Outlander 3-Day Tour

Travel through time on the Outlander 3-Day Tour. Discover all of the iconic filming locations on this comprehensive trip through Scotland.

Since its arrival on our screens in 2014, the popularity of Outlander has continued to grow. Gaining a worldwide fanbase, this beloved TV series has helped to project the beauty of Scotland around the globe. As a result, fans travel from far and wide to relive the adventures of their favourite characters. Now you too can discover the scenery and settings of this on-screen epic.

From 300 per person

Covid-19 safety measures

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Check In

This will be a contactless process; your guide will check your name off their list. No handover of vouchers necessary.

We will be doing a temperature check for everyone including the guides. If we are uncomfortable with a temperature reading, the guest will not be allowed join the tour.

Tour Vehicle

Before each tour, the vehicle will be cleaned and sanitised.

Frequently touched points will be cleaned and sanitised throughout the day.

Face coverings will be required to be worn by all guests while in the tour vehicle.

Your guide will be wearing either a mask or a visor. Please make sure you have a mask with you.

In our cars, we will have a protective screen between the driver and back seats.

Hand sanitiser will be available in all vehicles

We will be following Scottish Government guidelines regarding social distancing and guest numbers in our vehicles.

Cancellations/Flexible bookings

If you need to change your booking due to being in contact with someone who has Covid-19, we will change your booking – no fee & no fuss.

Our Partners

We will only be working with businesses who are adhering to the same high-level standards as Mary’s Meanders.

Your Safety and Ours

We will be working hard to keep you safe by implementing these safety procedures. All guests accept personal responsibility for protective covering, personal sanitising and adhering to the social distancing rules.

If at any time Social Distancing & safety measures are not being adhered to, the tour will be cut short with no refund.

If a guest does have a temperature or any of the Covid-19 symptoms (consistent cough, loss of sense of smell/taste) on the tour day, they will not be allowed join the tour. No refund will be given.

By joining the tour, you are confirming that you release the tour guide, driver, and Mary’s Meanders from any and all liability for unintentional exposure or harm due to Covid-19.

Finally, the Mary’s Meanders team looks forward to sharing our love of Scotland with you all again soon!

Tour map

Tour details

  • Each day on the 3-day tour lasts around 8 hours. Times are dependent on local traffic conditions.

  • 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.

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

  • Meeting point

    Check in at 9:00 am at Linlithgow Train Station, Station Road, Linlithgow EH49 7DH.
    20 mins by train from Edinburgh,
    30 mins by train from Glasgow.

  • Tour departs

    Monday 25 May at 9:30 am
    Monday 22 June at 9:30 am
    Monday 27 July at 9:30 am
    Monday 03 August at 9:30 am
    Monday 24 August at 9:30 am
    Monday 14 September at 9:30 am

  • Tour ends

    At approx 5 pm back at the meeting point

  • Duration

  • Live guide speaks

  • Travel by

  • Tour type

  • Max group size

    14 persons

  • Tour operator

  • Cancellation policy

    48 hours or more before start: full refund.
    After that time or no-show: no refund.

  • Exclusions

    Accommodation
    Food & Drink
    Entry fees
    Gratuities

  • Extras

    Entry to Blackness Castle (adult): £6.00 pp
    Entry to Doune Castle (adult): £9.00 pp
    Entry to Linlithgow Palace (adult): £9.00 pp
    Entry to Craigmillar Castle (adult): £6.00 pp
    Entry to Culross Palace (adult): £10.50 pp
    Entry to Preston Mill (adult): £6.50 pp
    Entry to Drummond Gardens (adult): £10 pp
    Entry to Tibbermore Church (optional): £5 pp
    Entry to Hopetoun House (adult): £10.50 pp
    Entry to Midhope Castle: £3.50 pp

  • Things to bring

    Appropriate clothing
    Comfortable shoes
    Cash, credit card, or Historic Scotland Explorer Pass for entrance fees
    Your tour ticket

  • TV series

Full description

The Outlander 3-Day Tour offers an experience like no other.

Over the course of this tour, you will get the chance to visit many of the major Scottish filming locations that appear throughout the TV series. From elaborate palaces to historic battlegrounds, the Outlander 3-Day Tour guides you through Scottish history, both factual and fictional.

