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Doune Castle / Castle Leoch

Outlander Adventure 4-Day Tour from Edinburgh

Follow your favourite characters’ journeys on the Outlander Adventure 4-Day Tour from Edinburgh. Recreate all of the iconic scenes on this comprehensive journey through Scotland.

The Scottish landscape has a lot to offer the visitors that travel through it. Along with the picturesque glens and stunning architecture, there is a deep well of history associated with the country. I was these factors that inspired the globally-beloved TV series Outlander. The real-life stories of Scotland helped to shape the on-screen characters and propel their storylines.

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Now you have the chance to retrace their footsteps!

The Outlander Adventure 4-Day Tour from Edinburgh gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of the TV series. Throughout the 4-day adventure, you will visit famous filming locations, and learn how true events helped to mould this historical romance.

Falkland Palace
Falkland Palace

Day 1 eases you into the Outlander action.

This is when you’ll explore some of the more humble and tranquil settings from the TV series. First, you will visit the quaint village of Culross. During the Outlander production, this area became Cranesmuir. Strolling through it you will see some recognisable buildings from the TV series.

Next, it’s on to Falkland, which represented 1940s Inverness, before heading to Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum. Among many historical treasures, this museum boasts replicas of 18th-century turf-roofed Highland crofts. These appear in the very first episode of Outlander.

The day ends with a visit to Tulloch Ghru, a beautiful wooded area that features in the TV series. Afterwards, you travel on to the real Inverness, where you will spend the night.

Day 2 delves into the rebellious side of Scottish history.

After a quick stop in the majestic Glen Affric, you will travel to the Culloden Battlefield. This is the site of a huge battle during the Jacobite Risings.

Then it’s on to the Clava Cairns. These ancient standing stones are shrouded in mystical history. It makes sense then why they inspired the Craigh na Dun, where Claire travels back in time.

Blackness Castle / Fort William
Blackness Castle / Fort William

But, no Outlander tour would be complete without some castles!

Thankfully, the Outlander Adventure 4-Day Tour from Edinburgh has you covered! But first, Day 3 begins with a quick trip to Beauly Priory. This is the area where the real-life Lovat Frasers are buried, said to be the descendants of Jamie Fraser.

Then, it’s on to Castle Leod, the real-life seat of Clan Mackenzie. While this building doesn’t feature in the show, it was a source of inspiration for the fictional Castle Leoch.

Day 3 ends with a tour and tasting at a local whisky distillery, and a trip along the shores of Loch Ness.

And the Outlander Adventure 4-Day Tour from Edinburgh leaves the best until last!

Day 4 begins with a visit to Glenfinnan. Here you will find a stunning monument to the Jacobite Risings, surrounded by a spectacular landscape.

Next, it’s on to Doune Castle. While Castle Leod may have been the inspiration, Doune Castle actually features as Castle Leoch on Outlander. This is a great place to get the perfect holiday snap!

Finally, the last stop on this tour is Blackness Castle. Featuring as Fort William, this is another place where you can get some fantastic photographs. From the walls of the castle, you can experience breathtaking views of the Firth of Forth.

Please note

You’re restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person.

Unfortunately, we only carry passengers over 18 years old on this tour.

The entrance fees listed below are for guidance only and can change at any time.

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

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16. 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 has a stunning 100ft gatehouse.

The striking Doune Castle is the filming location of the fictional Castle Leoch from the Outlander series, featuring in every episode of the show. In the 18th century episodes, Castle Leoch is the home of Calum Mackenzie and his clan. In the 20th century episodes, Claire and Frank pay a visit to Castle Leoch on a day trip, only to discover the castle is in ruins. The scene where Claire, Jamie and Dougal’s party approach the castle courtyard was also captured a Doune Castle.

Doune Castle was the filming location of Winterfell in the Game of Thrones TV series and was also featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

17. 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’. Blackness Castle is the filming location known for representing the fictional Fort William in the Outlander TV series.

As depicted in the Outlander TV adaptation, Fort William is the stronghold where Jamie received lashes from Jack Randall. 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 as the filming location where Claire was held captive by Black Jack before Jamie breaks into Fort William to rescue her.

Blackness Castle is also known as being a location where scenes from 1990’s Hamlet and 2019’s Mary Queen of Scots was filmed.

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