Outlander Tours 2021

Immerse yourself in the Scotland of Jamie and Claire.
Small Group, Uncrowded, Cultural, Unique Experience

Outlander Tours of Scotland 2021


Immerse yourself in the beautiful vistas and local villages of Scotland where Jamie & Claire lived and loved! These tours are led by the fabulous guides from Inverness Tours who tell you all of the tidbits about Outlander, and also share their love and vast knowledge about Scotland and Scottish history. Plus, they're fun!

These Outlander Tours of Scotland are small group, 7 passenger 8 night (including hotels, entrance fees and 5* Scottish guides) total immersions into the spectacular sights & scenery of the Outlander TV Series and of Diana Gabaldon's original Outlander book series. This tour also includes a performance by "The Bard" (if available) from Castle Leoch and then period costumes on the final day.

The Outlander Redoux Tours of Scotland cover sites from season 2 as well as seasons 3 and 4! This tour includes mill where Jamie got naked, the church where Jamie and Claire were married, Rosslyn Chapel, Eilean Donan Castle, a ride on the Jacobite Steam Train and two nights on the Isle of Skye. (Available by request for groups of 4 or more.)

Why us?

Longevity! Hugh Allison and I have been running these Outlander tours for 6 years now (since the TV series started), and for years before that he 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. Plus, we are one of the few tours to visit the filming site of Craigh na Dun! See our testimonials here. And here are our Facebook Reviews.

Private family or group tours can be arranged. Give me a call, text me or drop me an email and let me help you make your dream a reality. I love helping people plan their trips! And I am a full service travel agent. Contact Us

As one past traveler 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!"

Again for 2021 tours: For every person that signs up for a 2021 tour and pays a deposit in 2020 - You'll have a tree planted in Scotland in your name to support the John Muir Trust in their "work to regenerate native woodlands in some of our wildest landscapes, restoring ecosystems and encouraging the return of wildlife." Twelve trees were planted in January of 2021.

Types of Tours

This outlander tour includes visiting the Courtyard of Lallybroch where Jamie was flogged

Small Group Outlander Tours (7 people max) including Craigh na Dun

Outlander Tour Highlights:
  • Outlander sights in Scotland featuring Season 1
  • All accommodations and entrance fees included!
  • Filming sites in Glasgow such as Glasgow Cathedral, George Square, Pollok Country Park, Glasgow University, and Kelvingrove Park (including a 2 day hop-on hop-off bus pass)
  • Performance by Gwyllyn the Bard from the TV Series
  • Film Locations for Castle Leoch, Inverness, Cranesmuir
  • Craigh na Dun & the village of "Rent"
  • Culloden Battlefield & Clava Cairns Standing Stones
  • Lallybroch & the fiendish Fort William
  • Loch Ness, Glen Affric, Beauly Priory
  • Charming Glenelg community ferry to take "Over the Sea to Sky"
  • Period costumes for guided walking tour of the Royal Mile
  • 3 dinners and 7 breakfasts and a fun Scottish evening & Scottish Heritage Pass
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Drummond Castle Gardens which you'll see on your Outlander tour was used for filming of Versailles

Small Group Outlander Tours (6 people max) with 2 nights on the Isle of Skye

Outlander Redoux Highlights:
  • Sites from Season 2 and other seasons
  • All accommodations and entrance fees included!
  • Jacobite Steam Train then Over the Sea to Skye, the Clan Donald Centre & Portree
  • Inverness, the Capitol of the Highlands (including a 1 day hop-on hop-off bus pass)
  • Tulloch Ghru and the Cairngorms
  • Isle of Skye - Trotternish Peninsula, Fairy Glen, Dunvegan Castle & Island on the Edge
  • Rosslyn Chapel (since we're in the neighborhood)
  • The mill where Jamie got naked, the church where Jamie and Claire were married, the kitchen where the duke got "done in"
  • Film locations for Beaufort Castle, the harbor and the scene of Silkies’ Island
  • Cumbernauld Glen, where filming for Fraser's Ridge occurred
  • The sweeping glens in the opening credits & the most photographed castle in Scotland
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Dunadd Fort - one of the most important medieval sites in Scotland

Small Group Tours Ancient Scotland (7 people max) with 2 nights on the Orkney Islands!!

