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Outlander Tours of Scotland: Fall in love with the Scotland of Jamie & Claire

Updated: May 15


Ladies wearing period costumes in front of Edinburgh Castle

Would you like to wear a costume in front of Edinburgh Castle?

See our Outlander Tour Dates and Prices Here : 2024 Outlander Tours of Scotland page.



Outlander Immersion Tour Details



Why this tour?

Longevity! Inverness Tours and I have been running these Outlander tours of Scotland since the TV series started in 2014, and for years before that Hugh Allison was taking people on day tours of the sites from the Outlander books. (He even took Diana Gabaldon on a tour – she has a picture on her website.) Hugh and I combined forces to create an 8 night tour and have gotten rave reviews. See our testimonials here.

Hugh Allison & Kathie Snyders

Hugh & Kathie


Here are some more reasons this tour is the best:

  1. The size: with only 7 people maximum, you get to interact with the other members of the tour and the wonderful guide. It also means that you won’t have a multitude of people pouring out of a bus at Craigh na Dun or Clava Cairns where it is nice to have a bit of peace when you’re trying to go back through the stones or see if you can spot Jamie and Claire in the woods. (But watch out for Black Jack – you would not want him coming up behind you!)

  2. Scottish to the core makes this the perfect choice: You’ll be staying in authentic Scottish accommodations and your tour guides know Scotland and Scottish history so they’ll be telling you tales and stopping along the way. This is not just an Outlander tour. You’ll love Scotland like they do by the end of your tour.

  3. Inverness Tours: Diana Gabaldon (Herself) recommends Hugh Allison of Inverness Tours (5* on Trip Advisor). They have the most amazing guides and Hugh Allison, Dave Fyfe, Ian Deveney, Laura Moon and Scott Guthrie have been expertly guiding Outlander tours for years and they are also familiar with the TV series. They are knowledgeable, charming and entertaining. This is not a boring bus ride from one Outlander destination to the next – you will leave feeling like you have had the best trip ever.

  4. We are one of the few tours to visit the site of Craigh na Dun! Hugh and I found “the hill” – the place where they do the filming for Craigh na Dun. The stones may or may not be there when you’re there. Our October 2015 tour was actually able to see the Standing Stones on the hill!

Dates and Prices:  2024 Outlander Tours of Scotland page.

The site of Craigh na Dun

The site of Craigh na Dun


  1. On the final day in Edinburgh, we will have period costumes to wear around the city for the walking tour of the Royal Mile (if you choose). Please see photos on the following link: Pictures from Previous Outlander Tours

  2. Having a small group means you can have breakfast and lunch at places large groups don’t have access to. And no “bags out at 7am.” You’ll have a leisurely morning to enjoy your lovely breakfast. 

  3. Gwyllyn the Bard who performed at Castle Leoch makes a special appearance in Glasgow for these tours. He gives you a fun performance with songs, stories about Jacobites, Scottish history and his work on the Outlander set.

The Bard from Castle Leoch

The Bard from Castle Leoch


  1. And finally, me: I am an IATAN Accredited full service Travel Agent and I created these tours in conjunction with Hugh Allison. I also create individual blogs for each of the tours so you can chat with the other members on your tour before you go to Scotland. And I have traveled – a lot – to Scotland and Ireland. So I can help you with questions about international travel as well as any questions you have about Scotland specifically.

  2. As one passenger said, “I can’t even begin to tell you what a thrilling experience we all had in Scotland. It was the best trip EVER! It was absolutely everything I had hoped for as an Outlander fan, and it went well beyond expectations. The lodging was great, the excursions with Ian were fabulous and the memories we made are priceless. We all fell in love with Scotland! ” See more customer comments here and their glowing Testimonials.

See the list of all available tours on the 2024 Outlander Tours of Scotland page.


Daily Itinerary for these Outlander Tours of Scotland


City of Glasgow

City of Glasgow


Day 1 & 2 – Glasgow

Many people ask why we start in Glasgow.  It’s because Glasgow is a chill, friendly city.  The airport is smaller than Edinburgh and easier to get around.  When you land in Glasgow, you walk out of customs and right there is the door to the taxis.  Then when you’re in town and you need directions, the people are so friendly.  Plus there’s lots to do in Glasgow and it is less expensive than Edinburgh.  


