TOURS – back on the road soon
This specially-themed private day tour pays tribute to the hugely popular Outlander adventure novels and subsequent TV mini-series. Follow in the footsteps of Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser and visit some of the iconic locations associated with this Scottish blockbuster.
- Blackness Castle (Fort William)
- Doune Castle (Castle Leoch)
- Falkland (Inverness)
- Culross (Cranesmuir)
A short drive from Edinburgh takes us to 15th century Blackness Castle. One of Scotland’s most impressive strongholds it is used extensively as Fort William in the TV series. Blackness is sometimes known as the ‘ship that never sailed’ because of its boat-like appearance and dramatic shoreline location. Relive some gruesome Outlander moments (Jamie’s flogging) and enjoy fabulous views of the Firth of Forth, the Forth Bridges and the Kingdom of Fife.
Our journey continues via Stirling (photo opportunity of Stirling Castle) to Doune Castle. Famously substituting as Castle Leoch this is the fictional seat of Chief Colum and his Clan Mackenzie. Protecting the gateway to the Highlands it has also been seen as Winterfell in Game of Thrones and featured prominently in the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This 13th century building has one of the best preserved great halls in Scotland and has some fantastic views from the rooftop walkway.
After lunch in the pretty village of Dunblane (hometown of Scottish tennis legend Andy Murray) we skirt the Ochil Hills via Tillicoultry and Dollar to the Kingdom of Fife. The picturesque village of Falkland features as 1940’s Inverness in Outlander and is where Claire and Frank spend their second honeymoon in Mrs Baird’s guesthouse. Scotland’s first conservation village is perhaps best-known as the location of Falkland Palace, the finest example of Renaissance architecture in the UK. The palace was used as a hunting lodge by Stuart monarchs and was a favourite place of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Our final stop of the day is the Royal Burgh of Culross, or Cranesmuir, fictional home of Geillis Duncan and her husband Arthur, the procurator fiscal. In Season One Claire and Geillis are marched through the streets of Cranesmuir when suspected of witchcraft. The dramatic scene featuring a wee boy with his ear pinned to a post after been caught stealing was also filmed here (at the Mercat Cross). A fabulous way to finish the day!
Our return to Edinburgh takes us across the Forth Road Bridge from where you can see the magnificent Forth Rail Bridge, considered to be the greatest engineering achievement of the Victorian age. Scotland’s newest bridge and landmark, the Queensferry Crossing, is also of interest and will be completed in 2017.