One Day Tours From Glasgow

Outlander Day Tour from March 2020

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. There’s an exclusive visit to romantic Glencorse Old Kirk, where Claire and Jamie are married, and you’ll visit the ‘picturesque ruin’ of Doune Castle which doubles as Castle Leoch.

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 the utterly romantic setting of Glencorse Old Kirk in the foot of the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh. 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 and you can even stand in the very spot where Claire nervously says her wedding vows.

Even if you’re not an Outlander fan you’ll enjoy this poetic setting. Glencorse Old Kirk dates back to the 17th century and the famous Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson worshipped here and was even inspired several times to write about the Kirk and its woodland setting.

From one of Outlander’s most fairytale settings we travel to one of its darkest and the impressive 15th-century fortress of Blackness Castle. You’ll 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. 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.

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 your Outlander day tour continues 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 just under two 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, only to be 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 gathers 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’.

Our final stop is at 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 there we transport you back to 21st century Glasgow, dropping you off near the location used for Frank’s proposal to Claire.

Please note that this tour is done in reverse from October 26th to March 26th.

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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  17.45

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 fees to visitor attractions.

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

Tour Highlights
Glencorse Kirk (from the Wedding where Claire and Jamie got married), Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), Midhope Castle (Lallybroch), Blackness Castle (Garrison at Fort William), Culross (Village of Cranesmuir).

Optional Extras

Glencorse Kirk
Adults £10.00
Seniors £10.00
Students £10.00
Children £10.00 (5-15 yrs)

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 by cash or card on the day with the exception of Glencorse Kirk where entry is by cash only.

FAQs

Check in 08.45: Departs 09.00 - Returns 17.45

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