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.

Day 1 of the tour takes in many of the most iconic castles and fortresses from the TV series.

The first stop of the day brings you to Doune Castle. This 15th-century structure features as Castle Leoch, home of Clan MacKenzie. From there you will visit Blackness Castle, Outlander’s Fort William, before seeing Midhope Castle. This solitary tower house plays the part of Lallybroch, Jamie Fraser’s home.

Outlander Visitors
Outlander Visitor

The next stop, Hopetoun House, has the honour of featuring as two different locations throughout the TV series. The building’s exterior represents the home of the Duke of Sandringham. While some of the interiors were used for scenes set in Paris.

Finishing off the day are stops at Culross, home of the fictional village Cranesmuir, and Linlithgow Palace. A building of great historical significance, it appears as Wentworth Prison on screen.

Day 2 begins with a stroll through Drummond Castle Gardens.

These verdant grounds were a stand-in for the gardens surrounding the Palace of Versailles. Later, you will stop at Tibbermore Church, the site of the witch trials, and Tullibardine Chapel, where Rupert loses his eye.

This day ends exploring locations that the Outlander production crew have made to look like other parts of the world. The first is Falkland village, which features as Inverness city. The last stop of the day is Dysart, a town that represents Le Havre in Normandy.

The final day of the tour starts with a visit to Craigmillar Castle.

The building featured as the fictional Ardsmuir Prison, where Jamie Fraser and Duncan Innes were inmates. Another location you’ll visit on this day will be Glencorse Old Kirk. Eagle-eyed viewers will recognise this as the church where Jamie and Claire get married.

From one of the TV series’ most romantic scenes, you will visit one of its most brutal. Travelling from Glencorse you will arrive at Prestonpans. This is the location of a critical battle from Season 2. Then, capping off a jam-packed journey, the Outlander 3-Day Tour has a final stop at Preston Mill. Featuring as Lallybroch Mill, it is one of the oldest working mills in Scotland.

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

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included, and you’ll have to arrange accommodations for the duration of the tour. As the tour starts in Linlithgow at 9:00 am each day, you have the option of taking the train from Edinburgh (20 mins) or Glasgow (30 mins) or we can recommend local accommodations in Linlithgow itself:

Strawberry Bank House (www.strawberrybank-scotland.co.uk)
Court Residence (www.courtresidence.com)

You can find more hotels and b&bs in Linlithgow here: https://www.google.com/travel/hotels/Linlithgow.

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

Locations (16)

2. Doune Castle / Castle Leoch

Doune Castle / Castle Leoch - Outlander
Doune Castle / Castle Leoch - Outlander

Doune Castle was built in the 14th century to seat Scotland’s uncrowned King Regent Albany, and the medieval courtyards of the castle showcase the regent’s rich tastes. The castle has one of Scotland’s best-preserved great halls and a stunning 100ft (30m) gatehouse.

Doune Castle served as the setting for Outlander’s Castle Leoch and is highlighted in several key scenes across the first season of the show. In the 18th century episodes, Castle Leoch is the home of Colum Mackenzie and his clan. At the beginning of the series, Claire and Frank pay a visit to Castle Leoch on a day trip, only to discover the castle is in ruins. Doune Castle also hosted the scene where Claire, Jamie and Dougal’s party approach the castle courtyard.

Doune Castle is more than just the home of Castle Leoch, as it was also the backdrop of Winterfell in the GOT TV series and was also seen in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

3. Blackness Castle / Fort William

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 is the setting for Black Jack Randall’s stronghold. This is 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.

4. Midhope Castle / Lallybroch (Apr - Oct)

Outlander: Midhope Castle / Lallybroch Castle
Outlander: Midhope Castle / Lallybroch Castle

The breathtaking Midhope Castle dates back to the 16th Century. The castle exterior remains intact however the interior of the structure has been neglected and has decayed extensively. The centuries-old castle was 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, 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 and 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.

Please note that Midhope Castle is frequently subject to closures for estate activity.

5. Hopetoun House / Duke of Sandringham's Residence

Hopetoun House / Duke of Sandringham’s Residence
Hopetoun House / Duke of Sandringham’s Residence

Hopetoun House is a country home in Scotland built in the 16th century for the Hope family, located on the Hopetoun estate which covers an area of 6.500 acres. Outlander followers will recognise the country home as the Duke of Sandringham’s residence.