Ancient Scotland Highlights:
  • All accommodations and entrance fees included!
  • Kilmartin Glen which holds over 300 Ancient Sites including Dunadd Fortress
  • Medieval Old Inverlochy Castle
  • Day in Inverness, Shopping, Whiskey, Music, Books, Hop-on Hop-off Bus
  • Ferry to the Orkney Islands for 2 nights!
  • Sites include the Italian Chapel, Orkney Winery, Bishop's Palace, Earl's Palace, St Magnus Cathedral
  • Standing Stones of Stenness
  • Ring of Brodgar (Orkney's Legendary Dancing Giants) & Ness of Brodgar
  • Maeshowe cairn and passage grave
  • Neolithic village of Skara Brae
  • Cliffs of Yesnab or Sheila Fleet Jewelry Designer
  • Cairngorms National Park
  • St Andrews Medieval Cathedral and Priory
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List of Tours

Outlander Immersion Tour
8 nights, 7 travelers
This is one of the few outlander tours to include Craigh na Dun hill where the standing stones were filmed

Start date: April 12th, 2021
End date: April 20th, 2021
Expert tour guide: Dave Fyfe
Price: $2,627 per person double occupancy, $3,167 for a single
April 12th (7 Seats)

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Outlander Immersion Tour
8 nights, 7 travelers
This outlander tour includes a visit to Midhope castle which was used for filming Lallybroch

Start date: April 19th, 2021
End date: April 27th, 2021
Expert tour guide: Ian Deveney
Price: $2,627 per person double occupancy, $3,167 for a single
April 19 (7 Seats)

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Outlander Immersion Tour
8 nights, 7 travelers
The village at the Highland Folk Museum used to film Rent that you'll visit on your Outlander tour

Start date: May 3th, 2021
End date: May 11th, 2021
Expert tour guide: Hugh Allison
Price: $2,684 per person double occupancy, $3,238 for a single
May 3rd (SOLD OUT!)

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NEW Ancient Scotland Tour
9 nights, 7 travelers
Stenness Standing Stones on the Orkney Islands

Start date: May 11th, 2021
End date: May 19th, 2021
Expert tour guide:Hugh Allison
Price: $2,457 per person double occupancy, $3,259 for a single.
May 11th (5 Seats)

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Outlander Immersion Tour
8 nights, 7 travelers
The village at the Highland Folk Museum used to film Rent that you'll visit on your Outlander tour

Start date: May 17th, 2021
End date: May 25th, 2021
Expert tour guide: Ian Deveney
Price: $2,684 per person double occupancy, $3,238 for a single
May 17th (1 Seat)

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Outlander Immersion Tour
8 nights, 7 travelers
This outlander tour includes a visit to Midhope castle which was used for filming Lallybroch

Start date: May 31st, 2021
End date: June 8th, 2021
Expert tour guide: Scott Guthrie
Price: $2,684 per person double occupancy, $3,238 for a single
May 31st (1 Seat)

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Outlander Immersion Tour
8 nights, 7 travelers
The  rooftops of Culross or Cranesmuir as you'll see on your Outlander tour

Start date: June 14th, 2021
End date: June 22nd, 2021
Expert tour guide: Ian Deveney
Price: $2,684 per person double occupancy, $3,238 for a single
June 14th (3 Seats)

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Outlander Immersion Tour
8 nights, 7 travelers
You can see  bridge at Pollok Country Park in Glasgow which was used for Outlander filming on your Outlander tour

Start date: June 28th, 2021
End date: July 6th, 2021
Expert tour guide: Scott Guthrie
Price: $2,799 per person double occupancy, $3,384 for a single
June 28th (7 Seats)

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Outlander Redoux Tour
8 nights, 6 travelers
Inverness Castle with a rainbow behind it and you may or may not see a rainbow on your Outlander tour

Start date: July 6th, 2021
End date: July 14th, 2021
Expert tour guide: Dave Fyfe
Price: $2,764 per person double occupancy, $3,655 for a single
July 6th (SOLD OUT)

