Outlander Highlands Private Tour from Inverness

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Relive the history that inspired an internationally acclaimed TV series on the Outlander Highlands Tour from Inverness. See the real-life locations that helped to create the period drama’s story and characters.

It was while on a trip to Scotland that author Diana Gabaldon came up with the idea for the Outlander book series. Taking in the deep history and picturesque landscapes, she was able to conjure her now famous epic of love, loss, and time travel! Now you too can visit the sites that gave birth to the story.

This small group tour is priced at a daily rate. The total price per day will be evenly distributed between the number of persons booked on that date.

From 324 per group

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Tour details

  • Tours run with a summer season (Apr – Oct) and winter season (Nov – Mar) itinerary.

  • Meeting point

    Check in 15 minutes before departure at the front of the Columba Hotel, 7 Ness Walk, Inverness IV3 5NF

  • Tour departs

    Daily at 9:00 am (Jan – Dec)

  • Tour ends

    At approx 5 pm at Columba Hotel, 7 Ness Walk, Inverness IV3 5NF

  • Duration

  • Live guide speaks

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  • Tour type

  • Max group size

    8 persons

  • Tour operator

  • Cancellation policy

    48 hours or more before start: full refund less 5% booking fees.
    After that time or no-show: no refund.

  • Exclusions

    Food & Drink
    Entry fees
    Gratuities (optional)

  • Things to bring

    Appropriate clothing
    Comfortable shoes

  • TV series

Full description

Beginning in Inverness, this tour takes in some of the most important heritage sites that Scotland has to offer. The first stop is the Wardlaw Mausoleum, just west of the city. The structure was built in 1634 as the family burial place for the Lovat Frasers. One of the most prominent occupants is Simon “The Fox” Fraser, a famed figure of the Jacobite Rebellion. In the TV series, The Fox is Jamie Fraser’s grandfather.

Next, you’ll stop off to admire the passage graves and standing stones of the Clava Cairns. Traditionally a sacred pagan site, this is an area that radiates magic and mysticism. It is for this reason that Diana Gabaldon chose it as the point where Clarie travels back in time to 1743.

Outlander tour: Clava Cairns
Outlander tour: Clava Cairns

At the Culloden Battlefield, you will be able to get a true sense of the enormity of the Jacobite Rebellion. This is where the Jacobites made their final stand, and where many men lost their lives fighting for what they believed in. As you take in this historically significant scenery, you’ll even come across a grave marker dedicated to the real Clan Fraser.

The Outlander Highlands Tour from Inverness also features some iconic filming locations from the TV series.

On this tour, you’ll get to visit the breathtaking Tulloch Ghru. This area of Caledonian forest and stunning mountain views provides many of the stunning backdrops that can be seen on-screen. You’ll also get to explore the Highland Folk Museum, which boasts a reconstructed 18th-century Scottish village. The authentic look of the area made it the perfect filming location for season 1 of Outlander.

Outlander tour: Wardlaw Mausoleum
Outlander tour: Wardlaw Mausoleum

The final stop on this tour is the Ruthven Barracks. Built between 1719 and 1721, this garrison could hold up to 120 men. The grim and oppressive atmosphere of these ruins helped to inspire Outlander’s Fort William, where Jamie is imprisoned.

Please note that the Tulloch Ghru, Highland Folk Museum, and Ruthven Barracks stops are only included during Summer Tours.

During the Winter season, the Outlander Highlands Tour from Inverness offers some alternative sites. The first of which is the Beauly Priory, established by the Valliscaulian monks in 1230. Housed within the remaining structure are many funerary monuments. Some of these elaborately carved effigies depict members of Clan Mackenzie, who feature throughout the TV series.

Also on this tour, you will get the chance to visit the Clootie Well just outside Inverness. Traditionally, many people believed the area had magical healing powers. They would bring cloth offerings in order to help heal the sick.

The final stop on the Winter season tour is Loch Ness. This vast lake offers the perfect opportunity for some scenic holiday snaps! Looking across the water, you’re unlikely to spot Nessie, but you will be able to see Urquhart Castle. Government forces used this fortress as a garrison during the Jacobite Rebellion.

Scotland boasts a deep and exciting history. It has inspired a beloved TV series, and provides the perfect day out for any Outlander fan!

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1 review for Outlander Highlands Private Tour from Inverness

  1. Colleen W.

    If we could give 10 stars we would. This was so much more than we expected. Our tour guide, Bill McDonald is a retired historian and professor of Scottish history at the University of Edinburgh. He was very knowledgable about all things Scotland, the true stories of the Jacobites and he kept us fascinated all day.

    We started at the Ruthven Barracks that were used to film Jamie Fraser’s whipping by Black Jack Randall and learned that Randall was a representation of how the English treated the Scots. We then went to the village where the filming of Jamie collecting taxes and Claire waulking the wool were filmed and learned great details of how these Scots lived.

    Then we headed to Culloden Battleground for a detailed lesson of the mistakes made by the Scottish leaders leading to a heartbreaking massacre. We were moved to see the marked mass graves, clan by clan and drank a toast of Scottish whiskey to the fallen.

    Finally we went to the standing stones and the cysts at Clave Carins and got a complete understanding of how long these stories have been here, how they were used and what they meant. We can’t imagine having a better experience or getting a better understanding of these amazing sites. Thank you Bill McDonald, we will never forget you.

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