Spirit of Outlander

A land of towering mountains, thick forests and woods, picture book lakesides, ‘out of this world’ landscapes. A land of bards, famous poets, writers, from Tobias Smollett, Robert Burns, James Boswell, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to JK Rowling and Diana Gabaldon, the author of the widely popular, Outlander saga. Come with us to Scotland. The land that inspired Diana Gabaldon and film producers to create the mystical and stunning Outlander story.

Spirit Journeys team in conjunction with Inverness Custom Tours have prepared a special Outlander tour to Scotland. Sense the exciting spirit of past times. Be part of Scottish thrilling history. Dive into the highlight places that all Outlander fans must visit. Our tour takes in most of the outlander sites. Busy George Square is one of the central features in Glasgow and also the place where Frank proposes to Claire in the 1940’s. Another Glasgow’s attraction – Pollok Country Park is featured as the Highland field in the scene where Claire gathers healing herbs in the 1700’s. On your way from Edinburgh through the highlands ending in Glasgow, you’ll visit some of the most beautiful sites in Scotland as well as some of the film spots for the Outlander saga.

You’ll visit Rannoch Moor, where one of the most striking scenes took place – the place where Claire time travels through the fictional Craigh na Dun stone circle. Our visit to Stirling abounds in famous Outlander spots. The picturesque Falkland village is the place where the Outlander saga begins.

The Royal Burgh of Culross, that has hardly changed since the 17th century. It’s known as Cranesmur, a home to Claire’s friend. Doune Castle is an amazing medieval castle, built in the 14th century. In Outlander, it stands in for the fictional Castle Leoch, a home to Jamie’s uncle. Blackness Castle (Fort William in Outlander), a 15th century castle, is often described as the ship that never sailed, because of its uncommon shape. You’ll also visit Midhope House, known as Jamie’s fictional home – Lallybroch. Our walking tour in Edinburgh will give you the opportunity to visit the Edinburgh Outlander spots, such as World’s End, White Horse Close and Holyrood.

This is just a brief outline of our special Outlander tour to Scotland. If you are intrigued enough to unveil the rest, come with us, discover the home of Outlander saga – discover Scotland. Whether an Outlander fan or not, you’ll fall in love at first sight with this beautiful country.

What's Included?

• Accommodation as per tailor itinerary
• Meal Plan as per tailored itinerary; [B: Bed & Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner]
• Excursions as per tailored itinerary
• Transfers as per tailored itinerary
• Transport as per tailored itinerary.

Duration

13 days

Destination Covered

Scotland

Best Suited

Groups
Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh - September 6 (-/-/D)
On arrival at Edinburgh Airport our representative will be there to meet you. We will transfer you to your hotel, where you will check in and freshen up.

In the afternoon our guide will take you to magnificent Edinburgh`s Old Town. As you wander off the beaten path and hear the tales of the city’s culture, crime and politics throughout the years, you’ll learn about all the things the guide books wouldn’t dare to tell you. After this extraordinary walk you will be guided to the jewel of the capital- Edinburgh Castle. As you move through the castle your guide will tell you of battles, sieges and royalty, and the countless generations that have lived and died within its storied walls.

Night is reserved for a special welcome group dinner in a local Edinburgh restaurant.

Day 2: Day trip to Outlander Sites - September 7(B/-/-)
Following breakfast, our guide will take you to explore some famous Outlander sites. First on the list is Glencorse Old Kirk, a beautiful old house dating from the 17th century, then Linlithgow Palace the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. On the way to Blackness Castle, you will stop at Bo’ness Railway and see one of the greatest Scottish railway museums. When we arrive at Blackness Castle we will hear all about how the Castle stood in for Fort William in series one of the TV show Outlander. Our trip ends at Midhope castle, one of the main places used for filming the TV show.

Day 3: Day trip to Outlander Sites - September 8 (B/-/-)
Today is reserved for visiting the charming village of Falkland. We will explore Falkland Palace, the favourite retreat of the Stuart dynasty, especially Mary Queen of Scots who visited for the hunting, hawking and tennis.. If time permits we will stop at the famous Dysart Harbour or the Reaper tall ship before returning to Edinburgh.

Day 4: Day trip to Outlander Sites - September 9 (B/-/-)
After breakfast we will take you to one of Scotland’s historically important sites – Stirling castle. This magnificent castle was once a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations at the castle. Meet the costumed characters in the roles of bodyguards, court officials, maids of honour and servants who will welcome you into 16th century life, and enjoy the unique feeling of past times. On our way to the Castle we will stop at Callendar House, a 14th century mansion, then onto Doune Castle, the place where part of the Outlander series was filmed.

Day 5: Journey from Edinburgh for Inverness- September 10(B/-/D)
Today our journey take us to the Highlands of Scotland and the charming town of Inverness. On our way to Inverness we will stop at Drummond Castle gardens and learn about Highland heritage at the famous Highland Folk Museum. Later we will arrive in Inverness and check in to our hotel.