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Outlander Immersion Tour
8 nights, 7 travelers
This outlander tour includes a photo stop at the Urquhart Castle in front of Loch Ness

Start date: July 12th, 2021
End date: July 20th, 2021
Expert tour guide: Hugh Allison
Price: $2,818 per person double occupancy, $3,484 for a single
July 12th - 4 Seats

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Outlander Immersion Tour
8 nights, 7 travelers
Your outlander tour will include the Callanish Standing Stones in daylight

Start date: August 9th, 2021
End date: August 17th, 2021
Expert tour guide: Ian Deveney
Price: $2,950 per person double occupancy, $3,795 for a single
Aug 9th (5 Seats)

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NEW Ancient Scotland Tour
9 nights, 7 travelers
Standing Stones of Stenness

Start date: August 23th, 2021
End date: August 31st, 2021
Expert tour guide: Hugh Allison
Price: $2,522 per person double occupancy, $3,378 for a single.
Aug 23th (7 Seats)

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Outlander Immersion Tour
8 nights, 7 travelers
The village you'll see on an outlander tour at the Highland Folk Museum where the Rent was collected

Start date: Sept 6th, 2021
End date: Sept 14th, 2021
Expert tour guide: Scott Guthrie
Price: $2,818 per person double occupancy, $3,484 for a single
Sept 6th (7 Seats)

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Outlander Immersion Tour
8 nights, 7 travelers
The Callanish Standing Stones that were seen on a previous outlander tour in fog at dusk

Start date: Sept 20st, 2021
End date: Sept 28th, 2021
Expert tour guide: Hugh Allison
Price: $2,684 per person double occupancy, $3,238 for a single
Sept 20th (7 Seats)

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Outlander Immersion Tour
8 nights, 7 travelers
Craigh na Dun hill where the standing stones were filmed

Start date: Oct 4th, 2021
End date: Oct 12th, 2021
Expert tour guide: Scott Guthrie
Price: $2,665 per person double occupancy, $3,210 for a single
Oct 4th (7 Seats)

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Outlander Immersion Tour
8 nights, 7 travelers
This outlander tour includes a visit to Midhope castle which was used for filming Lallybroch

Start date: Oct 18th, 2021
End date: Oct 26th, 2021
Expert tour guide: Hugh Allison
Price: $2,665 per person double occupancy, $3,210 for a single
Oct 18th (7 Seats)

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Outlander Immersion Tour Details

Why this tour?


Longevity! Hugh Allison and I have been running these Outlander tours of Scotland for 5 years now (since the TV series started), and for years before that he 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.
Here are some more reasons this tour is the best:
  • 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!)
  • 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.
  • 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 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 spot to the next - you will leave feeling like you had the best trip ever.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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. And you'll have a local host when you arrive in Glasgow - someone who knows Glasgow and can help you with questions about your time in Glasgow.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 customer comments here under Testimonials.

Daily Itinerary

  • Day 1 & 2 - Glasgow

    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 very good shopping choices. 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. (The performance may be another night of the tour or a different performer depending on availability.) Overnight in Glasgow.
    Hotel: Piper's Tryst Hotel Glasgow (or similar)
  • 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 worked well for filming the herb garden where Claire met Gellis and the pillary where Jamie's strong fingers helped the young boy free his ear. 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". Walk around the town and see the Falkland Parish Church and the Bruce Fountain where Frank saw "the ghost". Overnight in Aberfeldy.
    B&B: Townhouse Aberfeldy (or similar)
  • 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. 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. Clava also has a large single stone like the one that Claire put her hands on in the TV series. Overnight in Inverness (the city that Clarie couldn't see the lights of which convinced her she really was in in a different time).
    Hotel: Ballifeary Guest House (or similar)
  • 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.
    Hotel: Ballifeary Guest House (or similar)
  • 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. 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. 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.
    B&B: B+B Edinburgh (or similar)
  • 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.
    B&B: B+B Edinburgh (or similar)
  • 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).
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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 individual tour pages.
  • 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.
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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.

