Explore the spectacular landscapes of Scotland on the Outlander Experience Tour from Edinburgh. Follow Claire Fraser back to the 18th century, and visit the iconic filming locations from the show.
Travelling by luxury coach, discover the rolling landscapes and historic structures that this part of the world is known for. Let your guide bring you through the famous on-screen settings and backdrops. All while filling you in on the real-life history of the area.
Over the past few months, we’ve all worked incredibly hard to look after one another and keep each other safe from Covid-19. At Timberbush, we want to make sure it doesn’t stop there.
We’ve put together stringent controls for both our team and our customers to feel safe and protected whilst on tour.
In this new, ever changing environment, we are committed to ensuring we are always adapting to new Government guidelines and customer expectations. As such, this information may be updated over time, and we will alert you to this. We have detailed below what actions Timberbush are taking to keep you safe, whilst also providing our a 5* customer experience.
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Our Reservations Team and Driver-Guides are on hand to help you whenever you need it. From the moment you make your first enquiry, to when you leave your review for your tour, we are on hand to make sure your experience in Scotland is safe and worry-free.
Our Driver-Guides are fully trained in new hygiene procedures and physical distancing regulations. Whilst providing excellent customer service, they also ensure their coach is kept as hygienic as possible through enhanced cleaning procedures, including disinfecting all touch points inside the vehicle. We kindly ask whilst on tour that you cooperate fully with your Driver-Guide and heed any advice they may give to ensure the tour is kept as safe as possible for all on board.
We hold our partners to the same high standards that we keep ourselves. For this reason, we are selective with whom we work with and have contacted each of our partners to ensure they are strictly adhering to Government guidelines.
We offer free cancellation on all of our 1 day tours giving 24 hours notice. If you’re unable to travel due to Covid-19, contact us and we will amend your booking free of charge.
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We offer exclusive tours for bubble groups and individuals through our website! Choose one of our private tour packages at a discounted rate and enjoy a coach just for you and your loved ones. Book here.
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All of our vehicles will be fully sanitised before leaving our depot every morning and fully disinfected after each tour, including air conditioning vents. Additional measures have been taken following WHO guidelines to ensure we are abiding by the latest hygiene protocols.
Throughout the touring day, your Driver-Guide will be disinfecting touch points inside the vehicle, such as door handles. We also have hand sanitiser on board for use throughout the day and we ask our customers to sanitise their hands when boarding and alighting the coach. We always recommend keeping your own personal hand sanitiser and a face covering with you.
We have taken steps to ensure our customers are able to adhere to the current physical distancing rule on board our vehicles, and have lowered the customer capacity of all our coaches to abide by this rule.
We have worked hard to put these measures in place for the well-being of our staff and customers. We would kindly ask you to take personal responsibility for your own protective equipment, such as face coverings, hand sanitiser and physical distancing whilst touring with us.
We look forward to touring with you in this new normal. Let’s work hard to keep each other safe and healthy!
The Outlander Experience Tour from Edinburgh visits the major sites from the show. First, stop off at Midhope Castle, also known as Outlander’s Lallybroch, home of Jamie and Claire as well as Jenny and Ian Murray. You’ll get the chance to grab a few photos here, and enjoy the grounds of this 16th-century tower house.
Then it is on to Blackness Castle, which doubles as the garrison Fort William. This is the headquarters of Black Jack Randall in the show, where Jamie Fraser is flogged. The 15th-century stronghold is one of the most impressive historical structures in Scotland. Due to its unique shape, it is often referred to as ‘the ship that never sailed’. As you explore the castle, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views over the Firth of Forth.
On this tour, you will also travel to Linlithgow Palace. In real life, this palace was a retreat for the royal family. A place to relax. However, the TV series’ production theme thought that this location was more suited as something other than a holiday home. Fans will recognise this building as Wentworth Prison, where Jamie stood trial and was sentenced to be hanged.
Next, you’ll visit Callendar House, a museum that dates back to the 14th century. As well as discovering the artefacts on display, you will also get to see the set of Duke of Sandringham’s kitchen.
From here you will get to explore Culross, a 17th-century village. Many Outlander scenes were filmed here, due to its historic structures and charm. These include Claire’s herb garden and Cranesmuir Village’s Mercat Cross.
The last stop on this tour brings you to Hopetoun House. The house’s Red Drawing Room was used for interior shots of the Duke of Sandringham’s home. One of the courtyards also doubles up as a Parisian street on multiple occasions throughout the series.
Although set in the 18th century, the world depicted in Outlander is still a huge part of modern-day Scotland. The Outlander Experience Tour from Edinburgh allows you to explore the locations and landscapes that bring the show to life!
Buying a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass (adult: £35 – £45) gives you free admission to over 70 properties in Scotland, including Blackness Castle and Linlithgow Palace.
Your tour departs from outside the green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE.
Check-in opens 15 minutes prior to the stated departure time and closes 5 minutes prior to the stated departure time. We recommend that all passengers arrive in this window as tours must depart on schedule.
Departing from Edinburgh, our Outlander tour travels north-west, venturing to Midhope Castle, also known as Outlander’s ‘Lallybroch Castle‘. Pause for some photos here to soak in the atmospheric surroundings before we journey onwards.
Following in the footsteps of Claire and Jamie, our Outlander tour continues to Blackness Castle,the Headquarters of Outlander’s Black Jack Randall, on the shores of the Firth of Forth. This castle dates back to the 15th Century; home to the Crichton family, its mighty fortifications make this ancient castle look like a ‘ship that never sailed’. Spend time here exploring its magnificent walls and enjoy breathtaking views over the Firth of Forth.
We then journey on to the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, where you will have the opportunity to visit Linlithgow Palace, Outlander’s ‘Wentworth Prison’. The palace was originally used as a relaxing retreat for the Royal Family on journeys between Edinburgh and Stirling Castle. Its impressive towers overlook stunning scenery.
After Linlithgow Palace, our Outlander tour travels on to the country home of Callendar House. The house, now a museum, dates back to the 14th Century and has ties to the Antonine Wall; Rome’s northern frontier in Europe. Visit the famous kitchen, which was the set of the Duke of Sandringham’s kitchen in Outlander and enjoy its beautiful surroundings.
From Callendar House, we travel to the Royal Burgh of Culross. A tiny village nestled on the coast of Fife, Culross is arguably the best example of a 17th Century village in Scotland. The gardens here feature in Claire’s herb garden, and the Mercat Cross in Outlanders’ Cranesmuir Village. Here we stop with plenty of time to explore the village and its cobbled streets and quaint Biscuit Café, before our Outlander tour stops for photos at the Tuilyies Standing Stones (time permitting).
We then travel to Hopetoun House. The grand stately home dates back to the 17th Century and is set in a beautiful country estate, surrounded by a deer park and nature trails. Here we have the setting for the home of Outlander’s Duke of Sandringham, and a magnificent home it is! You may choose to tour the House, or explore its grounds, before we head back to Edinburgh, where our unique Outlander tour ends.