Outlander Tours 2018

 

 

We have been running these guided Outlander Tours for twelve years now, and are delighted at their success. As well as 'Outlander sites', we put the books into context and explore a little of what life was like for a Highlander in the 18th century. We include a few places not associated with the books - historic places that consistently delight our clients: Rosslyn Chapel, the brochs at Glenelg, Glencoe and the Isle of Skye.

 

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

 

NOTE: We also run 'Outlander Fanatic Tours' which are totally devoted to the books and the film locations. See here for details and dates.

 

If you are a group of three or more looking for an Outlander Tour and there is no space available for your chosen dates, please email us at enquiries@clansandcastles.com and we will see if we can lay on another tour or else arrange a trip just for your group.

 

 

APRIL

Arrive: Sun 22 April

Meet Tour Guide: Tue 24 April

Last night: Mon 30 April

3 Places left

 

MAY 1

Arrive: Sun 6 May                     

Meet Tour Guide: Tue 8 May

Last night: Mon 14 May

3 Places left

 

MAY 2

Arrive: Sun 13 May

Meet Tour Guide Tue 15 May

Last night: Mon 21 May

 

JUNE 1

Arrive: Sun 3 June

Meet Tour Guide Tue 5 June

Last night: Mon 11 June

 

JUNE 2

Arrive: Sun 17 June

Meet Tour Guide Tue 19 June

Last night: Mon 25 June

FULLY BOOKED

 

JULY 1

Arrive: Sun 8 July

Meet Tour Guide: Tue 10 July

Last night: Mon 16 July

4 Places left

 

JULY 2

Arrive: Sun 22 July

Meet Tour Guide: Tue 24 July

Last night: Mon 30 July

1 Place left

 

AUGUST                                                SEPTEMBER 2

Arrive: Sun 19 August                            Arrive: Sun 23 Sept

Meet Tour Guide: Tue 21 August              Meet Tour Guide: Tue 25 September

Last night: Mon 27 August                       Last night: Mon 1 October

                   

SEPTEMBER 1                                        OCTOBER

Arrive: Sun 9 September                         Arrive: Sun 7 October

Meet Tour Guide: Tue 11 September         Meet Tour Guide: Tue 9 October

Last night: Mon 17 September                  Last night: Mon 15 October

4 Places left

 

The general outline of the tours is as follows...

 

Arrival Date. Experience teaches us that people prefer to give themselves a full day to recover from the flight, adjust to the time zone and explore a little on their own. We are therefore including two nights at a chic Bed and Breakfast close to Edinburgh city centre before you meet your tour guide. A taxi from the airport will cost about GBP 20.

 

Arrival Day Plus One. Time to get out and about... see Edinburgh Castle (allow at least two hours), the Royal Mile (we provide you with a guide of 'Outlander places') and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

 

Day One with the Tour Guide. We all meet in the foyer at 0915 and head north. First stop is Falkland in Fife, used in the TV series for Inverness. Next, see what it looks like to stand in the dock and be accused of witchcraft (you'll just have to imagine the baying crowd!). After lunch we are in the Highlands and on our way to the Highland Folk Museum to see the traditional village used in the rent gathering scenes. The next two nights are at a charming B&B in the Highland town of Nairn.

 

 

         Two Outlander Tours with Lord Cromartie, Chief of Clan Mackenzie at Castle Leod

 

Day Two. The new visitor centre at Culloden offers a detailed explanation of the battle, the background to the conflict and its brutal aftermath. Then we head by Inverness to the Fraser of Lovat clan lands, including a visit to the tomb of the 11th Lord Lovat ('The Old Fox') and Beauly Priory (where Claire met Maisri the prophetess). After lunch a tour of Castle Leod by its owner, the Earl of Cromartie and finally the bronze age Clava Cairns and stone circles. That evening, you will have the chance to hold a claymore, targe and dirk yourself and learn more about the life of a clansman and his traditional dress.                   

 

 

Day Three. We head west by Loch Ness and Glenmoriston (where Prince Charles Edward hid for three weeks in 1746) and by Glenshiel (site of another Jacobite battle) to the dramatic Mam Rattigan Pass (fantastic views) and over to Glenelg. Here we see the best examples of brochs on the Scottish mainland. The local inn provides an excellent lunch. The only remaining turntable ferry in Europe takes us across the narrows to Skye and then we visit super-picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. That night is at a small hotel on Skye.

 

 

Storyteller on Skye Day Four. Cameras out today and we pray for good weather as we see 'Kilt Rock', look across to the pillar known as the 'Old Man of Storr', wind up to the dramatic Quirang viewpoint and across to Uig. This landscape is not much changed from the 18th century and helps us understand what life was like then. Lunch is at Dunvegan and that afternoon we hear from a local (though internationally-known) storyteller.

 

 

Day Five. We take the ferry across the Sound of Sleat to Mallaig, then drive the west coast by Loch nan Uamh (from where Prince Charles Edward left in September 1746) and Glenfinnan (where he raised his standard in August 1745), to Fort William (sadly almost nothing much left of the original fort). Heading inland we see Glencoe (famous for the massacre of the MacDonalds in 1692) and Rannoch Moor. That night we are in a small hotel by Loch Tay.

