Outlander Experience 2-Day Small Group Tour

This tour follows in the footsteps of Claire & Jamie, letting you explore the historic locations where Outlander was filmed and immerse yourself in the places which inspired their unforgettable love story.

From 121 per person

Covid-19 safety measures

The safety of our passengers, our colleagues and the wonderful local communities we visit is of the utmost importance to us and we are taking the following steps to ensure that it continues to be save for all.

Your tour guide is used to making changes under pressure to give you the best experience possible. They are kept up to date on current safety protocols and will ensure that all passengers adhere to safety advice in order to ensure a safe journey for everyone. Your guide will carefully manage passengers boarding and disembarking the vehicle and the location of seats for passengers on board. Your guide will wear a facial covering except when driving in accordance with Department for Transport guidance.

Sanitised Vehicles

Our luxury vehicles will be deep cleaned by hand before and after each tour. In addition to this all vehicles will be further sanitised after each tour using a fogging machine. The antibacterial and antiviral disinfectant used in the fogging machine is distributed throughout the vehicle in a fine mist. This ensures all areas including touch surfaces and seats are fully sanitised and the vehicle is safe and ready for each tour.

Contactless Check In

In order to maintain minimum contact please provide your name and booking reference at check in. Printed confirmation is not required.

During Your Tour

Before the tour begins we will temperature check everyone getting on board. Each passenger will keep their own seat throughout the tour. Any common touch points will be regularly wiped down by the driver/guide throughout the tour.

Hand Sanitiser

Hand sanitiser will be available on all of our vehicles. We strongly advise passengers to use this when boarding and disembarking from the vehicle. It will remain available for your use throughout the tour.

Face Coverings

All passengers on board must wear a face covering while boarding and travelling on board the vehicle in line with Scottish Government advice. Masks are available to purchase if you arrive without a face covering. If you are medically exempt from wearing a face covering please let us know in writing in advance of your travel date

Our Trusted Partners

We work hard to ensure that all accommodation providers, service providers and visitor attractions that we work with also prioritise safety and follow up to date Scottish Government advice to ensure you have the safest possible experience in Scotland.

Our Team

We are on hand via e-mail and telephone if you have any questions before your tour and will be happy to help with any last-minute queries when you arrive at our departure point.

Tour map

Tour details

  • A minimum of 5 persons are required for this tour to run.

  • Maximum luggage weight: 15 kg per person, maximum size: 55 x 40 x 20 cm.

  • Accommodation is not included. Please make your own hotel reservation for one night in Inverness.

  • Meeting point

    Please check in 15 minutes before departure at Highland Experience Tours (inside Caffé Nero), 1 Parliament Square, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1RE (view map)

  • Tour departs

    Thursdays at 9:00 am (Apr – Oct)

  • Duration

  • Live guide speaks

  • Travel by

  • Tour type

  • Max group size

    16 persons

  • Cancellation policy

    14 days or more before start: full refund.
    48 hours or more before start: 50% refund.
    After that time or no-show: no refund.

  • Exclusions

    Accommodation
    Food & Drink
    Entry fees
    Hotel pick-up
    Hotel drop-off

  • Extras

    Accommodation: 1 night in Inverness

  • Things to bring

    Appropriate clothing
    Comfortable shoes
    Light raincoat

  • TV series

Full description

Day 1

A morning of Castles…

Midhope Castle / Lallybroch in Outlander
Midhope Castle / Lallybroch in Outlander

Our first stop is Midhope Castle, the external location for Lallybroch, the family home of Jamie Fraser. This 15th-century castle is largely intact outside, but sadly derelict within – so we will have a quick photo stop here before continuing our journey northwards.

Blackness Castle / Fort William in Outlander
Blackness Castle / Fort William in Outlander

Our next stop of the tour is the imposing Blackness Castle. A perfect viewpoint for the Firth of Forth and often referred to as “the ship that never sailed” due to its strong ship-like stone exterior, this 15th-century castle stood in for Fort William in the show. It has also featured in other period films, most recently in Mary Queen of Scots.

Feel free to discover this castle at your own pace and discover its hidden secrets. This is not just a filming location. It has been: a royal castle, a stronghold, a prison and ancestral home to the Crichton family for whom it was built. You may be reminded of Jamie’s heart-wrenching incarceration as featured in the show, as well as his dramatic escape.

