Linlithgow Palace / Wentworth Prison
Culross / Cranesmuir

Outlander Experience Winter Tour from Edinburgh (Oct – Mar)

Explore the spectacular landscapes of Scotland on the Outlander Experience Winter Tour from Edinburgh (Oct - Mar). 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.

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Doune Castle / Castle Leoch
Doune Castle / Castle Leoch

The Outlander Experience Winter Tour from Edinburgh visits all the major sites from the show.

First, you will get to explore Culross, a 17th-century village. This is the location of many Outlander scenes, due to its historic structures and charm. These include Claire’s herb garden and Cranesmuir Village’s Mercat Cross.

From here you will get to roam the hallways of Doune Castle, which fans of the show will know as Castle Leoch, the home of Clan MacKenzie. You have the option here of taking an audio tour, narrated by the actor Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser). Otherwise, you can just soak up the courtyard, great hall, and surrounding grounds. All of which have featured on the show.

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.

On this tour, you will also travel to Linlithgow House.

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. Jamie stood trial here, receiving a sentence to be hanged.

Finally, 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.

Timberbush Minivan
Timberbush Minivan

Although set in the 18th century, the world of Outlander is still a huge part of modern-day Scotland. The Outlander Experience Winter Tour from Edinburgh allows you to explore the locations and landscapes that bring the show to life! It is the perfect adventure for any Outlander fan!

Tour operates from October to March. For those interested in doing a tour outside of these months, please check out the Outlander Experience Summer Tour from Edinburgh page.

Please note

Children under 5 are not permitted to go 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, Doune Castle, and Linlithgow Palace.

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Locations (6)

1. Meeting Point: Outside the green Ensign Ewart Pub

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.

2. Culross / Cranesmuir

Culross / Cranesmuir

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).

3. Doune Castle / Castle Leoch

Doune Castle / Castle Leoch

Following in the footsteps of Claire and Jamie, our Outlander tour continues to Doune Castle, the home of Outlanders’ Clan MacKenzie, where you can take an audio tour narrated by Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser). We stop here to explore the castle and its atmospheric grounds before our tour continues.

4. Callendar House / Vengeance scene

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.

5. Linlithgow Palace / Wentworth Prison

Linlithgow Palace / Wentworth Prison

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.

6. Blackness Castle / Fort William

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.

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1 review for Outlander Experience Winter Tour from Edinburgh (Oct – Mar)

  1. Ann E.

    Brilliant day, friendly, informative and entertaining tour guide. Lovely historical castles to explore amid beautiful scenery.

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