Outlander Private Experience from Edinburgh

Outlander is a worldwide hit TV series which tells the story of Claire who travels through a standing stone from the 1940’s to the 1740’s right into the middle of the Jacobite Rebellion. Claire meets her husband to be Jamie and the sparks fly from the start. On this tour we will visit some of the filming locations for the series.

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A private, guided, small group tour is undoubtedly one of the safest ways to travel in these uncertain times. We have reacted to the current outbreak to ensure our guests are kept safe while still getting the opportunity to explore our fantastic country in the luxury and comfort of our private guided tours. Below are a list of the actions and extra precautions we have taken to ensure the safety and comfort of all of our guests.

  • Vehicle Hygiene: Our vehicle has always been washed before and after any trip but we have now added disinfecting the vehicle internally and externally as part of this cleaning process. Guests will be asked to use hand sanitiser each time they enter the vehicle during the tour.

  • Guest Care: Guests will be provided with personal hand sanitiser sprays and individually wrapped face masks for use in the more congested areas outside of the bus.

  • Temperature Checks: Our driver will check all guests at the point of pick up with a hand held temperature scanner. Any guests showing signs of a fever will unfortunately be refused entry to the bus. In the event that this results in a cancellation of the tour then a full refund will be provided.

  • Maintaining Our Bubble: Our vehicle is equipped with fold down tables and chairs, and so we can enjoy any pit stops while reducing the risk of external contamination. Additionally, our provision of snacks and hot and cold drinks throughout the tour will reduce external contact. Packed lunches can also be provided for a small additional charge.

  • Cancellation Policy: To provide peace of mind for all of our guests we have introduced a temporary no quibble full refund for any tour cancellation due to COVID concerns. We ask any guests who show symptoms to follow the government’s advice at that time but also to cancel the tour with as much notice as possible. Tours cancelled with no notice will be charged expenses for travel to and from the point of pick up.

  • Good to Go Certificate: Designer Tour Scotland have been certified good to go in partnership with the tourist organizations of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This certificate will be available to view in the vehicle.

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We will start the day in South Queensferry to visit 2 locations, Hopetoun House and Midhope Castle residence for the Duke of Sandringham and Jamie’s home Lallybroch then on to Blackness Castle, just outside Bo’ness. You will see how this castle was depicted in the TV series, but we will also discuss the real history of the castle. From there we will move to Linlithgow Palace where Jamie is imprisoned in the TV series. Linlithgow Palace was the residence of many royals including Mary Queen of Scots.

From Linlithgow, we will drive into Falkirk and visit Callander House where the Duke of Sandringham met his demise. From Falkirk, we will head into Stirlingshire to visit Doune Castle (Castle Leoch). Doune castle was not only used for Outlander but was also used for filming Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Game of Thrones.

From Doune, we will head back East towards the Kingdom of Fife. Here we will visit the village of Culross. This beautiful village is trapped in time with its old cobbled streets and colourful buildings.

If you want to get in about the castles etc this will probably be all we will have time for, but if you just want to get a quick feel for them and move on then we can add other filming locations to this tour. We can adapt the tour on the day as requested.

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2. 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.

3. 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 occasionally subject to closures for estate activity.

4. 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.

5. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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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