Hopetoun House was used to shoot the red drawing-room scene in episode 10 of season 1 when Claire blackmails the Duke of Sandringham to ensure Jamie is pardoned. During season 2, we were taken from Scotland to a Paris setting, although none of the footage was ever captured in France! The alleyway behind Hopetoun House was in fact featured as Paris backstreets. Finally, in episode 4 of season 3 Jamie and the Dunsany family arrive by carriage to visit Lady Geneva at the home of the Earl of Ellesmere. The exterior of the Earl’s home was one of many other filming locations at Hopetoun House.

6. Culross / Cranesmuir

Culross / Cranesmuir
Culross Palace and Gardens in the Royal Burgh of Culross

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 the setting for Cranesmuir used in many scenes of the Outlander series.

Culross first appeared in season 1, painted as a dull and grey looking town during filming. After shooting the Outlander scenes, the village was painted back to its original white colour. In the centre of Culross we find the town square with the Mercat Cross and the home of Geillis Duncan in Cranesmuir. This is where Geillis was sentenced to burn as a witch and where Jamie and Claire rescued the young thief when his ear was pinned to a post.

7. Linlithgow Palace / Wentworth Prison

Linlithgow Palace by Night
Linlithgow Palace and St Michael's Parish Church by Linlithgow Loch

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 serves as Outlander’s Wentworth Prison where Black Jack Randall captures, rapes and tortures Jamie during his incarceration.

This is also where Claire pretends to be a relative to convince the jailer to let her visit Jamie. The jailer promptly declines before Claire leaves and throws up before Murtagh swiftly picks her up. The spiral staircase that Claire descends trying to avoid the redcoats was also shot at Linlithgow, as was a later scene where Claire searches the prison cells.

8. Drummond Castle Gardens / Versailles

Drummond Gardens and Castle (01)
Drummond Gardens and Castle. The castle dates from the 15th Century and sits in the largest formal garden in Scotland.

The centuries-old Drummond Castle Gardens is one of Scotland’s most prestigious formal gardens. Since its initial development, the site has undergone a series of redesigns with the most recent in the 19th century. Queen Victoria planted a beech tree and yew hedges during her visit in 1842. The Gardens still retains the French style and extravagant feel today as portrayed in the Outlander series.

Drummond Castle Gardens serve as the Gardens of Versailles in Outlander. The first notable episode featuring this location is during Untimely Resurrection in season 2, when Claire and Jamie arrive at King Louis’ Court. You will recall Jamie assisting the Duke of Sandringham to select a horse before Jamie has an encounter with Black Jack Randall. This, of course, results in the two challenging each other to a duel.

9. Tibbermore Church / Cranesmuir Church

Tibbermore Church is set in a captivating walled graveyard and dates back to the 16th century. Its unique raked stone flooring and wooden pews give the church a distinctive feel. Outlander fans will recognise Tibbermore Church as representing Cranesmuir Church in the series.

The Devil’s Mark is where the heart wrenching witch trial was held in the court. Fans will recall the episode showing Claire and Geillis being thrown into the thieves hole to await their trial for witchcraft. The pair are anxiously sat in the docks before Geillis is removed from court and sentenced to death by fire.

Unlike many Outlander filming locations, Tibbermore Church hasn’t changed since its adaption for the TV series. The interior of the church remains in the same state as it was before filming had begun.

10. Tullibardine Chapel

Tullibardine Chapel dates back to the 14th century and was explicitly used as a re-reformation chapel established by Sir David Murray. The chapel is one of few medieval churches in Scotland that remains unharmed, but Tullibardine Castle is no longer in existence today.

This is the location where Claire, Jamie, Fergus, Rupert and Dougal take refuge on their journey to Inverness and are ambushed by a group of redcoats. The redcoats believe Claire is a prisoner of the Scots, and demand for her to be released. Shortly afterwards, we see the church once again when the group leave by horseback, but not before Rupert receives a devastating shot to the eye.

11. Falkland / Inverness

Falkland Village
The picturesque village of Falkland. The Bruce fountain is the central point of Falkland Village.

