Outlander Art Experience 2020 – your itinerary

This is what we have planned for you* – be prepared to be inspired!

Day 1 – Arrival in Linlithgow (by Edinburgh)

Arrival at hotel in Linlithgow. Welcome reception, introduction to the tour, 3-course welcome dinner. Introduction to creative writing.

Day 2 – West Lothian and nearby area

Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison in Outlander and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots in real life), overlooking Linlithgow Loch.  Hopetoun House (stately home of the Duke of Sandringham (S1); backdrop for Parisian streets, the spare room in Jamie and Claire’s Paris apartment, and the Hawkins Estate (S2)). Midhope (Lallybroch). Blackness Castle (Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall).

Day 3 – Edinburgh

Jacobites Exhibition at National Museum of Scotland, Bakehouse Close (Carfax Close, home to Alexander Malcolm’s print shop). Greyfriar’s Bobby. National Portrait Gallery.

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Day 4 – Stirling area

Doune Castle (Castle Leoch). Drummond Castle Gardens (ornate park and orchard of the Palace of Versailles in France). Deanston Distillery as indoor alternative (Jamie’s cousin’s wine warehouse on the docks of Le Havre). Possibly Tibbermore Church (Cranesmuir Church, hosts the scene of the infamous witch trial)

Day 5 – Glasgow

George Square (location of Frank’s spontaneous proposal to Claire). Glasgow Cathedral (L’Hopital Des Anges in Paris where Claire volunteers to work). Charles Rennie Mackintosh Centre at The Lighthouse. Willow Tea Rooms.

Day 6 – Free day

A day to rest, relax and explore Linlithgow a bit more. Or you could hop on a train to nearby Stirling, or visit Edinburgh or Glasgow again – both have lots to see and do, and the shopping is great too.

Day 7 – East Fife

Culross (Cranesmuir where Geillis lives. The town also lends its backdrop to the Jacobite encampment and makeshift hospital scenes). Culross Palace Gardens (Claire’s herb garden at Castle Leoch).  Garden tour and herbalist workshop led by Scottish herbalist Anna Canning. She will teach us how to make infused oils, herbal balms and creams and you get to take home products created by you – and a handout with recipes for making more once you’re back home.

Had a wonderful tour of Scotland & “Outlander” filming locations, with time to sketch, draw and paint. Informative workshops in printmaking and herb lore, as well. The best part of traveling with Wild at Art was meeting new friends and becoming part of a group with common interests, love of learning and joy of camaraderie. I highly recommend this tour group for travels through Scotland! {Maura, Connecticut, Outlander Art Experience 2019}

Day 8 – Making our way to Inverness

Falkland (substitutes for 1940s (S1) and 1960s (S2) Inverness. Covenanter Hotel stands in for Mrs. Baird’s Guesthouse; Bruce Fountain is where the ghost of Jamie looks up at Claire’s room; Fayre Earth Gift Shop doubles as Farrell’s Hardware and Furniture Store; and Campbell’s Coffee House and Eatery is Campbell’s Coffee Shop). Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore (replicas of 18th century turf-roofed Highland crofts; scenes include when Dougal collects the rent. Visit to learn how Scottish Highlanders lived, built their homes, dressed and more). Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns near Inverness. Overnight stay in Inverness.

Day 9 – Inverness

Drypoint printmaking workshop at Highland Print Studio with Jan Baxandall. Develop one of your sketches, or a new design, into a print using this ancient technique which would have been used in the 1700s. Free afternoon. Overnight stay in Inverness.

Day 10 – Heading back south

Loch Ness. Fort Augustus. Glencoe. Arrive back in Linlithgow.

Day 11 – Studio day in Linlithgow

An opportunity to develop your artwork further in a studio setting. Artist Nicky Sanderson will be available for guidance and advice. Farewell dinner at the Champany Inn.

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Day 12 – Departure

We say goodbye, but you’ll be taking back a precious sketchbook journal, filled with your artwork, and no doubt you’ll want to come back to Scotland soon! 😉

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*This is an outline itinerary and subject to change. This means we may add additional items nearer the time or change things round a bit. But you can be assured that the richness and value of the package will only increase and never decrease.


We’ll have two accommodation bases for this tour:

Linlithgow, by Edinburgh (days 1-8 & day 11) – Champany Inn

The Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, where we also have our office base, is a beautiful historic town and the ideal base location for exploring most Outlander locations. Our accommodation Champany Inn is a small family-run hotel with an award winning restaurant.

The elegant bedrooms at Champany are based on the French concept of a restaurant-with-rooms. Decorated in deep homely colours and hung with hunting tartan curtains they offer space to relax and unwind. Ample space, a super comfortable bed, and a large bay window overlooking the garden that offers the perfect seat for a drink to relax before dinner. The spacious bathrooms offer a large bath and separate rain shower. The cooked-to-order Scottish breakfast offers bacon smoked in the Champany smokehouse, fresh farm eggs, homemade Boerewors Lorne sausage, Brechin black pudding and plenty of toast and locally made jams and marmalades. For those looking for a lighter option cereals, Scottish yoghurts and fresh fruits should satisfy all.

Inverness (days 9 and 10) – Glenmoriston Town House Hotel

This wouldn’t be a real Outlander tour without spending some of our time in and near Inverness. It is here where the adventures of Claire and Jamie begin in the series. Where hearts are broken, tragedy is imminent and one of the greatest love stories unfolds. The ties between Inverness and the Outlander series are endless.

Our accommodation in Inverness is the luxury boutique Glenmoriston Town House Hotel. Built in 1895, it was once an affluent family home on the sprawling, exclusive banks of the River Ness.

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