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From Edinburgh: Outlander, Palaces and Jacobites Tour

From Edinburgh: Outlander, Palaces and Jacobites Tour

We begin our day in Edinburgh, departing from the Royal Mile and taking in some of the sights of Scotland’s capital as we head to our first stop of the day; Midhope Castle*. This 16th century Tower House was the backdrop to Lallybroch; Jamie Fraser’s family home. Spend time here for photos and soak up the atmosphere and keep an eye out for Jamie, just in case. From there, we continue onwards to Blackness, home to Blackness Castle. In Outlander, Blackness Castle is used as the set for Fort William, the headquarters of Black Jack Randall. It has also appeared in Hamlet and is known as “the ship that never sailed” due to its distinctive boat-like shape that protrudes into the Forth. Look down the Forth towards Edinburgh and see all 3 Forth Bridges, representing three centuries of Scottish engineering and connecting the Lothians with the Kingdom of Fife. Our Outlander tour travels west, to the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, where you will the opportunity to visit Linlithgow Palace, Outlander’s Wentworth Prison. The palace was originally used as a relaxing retreat for the Royal Family on journeys between Edinburgh and Stirling Castle. Its impressive towers overlook stunning scenery. We will also spend enough time here in Linlithgow for you to get some lunch and explore the town. After a short journey further westward, we will arrive at Callendar House near Falkirk, it was used as the kitchen in the Duke of Sandringham’s home in season 2 of the show. This beautiful mansion has traditional Scottish architecture with elements resembling a French Renaissance chateau. We then travel north across to the other side of the Forth and visit the Royal Burgh of Culross. The small village is arguably the best example of a 17th Century village in Scotland. The gardens here feature as Claire’s herb garden, and the Mercat Cross in Outlanders’ Cranesmuir Village. We then return to the other side of the Forth and visit Hopetoun House, which features in Outlander as the Duke of Sandringham’s home. This stunning stately home is situated on over 100 acres of designed landscape and reflects some of the brilliant work of Scottish architects Sir William Bruce and William Adam. On our return journey to Edinburgh in the evening, we will pass by the Forth Bridges. These three bridges are used to connect the Lothians to the Kingdom of Fife and represent three centuries of Scottish engineering, with the newest bridge, the Queensferry Crossing having only been completed in 2017. After this, we return to Edinburgh where our Outlander tour comes to an end.

Edinburgh: The Mary Queen of Scots Guided Walking Tour

Edinburgh: The Mary Queen of Scots Guided Walking Tour

Walk into the footsteps of the iconic Mary Queen of Scots on a guided walking tour in Edinburgh and discover the dramatic events that shook the city during her short and turbulent reign. Go from Holyrood Palace, where she lived, to Edinburgh Castle, where she gave birth to her son James VI of Scotland and I of England. Along the way, hear what happened to her during her six-year reign and find out what kind of woman she was. Enjoy an easy-going pace designed for the comfort of all travellers. Stop at various city highlights, including the John Knox House, Mercat Cross, and the impressive St. Giles Cathedral. Then, finish up your tour on the castle esplanade.

The Dark Side of Glasgow

The Dark Side of Glasgow

Let's share a dram and explore famous landmarks and gritty street art, while I tell you tales of Glasgow’s crime and macabre past. Hear about its ties to the slave trade, its gangs, its godfathers, its ghosts, and its twisted serial killers. Let's toast with single malt Scottish Whisky and have some traditional snacks whilst learning about the 'real' Glasgow, from a real Glaswegian. Bursting with trademark dry Glaswegian humour and feisty, entertaining tales, this is a unique tour experience not to be missed. 'People Make Glasgow' and this is a tour dedicated to the people and their thrilling, hilarious, and sometimes terrifying adventures. Want to know about Bible John? The Human Crocodile? The Gorbals Vampire? Arthur Thompson and his kin? Then look no further! These are not the stories you will find in museums, they cannot be summed up in a book. Glaswegians are known to spin a yarn and are the world’s greatest storytellers ─ your guide will add their own anecdotes passed down from family, including both the historical facts and the mythical imaginings clearly defined. Walk the affluent streets of the Merchant city, be faced with Glasgow's famous High Court of Justiciary, saunter through the cultural Glasgow Green Park, and head out to the Barras Market and Barrowland Ballroom before ending in the central historic heart of our city.

