One Day Tours From Glasgow

Outlander Day Tour 1

Fall back in time to the mystical world of Outlander and walk in Claire and Jamie’s footsteps as you discover some of the historic and legendary locations used in the filming of this epic TV series. During our Outlander one day tour, departing from Glasgow, you can immerse yourself in the colourful and tragic Scottish history that inspired the books and lose yourself in the romantic places around Scotland that form the backdrop to Claire and Jamie’s adventures.

Main Departure Point
266 George Street, Glasgow

Costs:
Adults 16-59: £39.00 – £45.00
Seniors 60+, Students: £37.00 – £43.00
Children 5-15: £37.00 – £43.00

Please note we are unable to take children under 5.

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

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Leaving Glasgow, our time-travelling adventure has barely begun when we pass Glasgow Cathedral which was transformed into L’Hôpital des Anges during Outlander season two. Filming was focussed around the Cathedral’s crypts which are well worth a visit if you’re spending time in Glasgow.

First our luxury mini coach transports you to Doune Castle, a magnificent late 14th century example of the courtyard style and the filming location of Castle Leoch. When Claire first encounters the castle in 20th century Scotland she observes a ‘picturesque ruin’, but it’s not hard to imagine the bustling, noisy stronghold of the Clan MacKenzie that confronts Claire in 1743.

Doune Castle is a film-maker’s favourite having stood in for Winterfell in Game of Thrones, and Swamp Castle, Castle Anthrax and Camelot in cult comedy Monty Python.

From this medieval stronghold our small group tour continues to Midhope Castle, a 16th century tower house that stands in as the exterior of Lallybroch, birthplace on 1st May 1721 of our hero James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.

From Midhope Castle we press on to the impressive 15th-century fortress of Blackness Castle or, as you know it, the foreboding Fort William garrison, location of Jamie’s flogging at the hands of Black Jack Randall and scene of Claire’s dashing rescue by Jamie as he declares: “I’ll thank you to take your hands off my wife”.

Built in the 15th century, Blackness Castle on the Firth of Forth was one of Scotland’s strongest artillery fortifications. Your knowledgeable driver-guide will explain that the castle was known as the ‘ship that never sailed’ as, from out in the estuary, its outline resembles a ship stranded on the rocky shore.

Your own journey, on our Outlander day tour, continues by land to The Royal Burgh of Culross, a delightfully preserved 17th and 18th century port village which acts as the village of Cranesmuir. You really will feel like you’ve been transported back hundreds of years as you wander the cobbled wynds and discover the charming cottages and historic Culross Palace.

We have a couple of hours to explore the village and have lunch. The Town House, built in 1626, was the village’s administrative centre with its tollbooth and witches prison and, fittingly, it’s at the nearby Mercat Cross where Claire’s friend Geillis Duncan is burned as a witch and where the young thief has his ear nailed to the post, but is rescued by Jamie.

You can visit Geillis’s home at another historic Culross building, The Study, as well as Culross Palace and its garden, which doubles as the herb gardens at Castle Leoch, where Claire was filmed gathering plants for medicinal use. The Palace’s withdrawing room may be familiar as Geillis’s parlour and where Jamie found Claire to escort her back to Castle Leoch.

You’ll be able to see the entrance to the home of Mrs Fitzgibbons’ nephew, who’s thought to be cursed, and, if you feel up to it, we’ll take you to the Black Kirk where Jamie and Claire discover the reason for this supposed ‘curse’.

[Please Note: You may wish to visit the Black Kirk, Culross. We strongly advise you to wear sturdy walking shoes or boots as it’s a dirt track which can become quite muddy and slippy. The walk takes around 30 minutes and there is a small incline on the way so a reasonable level of fitness is required.]

Your Discover Scotland Tour takes you deeper into the Kingdom of Fife and we arrive in Falkland, historic country residence of Scotland’s Stuart Kings and Queens and a favourite destination of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Falkland is recast as Inverness, the ‘capital of the Highlands’, where Claire and Frank enjoy their second honeymoon in 1946. Fans will love our refreshment stop at the Covenanter Hotel, the film set for Mrs Baird’s Guesthouse. And you’ll recognise the square’s Bruce Fountain as the haunting spot where Frank witnesses Jamie’s ghost watching Claire at her window. Why not recreate that classic scene with your own camera?

From Fife we transport you back to 21st century Glasgow, dropping you off near the location used for Frank’s proposal to Claire.

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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, 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 and Mrs Bairds Guesthouse).

Optional Extras

Doune Castle
Adults £9.00
Seniors £7.20
Students £9.00
Children £5.40

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 18.30

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