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Shore Excursions from Greenock

Outlander Shore Excursion

Step back in time to the mystical world of Outlander on our one day shore excursion from Greenock (Glasgow). Our small group tour will transport you to some of the historic Scottish locations used in this epic TV drama. Follow in Claire and Jamie’s footsteps at the picturesque ruin of Doune Castle (fictional Castle Leoch, the MacKenzie stronghold), Midhope Castle (Lallybroch), the Royal Burgh of Culross (Cranesmuir), and Blackness Castle (the Fort William garrison). Together we’ll unearth the history, myths and legends behind the places that bring Diana Gabaldon’s books to life.

Main Departure Point
Greenock Ocean Terminal

Costs:
Adults 16-59: £52.00
Seniors 60+, Students: £50.00
Children 5-15: £50.00

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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Departing from Greenock your friendly driver-guide will deliver you directly to Blackness Castle, the moody setting for the Fort William garrison in Outlander season 1. Fans will remember the harrowing scenes where Jamie is flogged by Captain Jonathan Randall and where Jamie bursts in on Black Jack to rescue Claire, exclaiming: “I’ll thank you to take your hands off my wife!”.

You’ll have time to explore this 15th century castle on the Firth of Forth which was one of Scotland’s strongest artillery fortifications. From out in the estuary the castle’s eerie outline resembles a ship stranded on the rocky shore, hence it’s other name as ‘the ship that never sailed’.

Our Outlander tour continues by road and it’s just a 10-minute drive to Midhope Castle, the picturesque setting for Lallybroch, also known as Broch Tuarach. This 16th-century tower house sits in the hamlet of Abercorn on the Hopetoun Estate and is every bit as impressive in real life as you make the approach to Jamie’s ancestral home.

Your luxury mini coach then transports you to the Royal Burgh of Culross which acts as the fictional village of Cranesmuir. Culross, in the present-day Kingdom of Fife, is a delightfully preserved 17th and 18th century port village. 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.

Town House, built in 1626, was the village’s administrative centre with its tollbooth and witches’ prison. 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, only to be rescued by our hero 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. Claire and Geillis share a fascination for herbal medicine and this is where filming took place of Claire gathering plants for medicinal use. The Palace’s withdrawing room may be familiar as Geillis’s parlour and where Jamie finds Claire to escort her back to Castle Leoch. You’ll also be able to see the entrance to the home of Mrs Fitzgibbons’ nephew, who’s thought to be cursed.

The last stop on our Outlander road trip is at the picturesque ruin of Doune Castle, filmed as the exterior of Castle Leoch. It’s easy to imagine Claire’s trepidation as she encounters the bustling MacKenzie stronghold for the first time in the Scotland of 1743.

You may also recognise Doune Castle as the setting for Swamp Castle, Castle Anthrax and Camelot in cult comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail and, more recently, as the setting for Winterfell in epic TV series Game of Thrones.

You’ll have time to explore the castle and be sure to get the audio guide to hear some storytelling by Monty Python actor Terry Jones and the voice of Jamie Fraser who reveals how parts of the castle were transformed for the filming of Outlander.

From Doune Castle we head back to Glasgow and, time permitting, we’ll stop so your driver-guide can show you more scenes from Outlander.

Glasgow Cathedral was transformed into L’Hôpital des Anges during season 2 when filming was focused around the Cathedral’s medieval crypts which date back to the 1200s. Just down the street from George Square is the location used for Frank’s memorable proposal to Claire. From here we head back to the port of Greenock and bid our farewells.

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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.

Departs
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.

Return Drop Off Point
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 £9.00
Seniors £7.20
Students £9.00
Children £5.40
Payable by cash or card on the day

FAQs

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.

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