One-Day Classic Outlander Tour from Inverness
Our One-Day Classic Outlander Tour from Inverness sees some of the most memorable of the sites so well-described in the Outlander story. We begin the day with a visit to Clava Cairns, followed by poignant Culloden Battlefield. The Clanlands Exhibition is next, and a drive-by at Castle Leod. The day concludes with a Weapons demonstration and a visit to Beauly (Priory and Hairy Coos).
Clava Cairns and Standing Stones
Clava Cairns and Standing Stones are 4,000 years old and are a ritual landscape of fantastic design and spirituality. These Bronze Age monuments align on both sun and moon, and could be viewed as a temple of astronomy. Outlander fans love Clava because it has a split stone, just like the book, where you could tumble backwards in time! May 1st (Beltane) and November 1st (Samhain) are the days when the Stones are allegedly at their most active. The former is when Claire fell through time in the book, and the latter when it happened in the show!
Culloden Battlefield, site of the last battle on British soil, stands atop a ridge, four miles from Inverness. Here, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army met a final and chilling end. This story is well-told in the multi-media centre onsite. We will walk you to the Well of the Dead, the Main Cairn and the Clan Fraser Stone. Those fallen clansmen lie in mass graves here.
Clan Munro operate a fabulous exhibition centre in an old 1740’s agricultural storehouse. The clan still value the building today, as it now preserves stories of a thousand years of land and people. Two are particularly relevant The “Clanlands” and the “What is a Clan” exhibitions in particular give great insights into the history and culture surrounding Outlander.
Castle Leod is a 1500’s Scottish tower house, and home to the chief of the Clan Mackenzie. It is seen as the inspiration behind Castle Leoch, and Diana has therefore been a guest here on occasion. We like to give time for a walk up the impressive drive and as a result the opportunity for photographs.
A weapons demonstration is our next stop. You will receive a presentation on the weapons of the 1700’s while enjoying tea and traybakes. We chose this hotel as the location for this demonstration due to two factors. Firstly because this is an historic house built by a Mackenzie laird in the 1600’s. Secondly, because this house is exactly as Lallybroch is described in the Outlander books.
Beauly, a pretty market town, was the main settlement for the Lovat Frasers. The ruined priory, dating from the 1200’s, was in the Outlander books, as was Beauly harbour. Beauly is popular with our visitors because it has a wide range of interesting shops and hotels. We also like to visit with some highland cows here, because of Claire using hairy coos to rescue Jamie.
One-Day Classic Outlander Tour from Inverness – Price
£540 for the tour
One-Day Classic Outlander Tour Inverness to Inverness – Departure
The day departs from, and returns to, your Inverness accommodation or transport hub, such as bus station or train station. You tell us, and we’ll be there.