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Outlander Redoux Tour Details

This Outlander Redoux tour visits sights from Season & Book Two and Beyond. Since large parts of season 2 take place in Paris, we are using the slang French term "Redoux". It is also "refreshed and re-mixed" with some sights of season 3 and 4 as well as some from season 1 that might have been missed in the original Outlander Immersion Tours.

However, this tour works just fine as a stand-alone experience, so you are more than welcome to take the Redoux tour prior to the Immersion tour if the dates work out better for you. If you need help getting to Inverness or want to spend time in Glasgow and/or Edinburgh before or after the tour, please contact me and I'll help you work out the details.


How is this Outlander Tour of Scotland is different than other tours out there? See some testimonials here.
  • Scottish to the core makes this the perfect choice: You'll be staying in authentic Scottish accommodations and your Scottish tour guides know Scotland and Scottish history. You'll love Scotland like they do by the end of your tour.
  • 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!)
  • Inverness Tours: Diana Gabaldon (Herself) recommends Inverness Tours (5* on Trip Advisor). They have the best guides and Hugh Allison, Dave Fyfe, Ian Deveney and Laura Moon 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 spot to the next - you will leave feeling like you know Scotland and have had the ultimate tour.
  • And finally, me: I am an IATAN Accredited Travel Agent and I created these tours in conjunction with Hugh Allison. I am Outlander fan just like you. I've been thrilled by the Outlander TV series and have read all of the Outlander books (ah, more than once). 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.
  • As one traveler said, "AMAZING! SUPER FAB!! STUPENDOUS!!! Thanks to you and Hugh for organizing such a full, fun and adventurous tour! Your pre-trip assistance and communications were always spot on (or should I say Scot on?)! " See more reviews here under Testimonials.

  • Day 1 & 2 - Inverness

    Spend 2 nights in Inverness, the Capital of the Scottish Highlands. On your own, using the included 1 day hop-on hop-off bus pass, see the sights of the charming city of Inverness. Like most Scottish towns, Inverness is filled with friendly people and has traditional music and very good shopping.

    Recommended places to visit: The Whisky Shop just up the hill from the River Ness on High Street, Gellions Bar (nightly live music) across the street from the Whisky Shop, Hootananny (more music) down Church Street, Highland House of Fraser - Kiltmaker & Supplier of Highland Dress, "The Bar" at the Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel (for a wee dram), and just past there, the Ness Islands (a lovely walk thru tall trees). See my blog : Things to do in Inverness.

    To get to Inverness, you can fly, take a train or a bus. Inverness is about 3.5 hours from Glasgow or Edinburgh by train. See my blog: Getting to Inverness then contact Kathie if you have any questions.
    Overnight: B&B or Hotel in Inverness
  • Day 3 - Jacobite Steam Train then Over the Sea to Skye, the Clan Donald Centre & Portree

    Today will begin with a drive to Fort William to board the Jacobite Steam Train. Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, this 42 mile trip takes you across the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct (seen in the Harry Potter films) which overlooks the Jacobite monument. Then we’ll take the ferry (weather permitting) "Over the Sea to Skye". We’ll stop for a visit to the Clan Donald Centre, also known as the Museum of the Isles. After seeing the history of the Isles and the stunning views from the ruined castles over to the mainland, we’ll travel on to the colorful town of Portree. You will spend 2 nights on magical Isle of Skye.
    Overnight: Hotel in Portree, Isle of Skye
  • Day 4 - Isle of Skye - Trotternish Peninsula, Fairy Glen, Dunvegan Castle & Island on the Edge

    You will have one full day on the Isle of Skye to enjoy it's many enticing delights. This will be a delightful morning of touring the Trotternish Peninsula including photostops at Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the breathtaking view from the Quiraing. From there we’ll drive through the lovely hills leading to the ferry port of Uig with a stop at the magical Fairy Glen. After lunch in Portree, you will visit Dunvegan Castle and see it's unusual gardens. This will be followed by a visit to the "Island on the Edge" for a rare insight into the island's traditional culture, plus a look at contemporary working life and issues for croft farmers (and you may possibly be able to hold a lamb). After seeing their sheep and beautiful handcrafted items, you’ll return to Portree for the night.
    Overnight: Hotel in Portree, Isle of Skye
  • Day 5 - Eilean Donan, Fort William, Glencoe, Drummond Castle & Gardens

