Outlander Private Minibus Tour from Edinburgh
Explore the Scotland of yesteryear on the Outlander Private Minibus Tour from Edinburgh. Follow Claire Fraser’s journey through time from the comfort of a luxury minibus.
Since becoming a global hit, the Outlander TV series helped bring the beauty of the Scottish countryside to the world. Set in both the 18th and 20th centuries, it also delves into the history of this great country, using past events to propel its storylines. Now you have the chance to visit these spectacular sites yourself and learn about their significance, both in the TV show and real-life history.
Private tour (1-8 persons): prices per vehicle
Your VIP Class minibus will stop at all of the iconic filming locations from the TV series.
Leaving Edinburgh in the morning, you will travel to Stirling. Here you’ll find the location for Castle Leoch, the home of Colum MacKenzie and his family. In real life, this building is known as Doune Castle, built as the home of Regent Albany, ‘Scotland’s uncrowned king’. Eagle-eyed visitors might also recognise it from its previous comedy career. It was used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
From Stirling you will travel to the Lothians, to see Blackness Castle, known to Outlander fans as Fort William. This is the fictional headquarters of Black Jack Randall, and where Jamie Fraser is flogged. The real-life garrison fort is known as ‘the ship that never sailed’ due to its maritime inspired architecture. From its walls you can enjoy breathtaking views of Firth of Forth.
Travelling through time and space, you will then be brought from 18th-century Scotland to 20th-century England. The Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway Station outside of Edinburgh was used as a stand-in for a station set in London. The scene filmed here sees Claire and Frank Randall say their goodbyes before she heads off for war.
And don’t worry about getting overwhelmed by the vast history of these locations.
Your expert tour guide will be on-hand to give you a detailed history of every area and answer any of your questions. They’ll also share some fun facts and insider stories from behind the scenes of Outlander.
Next on the Outlander Private Minibus Tour from Edinburgh is Hopetoun House. This is another filming location that has featured as a setting outside of Scotland. The exterior of the house will be familiar as the residence of the Duke of Sandringham. But, some of the interior was also used to shoot scenes set in Paris.
The final stop on this tour is the coastal town of Culross. For the TV show, the area was transformed into Cranesmuir, and features in a number of Outlander scenes. Journeying through the town you will definitely spot some familiar buildings and backdrops. You’ll also see the herb garden where Claire worked.
Then it’s back to Edinburgh, finishing off a jam-packed, insightful, and entertaining day!
Buying a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass (adult: £35 – £45) gives you free admission to over 70 properties in Scotland, including Blackness Castle and Doune Castle.