Outlander Fanatics Tours 2017

 

 

We have been running our guided Outlander Tours for eleven years now, and are delighted at their success. However with the arrival of the TV series, we are being asked to include an increasing number of film locations on top of the well tried itinerary, and it doesn't all fit into seven days...

 

Hence the "Outlander Fanatics Tour" which focuses entirely on Outlander and includes as many of the known filming sites as possible as well as all the places that we know from the books - Edinburgh's Royal Mile, Culloden Battlefield, the Fraser lands.

 

Each tour is for a maximum of seven people, travelling in a nine seater minibus.

 

If you are interested in our standard Outlander Tour that fuses Outlander with the history of Scotland, then have a look here.

 

April

Arrive: Mon 17 April

Meet Tour Guide: 18 April

Depart: Tue 25 April

(Fully Booked)

 

June

Arrive: Mon 12 June

Meet Tour Guide: 13 June

Depart: Tue 20 June

(Fully booked)

 

July

Arrive: Tue 25 July

Meet Tour Guide: 26 July

Depart: Wed 2 August

(Fully Booked)

                                         

September

Arrive: Tue 12 Sept

Meet Tour Guide: 13 Sept                   Visit the church where they were married

Depart: Wed 20 Sept

(Two places available)                                                                                                    

 

The outline of the 'Fanatics' tour is as follows...

 

Day One. We have booked a good Edinburgh city centre hotel with easy access to the Royal Mile. A taxi from the airport will cost about GBP 20.

 

Day Two. Driver/guide meets you at the hotel for a half day walking tour of Edinburgh's Royal Mile, looking out for burned out print shops and strange looking Chinamen. That afternoon you will go out to Preston Mill (used as the mill where Jamie hid underwater) and then to the church that was used for the wedding. Night in Edinburgh hotel.

 

Day Three. A day trip to Fife to see Aberdour Castle, (used as the monastery), Dysart (used for Le Havre) and a look at the exterior of Balgonie Castle, used for MacRannoch's. Lunch at Falkland (Inverness 1945) and then to Culross, a fascinating 16th century time capsule (Cranesmuir). Night in Edinburgh hotel.

 

                                       Culross - a fascinating time capsule 

 

Day Four. 'Lally Broch', 'Fort William' (Blackness Castle) the train station used for tearful 1940s departures (Bo'ness)and 'Wentworth Prison' (Linlithgow Palace). Up to 'Castle Leoch' (Doune Castle) in the afternoon. You stay at a small hotel by Loch Tay.                           

 

Day Five. By Rannoch Moor to Glencoe, famous for the massacre of the MacDonalds in 1692,and Fort William, where sadly little remains of the original fort. Then up the Great Glen by the Well of the Seven Heads to pretty Fort Augustus and a visit to Urquhart Castle by Loch Ness. The next two nights are at a B&B in the heart of Inverness.

 

                                         Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle

 

Day Six. See Culloden Battlefield and the bronze age Clava Cairns with the associated stone circles. The new visitor centre at Culloden offers a detailed explanation of the battle, the background to the conflict and its brutal aftermath; of course we take a walk out on to the field. Then it's Fort George, a massive barracks, now home to the Blackwatch, built after Culloden to combat the Jacobite threat.

 

Day Seven. A look around Inverness, the Fraser of Lovat clan lands, a (perhaps rather unsettling) visit to the tomb of the 11th Lord Lovat ('The Old Fox') within the Fraser of Lovat Mausoleum. Beauly Priory (where Claire met Maisri the prophetess) and that evening you will have the chance to hold a claymore, targe and dirk yourself.

 

Day Eight. Down the main road to the Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore which was used in the rent gathering scenes. Then by Loch Tummel and Aberfeldy to Dunkeld and the church that was used in the witch trial scene. Dinner is included for your final night at a fine country house hotel very close to Edinburgh Airport.

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PRICE, TRANSPORT, GUIDE, ACCOMMODATION... AND SHOPPING

 

The cost of the tour is GBP 1950 (USD 2434 in February 2017).

 

The tour is priced for people travelling on their own. If you are happy to share a room, there is a reduction of GBP 250 per person.

 

The tour will be for a maximum of seven people travelling in a nine seater minibus.

 

Breakfast is included throughout; lunch is not included. Dinner is included on the last night. At the other stops there is a range of bar meals and more formal options.

 

There will be plenty opportunity to buy souvenirs but this is not really a tour for serious shopping! If you want to arrive early or to stay on for a day to sample the delights of the Edinburgh shops (and to see the castle) pleaswe let us know when you book and we will price this up for you.

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

 

Price includes the following:

 

  • Bed and Breakfast for

           eight nights.

  • Dinner on the last night
  • Services of tour guide for

           seven days

  • All entry fees
  • Jacobite weapons presentation

 

Not included:

                                                                

  • Air Fares
  • Lunches, drinks and snacks
  • Dinners, except the last night
  • Trip insurance.

 

 

We ask for a non refundable deposit

of GBP 400 per person.

 

The balance is payable eight

weeks prior to the start of the tour.

 

 

Cancellation

 

We recommend that you take out trip insurance in case of unforeseen circumstances.

 

Exchange Rates

 

At the time of writing (February 2017) the exchange rate is 1.248 USD to one pound sterling (GBP). We use www.xe.com for our calculations and this means that:

 

  • The GBP 1950 holiday cost is currently USD 2434
  • The GBP 250 reduction for sharing is currently USD 312
  • The GBP 400 deposit is currently USD 499

 

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NOW WHAT?

