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If you have found yourself caught in the mystical and spell-binding Outlander saga and wish to be swept away to Claire and Jamie’s world, come and experience the land that inspired the writer Diana Gabaldon and the TV series producers.
Delve into the fascinating world of Claire and Jamie’s unconditional love, ancient and mysterious standing stones, romantic castles and breathtaking scenery.
Arrive at Edinburgh airport where your chauffeur will meet you and take you to your hotel in central Edinburgh. The rest of the day is free to rest and relax after your long flight.
Overnight in Edinburgh for the next 3 nights.
Start your Outlander experience with a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse where Claire and Jamie beseeched the Prince to abandon his hopeless cause. The Palace is closely associated with Scotland’s turbulent past, including Bonnie Prince Charlie who held court here during his attempt to reclaim the throne for his father.
After the tour, wander the atmospheric cobbled streets and narrow alleys of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town, where Claire and Jamie reunite after 20 years.
After breakfast, cross the Firth of Forth and travel to a village which substitutes for 1940’s Inverness. Stop at the Covenanter hotel and recall the familiar cosy look of ‘Mrs Baird’s Guesthouse, est. 1865’; stand by the Bruce Fountain where Frank witnesses the ghost of Jamie and visit Campbell’s Coffee Shop across the road which stood in for Farrell’s Hardware and Furniture store.
Then continue to Gellis Duncan’s Cranesmuir. Culross is a fascinating example of what a town in Scotland would have looked like during the 17th and 18th centuries. Stroll along the charming cobbled alleyways and visit historic Culross Palace, where you find the herb garden that Claire works in the grounds of Castle Leoch.
In the morning, visit one of Scotland’s finest stately homes, a place of beauty, tranquility and architectural magnificence. From the series, this outstanding property represented the Duke of Sandringham’s house. Subject to availability, you might be able to venture into the private grounds to see the 16th century tower house which doubled as Lallybroch, the small estate which belonged to Jamie’s family.
In the afternoon, visit nearby Blackness Castle, the setting for the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall and heart-wrenching scene of Jamie’s incarceration.
Stop at a wartime London railway station where Claire and Frank say their good-byes before continuing to luxury Cromlix*, your base for the next 2 nights.
Start your day with a visit to Doune Castle. This stunning castle plays a leading role in the show substituting for the fictional Castle Leoh – home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan. Tour the castle and find out how grand banquets would have been prepared in the kitchen and admire the well-preserved great hall.
Spend this afternoon learning everything about Scottish whisky. Go back in time to the 18th century and explore the historic ‘workers’ village on the banks of the beautiful river before continuing into the heart of the distillery, where award-winning Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made.
Leave Cromlix and drive to the Highlands through Kinloch Rannoch, a famous backdrop to Claire’s mysterious disappearance through the standing stones. Even though you won’t find the Craigh na Dun there, you will still admire awe-inspiring mountain scenery.
Stop at the Highland Folk Museum and learn how Scottish Highlanders lived. There you will see the hut where Douglas ripped Jamie’s shirt down the back in the TV episode before continuing to your luxury hotel in Inverness area.
In the morning, visit nearby Clava Cairns that have provided an inspiration for the mysterious Craig na Dun and has a split stone like the one that Claire went through.
Afterwards, continue to Culloden Battlefield where many clans, including the Frasers and MacKenzies, fought in the 1745 Jacobite Rising alongside Bonnie Prince Charlie. Learn more about the events leading up to, during, and after the Battle of Culloden at the award-winning Visitor Centre.
Start your day with a boat trip on Loch Ness reminiscent of the one Claire took with Frank. Sit back and admire the spectacular scenery whilst nibbling on sumptuous platters of Scottish delicacies served on board. Disembark and visit Urquhart’s iconic ruins before returning to Inverness, where Claire’s adventure begins while on her second honeymoon with Frank, for a wander around.
Leave Inverness and admire scenic landscapes along the Caledonian Canal and Great Glen Way towards Fort William. Enjoy this romantic journey, offering a magical mix of native Caledonian pine forests, glistering lochs and enchanting moorlands, as the newly wed Claire and Jamie did after their wedding. Stop at Glencoe, famous for the massacre of the MacDonalds in 1692 and then continue to Edinburgh.
Overnight in Edinburgh
Private transfer to the airport for your return flight home