    To start the day, you will visit one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle. It was partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, but after 200 years (and then 20 years of toil and labour) it was restored to its former glory and re-opened in 1932. After a stop in Fort William for lunch, you will get to see the sweeping hills and valleys of Glencoe which is featured in the opening credits of Outlander. There will be time for photo stops so you can get out of the van and actually experience this most gorgeous location. The final stop for the day will be Drummond Castle & Gardens. The gardens are immediately recognizable as the film location of Versailles. (See if you can find the location where Jamie and Murtagh were practicing their sword skills.)
    Overnight: Hotel in Stirling
  • Day 6 - Wardpark Studios (drive by), Cumbernauld Glen, Dunure Harbour, Dean Castle Country Park, (optional Stirling Castle)

    On this day you'll get a glimpse of the Wardpark Film Studios where the filming for Outlander is produced (as we drive by the locked compound). Then the actual first stop of the day will be be at the site where scenes for Fraser's Ridge were filmed and you'll enjoy a walk through the ancient and mature oak woodlands of Cumbernauld Glen. Both the woods around Jamie and Claire's cabin, and the bear fight were filmed here. For those who love a walk on the wild side, Cumbernauld Glen is also a haven for wildlife. Early spring sees pockets of snowdrops appearing and summer brings a profusion of bluebells. The next destination is Dunure which is on the lovely coast of Scotland. This is where filming for the Season 3 harbor scenes took place when they were getting ready to sail to the Caribbean as well as the conversation with Jared. (This is also the site from Season 4 where Bree and Lizzie were walking around the harbor.) The beach and castle next to the harbor were used for the scenes in Season 3 where Claire and Jamie watch young Ian swim out to Silkies’ Island. Then you will visit Dean Castle Country Park which stands in for the home of Lord Lovat, Beaufort Castle. This is where Claire and Jamie went to try to persuade the Old Fox to send his clan to aid Charles Stuart. The final stop of the day will be an optional visit to Stirling Castle.
    Overnight: Hotel in Stirling
  • Day 7 - The TV location of 'the Mill', Rosslyn Chapel, Wilmington, Glencorse Old Kirk, the Duke's kitchen

    Today we will start with one of the most remembered scenes in outlander - "the Mill" where Jamie dove in the frigid water to free the stuck wheel. The filming was done at the picturesque Preston Mill – one of the oldest, working, water-driven meal mills in Scotland. After searching around for Jamie's clothes, you'll stop for a visit at Rosslyn Chapel (as long as we're in the neighborhood and it is such a not to be missed site). Then we'll journey to one of the filming sites of Wilmington and see the location where Jamie and Claire went to see a play, and then Claire performed emergency surgery. The filming was done at Arniston House which has historical links to Rosslyn Chapel and Culloden, as the family was eventually instrumental in getting the tartan act repealed. After a special lunch at Arniston, you'll get to visit the beautiful church where Jamie and Claire's iconic wedding took place. You can stand in the exact spot where Claire learned Jamie's full name. Next will be Callendar House, which was used as Bellhurst Manor, and the authentic Georgian working kitchen was that of the Duke of Sandringham ("Off with your head!").
    Overnight: Hotel in Stirling
  • Day 8 - Film Locations for the Witches Trial, Mohawk Village, and a Distillery

    Our first stop will be Tibbermore Church to visit the site of the Witches Trial and stand in the same pulpit where Claire and Gellis faced the angry crowd. After having some fun there we'll travel on to the Faskally Forest which was used as the filming site for the Mohawk Village in season 4. This is where the bark hut and thatched building were set up and you'll get to tromp around in the woods trying to find Roger. (really, I have to say it: "Where's Roger?" Did Diana Gabaldon do that on purpose?) Then you'll have a nice Scottish lunch at the Gloagburn Farm Shop where you can get locally grown food and maybe some souveniers. From there you'll head up north and stop at the distinctive Dalwhinnie Distillery for a tour and possibly a wee dram. The day will end with a drive along the Cairngorms National Park on your way towards Inverness.
    Overnight: B&B/Hotel in Inverness
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Highlights:

