Outlander Private Tour
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 private tour, 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.
We personalise our private tours based on the interests of the group. Below is an example itinerary from Glasgow however this tour can also operate from Edinburgh.
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Leaving Glasgow, our time-travelling adventure has barely begun when we pass Glasgow Cathedral. It became L’Hôpital des Anges in Outlander season two. Filming was focussed around the Cathedral’s crypts which are certainly well worth a visit if you’re spending time in Glasgow.
You can then choose between 2 attractions, one to the west and one to the east.
Firstly, to the west our mini coach can transport 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 featured as Winterfell in Game of Thrones. It additionally starred as Swamp Castle, Castle Anthrax and Camelot in cult comedy Monty Python.
Alternatively, you may choose to instead travel east towards Glencorse Old Kirk. Located in the private grounds of Glencorse House, the Kirk isn’t open to the public. However Discover Scotland Tours has special permission to visit this charming location where Claire and Jamie are married. You’ll have around an hour to enjoy a guided tour. You can even stand in the very spot where Claire nervously says her wedding vows which is certainly popular with Outlander fans.
We will then travel onwards 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. You may also know it as 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. 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. This 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:. Culross Palace has not opened during summer 2020. The gardens & toilet facilities are open Thurs – Mon however. 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, you will require a reasonable level of fitness.]
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 stars as Inverness in Outlander, the ‘capital of the Highlands’. This is 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. You’ll also 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.
Departure & Return Information
Passengers can choose their own personalise pick up/drop off point based on where they are staying. This tour can depart from Glasgow or Edinburgh.
This tour takes around 8 hours 45 minutes to complete depending on the starting location. Therefore, we will agree upon a departure time at the time of reservation. Examples times are:
Private tour costs are for transportation by air-conditioned 16 seat mini coach and the services of an English speaking driver-guide.
Lunch, refreshments and entry to visitor attractions.
Where attractions require advance payment, we can add them to the tour balance.
We can take children of any age on our private tours. However, please note that we are unable to provide or fit car seats. Therefore, passengers must supply and fit one if a child on board requires it. Please inform us in advance if this is the case.
Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), Glencorse Old Kirk (Claire & Jamie’s wedding venue) Midhope Castle (Lallybroch), Blackness Castle (Garrison at Fort William), Culross (Village of Cranesmuir & the Black Kirk), Falkland (Bruces Fountain and Mrs Bairds Guesthouse).
Can we reserve our tickets for Doune Castle and/or Blackness Castle in advance?
Due to the current circumstances in 2020 all Historic Environment Scotland attractions require advance reservation. We will discuss this with you at the time of booking.
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. We therefore recommend sturdy, waterproof footwear. You will require a moderate level of fitness to undertake this walk.
We recommend anyone who does wish to complete this walk wear sturdy walking boots or similar shoes.