Day 6: Tour of Inverness - September 11 (B/-/-)
Following breakfast, we are going to explore Inverness and its surroundings. Inverness lies near two important battle sites: the 11th-century battle of Blàr nam Fèinne against Norway which took place on The Aird and the 18th-century Battle of Culloden which took place on Culloden Moor. The Battle of Culloden was the final conflict during the Jacobite Rising of 1745, in which the government forces defeated the Jacobite army and suppressed once and for all Charles Stuart’s ambition of reclaiming the thrones of England and Scotland.

Inverness is the most northern city in the United Kingdom and lies within the Great Glen at its north-eastern extremity where the River Ness enters the Moray Firth. A settlement was established by the 6th century with the first royal charter being granted by Dabíd mac Maíl Choluim in the 12th century. The Gaelic king Mac Bethad Mac Findláich whose 11th-century murder of King Duncan was immortalised in Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, held a castle within the city where he ruled as Mormaer of Moray and Ross.

Today highlands are: Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns and Cawdor Castle.

Day 7: Leave Inverness for Skye - September 12(B/-/-)
After breakfast we leave Inverness and travel to the Isle of Skye. You will have an opportunity to enjoy the splendid nature by travelling along the banks of Loch Ness and maybe catch a sighting of the mysterious Loch Ness Monster. Later we will visit Eilean Donan Castle which was built in the 13th century.

Day 8: Tour of Skye - September 13(B/-/-)
Today we do a tour of Skye. The Isle of Skye, is the largest and most northerly major island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. The island’s peninsulas radiate from a mountainous centre dominated by the Cullins, the rocky slopes of which provide some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the country. Although it has been suggested that the Gaelic Sgitheanach describes a winged shape there is no definitive agreement as to the name’s origins.

Highlights include: Lealt Falls, Kilt Rock, Mealt Falls, Highland life museum Flora, MacDonald Gravesite, Dunvegan Castle.

Day 9: Travel to Fort William - September 14(B/-/-)
Following breakfast we continue our drive towards Fort William. On our way to this beautiful place we will stop to explore magical Glenfinnan.

The filming of the second and third Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secret and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban took place in this area with the Hogwarts Express calling at Glenfinnan!

Highlights include: Glenfinnan steam train viaduct, Prince Charlie Monument, Neptune Staircase, Gondola trip on the Nevis Range.

Day 10: Arrive Glasgow - 3 nights Stay - September 15(B/-/-)
After check out from your hotel we leave Glencoe and drive through this famous Glen to Glasgow.

Glen Coe is a glen of volcanic origins, in the Highlands of Scotland. It lies in the north of Argyll, close to the border with Lochaber. It is often considered one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in Scotland, and is a part of the designated National Scenic Area of Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. The narrow glen shows a grim grandeur. The glen, approaching from the east on the main A82 road, is surrounded by wild and precipitous mountains. Further west at Invercoe, the landscape has a softer beauty before the main entrance to the glen. The main settlement is the nearby village of Glencoe located at the foot of the glen. near the site of the 1692 Massacre of Glencoe.

Carry on to Glasgow with various photo stops along route. Arriving in Glasgow and check in to your hotel.

Highlights: Glencoe Visitors Centre, Rannoch Moor, Loch Ba, Bridge of Orchy Green Wellie stop, Loch Lomond, Luss.

Day 11: Visit outlander sites around Glasgow - September 17(B/-/-)
Today we will visit some of Glasgow’s famous Outlander Film Locations. Most of the places that we will see were used as a set for filming season two. We will also see some of season 3 film locations.

In the evening we will attend the Highlanders Fling Fundraiser.

Highlights: George Square, Glasgow Cathedral, Pollock Country Park, Glasgow West End

Day 12: Tour of Ayrshire - September 17(B/-/D)
Today we visit Ayrshire. In the morning we take a trip to Dean Castle. Dean Castle is situated in the Dean Castle Country Park in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland. It was the stronghold for the Boyd Family, who were lords of Kilmarnock for over 400 years. The Castle takes its name from ‘The Dean’ or wooded valley, a common place name in Scotland. However, until about 1700 it was called Kilmarnock Castle. Owned originally by the Boyd family, it has strong historical connections with many people and events famous in Scottish history. Robert the Bruce who gave the Boyds these lands; James III of Scotland whose sister married a Boyd; the Covenanters, some of whom were imprisoned here; Bonnie Prince Charlie, whose rebellion was joined by the 4th Earl of Kilmarnock and Robert Burns who was encouraged to publish his poetry by the Earl of Glencairn who owned the Castle at that time.

Rest of the day is at Leisure in Glasgow or free time to explore Robbie Burns Country.

In the Evening a farewell Group Dinner at the hotel

Day 13: Depart Scotland - September 18(B/-/-)
Transfer to Glasgow Airport.
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Jun 5, 2017