16 days
Duration
23rd August 2019
Dates

SPIRIT OF OUTLANDER 2019

Welcome to the Spirit of Outlander 2019 tour – your chance to experience a unique side of Scotland’s spirited history and heritage. Inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s thrilling Outlander series, our tour combines Scotland’s ancient monuments, famous battlefields and traditions with its landscapes, seascapes and islands, and throws in plenty of legendary myths, folklore and unearthed gems – as well as a surprise or two!

Spirit Journeys’ team, have prepared a very special Outlander tour around Scotland visiting some of its major cities and towns, and exploring some of the magnificent scenery of the Highlands and islands. Sense the exciting spirit of bygone days. Learn of Scotland’s often violent, but always thrilling, history. Photograph the staggering scenery revealed around every corner. Marvel at the highlights that all Outlander fans should visit.

Of course, our tour includes many of the outstanding Outlander film location sites, and also takes you back in time (not literally!) as we travel through the lands where the Fraser and MacKenzie clans lived and loved during the years of the Jacobite uprisings. We visit 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, of course, you will have the chance for some monster spotting as we drive along the banks of Loch Ness.

It goes without saying that we’ll visit Lallybroch and Castle Leoch, otherwise known as Midhope Castle and Doune Castle respectively, and we’ll spend plenty of time at the fascinating and historic village of Falkland, which doubles as Inverness in the TV series and is, of course, where the Outlander saga begins.Tip

The Royal Burgh of Culross is one of Scotland’s most picturesque villages, and 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. And you’ll be reminded of the grim reality of Wentworth Prison when we visit Blackness Castle.

Our tour offers a fascinating insight into Scotland’s two major cities – Edinburgh and Glasgow. Our walking tour of the Royal Mile starts at Edinburgh Castle and finishes at Holyrood Palace, via intriguing historic streets and recognisable Outlander film location sites. In Glasgow, when we visit Glasgow Square you’ll be reminded of Frank’s spontaneous proposal to Claire and, at the wonderful medieval Glasgow Cathedral, of L’Hopital des Anges where Claire volunteered when she and Jamie lived in Paris.

If you aren’t already smitten with Scotland by this point, you can’t fail to be impressed by the jaw-dropping scenery of the Highlands and islands and the hospitality of its people. We’ll be travelling through magnificent mountain ranges, along the banks of beautiful and mysterious lochs, visiting charming Highland villages and island hopping from Skye to Harris to Lewis. These Hebridean islands will introduce you to a rich heritage and a superb selection of museums and monuments, a carefully preserved Gaelic culture and a warm feeling of community, all in addition to the untouched landscapes and seascapes ranging from high peaked mountains and white sandy beaches to pristine turquoise waters and amazing wildlife.

Scotland has a spirit of its own, and you will find this spirit evident wherever you go, from Glasgow to Edinburgh, from Highlands to islands. Whether you are an Outlander fan or not, on this Spirit of Outlander 2019 tour, we guarantee you will be inspired and enthralled, amazed and awestruck, and that you’ll fall in love with our beautiful country.

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.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONFlights available on request – please contact us for a quote including flights
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INCLUDEDAccommodation as per itinerary

Meal Plan as per tailored itinerary; [B: Bed & Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner]
Excursions as per itinerary

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NOT INCLUDEDExpenses 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

Airport transfer
Optional tours.
Any insurance;
International and domestic air-fares
Visa if required
Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions;

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Day 1

Arrive Glasgow - August 23 (-/-/D)

Arrive in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, which oozes an arts and culture vibe and a cosmopolitan vitality. You will spend two nights at the Grand Central Hotel situated in the heart of the city. 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.

Glasgow

Day 2

Day trip to Outlander Sites - August 24 (B/-/-)

Your first day on the road takes us to some of the fabulous Outlander film location sites in and around Glasgow, including Glasgow Cathedral which was used as the setting for L’Hopital des Anges in Series 2, Dowanhill Street, Glasgow University and Glasgow Old Infirmary which all feature in 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.

Day 3

Journey from Glasgow to Fort William - August 25 (B/-/-)

Today you will spend the morning in Glasgow City Centre visiting George Square and John Street, where Frank spontaneously proposed to Claire.

Then, leaving the bustle of the city behind us, we will start our journey north to the wild 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.