For the Outlander Immersion Tour: Arrive Glasgow and transfer to your pre-booked accommodations. Like most Scottish towns, Glasgow is a friendly city with a good selection of traditional music at pubs around town and Glasgow is a great place to shop if you forgot anything.

Using the included 2 day hop-on hop-off bus pass, see the sights of Glasgow and familiarize yourself with the layout of the town. You can also see some of the many sites used for filming the Outlander TV series. See my blog about Things to do in Glasgow for more information.

On the second day in Glasgow, we’ll have special entertainment provided by ‘Gwyllyn the Bard’ who played for Jamie and Claire in Castle Leoch in the Outlander TV show. Gwyllyn will entertain you with songs, stories about Scottish history, plus his work on the Outlander set.   


Overnight (for 2 nights) in Glasgow.


Day 3 – Journey begins – Film locations for Cranesmuir, Inverness, Sainte Anne de Beaupré’s, and Castle Leoch

After a good nights sleep and a nice breakfast, travel to Doune Castle, the film location for Castle Leoch with plenty of time to see the courtyard where Dougal and Hamish were mock dueling and the catwalk that Claire walked across. The next stop will be the charming Royal Burgh of Culross. This was the film location for Gellis Duncan’s Cranesmuir in the TV version of Outlander. Culross is a fascinating example of a town that time has forgotten. This is where filming occurred for the herb garden where Claire met Gellis and the pillory where Jamie’s strong fingers helped the young boy free his ear.

Gellis Duncan's herb garden

Gellis Duncan’s herb garden


Next we will see Aberdour Castle where the Old Kitchen and Long Gallery were used for the filming of Sainte Anne de Beaupré’s monastery which Jamie flees to, after Wentworth. Then continue on to Falkland, the village that was used for Inverness in the Starz TV Series. Stop at the Covenanter Hotel and recall the hanging sign for “Mrs Baird’s Guesthouse, est. 1865”.


Mrs Baird's B&B

Walk around the town and see the Falkland Parish Church and the Bruce Fountain where Frank saw “the ghost”. Overnight in the charming town of Aberfeldy.


Day 4 – The TV location of Craigh na Dun, ‘Rent’, Culloden Battlefield, and Clava Cairns Standing Stones

Today we will journey to most scenic parts of Highland Perthshire and we’ll see “the hill” of Craigh na Dun where the filming of the standing stones occurred. The stones were made in the production studio and will probably not be on the hill when you visit, but you can see where they were and the beautiful views from the hill where Claire met her destiny. Next you’ll travel on to the the 18th century village where ‘Rent’ was filmed and you’ll be able to go into the hut where Dougal ripped Jamie’s shirt down the back in the TV episode of Outlander.

The village where "Collecting Rent" was filmed.

Collecting Rent


Next stop is the terribly serene Culloden Battlefield for a walk around the (paved) moors to see the Fraser clan stone and the memorial for all clans as well as an exploration of the new visitor’s center. The final stop is Clava Cairns. Stand in the split stone like Diana Gabaldon on the back of her ‘Outlandish Companion’ book.

Kathie going through the stones at Clava Cairns

Going through the stones? You might have to sign a waiver!


Clava also has a large single stone like the one that Claire put her hands on in the TV series. Overnight in Inverness (for 3 nights).  Inverness is the city that Clarie couldn’t see the lights of – which convinced her she really was in in a different time.


Day 5 – Loch Ness, Glen Affric, Beauly & Beauly Priory, and ‘Lallybroch’ (from the book)

Travel through the scenic highlands stopping at Urquhart Castle for a photo stop and continue down the shores of Loch Ness (where in the book Claire saw the Water Creature) before winding over verdant hills and valleys to Glen Affric. A walk through this glen will take you into the remains of the Great Caledonian Pine Forest like where Jamie and Claire wandered after their wedding.


Lunch will be at the Storehouse of Foulis (a fully restored 18th century storehouse).


Next visit Beauly, the seat of Clan Fraser, and Beauly Priory where Claire liked to go for solitude. We’ll finish the day at ‘Lallybroch’ (a house that looks like the book version of Lallybroch) for a bit of tea and cake and a fun and informative weapons presentation by your guide. Back to Inverness for the night.

