Outlander Classic 1-Day Tour

Explore the world of Claire and Jamie Fraser on the Outlander Classic 1-Day Tour. See the real historic sites that bring the adventure to life on screen.

With an abundance of medieval castles, stately homes, and ancient sites of worship, Scotland is full of interesting history. Combined with its picturesque landscapes and rolling glens, it is no wonder that this beautiful country hosts the romance and adventure of Outlander. Now you get the chance to explore this great land yourself and relive your favourite scenes from the TV series.

From 108 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!

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Tour details

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

  • Itineraries may change at short notice due to local events. Hopetoun House is only available from April to September. Midhope Castle may close for pheasant shooting.

  • Meeting point

    Check in 10 minutes before departure at Linlithgow Train Station, Station Road, Linlithgow EH49 7DH.
    20 minutes by train from Edinburgh
    30 minutes by train from Glasgow

  • Tour departs

    Mon and Wed at 9:00 am (Mar – Sep)
    By arrangement (Oct – Feb)

  • 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

    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 Culross Palace (adult): £10.50 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 confirmation email

  • TV series

Full description

On the Outlander Classic 1-Day Tour, you’ll get to visit the most iconic filming locations. First on the list is Castle Leoch. This is a well-known fortress from the TV series and is the home of Colum MacKenzie and his family. The real-life structure is Doune Castle, built early in the 15th century. Before it housed Clan MacKenzie, it was the residence of the Regent Albany. Outlander isn’t the castle’s only on-screen claim to fame either. You can also spot its great walls in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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

Next, you’ll make your way to Blackness Castle in the Lothians. This enormous structure was built to a maritime-inspired design. As a result, locals know the castle as ‘the ship that never sailed’. For the purposes of Outlander, its imposing facade made Blackness Castle the perfect location to feature as Fort William. But while the site is connected with many hardships endured by your favourite characters, it also offers some beauty. Walking along its walls you will be treated to awe-inspiring views of Firth of Forth.

Another castle that features on this tour is Midhope. This 16th-century tower house features as Lallybroch, Jamie Fraser’s family home. The real-life building is situated on the grounds of the Hopetoun estate. Hopetoun House itself also features throughout the TV series. Exterior shots of the elaborately-built home represent the residence of the Duke of Sandringham. While some of the rooms inside the house featured in scenes set in Paris.

Outlander: Culross / Cranesmuir
Outlander: Culross / Cranesmuir

From here, you will travel to the village of Culross. Featuring in films such as Captain America: The First Avenger and The Little Vampire, it plays an important role in Outlander. The Outlander production crew transformed it into Cranesmuir. Strolling along its streets, you’ll be sure to see some familiar buildings. You’ll even spot the herb garden where Claire worked.

The final stop on this tour is Linlithgow Palace. In real life, this is the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. However, in Outlander this royal palace features as the dreaded Wentworth Prison. Here we see Jamie Fraser at one of his lowest points, as he is imprisoned and sentenced to death.

The Outlander Classic 1-Day Tour offers an 8-hour trip throughout historic Scotland. It is a fun and jam-packed adventure that is the perfect day out for any Outlander fan!

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

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

Locations (7)

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.

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