Loch Ness
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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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Tour details

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

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

  • Meeting point

    Check in before 08:45hrs at
    Edinburgh Bus Station, Gate J and Gate K,
    St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ

  • Tour departs

    Fridays at 09:00hrs (Apr – Sep)
    Wednesdays at 09:00hrs (May – Sep)

  • Tour ends

    Edinburgh Bus Station at 18:30 approx

  • Duration

  • Live guide speaks

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  • Max group size

    16 persons

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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.

Accommodations

This tour will stay two nights in Inverness and one night in Fort William. Unfortunately we can’t provide a list of accommodations as they vary depending on availability and our accommodations department can only start looking for accommodation once a booking has been made.

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.

Locations (17)

2. 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 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.

3. Falkland / Inverness

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.

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 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.

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’.

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.

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