8-day Lake District and Outlander Journey from Manchester

Traverse beautiful northern English and Scottish landscapes on the 8-day Lake District and Outlander Journey from Manchester. Discover the lands that inspired the Outlander saga.

This tour combines the beauty of Northern England with an in-depth look into historical Scotland. Guiding you through many natural and ancient wonders, this tour lets you follow in the footsteps of Claire and Jamie Fraser. Visiting many iconic filming locations, you’ll be able to relive your favourite Outlander scenes.

From 1.314 per person

Covid-19 safety measures

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We want you to enjoy a safe and worry-free adventure.

So, our expert team have put together new procedures that go further than government guidelines and don’t get in the way of discovering our incredible history and heritage.

  • You’re required to wear a face covering onboard our mini-coaches. Please get in touch with tours@rabbies.com before your trip if you’re unable to wear a covering
  • You’ll receive a quick temperature check at your departure point
  • There’s a short COVID-19 questionnaire to answer when you arrive
  • Our mini-coaches have allocated seating to comply with one-metre indoor social distancing rules
  • Hand sanitizer is provided onboard our mini-coaches
  • When outside of our mini-coach, please comply with all government and 3rd party guidance regarding the control of COVID-19
  • Our team take daily temperature checks and health questionnaires
  • PPE equipment and perspex protection is provided to our team

Tour routes can change and attractions may be closed due to the coronavirus. But don’t worry, your expert guide will ensure you enjoy the best experience possible.

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Tour details

  • This tour ends in Edinburgh, it does not return to Manchester.

  • After booking your tour, you will be contacted about your train journey.

  • This tour combines two multi-day trips and a free day in Edinburgh. This means you swap your bus and guide during the journey.

  • You’re restricted to 14kg of luggage per person.

  • Cancellations made more than 21 days before the tour date may also incur the cost of one night’s accommodation for each separate accommodation booked (which will be at the discretion of the Company and subject to any costs or charges incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers).

  • Meeting point

    Please arrive 15 minutes before departure at the Manchester Piccadilly Train Station, Piccadilly Station Approach, Manchester M60 7RA

  • Tour departs

    Mondays at 11:00 am* (Apr – Oct)
    * Train times may vary a little. The exact departure time will be emailed to you approx. 3 weeks prior to departure

  • Tour ends

    Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ at approx 7 pm

  • Duration

  • Live guide speaks

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  • Tour type

  • Max group size

    16 persons

  • Tour operator

  • Cancellation policy

    21 days or more before start: full refund less hotel cancellation and 5% booking fees.
    After that time or no-show: no refund.

  • Exclusions

    Entry fees

  • Things to bring

    Appropriate clothing
    Comfortable shoes
    Light raincoat

  • TV series

Full description

It was during a visit to Scotland that Diana Gabaldon first came up with the idea for her historical romance novels. Immersing herself in the stunning natural scenery and the ancient surroundings, she formed the initial ideas for her renowned book series.

Now, as her words are brought to life on-screen, the Scottish landscape has again become a vital part of the drama. Its verdant glens and imposing castles offer more than just a backdrop but help to propel the characters’ journeys.

Castlerigg Stone Circle
Castlerigg Stone Circle

The 8-day Lake District and Outlander Journey from Manchester also takes in the best of England’s natural beauty.

Before making the trip up north, you’ll first get to experience the lush surroundings of England’s Lake District National Park in Cumbria. You’ll spend a few days here, taking in the spectacular natural settings. Gaze upon Ullswater lake, among others, and visit the ancient Castlerigg Stone Circle. Then, take a stroll through the woods in Whinlatter Forest Park, and see the views from up high on the Honister Mountain Pass.

From the countryside you’ll travel to the city, getting the opportunity to experience the wonderful streetscapes of Edinburgh. Here you’ll be able to wander about at your own leisure. You can take in all the main tourist attractions, or just relax in a quaint coffee shop and watch the day go by.

Falkland / Inverness
Falkland / Inverness

Then it’s time to explore the sites of Outlander’s most famous scenes!

The 8-day Lake District and Outlander Journey from Manchester makes sure to bring you to the most recognisable locations from the TV series. You’ll get to see the real-life settings that became Cranesmuir and 1940s Inverness. As well as the Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum, where the replica 18th-century village came in handy for shooting period scenes. You’ll also see memorials to the Jacobite Risings, like the Culloden battlefield, and the Glenfinnan Monument.

And of course, no Outlander tour would be complete without visiting some castles. On this 8-day trip, you’ll stop at Castle Leod, Duone Castle, and Blackness Castle. All of which either feature in the TV series or inspired locations from the story.

Locations (18)

11. 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.

12. 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.

17. 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.

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