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A tour for devotees of the Diana Gabaldon novels.
Diana, was actually touring Scotland with Hugh in 2011. The image shows them during the tour.
Day one will be the Classic Outlander Tour which can include Clava Cairns (Craig na Dun) with the split stone; Culloden Battlefield and the Fraser Stone. Lunch is either taken at Culloden or at the Clanlands Centre at Storehouse of Foulis – where you may enjoy not only the exhibition here, (which gives a good understanding of clan life in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries) – but also a tasty meal. After lunch the journey continues, past Castle Leod, by Strathpeffer, (the inspiration for Castle Leoch). This castle is indeed a Mackenzie stronghold, and the home of the Earl of Cromartie, Chief of the Clan Mackenzie.
As a specially organised optional extra the Earl will take an hour and a half to welcome you and personally show you some of the Castle’s interior.
Whether or not you see the castle, you then travel through the spa village of Strathpeffer to Loch Garve, immortalised in Outlander/Cross-stitch as the home of the water kelpie. Hear the legends of the Water-Horse of Loch Garve. If time and weather permit then walk to the impressive Falls of Rogie, or alternatively perhaps look in on a Mackenzie whisky distillery. During the summer, afternoon tea will be taken, in the house in the Inverness area that (in your guide’s opinion) most closely resembles Diana’s own descriptions of Lallybroch in her book “The Outlandish Companion”. During this tea you will also see a demonstration of eighteenth century weaponry, (or in George's case a presentation on whisky tasting). In winter the afternoon tea is taken in the Lovat Arms Hotel - an establishment with a number of links to Outlander.
The last stop is Beauly, in Clan Fraser lands. There will be a short walk conducted by your guide, around the tranquil ruins of Beauly Priory, another site Claire found herself touched by.
After this Classic day you overnight in Inverness
Day two is that rare treat - a visit to the West Coast.
Your journey will take you first down Loch Ness – where you can photostop at Urquhart Castle, and where Claire saw the Water Horse (Nessie?). Then the road wends westwards, past Dundreggan, (where the fairies stole the wife). You will experience some fabulous mountain scenery, including the “Five Sisters of Kintail” on your way towards the west. The next stop will be at the churchyard of St Kilda.
Mam Ratagan mountain pass then beckons, taking you to some memorable photostops and eventually to Glenelg Here you can see the two best-preserved Brochs still standing in the Scottish Highlands. From here (outwith winter months) a small ferry takes you to the Isle of Skye, and then it's across the Bridge back towards the Mainland. In winter the route returns over Mam Ratagan Pass to Eilean Donan Castle, and crosses the bridge to the Isle of Skye.
The remainder of the afternoon is spent travelling through some of the best scenery in the Highlands on the return to Inverness.
If your guide is Hugh Allison, then as well as having read the novels, he used to manage Culloden Battlefield, and so is acquainted with Diana Gabaldon, herself.
Price: £680 for guide and vehicle - check top of calendar for how many passengers each guide can carry. Admissions, accommodation and food not included.
ALL OUR MAIN GUIDES HAVE READ OUTLANDER AND SEEN THE TV SERIES, AND SO CAN GUIDE THIS TOUR WELL.