  • All Accommodations are included plus a full Scottish Breakfast each day except the first day.
  • Inverness City Sightseeing, 1 day hop on hop off pass
  • An Outlander expert tour guide from Inverness Tours.
  • 6 day driver-guide tour with Inverness Tours in 8 passenger van. (Luggage is limited.)
  • Includes the Jacobite Steam Train as well as entrance to the castles and sites and the ferry to the Isle of Skye (if available).
  • Luggage allowance is one small to medium sized suitcase and one tote or daypack per person. Additional luggage must be arranged in advance.
Price:

  • The price for each tour is on the individual tour pages.
  • 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.
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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.


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Ancient Scotland Tour Details

Ancient Scotland May and Aug 2021 including 2 nights on the Orkney Islands!!

Why this tour?


Longevity! Hugh Allison and I have been running these tours together for 5 years now, and the guides at Inverness Tours have a vast knowledge of Scotland and her ancient sites. Hugh and I have been talking for years about creating a tour of the sites of Ancient Scotland and the debut is in 2021. We hope you'll find these tours as fascinating as our Outlander Immersion tours which have gotten rave reviews. See our testimonials here.
Here are some more reasons to book with us:
  • 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 Dunadd Fort when you're trying to feel the vibrations of ancient energy!
  • 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 another tour of Scotland. You'll love Scotland like they do by the end of your tour.
  • Inverness Tours: 5* on Trip Advisor. They have the most amazing guides and Hugh Allison, Dave Fyfe, Ian Deveney and Scott Guthrie have been expertly guiding tours of Scotland for years. They are knowledgeable, charming and entertaining. This is not a boring bus ride from one spot to the next - you will leave feeling like you know Scotland and have had the ultimate tour.
  • We are one of the few tours to visit the site of Dunadd Fortand the ancient monuments in Kilmartin Glen!
  • 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. And you'll have a local host when you arrive in Glasgow - someone who knows Glasgow and can help you with questions about your time in Glasgow.

Daily Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Glasgow

    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 very good shopping choices. 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. (The performance may be another night of the tour or a different performer depending on availability.) Overnight in Glasgow.
    Hotel: Piper's Tryst Hotel Glasgow (or similar)
  • Day 2 - Journey begins - Loch Lomond, Ancient Seat of the Early Scottish Kings, Ancient Monuments in Kilmartin Glen

    After a good night’s sleep and a nice breakfast, the journey will start with a drive up along the fabled Loch Lomond enroute to Lochgilphead and Kilmartin. Rising dramatically from Moine Mhor, Dunadd appears as a rocky outcrop near Lochgilphead. Many people have heard of Tara, the seat of the High Kings of Ireland. Well Dunadd Fort, in the Kilmartin Glen in Argyll, is the Ancient Seat of the Early Scottish Kings!! And just like Tara, when you climb to the top of Dunadd, you can feel the vibrations of ancient energy! The rest of this day will be spent investigating the ancient monuments in Kilmartin Glen which holds over 300 of them in a few square miles.
    Overnight historic Empire Travel Lodge, Lochgilphead
  • Day 3 - Tigh An Truish, Loch Linnhe, Old Inverlochy Castle

    Enroute to Inverness, we’ll stop and see some fascinating pieces of Scottish History. Tigh An Truish Inn is along the way and if time permits, you'll enjoy a look at the pub from a time gone by. The Gaelic name translates into English as "The House of the Trousers." Then you’ll drive along the west coast of Scotland with views of the lovely Loch Linnhe and on to Old Inverlochy Castle. This is an ancient site from the 13th century which is situated at the south-western end of the Great Glen just north of Fort William on the banks of the River Lochy. Your guide will regale you with tales of its fascinating history and many scenes of splendor and carnage which occurred here. From the castle, you’ll drive along the Great Glen and the amazing length of Loch Ness before arriving in Inverness.
    Overnight Ballifeary Guesthouse, Inverness
  • Day 4 - Day in Inverness, Shopping, Whiskey, Music, Books, Hop-on Hop-off Bus