Hugh Allison doing a fun filled weapons presentation

Hugh Allison’s fun-filled weapons presentation



Day 6 – Dundreggan, ‘St Kilda’, 2 Brochs, Ferry to Sky and Loch Garve

Begin with a drive west through Dundreggan, where in the book, the story is told of the Farmer whose wife is stolen by the Fairies. As we reach the West Coast, we step lightly around the grave stones and look through the ruined chapel that Diana used as her inspiration for the Church of St Kilda. Driving over Mam Ratagan Pass will take us to see two of the best-preserved Brochs on the Scottish mainland.

Glenelg Brochs

Glenelg Brochs


From Glenelg we will take the charming community ferry (if available) to the mystical Isle of Skye, and will hear some of the tales of the fairies that are said to inhabit that island. Returning to the mainland by bridge and traveling toward Inverness will take us along the shores of Loch Garve known from Outlander as the home of the water kelpie. Back to Inverness for the night.Hotel: Ballifeary Guest House (or similar)


Day 7 – ‘Lallybroch’ (from the TV Series), two filming sites that were used for Fort William

En route back to Edinburgh we’ll visit Midhope Castle, the site used for Lallybroch in the TV series (if it is available this day). Next stop will be Blackness Castle which stands in for Fort William where Jamie was flogged in the TV version of Outlander. You’ll be able to walk on the actual wall that Jamie and Claire ran along before they escaped Fort William. This castle is often called the ‘ship that never sailed’ because of it’s prow shape that seems to be heading out to sea.

Blackness Castle which stands in for Fort William where Jamie was flogged
Blackness Castle/Fort William where Jamie was flogged

The final stop will be the “majestic ruins of Linlithgow Palace, once a favoured royal residence of the Stewart kings and queens and the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots” which was used for Wentworth prison entrance and corridors in the Outlander TV series. Overnight in Edinburgh (for 2 nights).


Day 8 – Edinburgh – Costume Shop, Walking Tour of the Royal Mile

In the morning we will be going to a costume shop to be outfitted with our period costumes for wearing on a guided walking tour of the Royal Mile. Our Outlander enthused tour guide will lead the tour down the Royal Mile pointing out all the places from the series including the World’s End, White Horse Close and Holyrood. We’ll end the day with a festive dinner wearing the clothes Jamie and Claire might have worn. Overnight in Edinburgh.


Ladies wearing costumes in Edinburgh



Day 9 – Edinburgh – End of Tour

Breakfast is included on this final day but the tour is over after breakfast. You may schedule your flight home for this day (or you may choose to extend your stay and see more of Scotland).

See the list of all available tours on the 2024 Outlander Tours of Scotland page.


Highlights:

  • All Accommodations are included plus a full Scottish Breakfast each day except the first day. Accommodations are ensuite, include hairdryer and an iron and ironing board are available.

  • Three dinners including the final one with entertainment.

  • Glasgow City Sightseeing, 2 day hop on hop off pass.

  • Entertainment by Gwyllyn the Bard (or another suitable entertainer if he is not available).

  • 6 day driver-guide tour with Inverness Tours in 8 passenger van.

  • Includes the Lallybroch tea, entrance to the Highland Folk Museum, and passage on the Glenelg Ferry when available.

  • Scottish Heritage Pass which covers all remaining entrance fees.

  • On the final day in Edinburgh, we will have period costumes to wear around the city for the walking tour of the Royal Mile as well as Traditional Scottish Evening entertainment (except for October when it is not available).

Not Included:

  • Airfare is not included. See my blog about Booking Flights for tips.

  • Arrival or departure transfers (but these can be added for an additional charge)

  • Lunches and Dinners except the 3 dinners included in your itinerary

  • Porterage of suitcases at hotels, airports, bus or rail stations

  • Luggage allowance is one medium sized suitcase and one tote or daypack per person. Additional luggage should be arranged in advance.

  • Tips for guides and other services

  • Edinburgh Castle is not included in the tour. It is included with the Scottish Heritage Pass, but you would need to stay an extra day at the end to see it.

Price:

  • The price for each tour is on the 2024 Outlander Tours of Scotland page.

  • There are a limited number of single rooms so there will be an extra charge if we have to book a double to be used as a single room. Prices are subject to change until final payment is made.

  • There is a $500 non-refundable deposit per person due when the tour is booked.

  • Incremental Payments Accepted. Please Inquire when booking.


Hugh Allison and I have worked together to design this tour and we will strive to see all of the places in the list above but they are subject to change dependent on weather and availability and what we may see in upcoming episodes.


See the list of all available tours on the 2024 Outlander Tours of Scotland page.

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