The afternoon journey takes us through some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery as we continue north through the mountains of Glen Coe – so make sure you’re camera battery is well charged today, as we plan to make 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.  Our final destination today is Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK.

Rannoch Moor

Day 4

Over the Sea to Skye then onto Lewis - August 26 (B/-/D)

Prepare yourself for a long, but thrilling day today! Although you’ll be travelling ‘over the sea to Skye’, the excitement can start even before you get there – as you have the option to board the Jacobite Steam Train (aka Hogwart’s Express) bound for the busy harbour of Mallaig on what is described as the greatest railway journey in the world.  (The train journey is not included in the price).  One of the stops en route is at Glenfinnan, also renowned as the spot where Bonnie Prince Charlie ceremoniously raised the Royal Standard commencing the months-long uprising which ended so tragically at Culloden Battlefield.

Alternatively, you have the choice of travelling on the bus, which will give you time to visit the West Highland Museum, full of Jacobite memorabilia and many other interesting artifacts.  The bus will make the journey to Mallaig, also stopping off at Glenfinnan.

We’ll then board the ferry from the Scottish mainland bound for the romantic Isle of Skye, passing through some stunning scenery and learning about the island’s fascinating history and geology.  We’ll take in sights including the Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock, and pay a visit to Flora MacDonald’s grave, a heroine of the last Jacobite uprising.

 portree

Day 5

Journey to the Outer Hebrides - August 27 (B/-/-)

After a hearty Highland breakfast, it’s an early start as we island-hop from Skye over to the unforgettable Outer Hebrides, situated on Europe’s Atlantic edge.  The Outer Hebrides is a stunning archipelago scattered with fresh water lochs, miles of rich wildflower moorland and pristine white sandy beaches.  Again we’ll travel by ferry, as we head for the unbelievably beautiful islands of Harris and Lewis.

But before we start exploring the islands, our first visit is to the acclaimed Harris Gin Distillery which greets us as we disembark the ferry.  Feeling perky after our early morning tipple, we’ll continue to the next stop where we will learn about the history of the island’s world famous Harris Tweed weaving industry, which regularly features on the catwalks at top fashion shows around the world.

As we explore Harris you’re bound to be inspired by the stunning sea views and endless skyscapes as you soak up the amazing island atmosphere.  You’ll definitely spot miles of white sandy beaches and pristine turquoise seas, and you may even be lucky enough to spot some of the islands’ wildlife, which includes golden eagles.

We’ll then effortlessly ‘hop’ from Harris to Lewis, and head north to the archipelago’s capital of Stornoway, where we will spend the next two nights at four-star lodges in the grounds of the recently renovated historic Lews Castle.

Day 6

Tour of Lewis - August 28 (B/-/-)

Today we will learn more about the islands’ inspirational history and heritage, and where best to start than at the Callanish Standing Stones, the prehistoric stone cross and circle formation that fired the imagination of the Disney animators when drawing up the backdrops for their blockbuster Brave.

The islands’ land-based lifestyle is best seen at Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, which serves as an historical museum with demonstrations and an exhibition showcasing Hebridean heritage.

In the afternoon we’ll explore more of the stunning scenery on these wonderful islands, before returning to Stornoway.

Callanish

Day 7

Journey to Inverness - August 29 (B/-/-)

This morning you have the option to take things easy and see the sights of Stornoway at your leisure, or you can join us to discover more of Lewis’s never-ending dramatic vistas and remarkable heritage.

After lunch we’ll board the afternoon ferry back to the Scottish mainland, arriving at the pretty harbour village of Ullapool.  From here we head straight to our hotel in the Highland capital of Inverness, where we’ll be staying for three nights.

Day 8

Day trip to Outlander Sites - August 30 (B/-/-)

Following breakfast, we’re heading into the heart of the historic territories once home to the Fraser and MacKenzie clans at the time of Culloden.  In deepest Fraser lands we visit Wardlaw Mausoleum, resting place of Simon ‘the Fox’ Fraser, Jamie’s grandfather, known as the ‘most devious man in Scotland’ for his intrigue and double-dealing.

Our lunch stop is at the pretty Highland village of Beauly, which featured several times in the Outlander books.  Our final stop of the day is at 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 is still a family home today, the home of the Earl of Cromartie, Chief of the Clan MacKenzie and his family.