    This day will be a day off for the guide and a day for you to investigate Inverness with your included hop-on hop-off bus pass. Like most Scottish towns, Inverness is filled with friendly people and has traditional music and very good shopping. Recommended places to visit: The Whisky Shop just up the hill from the River Ness on High Street, Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop filled with thousands of books, MacGregor’s Bar (with regular music sessions), Gellions Bar (nightly live music) across the street from the Whisky Shop, Hootananny (more music) down Church Street, Highland House of Fraser - Kiltmaker & Supplier of Highland Dress, "The Bar" at the Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel (for a wee dram), and just past there, the Ness Islands (a lovely walk thru tall trees). See my blog : Things to do in Inverness.
    Overnight Ballifeary Guesthouse, Inverness
  • Day 5 - Ferry to the Orkney Islands for 2 nights! Sites include the Italian Chapel, Orkney Winery, Bishop's Palace, Earl's Palace, St Magnus Cathedral

    Today you will begin your journey to the remote Orkney Islands with a drive up to the far north of the Scottish mainland. You will drive up through the scenic Scottish Highlands before catching a ferry to the Orkney Islands and on to visit the Italian Chapel, a beautiful Roman Catholic chapel in Lamb Holm which was constructed by Italian POWs during the Second World War. Then you will visit the Orkney Winery, Bishop's Palace, Earl's Palace, and finally St Magnus Cathedral, known as the 'Light in the North' which was founded in 1137 in honour St Magnus who was martyred in Orkney.
    Overnight Ayre Hotel (or similar), Kirkwall
  • Day 6 - Standing Stones of Stenness, Ring of Brodgar, Ness of Brodgar, Maeshowe, Skara Brae

    This day will include a plethora of intriguing ancient sites. You will begin your day with the captivating Standing Stones of Stenness, a henge which is older than Stonehenge by hundreds of years. Next you’ll visit the majestic circle of standing stones known as Ring of Brodgar, or Orkney's Legendary Dancing Giants. The height of the stones ranges between smaller stones at seven feet tall, and the largest reaching to above 15 feet, creating a circle that would have been over 300 feet in diameter. Near by you’ll see the extensive Neolithic archaeological site, the Ness of Brodgar. Next you’ll see Maeshowe, a Neolithic chambered cairn and passage grave built 5,000 years ago. On the southern shore of the Bay o' Skaill, in the West Mainland parish of Sandwick, is the Neolithic village of Skara Brae which was inhabited for around 600 years, between 3200BC and 2200BC. Rounding out the day will be the Orkney Brewery and perhaps Broch of Gurness and/or Brough of Birsay if time permits.
    Overnight Ayre Hotel (or similar), Kirkwall
  • Day 7 - Cliffs of Yesnaby or Sheila Fleet Jewelry Designer then Ferry back to Mainland Scotland

    Prior to catching the ferry back to mainland Scotland, in the morning, weather dependent, will be either walking at scenic cliffs of Yesnaby, especially its famous sea stack called the Yesnaby Castle or a visit to local jewelry designer, Sheila Fleet.
    Overnight Ballifeary Guesthouse, Inverness
  • Day 8 - Cairngorms National Park, Medieval Cathedral and Priory of St Andrews

    Departing Inverness, you’ll drive through Cairngorms National Park where rare remnants of ancient Caledonian pine forests still stand. There is likely to be time for a stop at a distillery for a wee dram. The highlight of this day will be the royal burgh of St Andrews, once the ecclesiastical capital of Scotland. The medieval cathedral and priory began with a foundation of Augustinian canons established between 1127 and 1144. Built partly in the Norman and partly in the early Gothic style, it was by far the largest church in Scotland, with an internal length of 357 feet (109 metres). The cathedral and priory were enclosed by an elaborate precinct wall, much of which survives.
    Overnight B+B 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).
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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.
  • Glasgow City Sightseeing, 1 day hop on hop off pass.
  • 6 day driver-guide tour with Inverness Tours in 8 passenger van.

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

Price:


  • The price for each tour is on the individual tour pages.
  • 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.
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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.



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