Outlander Day Tour from Edinburgh
Have you become bewitched by the Outlander series?
Would you like to see where the series was filmed or has it inspired you to visit Scotland ? Don’t worry if you are not an Outlander fan, because these places are just as spectacular to those who have no knowledge of the series… beware though, it might get you hooked!!
Spend a day retracing the footsteps of you favourite characters. Begin by browsing the antique shops of 1940s ‘Inverness’, pay a visit to where Claire and Frank stayed in their guesthouse and pose for a photograph beside the statue where ghostly Jamie gazed up to Claire’s room in the first episode.
Continue on to the picturesque village known as ‘Cranesmuir’ to see a genuine Scottish town steeped in 18th Century style. Walk the cobbled streets and see where Gellis Duncan and her husband Arthur lived, the same house where both Claire and Gellis were arrested when they were accused of witchcraft. You can also find the gorgeous herb garden which Claire works in which is supposed to be near Castle Leoch. A truly hidden gem. Gaze onto the mercat cross,the scene of a young lad’s ear being nailed to a wooden beam for punishment, before Jamie rescues him.
Finally visit Castle Leoch itself, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan in the 18th Century episodes. It also features in the 20th Century where Claire and Frank visit the castle ruins on a day trip.
This is just a taster of what could be incorporated into a day’s sightseeing. You could just as easily choose to see see the home of the Duke of Sandringham where Jamie fights a duel, Lallybroch, the garrison of ‘Fort William’, the railway station where Claire and Frank say their goodbyes or, if you are feeling brave, the prison where Jamie was incarcerated at the end of Series 1.
Whatever locations you choose, you will see Diana Gabaldon’s imagination was inspired by real places and heritage, captured in the sweeping scenery of Scotland.
09:00 – Depart Edinburgh and tour along the Firth of Forth Coast to Blackness Castle.
10:00 – Arrive at Blackness Castle for a visit.
This impressive fortress was used in Series 1 as Fort William and the Headquarters for Black Jack Randall. The building dates back to the 15th Century and its nickname is the ‘Ship that never Sailed’ due to its ship like structure.
11:00 – Depart Blackness Castle and travel the short distance to Linlithgow Palace for a visit.
11:30 – Arrive Linlithgow Palace.
Linlithgow Palace was used as Wentworth Prison in season 1 and where Jamie was imprisoned. It was once the favourite Residence of the Stuart Monarchs and here you will hear stories about some of their most colourful characters including Mary Queen of Scots who was born in the Palace in 1542.
After the visit enjoy lunch in the town of Linlithgow.
13:30 – Depart Linlithgow and drive to Doune Castle via Stirling with views of the Kelpies and Stirling Castle.
14:40 – Arrive at Doune Castle
Doune Castle plays a leading role in the show and stands in for the fictional Castle Leoch. This was also a Residence to the Stuart monarchs but was also used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail Movie as well as Game of Thrones.
15:40 – Depart Doune Castle and drive along the north side of the Forth to Culross.
16:30 – Arrive in Culross for a walk around the Village to the Old Mercat Cross.
Culross was used in season 1 and 2 of Outlander and featured as the fictional village of Cranesmuir and also the Jacobite encampment in season 2.
17:20 – Depart Culross and travel over the Forth Bridge with a stop off for a photo of the Rail Bridge.
Approx 18:30 – Arrive back into Edinburgh.
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