Day 9

Day trip to Outlander Sites - August 31 (B/-/-)

Today’s itinerary takes us first to 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, as our next stop is at Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre where we will spend some time learning of the events which took place in the lead up to and after the battle, and on the battlefield itself.

After what is bound to be an emotional morning, our visit to Culloden House Hotel for afternoon tea should help to lift our spirits and fill our stomachs!  There will be some free time in the late afternoon to walk – or shop – the streets of Inverness.

Jacobite rising 1745

 

Day 10

Journey to Pitlochry - September 1 (B/-/D)

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, which includes the infamous waulking scene.

We’ll arrive at Pitlochry in time for a late lunch.  Pitlochry is a charming Highland village renowned for its whisky distilleries, brewery, hydro electric dam, theatre, restaurants and bars – and, in particular, its great shopping!

If visiting distilleries or shopping isn’t your thing, there’s an optional tour today to visit the Outlander location used for Craigh na Dun – but please don’t expect to see any standing stones, as the replicas were removed to the studio warehouse several years ago!

You’ll be overnighting at Fisher’s Hotel, Pitlochry this evening on a dinner B&B basis.

 

Day 11

Journey to Edinburgh - September 2 (B/-/D)

As we continue our journey south over the next few days, you will be able to indulge in some of the most recognisable of the Outlander film location sites, starting with the 17th century Tibbermore Church, the scene of Claire and Geillis’ witch trial.

After paying a visit to Tullidardine Chapel, where Jamie and his men hide from the Redcoats in ‘Vengence is Mine’, we head for the gorgeous Drummond Castle Gardens which doubled as the gardens of the Palace of Versailles.  Our last stop today is at Doune Castle, aka Castle Leoch, the home of Colum MacKenzie, chief of Outlander’s MacKenzie clan.

Day 12

Visit outlander sites - September 3 (B/-/D)

We start our day at the French chateau-like Callendar House. The house’s Georgian kitchen is used as part of Belhurst Manor and is where the Duke of Sandringham met his end in ‘Vengence is Mine’. It’s then on to the 15th century Blackness Castle which doubles as Black Jack Randall’s Fort William headquarters, 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 want to savour the moment as you walk up the drive and through the arched gateway towards Lallybroch

Day 13

Day trip to Outlander sites - September 4 (B/-/-)

Our itinerary today takes us across the Firth of Forth to the Kingdom of Fife.  Our fist visit of the day is to the time capsule that is Culross and Culross Palace, giving you 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 arrive at 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 easily recognise Mrs Baird’s Guesthouse overlooking the fountain in the square, Farrell’s Hardware & Furniture Shop and Campbell’s Coffee Shop.

We then head for Edinburgh, one of the most beautifully architectural cities in the world.  You will stay here for three nights.

Day 14

Visit to Outlander Sites - September 5 (B/-/-)

We start today at the most distinctive of Edinburgh’s many historic buildings, Edinburgh Castle, set strikingly on top of a volcanic rock.  You will have time to explore this magnificent castle, before embarking 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 of at some of the key locations used in Series 3.

You will have the opportunity to visit Holyrood Palace, if you wish, when we reach the foot of the Royal Mile, or you can use your free time to explore more of this captivating city.

Day 15

Visit to Outlander Sites - September 6 (B/-/D)

Sadly we’ve reached our final day, but we’ve still not exhausted the Outlander location sites with in striking distance of Edinburgh.  So we’re off to visit 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.

We then head back to Edinburgh with plenty of time to take a 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.

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  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!

Day 16

Departure - September 7 (B/-/-)

Depart for Home

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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.

SPIRIT OF OUTLANDER
Urquhart Castle
Rannoch Moor
Broch
Glencoe
Edinburgh Castle
Jacobite rising 1745
Inverness
portree
Drummond castle

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 10 reviews
October 31, 2017

I did this tour with Cherie and 18 other ladies, and 1 gentleman (brave man) in September 2017 and it was the most amazing holiday experience I’ve ever had. Very well planned and organised, fabulous scenery, filming sites, history, entertainment, accommodation, comfortable coach, excellent guide, the list goes on. I would heartily recommend this holiday to anyone who is an Outlander fan. I will definitely do this trip again !! ♡