Doune Castle / Castle Leoch in Outlander
Doune Castle / Castle Leoch in Outlander

We continue on to Doune Castle, which boasts a striking 100ft high gatehouse and one of the best-preserved great halls in the United Kingdom. It is better known for playing a starring role in the show; Castle Leoch home of Colum MacKenzie and his clan. You might also remember it as Castle Anthrax from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Immerse yourself in the Outlander spirit by listening to Jamie as he guides you through his uncle’s home.

Enjoy stunning scenery and Highland towns…

Your lunch stop for the day will be in the pretty town of Callander, set on the banks of the River Teith, known colloquially as the “Gateway to the Highlands”. You will have time here to explore the many teashops and sample the local produce. You’ll see the beautiful Roman Gate on your way out of the town.

We travel north into the Highlands and visit Glen Coe, which features in Outlander’s opening credits. Soak in the scenery of one of the most impressive places in Scotland. You’ll be in awe as you stand in this striking glen.

Here you can get a sense of the dramatic landscape in which the show was set, and imagine how Jamie and Claire may have lived. This will be a brief stop in which you will have the opportunity to photograph the glen.

The tour continues past Fort William, home of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. This town is the site of Jamie’s incarceration in the show as it was the base of the Red Coat Army.

Spend a moment Nessie spotting…

We’ll have a quick stop at Loch Ness as we continue north to our final resting stop for the day. This is a great opportunity for a photo. Be sure to look carefully: this loch is home to the famous Loch Ness Monster!

Your overnight stop for the day will be Inverness. You will arrive in the evening, so you will have the chance to explore the town by night. It is full of cobbled streets, churches and impressive architecture. There are plenty of bars and restaurants in which to enjoy your evening in the Highlands.

Overnight: Inverness

 

Day 2

Explore Clava Cairns and the famous battlefield of Culloden…

Clava Cairns
Clava Cairns

Our second day begins with a visit to Clava Cairns, approximately 4,000 years old, these are one of Scotland’s more impressive sights as you can get up close to the standing stones and burial chambers. These cairns are the real-life version of Craigh Na Dun, and the inspiration for the novel.

Culloden, Outlander Filming Location
Culloden, Outlander Filming Location

We then continue on to Culloden, a sombre place to visit as you can walk the battlefield of the quick and bloody 1746 battle. This was the final battle between the Jacobite Forces and the Red Coats, and where the rising met its end. Your guide will tell you the whole tragic story, sensationalised in the show.

Immerse yourself in Highland History…

Highland Folk Museum, Outlander Filming Location
Highland Folk Museum, Outlander Filming Location

We will journey south to the Highland Folk Museum for lunch and to get a flavour of how Highland people lived and worked from the 1700s up until the 1960s. You will have plenty of time to explore this museum, which will give you important background information for the show – a lot that you will recognise already. Nestled in the Cairngorm national park, this museum was an ideal choice for various period scenes in Outlander.

Explore Falkland and Culross…

Falkland / Inverness in Outlander
Falkland / Inverness in Outlander

As we head further south to Fife we will visit the village of Falkland. Here you will have time to wander the streets and relive one of the first scenes of the TV series, in which Jamie’s ghost looks up at Claire’s room.

You’ll recognise this village as 1940s & 1960s Inverness. This small town is home to Falkland Palace and was a favourite retreat for many Royals, including Mary, Queen of Scots. It has remained remarkably unchanged since the mid-century making it the ideal filming location. See if you can spot the parallels between Falkland and Inverness!

Your final stop of the tour will be the village of Culross. Here you will have an hour to explore the streets, which you will recognise as the town of Cranesmuir in the first season of the show.

This 17th Century riverside town is owned and preserved by the National Trust and was once a busy port for Fife. Its narrow streets make it largely free of traffic making it easy to imagine life here in the 18th Century.

You will then make the short journey back to Edinburgh where you will say goodbye to your group.

Lizzie and her Outlander Group
Lizzie and her Outlander Group

Locations (14)

2. 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.

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. 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.

10. Clava Cairns

Clava Cairns
Prehistoric Burial Cairns of Bulnuaran of Clava or Clava Cairns

13. 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.

14. 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.

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