SPIRIT OF OUTLANDER 2018
11 Day Tour
12th September 2018
From £2999 per person
Welcome to the 11 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.
We’ll visit the homelands of the Fraser and MacKenzie clans located not too far from the infamous Culloden Battlefield, check out Simon ‘the Fox’ Fraser’s final resting place (or is it!), and pop in to the MacKenzie Clan’s family home at Castle Leod. And don’t forget to look out for Nessie as we drive along the banks of Loch Ness.
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 11 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]
|NOT INCLUDED||Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone / fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera / video camera fee at all monuments, medical expenses, airport departure taxes, etc.;|
Meals other than those specified in the package
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Arrive Glasgow - September 12 (-/-/D)
Arrive in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, which boasts a cosmopolitan vitality and an exciting arts and culture vibe.
Enjoy free time exploring the city centre at your own pace today.
In the evening, you’ll finally get to meet your fellow Spirit of Outlander travellers at our group Welcome Dinner, when you’ll also learn more of what lies in store over the coming days.
Day trip to Outlander Sites - September 13 (B/-/-)
Your first day on the road takes you to some of the fabulous Outlander film location sites in and around Glasgow, including Glasgow Cathedral which doubled as L’Hopital des Anges in Series 2, Dowanhill Street, Glasgow University and Glasgow Old Infirmary from Series 3, then on to Pollok Country Park, Glasgow’s largest park (which won Best Park in Europe 2008) and the chance to explore the elegance of Pollok House.
Journey from Glasgow to Fort William - September 14 (B/-/-)
Our last glimpse of Glasgow will be George Square and John Street in the city centre, where Frank spontaneously proposed to Claire.
Then we start our journey north through changing landscapes and charming villages of the Highlands, driving along the famous banks of Loch Lomond where we’ll stop off at the historic conservation village of Luss.
After lunch you’ll pass through some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery as we head north through the mountainous valley of Glen Coe – so make sure your camera battery is well charged today, as we’ll be making a few photostops en route! You’ll hear tales of massacres and murders, Jacobites and geology as you take in the spectacular landscape created by the remains of this ancient super volcano.
Journey to Inverness - September 15 (B/-/-)
This morning we suggest you keep your camera handy as we head north towards monstrous Loch Ness – you wouldn’t want to miss ‘the’ photograph of the century!
Then you’ll find yourself in the heart of the clan lands of the Frasers and MacKenzies, as we first visit the pretty Highland village of Beauly (mentioned several times in the Outlander books) then Wardlaw Mausoleum, possible resting place of the unbelievably devious Simon ‘the Fox’ Fraser, Jamie’s grandfather.
Our final visit today is to Castle Leod (Diana Gabaldon considers it a dead ringer for the Castle Leoch she envisaged in her books), which has been the seat of the Clan MacKenzie for over 500 years, and today is still the home of the Earl of Cromartie, Chief of the Clan MacKenzie and his family
Visit Outlander Sites - September 16 (B/-/-)
Our first stop today is Clava Cairns, one of the best preserved Bronze Age burial sites in Scotland – three 4000 year old burial cairns, each enclosed by standing stone circles. Then we move forward in time to April 1746, when we visit Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre where you will learn of the events which took place in the lead up to and after the battle, and on the battlefield itself.
With emotions likely running high, you’ll come back down to earth as you get to enjoy a relaxed afternoon tea at Culloden House Hotel. You’ll have some free time in the late afternoon to walk – or shop – the streets of Inverness.
Journey to Stirling - September 17 (B/-/-)
Today we head south, with our first stop at the Highland Folk Museum. The open air museum comprises a collection of buildings which tell how Highland people lived, worked and dressed, and how they produced and cooked food from the 1700s up to 1950. The recreated 1700s village of Baile Gean, complete with thatched cottages, was used in the Outlander episode, The Rent, including the infamous waulking scene.
As we continue our journey south, our next stop is at one of the many Outlander film location sites you’ll see over the coming few days. Today we’ll visit the 17th century Tibbermore Church, the scene of Claire and Geillis’ witch trial, before heading for the very recognisable Drummond Castle Gardens which doubled as the gardens of the Palace of Versailles. Our last stop today is Doune Castle, aka Castle Leoch, the home of Colum MacKenzie, chief of Outlander’s MacKenzie clan.
Journey to Edinburgh - September 18 (B/-/-)
Our first stop today is at Culross and Culross Palace, where you will get a very real feeling of what a 17th and 18th century Scottish town would have looked like. The town and palace featured regularly as Cranesmuir, Geillis Duncan’s hometown, and you’ll recognise many rooms, stairways, courtyards and herb gardens as you explore this unique and historic village. You might also like to take the short walk up to West Kirk, which appears as the Black Kirk in ‘The Way Out’.
In the afternoon we visit the historic village of Falkland and Falkland Palace, one of Scotland’s finest Renaissance palaces. The town doubles as 1940s and 1960s Inverness in the TV series, and you’ll come face to face with Mrs Baird’s Guesthouse overlooking the fountain in the square, Farrell’s Hardware & Furniture Shop and Campbell’s Coffee Shop.
Day trip to Outlander Sites - September 19 (B/-/-)
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.
Day trip to Outlander Sites - September 20 (B/-/-)
We start our day at the French chateau-like Callendar House. The house’s Georgian kitchen is where the Duke of Sandringham met his end in ‘Vengence is Mine’. Our next stop is 15th century Blackness Castle which doubles as Wentworth Prison, and where Jamie receives his near-death flogging.
In the afternoon we head to the magnificent Hopetoun House, which features as the Duke of Sandringham’s home, Belhurst Manor. And located on the same estate, you will not be disappointed as you finally get to walk up the drive and through the arched gateway towards Lallybroch.
Visit to Outlander Sites and Farewell Gala Dinner - September 21 (B/-/D)
It had to happen! It’s our final day, and first we’re off to look around 15th century Craigmillar Castle, one of the most perfectly preserved castles in Scotland, and the Outlander location for Ardsmuir Prison in Series 3. Then we head to charming Glencorse Kirk, which was chosen as the location for Claire and Jamie’s wedding, and where you’ll be privileged to get a very personal insight into the history of the Kirk and the Outlander filming which took place there.
The rest of the day is free, but you might like to leave some time aside to 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.