November 2, 2017

This is the Outlander tour I did this year. There are minor additions and alterations made but it is fundamentally the same. If anyone is an Outlander fan, loves to travel and wants to visit Scotland I can highly recommend this tour. It was a fantastic trip – many of our group were first time solo travellers and had a marvellous time. Spirit Journeys Worldwide and Inverness Custom Tours are top notch companies – they made the tour truly memorable – and you’ll meet some wonderful people on the tour as well (max of 20). 😊

January 28, 2018

I was on this same tour with Cherie, Cheryl and Kate. This was an amazing, fantastic tour. it was very well put together and I loved the locations and then some. the accomodations were all very good and very comfortable. I came away with a newfound love for Scotland and will be going back in 2019 with Cherie and some of the other ladies to do this tour again. I traveled alone on the way there and felt insecure that I didn’t know anyone else on the tour., but I was always comfortable with my newfound friends and the lifelong friendships that were formed.

October 3, 2018

The BEST tour I’ve ever been on! Cherie and Caroline do a fantastic job. Didn’t know anyone ahead of time but the group chat throughout the previous year really helped. I have 14 new friends all because of Diana’s wonderful books. Caroline knows so much about Scottish history and she’s an Outlander fan. Don’t pass up this opportunity for a lifetime of memories.

October 3, 2018

Just completed the The Spirit of Outlander 2018 tour and it was fabulous! The tour was well planned out. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, prepared – not just on the film sites but the historical information of each place we went – hard working and FUN! Most of all I made 14 new best friends from across the globe. I believe our group left their hearts in Scotland.

October 3, 2018

I finished the 2018 Outlander tour through Spirit Journeys just under 2 weeks ago. What a spectacular and amazing experience! I’m not a novice traveler. In fact, I although I have been on a couple of other tours, I usually create my own itinerary and I have traveled quite a bit. I have to say that I am very happy I went on this trip. The accommodations were all 4-star, in fact, we even stayed in a castle on the Isle of Lewis AND the same hotel in Dunblane that the Outlander cast were in during Season 4 filming. About half the dinners were included and taken at the various hotels’ restaurants, which was very nice since we often arrived after a long day on the bus and didn’t have to work out the logistics of a meal. Our tour guide Caroline was a joy. She was knowledgeable, funny, and always did a little extra to help us coordinate meals that were not pre-planned or extra outings. She introduced us to local music and stories and we were able to experience the real Scotland. Plus, she was an Outlander fan like we were and shared our enthusiasm. The tour was well planned and organized, including so many things, yet it wasn’t a complete whirlwind…we had some optional free time and were able to include extra options. Prior to the trip, we were all included on the Facebook page for the tour as well as a group chat and got to know each other. Although I went alone, I didn’t feel like I was traveling alone. I made some friendships that I believe will last many years and hopefully and we will travel together again with Cherie and Caroline!

October 3, 2018

SEPT 2018 I went on this Fantastic Journey with this very amazing group of ladies including Cherie Chase ” Who is so much fun”
We had 16 magical days together and the group of us became such good friends, some of us best friends but I think we ended this group a FAMILY. We will forever have a bond all 14 of us…Cherie, Caroline, Cheryl, Sheila, Catherine, Sherry, Alex, Karen 1 and 2, Diana, 1 and 2, Twila, Narelle, Linda and last but not least Julia. Julia was with us a couple of days and shes a very nice, sweet, and just a seriously lovely lady. The trip Itself was a Dream come True, The Itinerary was Amazing, the accommodations were Fabulous and Ohmylanta did I mention we stayed in a castle Yes in a Butlers 2 bedroom Appartment!!!!! it was so Amazing. The Food at most locations was very good. The Bus drivers were all very nice and professional. I know it wasn’t easy with extreme weather for a day or 2 we couldnt go on the ferry so it caused us a delay in Ft. William so we had to drive a little out of the way but so worth it! The bonding thatvwent on and all the songs we sang the stories that got told to us passed the time nicely. Our Guide Caroline was a Beautiful Redheaded Scottish Lady whoms face and voice were engaging and animated. Our destinations were all so beautiful. i got the most out of Culloden, Callanish Standing Stones The Chapel Jamie and Clare were married and Lallybroch! The Farewell dinner was Amazing! We had so much fun dancing and chatting with our guests of honor ALL of whom were “Absolute Gentleman” One of the best nights of my life!!!
I will Definitely Reccomend the Tour. I owe a huge “Thank You” to Cherie for being the reason I decided to go. I am so THANKFUL and THRILLED I got to experience Scotland this way. Cherie was the HEART of this. She Is the reason we all did this “fanbloodyohmylantastic” tour she organized with Julia! Thank you Julia You Did a great Job! Travel Together Alone Now and Spirit Journeys will be recommended by me for a very long time. Fyi: To all concerned, Instead of rewriting a review I copied some of this from my original review of Travel Alone Together Now as just retyping virtually the same thing is silly but it doent make its sincerity any less. I mean every word.
Sincerely from the bottom of my heart Cheers to Julia and to Cherie. I have much Love and Gratitude to You Both!!

