Outlander Private Tour / Cranesmuir
Outlander Private Tour / Castle Leoch

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.

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Outlander Private Tour / Hopetoun House
Outlander Private Tour / Hopetoun House

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.

Outlander Private Tour / Blackness Castle
Outlander Private Tour / Blackness Castle

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!

Please note

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 and Doune Castle.

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1. Doune Castle / Castle Leoch

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 king’s rich tastes. The castle has one of Scotland’s best-preserved great halls and has a stunning 100ft gatehouse.

The striking Doune Castle is the filming location of the fictional Castle Leoch from the Outlander series, featuring in every episode of the show. In the 18th century episodes, Castle Leoch is the home of Calum Mackenzie and his clan. In the 20th century episodes, Claire and Frank pay a visit to Castle Leoch on a day trip, only to discover the castle is in ruins. The scene where Claire, Jamie and Dougal’s party approach the castle courtyard was also captured a Doune Castle.

Doune Castle was the filming location of Winterfell in the Game of Thrones TV series and was also featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

2. 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’. Blackness Castle is the filming location known for representing the fictional Fort William in the Outlander TV series.

As depicted in the Outlander TV adaptation, Fort William is the stronghold where Jamie received lashes from Jack Randall. 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 as the filming location where Claire was held captive by Black Jack before Jamie breaks into Fort William to rescue her.

Blackness Castle is also known as being a location where scenes from 1990’s Hamlet and 2019’s Mary Queen of Scots was filmed.

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