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SPECIAL TOURS - Clan Tours ~~ Dark Deeds Tour ~~ Diana Gabaldon Outlander Tours ~~ North Coast 500 Tour ~~ Rosamunde Pilcher Winter Solstice Tour ~~ The Magical West Tour

S03iii Three Day Diana Gabaldon Outlander Special Tour

Classic- West Coast- Edinburgh: 3-Day Outlander Tour seeing Clava Cairns, Culloden, Lallybroch, Castle Leod, Beauly, Glenelg Brochs, Church, Fort William, Glencoe, Edinburgh Sites - approx 9 hrs per day.

This well-balanced Outlander Tour takes the “Classic Outlander Day”, adds it to the “West Coast Odyssey”, and then throws a little “1700’s Edinburgh” into the mix!

Note these days can be from Inverness - Classic/West/Edinburgh (+£80 overnight supplement to guide) or to Inverness - Edinburgh/West/Classic (+£80 overnight supplement direct to guide)

 

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Tours are exclusive, but some people have offered the spare seats on their tour as shown in green below.

15th-17th August 2017 - there are 3 seats available on a three-day Diana Gabaldon Outlander Tour with Laura Moon (Classic/West/North Road - begins Inverness ends Edinburgh) under the share-a-tour plan. Price £297.00 per seat.

 For a full list of dates see the calendar page. Any other date can still be booked exclusively or for you to offer to share with others.

Hugh Allison, Inverness Tour Guide with Outlander author Diana Gabaldon

A tour for devotees of the Diana Gabaldon novels.

Diana (shown here with Hugh) actually toured Scotland with him in 2011.

 

Classic Outlander - 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 Culloden Battlefield Outlander TourStorehouse of Foulis, where you may get the chance to visit the exhibition, and you may also be able to enjoy 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 you see the castle or not, you then travel through the spa village of Strathpeffer to Loch Garve, immortalised in Outlander/Cross-stitch as the home of the water kelpie.                                                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 visited.

After this Classic you overnight in Inverness.

 

West Coast Odyssey - This Outlander Day is an excellent 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.

Loch Duich from Mam RataganMam Ratagan Pass then beckons, taking you to Glenelg, where you can see the two best preserved Brochs still standing in the Scottish Highlands. Outwith winter months a small ferry takes you to the Isle of Skye, and you return across the bridge. In winter you return by the Pass and take the bridge to Skye.

The remainder of the afternoon is spent travelling through some of the best scenery in the Highlands on the return to Inverness.

After this West Coast Odyssey you overnight in Inverness.

 

1700’s Edinburgh and the North Road

This day (which could be the first or last day) can include either the very picturesque town of Falkland (Inverness 1943) and the the thatched village seen in the episode "Rent" ...

1700's thatched villageor it can include Culross, which is the ancient Royal Burgh filmed as Cranesmuir, and Doune Castle (Castle Leoch). The journey also traverses the Vale of Atholl and Cairngorm National Park.

 

The Edinburgh section of the day is a drive-by of Dragonfly and Voyager sites on the Royal Mile. These will include such places as Holyrood Palace, White Horse Close,Canongate Kirk, the Worlds End Tavern, Moubray House and Carrubers Close. There are a couple of other locations which have, since Voyager’s days, changed their name, or been demolished – like Jenny Ha's Change House and Carfax Close, and these too will be pointed out by your guide.

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: £990 for guide and vehicle - check top of calendar for how many passengers each guide can carry. Admissions, accommodations and food not included.

ALL OUR MAIN GUIDES HAVE READ OUTLANDER AND SEEN THE TV SERIES, AND SO CAN GUIDE THIS TOUR WELL.