October 3, 2018

This is an additional note to my review above on the 2018 tour I just completed:

…I must also mention that we had something no other tour has…a ceilidh on the final night at the grandiose Gosford House with members of the Outlander supporting cast! What could be better than dressing up for a traditional Scottish dance party and fancy dinner at a “palace”, meeting, drinking, dining and dancing with some of the Outlander cast? NOTHING! Cherie and Julia outdid themselves on this one!

October 4, 2018

My 2018 Spirit Journey across Scotland!

I have just returned from the Best Trip Evvvaaahhh! Seeing Scotland with ‘Spirit Journeys Worldwide’ and ‘Travel Alone Together Now’ was a sheer joy!
This was my first big trip… solo… to another hemisphere and I’d stopped off at Paris and London to see the sights on my way. I had a ball there, and when I got to Scotland it all amped up!
I’d never met any of the other travellers before, so I was a wee bit apprehensive about travelling on my own with so many strangers. By the time the trip was over, they were all more like Family. I love them all to bits!
It’s amazing how one person, writing a book for a lark, can have such a profound affect on so many people all over the world. I will always be grateful to Diana Gabaldon for her imagination and turn of phrase, but I am forever beholden to Spirit Journeys and Travel Alone Together Now for bringing this wonderful group of 14 strangers together, half way across the world, where we could let our hair down and thoroughly enjoy our love of all things Outlander, and truly blend into a genuine fun-loving caring and sharing bunch of adorable Lassies, who can dance up a storm and harmonise so beautifully on cue.
Every day brought a new adventure and every day was better than the day before. Even when we were being blown half way round the path circling the Kelpies, our tour guide Caroline was always there to help us back on track. (Mary Poppins has NOTHING on the Scottish weather!!! 🌂😉🌬☂️)
So many special moments on the tour, it’s hard to single out just one. I loved walking in Claire’s footsteps, which was why I started on this journey in the first place, singing ‘The Skye Boat Song’ over the bridge to Skye, taking the ferry across to Harris and Lewis where I met my Heiland Faerie Coo Hairietta, seeing weavers make beautiful fabric designs out of threads, exploring the Harris Distillery and admiring their unique gin bottles and casks, sleeping in a castle like a real princess, being where the Outlander cast and crew had worked on set locations, Caroline’s treats and surprises of fun side-trips, and hearing about the Gaelic legends and tumultuous history of Scotland were all true highlights.
Our last night capped it all off for me. Touring the magnificent Gosford House and meeting such lovely and gracious people at the Ceilidh was the cherry on top of the icing on the cake of a verra emotional and delightfully musical tour.
I’ll always be walking on the waves to Scotland in my heart. Part of me still waits there patiently, on those glorious rolling hills and in those deep and dark lochs, for my return.
Thank you Julia, Caroline and Cherie for making it all possible.

October 6, 2018

This was an amazing trip. The itinerary involved a variety of landscapes including three islands, stunning Highland scenery, and several iconic Oulander filming locations. The hotels were four star, my least favorite being the Fishers Hotel in Pitlochry, but even there the food was very good. Most days we didn’t have to be on the bus until 9 or 10, so I thought that showed consideration for the women on the tour. Our tour guide, Caroline, was delightful, and knowledgeable about the different places we visited. She told us stories, and introduced us to some great Scottish music while we rode along. The unbelievable finale was the dinner and ceilidh at the elegant Gosford House. There we met some of the Outlander cast who joined us for dinner and dancing. This was one of the best tour experiences ever, and I feel like I’ve made some new friends riding along together through bonny Scotland!

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