Outlander 1-Day Private Tour

Uncover Scottish history in style on the Outlander 1-Day Private Tour. Sit back and relax while you discover the iconic locations from this renowned TV series.

Without Scotland, there would be no Outlander. Author Diana Gabaldon thought up the idea for her world-famous time travel romance while exploring the country. All aspects of Clare and Jamie’s adventures are rooted in real-life historical Scottish events. And even the breath-taking landscapes and buildings of Scotland bring the story to life on screen. And now you have the opportunity to see where it all began and relive the famous scenes from your favourite TV series.

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The Outlander 1-Day Private Tour combines epic fantasy with the utmost comfort.

This is an exclusive tour, only available to groups of 4 people or less. Because of the small number of people, you can rest assured that your guide will always be available to answer your questions. This personal approach is just one of the great aspects of the Outlander 1-Day Private Tour.

Instead of merely driving guests from one location to another, our guides will join you into the locations and share a wealth of knowledge about the sites and the TV series. We work closely with all visited sites to ensure the entire tour is an experience you will never forget.

Another benefit of the private tour is that you can build your own itinerary. Starting in the morning at Linlithgow Train Station, you might first travel to Linlithgow Palace. The birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, the building is a very important part of Scottish history. However, while it is associated with a real-life Scottish hero, its use in Outlander is less joyous. The exterior of the palace featured in the TV series as Wentworth Prison. Jamie has a horrible experience while imprisoned here, at the hands of ‘Black Jack’ Randall.

Next, you could pay a visit to Doune Castle, known to Outlander fans as Castle Leoch, home of Clan MacKenzie. Then maybe go to the small village of Culross. While strolling through its streets you will be sure to recognise some of the buildings and shopfronts. Culross features numerous times on-screen as the village Cranesmuir.

The 16th-century tower house, Midhope Castle, is another popular stop on the Outlander 1-Day Private Tour. It is used to represent Lallybroch, the home of Jamie Fraser. While you can’t explore inside the building, the outside of the building does lend itself to a great holiday snap!

However, you’ll probably find your best photo opportunities at Blackness Castle.

There is so much about this building that urges you to take photos. First is its sheer enormous size. Next is its peculiar, boat-like shape. Finally, if you still have space on your camera, you’ll want to grab a few shots of the scenic landscapes visible from the castle walls. While you bask in this euphoric, natural beauty, you might even forget that this is Outlander’s Fort William. A place of darkness and treachery.

Apart from the historical landmarks, the Outlander 1-Day Private Tour will also show you some of what modern Scotland has to offer. This tour will be sure to take in the iconic Forth Rail Bridge, the towering horse-head Kelpies, and much more. All in all, providing you with an exclusive and jam-packed experience like no other!

Did you know…

… that we have had the great honour to take Diana Gabaldon – the famous author of The Outlander saga – together with a few lucky fans on a special tour to selected Outlander locations? The event was organised by VisitScotland in recognition of Diana’s contribution to Scottish tourism with her books and subsequent TV series.

Diana Gabaldon with Emma and Anne
Diana Gabaldon (center) with Emma and Anne

Please note

The entrance fees listed below are for guidance only and can change at any time. Itineraries may also change at short notice due to local events. Times are dependent on local traffic conditions.

Many of the locations on this tour have uneven terrain or cobblestones and are not suitable for those with mobility restrictions.

Buying a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass (adult: £35 – £45) gives you free admission to over 70 properties in Scotland, including Blackness Castle, Doune Castle, and Linlithgow Palace.

Tour details

  • Meeting point

    Linlithgow Train Station
    Station Road, Linlithgow EH49 7DH,
    20 min by train from Edinburgh,
    30 min by train from Glasgow

  • Tour departs

    Mon – Fri at 09:00hrs (Jan – Dec)

  • Tour ends

    By 17:00hrs to Linlithgow Train Station
    Station Road, Linlithgow EH49 7DH

  • Duration

  • Live guide speaks

  • Travel by

  • Tour type

  • Max group size

    4 persons

Locations (7)

2. Linlithgow Palace / Wentworth Prison

Linlithgow Palace by Night

The impressive Scottish Linlithgow Palace dates back to the 12th century and is the birthplace of the Scottish Monarchs Mary Queen of Scots and James V. Due to its eerie exterior Linlithgow Palace was chosen as the ideal home to represent Outlander’s Wentworth Prison.

For viewers, Wentworth Prison is recognised as the heart-wrenching place where Black Jack Randall captures, rapes and tortures Jamie during his incarceration.

Lithgow Palace is further identified during series one when Claire pretends to be a relative to convince the jailer to allow her to visit Jamie, this is promptly declines before Claire leaves and throws up before Murtagh swiftly picks her up. This was captured at the entrance to Linlithgow Palace.

The spiral staircase that Claire descends trying to avoid the redcoats to free Jamie was also shot at Linlithgow, as was the moment further along where Claire searches the prison cells.

4. Culross / Cranesmuir

Culross / Cranesmuir

The picturesque village of Culross has been around since the 17th century, featuring a mustard yellow palace, rustic village homes and is lined with idyllic cobbled streets. Culross is known for being the setting for the fictional location of Cranesmuir used in many scenes of the Outlander series.

Outlander fans will best remember Cranesmuir when it first appeared in season one, as a dull and grey looking town which it was painted for during filming. After filming stopped, the village was painted back to its original white colour.

In the centre of Culross, we find the location of Mercat Cross shown in fictional Cranesmuir. It was this location that we find the town square and the home of Geillis Duncan. The square was the filming location where Duncan was sentenced to burn after being discovered as a witch. The same area is where Jamie and Claire rescued Tammas the thief when his ear is pinned to a post.

6. Midhope Castle / Lallybroch

Outlander: Midhope Castle / Lallybroch Castle

The breathtaking Midhope castle dates back to the 16th Century. The castle exterior Castle remains intact however the interior of the structure has been neglected and has decayed extensively. The centuries-old castle was the most fitting for the home of Jamie Fraser known as Lallybroch. Jamie’s parents left him ownership of Lallybroch, but the castle was also home to Jamie’s sister Jenny, her husband and their children.

Lallybroch is first introduced in a flashback scene in season 1 episode 2, which is when Jamie attempts to save Jenny from the clutches of the Redcoats but instead gets captured and taken to Fort William. We then see Lallybroch further in episode 12 when Jamie and Claire return to the castle, at which point a disagreement erupts with Jenny before settling in for the following few episodes.

Some episodes later an encounter with ‘The Watch’ sees the characters having to leave Lallybroch.

7. Blackness Castle / Fort William

Blackness Castle / Fort William

Blackness Castle is a 15th century-old fortress built by the Crichton family. It has been used as a royal residence, a prison and a weapons store. Due to its unusual shape, it is often referred to as ‘the ship that never sailed’.

When selecting a filming location for Outlander’s Fort William, Blackness Castle was chosen as the ideal setting for Black Jack Randall’s stronghold. For viewers, the scene where Jamie was whipped and tortured during his incarceration was filmed here, filling fans with genuine compassion for Jamie.

This is also where Jamie’s father passed away after watching his son facing punishment. During the mid-season finale of series one, Blackness Castle was used when Claire was held captive by Black Jack before Jamie breaks into Fort William to rescue her.

Not only did Blackness Castle showcase the backdrop of Fort William, but also captured scenes from 1990’s Hamlet and 2019’s Mary Queen of Scots.

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