1 Day tour from Edinburgh that explores some of the iconic locations from the Outlander TV Series. Your chance to explore the sights and sets that you have fallen in love with in person. April to September, Friday & Sunday
After leaving Edinburgh, we travel along the Forth to our first location, Midhope Castle, known in Outlander as 'Lallybroch Castle'. The castle is unoccupied in the grounds of Hopetoun that we will see later. We will pause for some photos and to soak in the atmospheric surroundings before we journey onwards.
Following the Outlander trail, we continue to Blackness Castle (entrance optional), which is the the Headquarters of the Outlander character Black Jack Randall, set splendidly on the shores of the Firth of Forth. Blackness castle dates back to the 15th Century and was home to the Crichton family, one of the most powerful families in Scotland. Its fortifications and site make this ancient castle look like a 'ship that never sailed'. We will spend some time here exploring its walls and to enjoy breathtaking views over the Firth of Forth.
We then travel on to our lunch break in the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow. You have time to grab a bite to eat, explore the town and visit Linlithgow Palace (optional). This is the site for Outlander's 'Wentworth Prison'. The palace was originally used as a relaxing retreat for the Royal Family on journeys between Edinburgh and Stirling Castle. Its towers overlook the surrounding countryside.
After the break at Linlithgow Palace, our Outlander odyssey journeys on to Callander House. The house, now a museum, dates back to the 14th Century and has ties to the Antonine Wall; Rome's northern frontier in Europe. Visit the famous kitchen, which was the set of the Duke of Sandringham's kitchen in Outlander and enjoy its beautiful surroundings.
From Callander House, we travel to the Royal Burgh of Culross. A tiny village nestled on the coast of Fife, Culross is arguably the best example of a 17th Century village in Scotland. The gardens here feature in Claire's herb garden, and the Mercat Cross in Outlanders' Cranesmuir Village. Here we stop with plenty of time to explore the village and its cobbled streets and quaint Biscuit Café, before stopping for photos at the Tuilyies Standing Stones (time permitting).
We then travel to Hopetoun House (optional entrance). This grand Palladian stately home dates back to the 17th Century and is set in a beautiful country estate, surrounded by a deer park and nature trails. Here we have the setting for the home of Outlander's Duke of Sandringham. You may choose to tour the House, or explore its grounds, before we head back to Edinburgh. We expect to arrive around 17:45 in centre of Edinburgh.
For a new tour for this year (2017), you did an amazing job. This was approximately our 15th tour with you guys, and you never disappoint.
Great Outlander Tour even for History Buffs
I usually do history tours but decided on this Outlander tour instead. I'm a big fan, obviously. The guide Gregor was so lovely and funny and didn't just tell you the same things the docents at the attractions did. The attractions came thick and fast and the drives in between were short and entertaining. I would do a film location tour again after this one.
I loved the fact we got to all the places hard to reach by public transport, and that it's a small bus, always, due to the roads. I would have liked to Doune but so much would have been left out and all the other Outlander locations are easier to get to by yourself, or by taking one of the history day trips this company does, each one had Outlander locations so it's something for next time.
If it's a sunny day I recommend taking a picnic lunch down at the loch in Linlithgow after visiting the palace, but have enough to share with the swans!
I had an absolutely fantastic time on the Outlander tour, where we went to iconic places around Edinburgh featured in the Outlander TV show. Our tour guide, Gillian, was fantastic - so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. She drove us around to the different landmarks, explaining the real history behind stories features in Outlander and giving us advice on what to do and see. Despite only being a 1 day tour we were able to visit six different landmarks at quite a leisurely pace, with very little driving time in between. I would highly recommend this tour if you're a fan of Outlander!