Outlander: Drummond Gardens / Versailles
Outlander: Culloden Moor (10)
Outlander: Tullibardine Chapel
Outlander: Culross / Cranesmuir

Outlander 5-Day Tour

Discover history and romance on the Outlander 5-Day Tour. Join other diehard fans of the TV series on this luxury journey around Scotland.

While Scotland is not a particularly big country, it is jam-packed full of unique and stunning landscapes and monuments to history. Many of these have featured throughout the run of the Outlander TV series. The country’s castles and stately homes have become iconic filming locations and the sites of dramatic storylines. While the verdant glens and highlands have been the settings of fierce battles and intense love stories.

This tour is only available on two occasions in 2020: May 18-22 and Sep 7-11 and two in 2021: May 24-28 and Sep 6-10. We suggest that you book well in advance.

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Now, with the 5 Day Outlander Tour, you have the opportunity to see these sites.

All of these sites! Whether it’s a towering fortress or a humble village, the guides of the 5 Day Outlander Tour are sure to bring you there. They have worked hard to organise a journey that covers all that Scotland has to offer. Combining filming location visits with luxury accommodation, they make sure to leave no Outlander fan wanting. For experience or comfort!

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 begins with a walk along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

On this morning jaunt, you are sure to see a number of buildings that feature throughout the TV series. Some of which are Jamie’s print shop and the World’s End Pub.

Then you’ll head out of the city to visit some historic buildings that play an important role in Outlander. First is Blackness Castle, the huge fortress that doubles as Fort William. From there you’ll see Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison) and the nearby St. Michael’s Church.

The first day ends with some free time in the Burgh of Linlithgow and then an evening meal and mixer back at the luxury cottage accommodation.

On Day 2, you’ll explore villages and buildings that were transformed for the TV series.

The are Falkland, a stand-in for Inverness, Dysart, which doubles as Le Havre in Normandy, and Culross, recognisable as the fictional village Cranesmuir. After this, you will visit the sprawling Hopetoun Estate. Here you’ll see Midhope Castle (Lallybroch) and Hopetoun House (the residence of the Duke of Sandringham).

That night you’ll be treated to a traditional Scottish meal in Linlithgow.

Day 3 takes in some important landmarks of Scotland’s history.

First stop is the Highland Folk Museum. This reconstructed 18th-century village will transport you back to the Scotland of yesteryear. It was also the location of many scenes throughout Season 1 of Outlander.

Next, you’ll get to explore the real-life battlefield at Culloden. This was the site of one of the most important battles of the Jacobite Risings. As you take in the significance of the area, you’ll be sure to find a gravestone marked ‘Clan Fraser’. This is in honour of the family that the character Jamie Fraser is said to be a part of.

Finally, you’ll visit the Clava Cairns. An ancient burial ground, this is the site where Clare travels back in time, kicking off the whole Outlander adventure.

Day 4 brings you to a number of significant Outlander locations.

These include Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), Tibbermore Church (the site of the witch trials), Drummond Castle Gardens (the Palace of Versailles) and Tullibardine Chapel (where Rupert loses his eye). Amongst these, you will also make a stop at Deanston Distillery. Recognisable as Uncle Jared’s warehouse, it is also a purveyor of high-class whisky.

During your evening meal on this night, you’ll be treated to traditional Gaelic entertainment.

Day 5 takes in some high and low points from the TV series.

You’ll make a stop at Craigmillar Castle (Ardsmuir Prison) before celebrating love at Glencorse Kirk, where Clare and Jamie marry. Then it’s a trip to Rosslyn Chapel, recognisable from Season 1.

Day 5 ends with a trip to the Kelpies, before being dropped off back in Edinburgh.

Accommodation

The accommodation is a mixture of double and twin rooms (2 single beds). These are allocated according to need, but we would appreciate people being willing to share. In many cases, you will be sharing a bathroom with one other person.

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 with Emma and Anne

Please note

Itineraries may change at short notice due to local events.
This is an exclusive, small group tour of no more than 15 guests.

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Locations (21)

2. 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.

3. 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.

5. Falkland / Inverness

Falkland Village

The small and quiet Scottish town of Falkland has streets lined with stone cottages which have been around since the 17th and 18th centuries. The town is home to twenty-eight listed buildings, one of which includes the historic Falkland Palace. Falkland is recognised for its representation of Outlander’s region of Inverness.

Fans of the show will remember Inverness as the place which captured the arrival of Claire and Frank for their second honeymoon, while here they meet Reverend Wakefield the local minister,  and Mrs Baird the obscure owner of the bed and breakfast. Inverness will resonate with fans for a further appearance in Season 2 featuring streets such as Rotten Row, Sharps Close and Brunton Street. Viewers will also appreciate the house in Brunton Street where Mary Hawkins cared for sick Alex Randall at McGilvrey’s Boarding House.

The real-life 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.

6. Dysart / Le Harve

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. Outlander fans know the real-life Dysart Harbour as the filming location which became known as Le Harve in the series.

The French Harbour is first used in Season two episode 1 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 filmings ever took place in France. They were captured at Dysart in Scotland.

Dysart was used again to represent Le Harve when Claire spots a group of Sainte German men being taken to a warehouse on the port with suspected smallpox.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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 use of 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 ten of season one when Claire blackmails the Duke of Sandringham to ensure Jamie is pardoned. During Season 2 of the show, viewership was 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 set along the Paris backstreets.

Finally, in episode four of Season three 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 more of many other filming locations at Hopetoun House.

13. Doune Castle / Castle Leoch

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 king’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 Calum 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.

15. 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.

One of the most memorable moments captured at Cranesmuir Church is during episode 11 of series one ‘The Devil’s Mark‘ where the heartwrenching 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.

16. Drummond Castle Gardens / Versailles

Drummond Gardens and Castle (01)

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.

For an Outlander fan, Drummond Castle Gardens is the home of the Gardens of the Palace of Versailles. The first notable episode we see the Palace of Versailles presented is during ‘Untimely Resurrection’  in Season 2. The royal stables where King Louis’ Court resides showcases The Royal Gardens of Versailles when Claire and Jamie arrive. Viewers 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.

Drummond Castle Gardens still retains the French style and extravagant feel today we’re used to seeing portrayed in the series.

17. Tullibardine Chapel

Dating back to the 14th century is Scotland’s Tullibardine Chapel, used explicitly as a re-Reformation chapel which was established by Sir David Murray. For Outlander viewers, Tullibardine Chapel represented the church where Claire, Jamie, Fergus, Rupert and Dougall take refuge on their journey to Inverness.

Fans of the show will recall witnessing the church in season 2 episode 11 ‘Vengeance is Mine‘ when a group of redcoats suddenly ambush Jamie and the rest of his group. The redcoats believe Claire is a prisoner of the Scots, and demand for her to be released. Shortly afterwards, we then see the church once again when the group leave by horseback, not before Rupert receives a devastating shot to the eye.

Although Tullibardine Chapel remains standing, Tullibardine Castle is no longer in existence today. The chapel is one of few medieval churches in Scotland that remains unharmed.

19. 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.

Any lover of Outlander will almost certainly recognise the church as the location 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 the most memorable episode of the entire series ‘The Wedding’. 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.

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