 

                          The Storyteller on Skye

 

Day Six is TV locations day. First up is Doune Castle, (Castle Leoch of course). Then to Culross, a fascinating 16th century time capsule, used for Cranesmuir and other places. From here we head to Blackness (Fort William) and Midhope (Lally Broch). That night you are staying in a splendid castle outside Edinburgh.

 

 

                     Culross - a fascinating time capsule      

 

 

Day Seven. 15th Century Rosslyn Chapel has been described as a 'Bible in Stone'. In fact it is more: full of carvings that recall tales of Knights Templar, Freemasons and the Holy Grail. After this we have a private tour of the church where Jamie and Claire were married. Final lunch at a local pub and then visit to Craigmillar Castle, used for Ardsmuir in Season Three.

 

The experience of several years has taught us that there are always individual things (like shopping!) that people absolutely have to do on the last afternoon and so the group gets depleted. We have therefore decided to end the tour mid afternoon. The guide will transport anyone to any part of the city that they may want to explore and departs when everyone is happily occupied at whatever they need to do. Last night at the same B&B where you started.

 

Day Eight. Depart

 

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PRICE, TRANSPORT, GUIDE, ACCOMMODATION AND SHOPPING

 

The cost of the tours in 2018 is GBP 2200 (USD 2822 in August 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 200 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 for the two nights at the Nairn B&B. At the other overnight 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!

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

 

Price includes the following:

 

  • Bed and Breakfast for nine nights.
  • Dinners on two nights
  • Services of tour guide for seven days
  • Entry to Culloden Battlefield
  • Storyteller on Skye
  • Jacobite weapons presentation
  • A private castle tour (normally a tour of Castle Leod with Lord Cromartie).

 

Not included:                                                                                                                                  A splendid castle outside Edinburgh (Day Six)

  • Air Fares                                                
  • Lunches, drinks and snacks
  • Entry to castles  (occasionally, by mutual consent, we change one castle for another)
  • Dinners, except at the B&B in Nairn
  • Trip insurance.

 

We ask for a non refundable deposit of GBP 450 per person.

The balance is payable eight weeks prior to the start of the tour.

 

Cancellation

 

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

 

Exchange Rates

 

At the time of writing (August 2017) the exchange rate is 1.28 USD to one pound sterling (GBP). We use www.xe.com for our calculations and this means that:

 

  • The GBP 2200 holiday cost is currently USD 2822
  • The GBP 200 per person reduction for sharing is currently USD 256.5
  • The GBP 450 per person deposit is currently USD 579

 

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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 450 per person (Mastercard or VISA) below...

 

Note - please use Ref: 'OUTL' when prompted and send us an email with names of all in the group and your selected tour, stating if you would like to share a room.

 

 

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

 

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What Outlander travellers have said ...

 

Words cannot describe how wonderful the trip was.  Scotland is beautiful - the scenery, the people, everything about it.  It was the experience of a lifetime and I would recommend Clans and Castles to anyone planning to travel to Scotland. As to Jamie, I can't say enough good things about him.  His knowledge of history, past through present, added a dimension to the trip that was priceless. 

Sally Wenner, USA. May Outlander 2017.

 

The trip was really beautiful. Pauline was top notch. A very empathic, intelligent, funny lady - experienced enough to make the trip really fascinating and enjoyable. The food was very good. 

Sue Harris, USA. July Outlander 2017.

 

Thank you for putting together a trip that is perfect for the solo traveler to enjoy. Being able to share meals and stories while making new friends is a nice experience and I was grateful to have a guide and driver to navigate, answer questions, and share history.

Erin Lothner, USA. June Outlander 2017.

 

Alastair, the tour itself was better than I ever could have imagined.  Scotland is a majestic country with spectacular scenery with a rich history both tragic and inspiring.  You have great material to work with and the fact that you are so very enthusiastic about Scotland shows - you put your heart and soul into it. 

Tammy Heavrin, USA. July Outlander 2017.

 

It really was the trip of a lifetime. Laura was a fantastic host and guide. We all really enjoyed her company, her stories, and the historical information she provided the tour.  

Chance Parker, June Outlander, 2017

 

The tour, the sights, the service, the accommodations, Jamie, and Scotland in general were FABULOUS! Accommodations were lovely, innkeepers were wonderful, and the food was excellent. Jamie is a treasure!  His knowledge of the country and its history, his stories and pleasant personality MADE the trip one of a lifetime. In all honesty, the trip could have not been more perfect.

Kim Fitzgerald, USA. July Outlander, 2017.

 

Alastair, you made it super special and a lifetime memory - from your wonderful itinerary to the great overnight locations to marshalling the troops with patience and good humor through it all.

Annie Lee, Pennsylvania USA. June 2016 Outlander.

 

We loved the storyteller, the cairns, the visit to the churches, and Rosslyn Chapel. There was nothing we didn't enjoy. Jamie was everything you'd want in a guide. His knowledge of history and the area is awesome. He was accommodating, and so very patient.

Peggie Armstrong, North Carolina USA. May 2016 OUtlander.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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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