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Shore Excursions from Greenock

Outlander Shore Excursion

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Step into the mystical world of Outlander on this shore excursion from Greenock (Glasgow). Follow in the footsteps of Claire and Jamie on this magnificent adventure. Immerse yourself in the history which inspired and featured in the hit TV series Outlander by visiting some of the locations such as Culross (Cranesmuir), Blackness Castle (The Garrison at Fort William), Midhope Castle (Lallybroch) and Doune Castle (Castle Leoch – The MacKenzie Castle).

Departing from Greenock we make our way directly 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”. You will have time to explore this 15th century castle which 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.

From here it is a short 10 minute drive that will bring us to Midhope Castle or Lallybroch as it is known in the series. This is a ‘must see’ and you will have the opportunity to get some photos here of Jamie’s ancestral home.

Our Outlander adventure continues to The Royal Burgh of Culross which acts as the fictional village of Cranesmuir. This is a fascinating little village with a lot of history. Time really has stood still here and you will think you have been transported 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. Enjoy a walk up to 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.

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. The entrance to the home of Mrs. Fitzgibbon’s nephew who was believed to have been cursed and the study which was home to Geillis Duncan and her husband can both be found in this lovely little village.

Our last stop of the day will be at Doune Castle which was used as Castle Leoch (the MacKenzie Castle) and 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. You will have time to explore the castle but be sure to get the audio guide where you will hear some storytelling by Monty Python actor Terry Jones and there are also some tracks by Jamie, where he explains how parts of the castle was used in the filming Outlander.

From Doune Castle we will (time permitting) make a stop in Glasgow. Glasgow Cathedral was transformed into L’Hôpital des Anges during Season 2 and filming there was focused around the Cathedral crypts which date back to the 1200’s. Down off George Sq was the location used for Frank’s proposal to Claire. From here we head back to the port of Greenock and bid our farewell’s.

Departure & Return Information
Our shore excursions take around 8.5 hours to complete. There are occasions where we have to shorten the length of the excursion due to the ships departure time. In all events we aim to be back at port a minimum of one hour prior to your ships departure time. Your email confirmation will detail the departure time of your excursion.

Greenock Ocean Terminal
Our coaches are parked at the Patrick St exit. There are terminal staff members who will direct you to the Patrick St exit. When you get there you will see your Discover Scotland Tours driver-guide waiting with a sign.

Greenock Ocean Terminal

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 fees to visitor attractions

Tour Highlights
Blackness Castle (Garrison at Fort William), Midhope Castle (Lallybroch), Culross (Cranesmuir), Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), Glasgow Cathedral and George Sq

Optional Extras

Blackness Castle
Adults £6.00
Seniors £4.80
Students £6.00
Children £3.60
Payable by cash or card on the day

Doune Castle
Adults £6.00
Seniors £4.80
Students £6.00
Children £3.60
Payable by cash or card on the day


Where do we meet the coach?

Our coaches park by the Patrick Street exit gate to the terminal. There will be members of terminal staff to guide you in the correct direction upon exiting the ship.

What happens if our ship is unable to dock?

In the unlikely event that your ship is unable to dock – you will receive a full refund

Do you shore excursions only depart from Greenock Ocean Terminal? (What ports do you leave from?)

Yes, as we are a Glasgow based company we only serve the port of Greenock.

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 their 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.

Departure Time: Your email confirmation will detail your departure time.

To book this tour call us on 0141 887 6777 or online Book Now
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Adults 16-59

Seniors 60+, Students, Children 5-15

For optional extra costs please see Details & FAQs.

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

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