An Outlander tour with Borders Journeys is an opportunity for you to walk in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire during their adventures. Not only will you discover the places that inspired Diana Gabaldon’s writings, but you’ll also visit well recognised film locations.
Your tour will take you from the elegance of Edinburgh’s Palace of Holyrood House and the city’s Medieval Closes, to Midhope Castle (Lallybroch) and Culross (Cranesmuir), and from Falkland (Inverness) and Tibbermore Kirk (Witches Trial), to Culloden Battlefield and the Clava Cairns (Craigh na Dun).
I’ve several itineraries available for day tours along with extended tours lasting for up to ten days. Contact me for details.
All of the locations listed below can be visited using Edinburgh or Glasgow as a base, except for those listed in the Highlands, which require an overnight stay in Inverness.
Edinburgh – Historic Closes of the Old Town’s High Street and Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Craigmillar Castle – Ardmuirs Prison.
Glencorse Old Kirk – The romantic setting for Jamie and Claire’s wedding.
Traquair House – Family were one of the few Lowland families to support the Jacobite cause. Bonnie Prince Charlie visited his kinsman the Earl of Traquair to request his support.
Midhope Castle – Lallybroch.
Hopetoun House – Interior for Bellhurst Manor, Parisian interiors and Ellsmere Estate.
Blackness Castle – The 15th century castle on the Firth of Forth is the setting for Fort William, Black Jack Randall’s headquarters.
Linlithgow Palace – The majestic ruined palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, forms Wentworth Prison interior.
Gosford House – Helwater where Jamie worked as a groom to Lord and Lady Dunsay.
Preston Mill – Jamie is almost arrested by the Redcoats while mending the water wheel.
Prestonpans – Decisive Jacobite win over the Government Army in 1745.
Aberdour Castle – Sainte Anne de Beaupre Monastery in France.
Dysart Harbour – Le Havre in France.
Falkland – The beautiful historic town with its Renaissance Royal Palace was the setting for 1940s Inverness. The Covenanter Inn was Mrs Baird’s Guest House.
Culross – The historic market town doubles for of Cranesmuir and setting for the Black Kirk.
Doune Castle – Castle Leoch and home of the MacKenzie Clan.
Tullibardine Chapel – Jamie, Claire and company use the chapel as shelter while Claire tends to Rupert’s eye – the Redcoats eventually lay siege to the chapel.
Tibbermore Kirk – Dating from 1632, the kirk was the setting for Claire and Geillis’ witch trial.
Drummond Castle Gardens – The formal Italian style garden is the setting for park and orchard of the Palace of Versailles.
Glasgow Cathedral – L’Hopital des Anges where Claire volunteers to work in Paris.
George Square and John Street – Transformed to London in the 1940s where Frank proposed to Claire.
Dean Castle – The setting for Beaufort Castle, home of Jamie’s ‘grandsire’ Lord Lovat.
Drumlanrig Castle – The magnificent 17th century castle is the setting for the Duke of Sandringham’s Bellhurst Manor.
Highland Folk Museum – Replicas of eighteenth-century village used as a MacKenzie village.
Culloden – Not a film location but the scene of the climax of the Jacobite risings on 16th April 1746.
Clava Cairns – Gave Diana Gabaldon her inspiration for Craigh na Dun.
Beauly – Heartland of the Frasers of Lovat.
Wardlaw Mausoleum – Burial place for the Frasers of Lovat. Jamie’s ‘grandsire’, Lord Lovat ‘the Old Fox’ was buried here following his execution at the Tower of London.
The cost of a private Outlander tour for up to six people starts from £395.00 per day which includes all tour guide and transport costs.
All accommodation, entrance fees, meals and refreshments are not included.
Please note that if I’m required to stay away from home, my accommodation, entrance fees and meals are not included. These costs can be paid in advance, directly by you during the tour or invoiced separately by Borders Journeys at the end of your tour.
Contact me for details for larger groups.