 

If you would like to know more about the trip then please send an email to me, Alastair Cunningham.

 

OR - If you would like to go ahead and book a place, you can make your deposit of GBP 400 per person (Mastercard or VISA) below...

 

Note - please use Ref: 'FANA' when prompted and let us know which tour you would like.

 

 

Payments types

 

Clans and Castles sell inclusive tour holidays. Payments are in GBP Sterling.

 

Refund policy: If you have to cancel your holiday prior to payment of the balance, then we retain 75% of the deposit, plus any sums necessarily paid out as non-refundable deposits to other providers. All detail will be provided. If you have to cancel your holiday after payment of the balance, we undertake to recoup the maximum amount possible from the ultimate providers (such as hotels), according to their own terms and conditions, and this sum will be returned to you, to a maximum of 75% of the total amount received.

 

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Scottish Clans and Castles Limited, Coille House, Appletreehall, Hawick, Scottish Borders, TD9 8RS. Company No: SC215349.

 

Customer service: Alastair Cunningham. alastair@clansandcastles.com / Tel 01450 371719

 

 

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What Outlander Fanatics said about the first (2016) Tour...

 

I so totally appreciate the Outlander books and show so much more after being in Scotland and visiting all the different locations.  Julie and I were absolutely thrilled each day.  Seeing the sights and visiting each place used in the show was great.  Hugh did an amazing job of bringing alive the history of your beautiful country and then connecting it to the books and show.”

Lisa Meehan, Pennsylvania, USA.

 

We enjoyed the tour immensely.  My daughter (who knows nothing about Outlander) enjoyed the company of the other ladies and going to all the sites. We enjoyed listening to Hugh's stories and bits of information that had nothing to do with Outlander but a lot to do with either the countryside or Scottish culture/language.  I would highly recommend it.

Roslyn Zanetic, Australia.

 

 

What previous Outlander Tourists have said...

 

It was so much more than just Outlander. I’m glad I didn’t go on a tour where we just were whisked around to different Outlander sites. The ones we visited were great, but I’m so glad we saw so much more of Scotland. And I’m glad we had you. Best trip ever. "

Jenna Powell, Illinois, USA

 

"We wanted to say what a wonderful time we had with all of you!  It was truly one of the best trips we've ever taken.  Great company, fabulous sights, and terrific tour director."

Sharon Moore,

South Carolina, USA.

 

"I have seen person after person on the various Outlander related Facebook pages that I am part of praise you and your tour.   Didn't notice that they had marked your name so that you  would get notification so I wanted to pass along news of how many, many folks have wonderful things to say about you and your tour."

Inez Miller, Florida USA

 

"Thank you for your time and patience and for making it one of the best experiences of my life.  If money were no object, I would return every year!"

Elaine Paulsen, Texas USA

 

"Thank you so much for our immersion into Scotland's history. You really brought it to life for me. So many titbits of history to share with friends and family. I think tho that my husband is going to get sick of hearing about it."

Donna Heron, Philadelphia, USA

 

"Hi Alastair! My Outlander Tour was a dream come true. I have seen the first episode and it is great. I'm so thankful I saw it right after our trip. A million thank yous for a once in a lifetime experience."

Diane Rigger, California, USA

 

"Thank you so much for our 'Outlander Tour'. It was absolutely magical and I enjoyed every minute of it."

Carrie Brown, Iowa, USA.

 

"This tour beautifully brought together the dramatic history of Scotland's highland clans with the story of Jamie and Claire Fraser that we all love. With the help of Alastair, our knowledgeable and charming tour guide, the Outlander book characters came to life before us in the castle ruins, heather covered moorland, and Edinburgh pubs. Thank you for a once in a lifetime adventure!"

Claire Hoffman, Seattle, USA.

 

"Though the tour referred to the Outlander series, it was so much more. It balanced the beautiful sights wth your knowledge of history. It was a memorable and enjoyable experience. I have traveled Europe before, and your tour ranks among my best experiences".

Camille Kateb, Texas, USA.

 

"I had been looking forward to this ‘Outlander’ tour for a couple of years and your trip exceeded all my expectations! As you know, my husband Pat knew nothing about the books but came along for the ride and enjoyed the tour just as much as I did.

You filled us with stories about Scottish history, clans and the countryside that made Diana’s books come alive for us. Not only did we see the most amazing and breathtaking scenery but you took us to out of the way places that regular tourists would never see."

Julie McLean, Australia.

 

"Thank you for a great tour! It was amazing the things you had planned for us and the unique opportunities we had. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the week exploring the locale of the books, but also the beauty and history of Scotland, especially the Highlands. This was fantastic!"

Karen Corvan, California, USA.

 

"Alastair, this was the most magical, wonderful vacation ever!!! Thanks to you we had a gloriously-beautiful and educational tour through Scotland. You brought Diana Gabaldon's books to life for us".

Dorease Rioux, Colorado, USA.

 

"Hi Alastair,

The trip was just perfect!  Everyone always asks me what my favorite part was, but it all was so wonderful I could never pick just one thing.  I have such fond memories, I could go on and on for days.  So I'll just say don't change a thing.  Once again thank you so much for such a wonderful experience!" 

Kristen Goble, New York, USA 

 

 

By the way, it looks from the above as though almost all our 'Outlander Tourists' are from far afield. Not so. We have also welcomed tourists from Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Denmark!

 

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Scottish Clans and Castles

Coille House,

Appletreehall, Hawick,

Scottish Borders TD9 8RS

T: +44 1450 371719

 

E: info@clansandcastles.com

 

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