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Outlander Inspired Day Tour

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Step into the mystical world of Outlander and follow in the footsteps of Claire and Jamie on this magnificent one day Outlander tour. Admire the stunning locations and immerse yourself in the history which inspired and featured in the hit TV series Outlander filmed around many areas of Scotland.

As we head east on our Outlander adventure we pass Glasgow Cathedral which was transformed into L’Hôpital des Anges during Season 2. Filming was focussed around the Cathedral crypts which date back to the 1200’s. This is well worth a visit if you have time in Glasgow.

Our first stop of the day will be at Doune Castle a magnificent late 14th century example of the courtyard style. It was used as Castle Leoch (the MacKenzie Castle) and was featured in many scenes from the series. It was also Swamp Castle, Castle Anthrax and Camelot in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and more recently it was also the set for Winterfell in Game of Thrones.

Our next stop on the Outlander tour is a photo opportunity at Midhope Castle or Lallybroch as it is known in the series. The birthplace of James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser born on the first of May 1721. Departing from Midhope Castle we make the short drive to Blackness Castle. In season 1 it was used as the Garrison at Fort William where Jamie was flogged by Captain Jonathon Randall and also for Claire’s rescue when Jamie burst in on Black Jack saying “I’ll thank you to take your hands off my wife”.  Built in the 15th century Blackness Castle was one of strongest artillery fortifications of its age. Known as ‘the ship that never sailed’ as when seen from the sea the castle, due to its shape, looks like a ship stranded on a rocky shore.

Please Note: 
Due to the closure of the Hopetoun House Estate to visitors we are unable to visit Midhope Castle (Lallybroch) between December 22nd 2018 and April 20th 2019. Additionally, the castle is also closed on the following individual dates during November & December: November 10th, 17th & 24th, December 8th & 15th. As an alternative we will make a short stop for photographs at Linlithgow Palace which was used as the setting for Wentworth Prison in a (quite harrowing) episode of Outlander.

From Blackness Castle we travel to The Royal Burgh of Culross which acts as the fictional village of Cranesmuir. Time has truly frozen here and you will think you have actually stepped back in time to a 17th century village. The Town House was built in 1626 and was the administrative centre of Culross with a tollbooth and witches prison.

With around two hours to spend here (also our lunch stop) you can see the study which was home to Geillis Duncan and her husband. Geillis and Claire both shared an interest in the healing properties of herbs and plants. The gardens at Culross Palace are featured as the herb gardens of Castle Leoch, where Claire is seen gathering plants for medicinal use. The Palace’s withdrawing room was used as Geillis Duncan’s parlour and where Jamie came to meet Claire to escort her back to Castle Leoch.

In the centre of Culross you will find the Mercat Cross. This is where Geillis was carried to be burned as a witch and where the young boy had his ear nailed to the post for stealing, whilst Claire created a distraction, Jamie set him free.

The entrance to the home of Mrs. Fitzgibbon’s nephew who was believed to have been cursed, can be seen in the village, and if you feel up for it, we will take you to the Black Kirk where Jamie and Claire discover the reason for the nephews “curse”.
Please Note:
As part of the Outlander tour you may wish to visit the Black Kirk. We strongly advise that you wear sturdy walking shoes or boots as it is a dirt track which can become quite muddy and slippy. The walk takes approximately 30 minutes and there is a small incline on the way so a reasonable level of fitness is required.

From Culross we make our way to Falkland which is re-cast in the series as Inverness. The Bruce Fountain in the central square is where Frank sees Jamie’s ghost looking up at Claire. You will have the opportunity to have a refreshment in the Covenanters Hotel. Fans of the Outlander TV series will know this better as Mrs Baird’s Guesthouse, the B&B Claire and Frank stay at on their second honeymoon. From Falkland we make our way back to Glasgow where we will drop you off a few yards from the location used for Frank’s proposal to Claire.  This will conclude our Outlander tour.

Departure & Return Information
Main Departure Point
266 George Street (outside Parish Halls)
Glasgow G1 1QX

Main Departure Point
Check in
 08.45
Departs  09.00
Returns  19.00

Hotel Departures
Discover Scotland Tours are the only company to offer free pick ups from hotels, hostels & B&B’s in and around Glasgow and Glasgow Airport on our 1 day tours. Please see the Tours Information section for the complete list or for more information.

Return Drop Off Point
All of our 1 day tours return to George Square and not your hotel.

Important
Your driver-guide is unable to wait past the departure time either from your hotel or the main departure point. In the event you are late for any reason in arriving at your departure point and as a consequence miss your tour, you will not be entitled to a refund.

Tour Inclusions
Costs are for transportation by air-conditioned 16 seat mini-coach and the services of an English speaking driver-guide. A visit to Midhope Castle (Lallybroch). Entry to the castle itself is not allowed due to the deteriorating and unsafe conditions inside the castle. On occasion it may not be possible to obtain access to the estate due to events taking place there.

Tour Exclusions
Lunch and refreshments and entry to visitor attractions.

Children
We regret that we do not carry children under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.

Tour Highlights
Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), Midhope Castle (Lallybroch), Blackness Castle (Garrison at Fort William), Culross (Village of Cranesmuir & the Black Kirk), Falkland (Bruces Fountain & Mrs Bairds Guesthouse)

Optional Extras

Doune Castle
Adults £6.00
Seniors £4.80
Students £6.00
Children £3.60

Blackness Castle
Adults £6.00
Seniors £4.80
Students £6.00
Child £3.60

All payable on the day

FAQs

Can we reserve our tickets for Doune Castle and/or Blackness Castle in advance?

Advance booking isn’t necessary. You can pre-book on the Historic and Environment Scotland Website if you would like to.

Are there guided tours available at Doune Castle and/or Blackness Castle?

Doune Castle has an audio tour available to visitors. Blackness Castle does not offer tours but there are historical information boards inside the castle.

What footwear should we wear to visit the Black Kirk?

To reach the Black Kirk you must walk on an uneven trail which can be muddy & slippery in poor weather. A moderate level of fitness is required to undertake this walk.

We recommend anyone who does wish to complete this walk wear sturdy walking boots or similar shoes.

Check in 08.45: Departs 09.00 – Returns 19.00

To book this tour call us on 0141 887 6777 or online Book Now
Outlander Inspired Day Tour

Operates
Mon & Sat -30th Mar 2019

From 2nd Apr 2019
Tues, Thu, Sat & Sun

Check in 08:45
Departs  09.00
Returns  19.00

Cost:
Adults 16-59
£41.00 – £45.00

Seniors 60+, Students, Children 5-15
£39.00 – £43.00

See the Details & FAQs tab for optional extra costs and further information.

Please note we are unable to take children under 5 years of age.

 

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