Stirling: Private Old Town & Castle Walking Tour

Stirling: Private Old Town & Castle Walking Tour

Join us for a completely unique Stirling private experience; immerse yourself in the old town of Stirling and Stirling Castle on this 3 hour tour with a local, expert guide. If you're looking to maximise your time in Stirling by discovering the town and castle, you're in the right place. You'll spend the first 90 minutes walking through Stirling's old town with your guide. Walk in the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce whilst you hear the tales of battles, kings and queens who shaped Stirling, and Scotland into the place it is today. Learn about executions, marketplaces and grave robbers as well as modern life in this bustling city. After the walk, enjoy discovering Stirling Castle with your local guide. Highlights in Stirling Castle include the Great Hall, the Royal Apartments and Stirling Heads. Your tickets are included in the price, just show up and enjoy!

Stirling: Historical Walking Tour in Spanish

Stirling: Historical Walking Tour in Spanish

Experience Stirling's medieval wall on this day tour. Scotland has had 11 fortified cities in its history, one of which was Stirling. You’ll walk along majestic streets, such as King Street, where you’ll talk about famous poets as well as the city's most relevant buildings. You'll also go up to the highest part of the city, where the old medieval market was located as well as the place where public executions were held. In the 19th century, Stirling owned the worst jail in all of Great Britain. It was a wet and nasty place that was crammed with prisoners consisting of men, women, and children. They ranged in age from minor offenders to adults, and included murderers as well as people awaiting their trial and debtors. On the other hand, the church of Holy Rude in Stirling hosted King James VI's coronation, who was the son of Mary Stuart. This church alongside Westminster Abbey is the only church still in use to have seen such events in Great Britain. Your local guide will take you through the streets of this wonderful town, where you will encounter King Street, the medieval wall, Mercat Cross, the Old Jail, the Tollbooth, the John Cowane Hospital, the Old Cemetery, Pyramid Star, and the Holy Rude Church, among others.

Edinburgh: Old Town Ghost Walking Tour

Edinburgh: Old Town Ghost Walking Tour

Hear the stories of those who haunt the shadowed streets of Edinburgh on a guided walking tour. Discover the haunted locations and dark history of the city, with tales of murder, betrayal, and hardship. Start by meeting your cloaked guide at the Mercat Cross, a place with a mixed history of horror and entertainment. Hear tales of the restless souls set loose in the city, all whilst remaining above ground in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Stroll along the picturesque Royal Mile and hear about its dark past. Discover how the Edinburgh Mob took an execution into their own hands, the truth behind the ghastly apparition of Johnny One Arm, and the reason you should be fearful if there is a certain number on the door of your accommodation. Get a sense of 1800s Edinburgh as your guide unveils hidden meanings in stonework. Learn about gruesome spectacles of punishments and deadly consequences, as well as the stories of those whose torment continued into the grave.

Stirling: Old Town Walking Tour with Gin Tasting

Stirling: Old Town Walking Tour with Gin Tasting

Enjoy an exciting way to explore Stirling with a wee guided walk followed by a premium gin tasting with your local guide in Stirling Distillery, Stirling's only distillery. Please note: you can also choose a Scottish whisky flight if you'd prefer! You'll spend the first part of the tour on a walking tour with your small group and guide, discovering the history and culture of Stirling. Walk in the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce whilst you hear the tales of battles, kings and queens who shaped Stirling, and Scotland into the place it is today. Learn about executions, marketplaces and grave robbers as well as modern life in this bustling city. After the walking tour, relax with the guide and enjoy a bespoke gin tasting in Stirling Distillery, a family-owned distillery with hand-crafted gin (the nettles in the gin come from their summer foraging expeditions!). Enjoy 3 gins in a flight, including their classic G&T, a pink gin, and a premium gin liqueur. There is also the option to choose a whisky flight of three full drams of Scottish whiskies instead of the gin, you can let the guide know on the day. Everything is included in the price, just show up and enjoy!

