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 at Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison in Outlander and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots in real life), overlooking Linlithgow Loch. 3-course welcome dinner.
Day 2 – West Lothian and nearby area
Midhope (Lallybroch). House of the Binns to sketch view of Blackness Castle. 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)). Blackness Castle (Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall)
Day 3 – