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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

S03iv Four Day Diana Gabaldon Outlander Special Tour

Classic- West Coast– Film Locations- Edinburgh:   Four-Day Outlander Tour seeing Clava Cairns, Culloden, Lallybroch, Castle Leod, Beauly, Glenelg Brochs, Church, places from Starz filming, Castle Leoch, Edinburgh Sites - approx 9 hrs per day

The ultimate Outlander Tour takes the “Classic Outlander Day”, adds it to the “West Coast Odyssey”, travels the length of the Great North Road, and unveils some of the “Filming Locations, along with a little “1700’s Edinburgh”

Note these days can be arranged from Inverness - Classic/ West/ North Road/ Locations and Edinburgh (+£160 overnight supplement direct to guide)

or to Inverness - Edinburgh and Locations/ North Road/ West/ Classic (+£160 overnight supplement direct to guide):

 

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 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 Tours Owner with Diana Gabaldon, author of Outlander

A tour for devotees of the Diana Gabaldon novels.

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

 

1700's Edinburgh and nearby film locations This day begins with a stroll by Lallybroch (if available) and a visit to the Scottish Castle chosen to represent Fort William on film. Then a look at the palace which featured as Wentworth Prison. That will be followed by a visit to the fabulous Doune Castle, which was used as Castle Leoch. Lunch will be followed by a walk around Cranesmuir, and then you will travel to Edinburgh.                      

 The Edinburgh section is a drive-by of Dragonfly and Voyager sites on the Royal Mile. These will include Holyrood Palace, White Horse Close, Canongate Kirk, the Worlds End Tavern, Moubray House and Carubbers Close.                                                                                                           There are a couple of other locations which have 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.

After this, you overnight in Edinburgh.

 

The Great North Road This day will include a visit to the beautiful town chosen both as a film location for Inverness 1946, and used again in series two as Edinburgh 1746.Falkland, filmed as Inverness 1946 for the Starz Outlander series

 There will then be a visit to either a malt whisky distillery or the filming site for Craig na Dun.                        Next is a wander through the 1700's thatched highland township, and a look at the Eagle Inn Tavern and the other locations immortalised in the episode "Rent". The route can end in either Edinburgh or Inverness, depending on what way round you have chosen to travel the Great North Road!

                                                              

Clava Cairns with Autumn leaves being swept through the StonesClassic Outlander - Clava Cairns (Craig na Dun) with the split stone; Culloden Battlefield & the Fraser Stone. Lunch will be taken at either Culloden or perhaps the Clanlands Centre at Storehouse of Foulis, where you get a chance to visit the exhibition and also enjoy a tasty lunch. After lunch the journey continues past Castle Leod, by Strathpeffer, (the inspiration for Castle Leoch). This castle is a Mackenzie stronghold, and 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 seeing 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 summer afternoon tea follows, in the house in the Inverness area that (in your guide’s opinion) is most like Diana’s own descriptions of Lallybroch Eighteenth Century weaponry from the Jacobite Warsin “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.

Last stop is Beauly, in Clan Fraser lands, with a short walk conducted by your guide, around the tranquil ruins of Beauly Priory, another site Claire found herself touched by.

 After this Classic you overnight in Inverness.

 

West Coast Odyssey - Your journey will take you west down Loch Ness, where you can photostop at Urquhart Castle, where Claire saw the Water Horse (Nessie).                                                                                            Then the road wends westwards, through Dundreggan (where the fairies stole the wife). The mountain scenery is breathtaking, with ridgelines such as the "Five Sisters of Kintail". Next stop is the ruined church of St Kilda.                                                   Mam Ratagan Pass then beckons, taking you to Glenelg where you can see the two best preserved Brochs still standing in the 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 onto Skye.

You will then travel back to Inverness through yet more stunning Highland scenery.

After this West Coast Odyssey you overnight again in 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: £1280 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.