The Outlander, Palaces & Jacobites Experience – Winter

The Outlander, Palaces & Jacobites Experience – Winter

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 (Culross) and Castle Leoch (Doune Castle). Board your bus in Edinburgh's Royal Mile and head 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 time to stroll through this picturesque town and visit the quaint Biscuit Café. Next, head to Doune, home to Doune Castle, an optional extra on this tour. The castle is used to represent Castle Leoch in the series. Following in the footsteps of Claire and Jamie, your Outlander tour travels to the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow. Stop to visit 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. Next, head to Blackness Castle used to represent Fort William in the series. Learn why this castle is known as "the ship that never sailed". Finish your tour with a stop in South Queensferry for photos and a stunning view over the Firth of Forth and the three bridges before returning to Edinburgh.

Highland Delights: A Scenic Day Trip Through the Highlands

Highland Delights: A Scenic Day Trip Through the Highlands

Indulge in the very essence of Scotland's Highlands on our exclusive "Highland Delights" private day tour, thoughtfully crafted by TRIPorganiser, a beloved family-run business committed to authentic travel experiences. Your adventure begins at the Kelpies, where majestic equine sculptures greet you with their awe-inspiring presence. Next, explore the time-frozen charm of Culross, a historic gem nestled on the Firth of Forth. Take a meandering drive through the enchanting landscapes of Glendevon, with its rolling hills and tranquil glens. As the journey draws to a close, discover the quaint allure of Dunkeld, where a riverside cathedral graces the town. With a fully customizable itinerary, your personal interests guide the way, ensuring a day of unforgettable moments in the heart of the Highlands. Join us for a day of delights, where Scotland's untamed beauty and rich history create a tapestry of cherished memories. This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop at: The Kelpies The 30 metre high Kelpies are truly a sight to behold for the first stop of this amazing tour. These hand-crafted stainless steel structures gleam in the sun of the River Carron; just like the shape-shifting spirits they depict. Please note: these statues are absolutely callosal, so have your cameras at the ready! Next Stop: Culross As we approach our next stop, you wouldn’t be wrong to think that you’ve stepped back in time! The quaint village of Culross was founded in the 6th century on the banks of the Firth of Forth and boasts streets and streets of beautifully preserved buildings, squares and gardens; including the 16th century Culross Palace, the village hall, rows of fishermen’s cottages, and of course the historic Mercat Cross. If you’re wanting to explore some of the best preserved examples of historic living in Scotland, Culross is the place to do it! Next Stop: Crieff Today however, Crieff is much more recognised for being the home of Scotlands oldest registered distillery, Glenturret. Or you could even borrow a book from Innerpeffray Library - founded in 1680, it’s Scotland’s oldest lending library! Crieff is a stop everyone will love. Final Stop: Dunkeld It seems we’ve saved the best till last with our final stop arriving at the beautiful 18th century town of Dunkeld. The historic site offers much to see and do, including Dunkeld Cathedral, The Cross marketplace, the quaint boutique stores of Brae Street and Atholl Street, and of course when the timing’s right; the Highland Games too! This stop is packed with amazing history; like did you know that William Shakespeare has a famous link with the area? Discover more with a visit to Dunkeld!

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Our outing was fantastic! We stayed in Edinburgh and took a train up to Stirling for the day, and didn’t regret it at all! Donnie was our guide, he took us through the town before we went up to the castle. We learned some bits about the history before we arrived at stirling castle. We had young kids who really enjoyed the tour as well! We would definitely recommend!

Really enjoyable tour! Knowledgeable and friendly guide. Would recommend to anyone. Answered any questions I had and especially loved the fact about the car park. Takes you to places you wouldn’t know was there or see without going on the tour. 10/10

It was perfect. Jane, our guide, was very knowledgeable. It was a rainy day so she took care to make sure we stayed safe since one of our three had difficulties walking. We would recommend this tour again and Jane as a guide.

Chris was very knowledgeable about the story of Mary Queen of Scots; he took very good care of everyone on the tour and can point to every details in the town related to Queen Mary. Highly recommend!

Jane was an excellent guide. She was so knowledge, an absolute wealth of historical information. Could not imagine a better guide for my family to explore Sterling castle.