious monster that has haunted and confounded visitors since the 1950s. Head south through the Grampian Mountains along Loch Laggan, famous as the location for the TV miniseries "Monarch of the Glen," before passing Dalwhinnie, home to Scotland's highest whisky distillery. You will pause for refreshments at Blair Castle, before heading back to Edinburgh via Perth and over the extraordinary Forth Road Bridge.

From Edinburgh: Loch Ness and The Highlands Tour with Cruise

6. From Edinburgh: Loch Ness and The Highlands Tour with Cruise

You leave the cobbled streets of Edinburgh and travel past Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Castle. This region is soaked in history, so sit back and relax as your driver-guide entertains you with the tales of Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace, and Scottish folklore. If you keep a look out, you can catch a glimpse of the Kelpies. These 30-metre tall horse head sculptures need to be seen to be believed. Your driver-guide takes you to their favourite stop within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park where you can grab coffee and enjoy the views. After this stop, it’s time to get your camera ready. Because as you travel north into the Highlands, the landscapes suddenly become more provocative. Shimmering lochs, rugged mountains, forest filled glens: it’s all so beautiful that it’s easy to forget these were once battlegrounds for fiercely territorial Highland clans. You stop in Glencoe, one of the most famous natural landmarks in all of Scotland. This beautiful area boasts steep slopes and photogenic peaks. Your driver-guide may reveal to you the tragic tale that’s haunted this valley for over 300 years. You then enter the glacial valley known as the Great Glen and pass under the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain. After this visual feast of mighty inclines, you arrive in Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness. At 23 miles long and over 700ft deep, Loch Ness is the largest loch by volume in Scotland. You have around one hour and a half here. You can search for the infamous monster on a relaxing boat cruise,* wander around the shores of the loch at your own pace, and grab a bite to eat. Your journey south is packed full of classic Highland scenery. You travel through the curvy Cairngorms National Park, along Loch Laggan, and past Blair Castle. Amongst the tall trees of Perthshire, you have a final refreshment break before journeying alongside the UNESCO Forth Rail Bridge and back into Edinburgh. *The Loch Ness boat cruise is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice. This route may be reversed on some occasions.

From Glasgow: Guided Outlander Adventure Tour with Tickets

7. From Glasgow: Guided Outlander Adventure Tour with Tickets

We leave Glasgow and begin to follow the trail of the best-known film locations featured in the Outlander TV Series. The journey takes you 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, we stop for lunch at the small town of Falkland to relive the first scenes of the show, where Falkland represents 1940’s Inverness. See if you can recognise the familiar sights such as Mrs Baird’s Guesthouses and the Bruce Fountain. Midhope Castle* is your next highlight. The cosy interior of the house has been re-created in the film studios. In reality, visitors can’t explore the ruins of the castle, instead, you can sit on the iconic steps of Lallybroch and wait for Jamie or Claire to walk through the beautiful archway in the courtyard. We then travel the short distance to Blackness Castle. It’s an impressive castle that’s known as the ‘ship that never sailed’ because it resembles a giant stone boat. You have time to walk along the ramparts and explore the fictional headquarters of Jack Randall. Then, travel back in time once more as your driver-guide takes you to charming Culross. In Outlander, Culross posed as the fictional village of Cranesmuir and the home of Geillis Duncan and her ill-fated husband, Arthur. Look carefully while exploring the town's cobbled streets and you may find Claire’s herb garden behind the impressive historic Culross Palace. After a glimpse into landscapes and stories that inspired Outlander, we return to Glasgow in the early evening. **Please note that Midhope Castle is closed for approximately 12 weeks from Friday 22nd December 2023 at 3pm.

Loch Lomond, Highlands & Stirling Castle Tour from Edinburgh

8. Loch Lomond, Highlands & Stirling Castle Tour from Edinburgh

Explore Scotland's Highlands on this day trip from Edinburgh. Travel aboard an airconditioned bus to sights like Loch Lomond. Admire views of Doune Castle and Stirling Castle along the way. Be picked up in central Edinburgh and board a bus with plenty of legroom. Our first stop of the day is at the Kelpies, admire these shape shifting water creatures and learn of the origins of these mythical creatures. We then continue our journey West and stop on the banks of Loch Lomond, Britain's largest expanse of freshwater. Have free time where you can purchase a boat trip or to explore The Loch Lomond. Drive through Trossachs area which was recently designated a National Park, it's a place where the magnificent landscape has fired the imagination of writers and artists for centuries. Continue to the village of Aberfoyle, the gateway to the Trossachs. Take in its lochs, glens, and heather-covered mountains in this area which is well known as the Highlands in Miniature. The location was the backdrop for films like 'Rob Roy' and 'The Lady of the Lake. Travel through the town of Callander and past Doune Castle, which is featured in the movie 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail.' On top of a volcanic rock sits historic Stirling Castle. Have an hour of free time to visit the Castle or buy a refreshment in the castle's Unicorn Café. Snap pictures of stunning views of the Forth Valley, this is the site of William Wallace's famous victory in 1297, home to the Wallace Monument, a 200-foot tribute to the man immortalized in the movie Braveheart. Go southwards as you ride back to Edinburgh while listening to Scottish music. Look out the window to see Bannockburn, the scene of Robert the Bruce's famous victory over the English in 1314 and Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.