The small and quiet Scottish village of Falkland has streets lined with stone cottages which have been around since the 17th and 18th centuries. The village is home to 28 listed buildings, one of which includes the historic Falkland Palace. Falkland serves as Inverness in the TV series, because Inverness was unsuitable for filming as the buildings and streets were too modern, which was far from the look and feel needed for the show.

We first see Falkland when Claire and Frank arrive in Outlander’s Inverness for their second honeymoon. Here they meet Reverend Wakefield the local minister, and Mrs Baird the owner of the bed and breakfast. Falkland featured streets such as Rotten Row, Sharps Close and Brunton Street. A house in Brunton Street is where Mary Hawkins cared for sick Alex Randall at McGilvrey’s Boarding House.

12. Dysart / Le Havre

Dysart / Le Havre in Outlander
Dysart / Le Havre in Outlander

Dysart Harbour dates way back to the 14th century, and the history behind the location is a rich one. In the 17th century, the harbour grew extensively when an influx in exports of coal and salt to the Baltic regions was agreed. Dysart Harbour is the filming location which became known as Le Havre in the series.

The French Harbour is first seen in the first episode of Season 2 when Jamie and Claire arrive. Upon their arrival, they meet the shows newly introduced villain Comte St. Germain. Although Claire and Murtagh rescue Jamie from the clutches of Black Jack Randall to escape to Paris, none of the filming ever took place in France.

13. Craigmillar Castle / Ardsmuir Prison

Craigmillar Castle takes us back to the 14th Century when the castle tower was first constructed, followed by the courtyard walls in the next century. The castle has a history of murderous events and is also where Mary Queen of Scots retreated in the 15th century.

This location was the ideal stronghold to shoot the scenes for Ardsmuir Prison thanks to its decaying exterior, so there was hardly any adaptations needed to use the castle for filming. From the series, we see Ardsmuir Prison as having a Scottish Highlands setting, although no filming ever took place in the Highlands. This is the setting where Jamie, Murtagh and several Jacobite dissidents are incarcerated following the Battle of Culloden in 1745.

14. Glencorse Old Kirk / Wedding scene

Set in the grounds of Glencorse House is where we find the tranquil church called Glencorse Old Kirk. A parish was built in the 16th century and sadly burned down. In its place, however, was the construction of Glencorse Old Kirk some decades later.

This is where Claire and Jamie’s wedding took place and the start of where their adventure truly began. The scene where the two tied the knot was during one of the most memorable episodes of the entire series. It took the production team a long five weeks to ensure the film set was nothing less than perfect.

Glencorse Old Kirk differs dramatically from how it is portrayed in Outlander. The film set was significantly adapted for the series to make it look more rundown, but there’s no mistaking the exterior as the place where Jamie and Claire got hitched.

15. Prestonpans battlegrounds

The small historic town of Prestonpans dates back to the 11th century and is the site where the Battle of Prestonpans took place in 1745. The town is home to Preston Tower and the one-of-a-kind Mercat Cross, the last of its kind to retain its original form since its construction. The Prestonpans battlegrounds is the setting for the large-scale battle Jamie leads against the British in nearby Preston.

The Prestonpans battlegrounds are used during Season 2 Episode 10 of the series. To successfully lead the Jacobite army, Jamie is faced with detouring a swamp. While Jamie is occupied in battle, Claire makes use of her combat nursing experience to take care of the soldiers wounded while fighting.

The barn used in season 2 episode 9 is the same setting being used again during the Battle of Prestonpans. But instead, it’s used as Claire’s field hospital!

16. Preston Mill / Lallybroch Mill

Preston Mill is now a class A listed building, previously producing oatmeal for the region. Although Preston Mill is located in Scotland, one could easily imagine it being set somewhere in Holland among fields of tulips with its dutch-like appearance.

Preston Mill is the location of Lallybroch Mill during episode 12 of season one in Outlander during the ‘Lallybroch‘ episode when Jamie first arrives at Lallybroch Mill to discover mechanics of the mill are no longer functioning. We see Jamie taking matters into his own hands to fix the mill, at which point, Claire and Jenny spot inbound redcoats and attempt to draw their attention.

As the episode unfolds, we witness Jamie successfully repairing the water wheel, and it’s this same wheel that stands in place at Preston Mill today.

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