One Day Tours From Glasgow

Outlander Day Tour 2

Our second Outlander inspired day tour transports you to Scotland’s historic locations and hidden gems seen in the epic TV series and recent film successes Outlaw King and Mary Queen of Scots. Leaving from Glasgow, we’ll transport you by luxury mini coach to film locations from Outlander seasons 1, 2 and 3. You’ll see Craigmillar Castle (Ardsmuir Prison) and Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots. There’s an exclusive visit to romantic Glencorse Old Kirk, where Claire and Jamie were married, and you go behind the scenes at Callendar House where the Duke of Sandringham met a grisly end.

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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We leave Glasgow for 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.

Our journey through the 18th century Scotland of Outlander takes us to Edinburgh’s ‘other castle’, Craigmillar, a handsome medieval ruin that’s one of Scotland’s most perfectly preserved castles. In Outlander season 3 it stars as Ardmuir Prison where Jamie is held after the Battle of Culloden and once again comes face to face with the complex character of Lord John Grey.

Craigmillar Castle also plays an important part in Scotland’s dark history and in the tragic story of Mary, Queen of Scots. In 1566 Mary sought refuge here after the murder of her secretary, David Rizzio, at Holyrood, Edinburgh, and it was here that the famous ‘bond’ was signed between the Earl of Bothwell and other noblemen that led to the murder of Mary’s second husband Lord Darnley.

From Craigmillar your knowledgeable driver-guide will drop you off in Edinburgh’s Old Town at Bakehouse Close – or Outlander’s Carfax Close, home to Alexander Malcolm’s print shop in season 3. You’ll recognise it as the location for Claire and Jamie’s emotional reunion after years of separation. Take over an hour to explore and have lunch. You may like to wander down the capital’s Royal Mile to visit the traditional World’s End pub, which is mentioned in Outlander as Dougal MacKenzie’s favourite Edinburgh haunt, although a filmset was used for these scenes.

We say farewell to Edinburgh and are soon at Linlithgow Palace, a stunning ruin overlooking its own loch and a favourite destination for Scottish monarchs. Outlander fans will recognise it as Wentworth Prison and the setting for some harrowing scenes where Jamie is held by the sadistic Black Jack Randall and a frantic Claire tries in vain to rescue him.

Dating back to the 12th century, Linlithgow Palace is most famous as the birthplace of King James V in 1512 and of the ill-fated Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1542. Bonnie Prince Charlie visited in 1745 but a year later much of the Palace was destroyed by The Duke of Cumberland’s troops. The palace features as a castle in the 2018 film about King Robert the Bruce, Outlaw King, and neighbouring St Michael’s Parish Church was the backdrop for Robert the Bruce’s wedding.

Our adventure around central Scotland’s most historic castles and palaces continues at Callendar House, a striking 14th century mansion, redesigned as a French Renaissance chateau styled house and complete with a working Georgian kitchen. The house was used for a classic Outlander scene in season 2, Vengeance is Mine, where Murtagh discovers that the Duke of Sandringham arranged the attack of Mary Hawkins in Paris. He swiftly decapitates the Duke and presents the head to Mary and Claire declaring ‘I kept my word, I lay vengeance at your feet’.

In Callendar House’s restored 1825 kitchen costumed interpreters add flavour to history by offering samples of age-old recipes that were used to feed the large households of the old days.

You’ll learn that Callendar House played host to many historical figures, including Bonnie Prince Charlie, Oliver Cromwell and Mary, Queen of Scots, who enjoyed her regular visits. In 1565 she attended the wedding of her lady-in-waiting Mary Livingston to Lord John Sempill and gifted the wedding dress as well as lands. Mary Livingston’s sister, Magdalene, then became a maid of honour to the Queen in her place. And that same year Mary attended the baptism of one of Lord Livingston’s children.

With a farewell to Callendar House, and its 170 acres of parklands, your driver-guide will return you to Glasgow.

Please Note: Callendar House kitchen is closed on Wednesdays.

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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  18.00

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.

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), Craigmillar Castle (Ardsmuir Prison), Bakehouse Close (A Malcom's Print Shop) Callendar House (the kitchen where Murtagh brutally gets his revenge on the traitorous Englishman) and Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison).

Optional Extras

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

Craigmillar Castle
Adults £6.00
Seniors £4.80
Students £6.00
Children £3.60 (5-15 yrs)

Callendar House
Entry is free

Linlithgow Palace
Adults £6.00
Seniors £4.80
Students £6.00
Children £3.60 (5-15 yrs)

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 18.00

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