From Edinburgh: Outlander Full-Day Tour in Spanish

9. From Edinburgh: Outlander Full-Day Tour in Spanish

Start your day at the point of departure in Edinburgh. Here, you will meet your friendly and informative guide as you board your comfortable minivan or coach. Once you hop aboard and settle in, you will set off to your first destination of the day, Culross. Culross is one of Scotland’s most picturesque towns situated at the shore of the Firth of Forth. This village of cozy cottages is presided by a characteristic yellow-colored Palace and the ruins of a Cistercian Abbey. Wandering along its charming, peaceful streets is like traveling through time. Outlander lovers will easily recognize Cranesmuir, the closest village to Leoch Castle, where Geillis Duncan used to live with her husband. You will also identify the gardens of the Palace, like Claire's Garden. Both the village and the view you can appreciate from this spot are delightful. Follow your trip to Culross with a journey to Calendar House, a residence which has served as host to many famous individuals including Mary, Queen of Scots, Cromwell and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Doune Castle. Afterwards, make you way to Duone Castle. Located at the junction of two rivers and surrounded by beautiful forests, Doune Castle has always been a strategic location since the Roman Age. The fortress you will visit dates back to the 12th-century and was featured in Outlander as "Leoch Castle", the home to clan MacKenzie in the 18th-century. Your third stop is the magnificent Linlithgow Palace, one of the main residences of the Scottish monarchs during the 15th and 16th-century. Nowadays, the majestic Palace is located next to an enchanting lake and is surrounded by meadows and forests. Participants will recall that it is here that Jamie is tortured by Captain´Black Jack’ Randall. Whilst in Linlithgow you will enjoy a lunchtime stop, where you can enjoy delicious local food. The final stop of this tour is Blackness Castle, which was used in Outlander to represent Fort William, where Jamie had received lashes from Captain Randall and where Jamie’s father died.

From Edinburgh: Outlander Experience 2-Day Tour

10. From Edinburgh: Outlander Experience 2-Day Tour

Day 1 Our first stop is Midhope Castle, the external location for Lallybroch, the family home of Jamie Fraser. This 15th-century castle is largely intact outside, but sadly derelict within. Your next visit will be to Blackness Castle, overlooking the Firth of Forth. The castle was used as the backdrop for Fort William. 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. Next, into the Highlands and through Glen Coe with a quick stop at Loch Ness before arriving at your overnight accommodation 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 first scenes when Jamie's ghost looks up in Claire's room at Outlander's Inverness: Falkland Village. Your final stop on the tour will be the village of Culross. Here you will have an hour to explore the streets, which you will recognize as the town of Cranesmuir in the first season of the show.

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Our guide Kevin was the best. He drove us around safely but more importantly was full of incredible information about the Isle of Skye and all the other areas we travelled through. He is a true Scotsman and he knows a lot about this beautiful country. We visited everything we wanted to see and our guide made sure to let us take as many pictures as we wanted while keeping us on schedule. Our hotel was clean and breakfast was very good. Skye is lovely and there is so much to see, we'll definetely go back again.

Great tour! Tour guide Simon provided us with a lot of information about not only Outlander locations, but also the history of Scotland. Visited beautiful locations, unfortunately Castle Leoch and Lallybroch were closed, but we were still able to admire them from a distance and we were taken vicariously to the town of Falkland, in the Inverness series, where Claire and Frank went on their honeymoon. In short, an unforgettable day with a small group.

The day was perfect from pick-up to final drop-off. Our driver guide Lizzie was wonderful. She knew how to bring the journey to life and shared her historical knowledge in addition to that of Outlander.

The trip was amazing, our guide Doug was kind and explained everything very well, the time was short because we had too many places to visit, but was pretty good and we enjoyed a lot.

the driver is guide Mark, he put on a show!! it was the best tour of the trip. beautiful places, but what made the difference was the knowledge and friendliness of the guide Mark.