SPIRIT OF OUTLANDER 2018
7 Day Tour
15th September 2018
From £1999 per person
Welcome to the 7 day Spirit of Outlander 2018 tour, inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series and Scotland’s spirited history and heritage. Our tour combines a wealth of Scotland’s ancient monuments and famous battlefields with its traditions and landscapes. And for good measure, we’ve thrown in plenty of legendary myths and folklore – as well as a surprise or two!
Spirit Journeys’ team, in conjunction with Inverness Custom Tours, has prepared an action-packed Outlander tour around Scotland taking in cities and towns, and passing through some of the wonderful scenery unique to the Scottish Highlands. You’ll be transported back in time as you learn of Scotland’s gripping history, your camera will work hard to capture the country’s wonderful scenic landscapes, and you’ll finally get to visit the Outlander film locations you’ve been dreaming of.
No Outlander tour would be complete without visiting Lallybroch and Castle Leoch, filmed at Midhope Castle and Doune Castle respectively. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the fascinating and historic village of Falkland, which doubles as Inverness in the TV series and is, of course, where the Outlander saga begins, as well as the Royal Burgh of Culross, one of the country’s most complete examples of a burgh of the 17th and 18th centuries, complete with cobbled streets and an ochre-coloured Palace. The village features as Geillis Duncan’s Outlander hometown, Cranesmuir
Our tour takes you to two of Scotland’s major cities – Edinburgh and Glasgow. The walking tour in Edinburgh packs in a wealth of history incorporating a castle, a palace, recognisable Outlander film location site and intriguing cobbled alleyways. And in Glasgow you’ll be amazed at the wonderful medieval Glasgow Cathedral, aka L’Hopital des Anges where Claire volunteered when she and Jamie lived in Paris, and you’re bound to recognise George Square where Frank spontaneously proposed to Claire.
Whether you are an Outlander fan or not, our 7 day Spirit of Outlander Tour 2018 will introduce you to an inspirational, amazing and beautiful country that will touch your spirit and surely make you fall in love with Scotland.
We hope this outline of our specially-designed Outlander tour to Scotland has inspired you to consider joining us. We’d encourage you to read on if you’d like to know about the itinerary in more detail.
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Meal Plan as per tailored itinerary; [B: Bed & Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner]
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Arrive Glasgow - September 15 (-/-/-)
Arrive in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, which boasts a cosmopolitan vitality and an exciting arts and culture vibe.
This afternoon we will visit some Outlander sites included Glasgow University, Glasgow Cathedral, Dowanhill Road and George Square.
In the evening, you’ll finally get to meet your fellow Spirit of Outlander travellers at our group Welcome, when you’ll also learn more of what lies in store over the coming days.
Day trip to Outlander Sites - September 16 (B/-/-)
Following breakfast, we will take you to explore some of the most recognizable Outlander sites. First on our list is Doune Castle which plays a leading role in the show, substituting for the fictional Castle Leoch and home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan in the 18th century. Next stops are Tullibardine & Drummond Castle Gardens and Tibbermore Church, famous for its amazing architecture and parks. After visiting those places you will travel to the Highland village of Pitlochry for an overnight stay.
Journey to Inverness - September 17 (B/-/-)
After breakfast we will take you to the Highland Folk Museum. Replicas of 18th century turf-roofed Highland crofts at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore made the ideal choice for period scenes in Outlander, including when Dougal collects the rent. Our drive continues to the highland Capital, the City of Inverness.
Outlander Inverness - September 18 (B/-/-)
Today is reserved for Culloden – the famous battlefield where the Jacobite uprising led by Bonnie Prince Charlie came to its tragic end – and Clava Cairns the 2000 year old stone circles that are said to have inspired Diana Gabaldon to write Outlander. You will then enjoy afternoon tea at the historic Culloden House Hotel before driving back to Inverness.
Visit Outlander Sites - September 19 (B/-/-)
Following breakfast, you will travel back to Edinburgh. En route you will drop in at the Falkland Palace and Culross. Historic Culross is a unique example of what a town in Scotland would have looked like during the 17th and 18th centuries. In Outlander, this charming town was used as the place where Geillis lived and where Claire collected her herbs in the first season. Falkland Palace is the place where some of the first scenes of the TV Series were recorded (1940s in season 1 and 1960s in season 2).
Edinburgh - September 20 (B/-/-)
Today you will explore various Outlander Sites near Edinburgh. First on our list is Hopetoun House, which provided the backdrop for a Parisian street and the spare room in Jamie and Claire`s Paris apartment for Outlander season 2. After the tour of this magnificent estate you will go on to visit Midhope Castle and Blackness Castle, all featured in the filming of the series.
Edinburgh - September 21 (B/-/D)
We start today at the impressive Edinburgh Castle, set strikingly atop a volcanic rock. You will have time to explore the castle, before your guide takes you on an Outlander-themed guided walk down the Royal Mile which extends downhill to Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.
En route you will hear about the history of this famous street and of the shaping of the city of Edinburgh over the centuries. Be prepared for some stories to make your hair stand on end, and others which will have you laughing or even crying. You’ll also hear about Jacobite connections and, of course, we’ll be stopping off at some of the key locations used in Series 3.
After the guided walking tour, you will have the opportunity to visit Holyrood Palace, if you wish, or you can use your free time to explore more of this fascinating city or prepare yourself for our gala Farewell Dinner at Gosford House, yet another Outlander film location site. And that’s all we’re going to tell you, because we want our surprises on the night to remain exactly that – surprises!
Departure - September 22 (B/-/-)
Depart for Home
We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance
Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired
Copy of passport
Some tours are subject to fitness and weather so it maybe necessary to change some visits around
Our promise to sustain environment:
Our Outlander tour is taking us to rural parts and places that are directly connected with nature and wildlife. That is why we are advising our tourists to be responsible, respect its surrounding and do not leave any traces behind them.
We want to give good example to our clients and partners by minimising use of paper used for professional correspondence in our office and by controlling usage of water and electricity. When we book a hotel we are always checking if this hotel has any environmental responsibility program in place and employ local people.
Before inviting people to come to Scotland we give our customers a short briefing about the importance of being responsible. We advise our travellers to take care of nature, control water usage whenever they can, and pick up all the litter that they see.
Excursions and attractions in which captive wildlife is held are not offered, except for properly regulated activities in compliance with local, national and international law. Any disturbance of natural ecosystem is minimised.
Our promise to support community:
The biggest part of Outlander tour is related to some historical heritage, so we advise our customers to respect secret places, behave properly and not to cause any damage to the monuments.
All of our guides, drivers and staff are local people. We also use local transport wherever possible, from trains to local buses and taxis.
We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when travelling. Respect to the local people, their cultures, the economy and the environment should be the first rule that travellers follow.
We engage local artist to promote their local crafts and encourage our customers to support them by buying their products. In the aim to support the local economy we advise tourists to eat in local restaurants and buy in local markets.
Our goal is not only to help the local community but also to educate our customers to act in a socially responsible way. Our Outlander tour is designed to educate people about Scotland’s rich history and give an insight and understanding of its culture and community, so people can gain more from their visit.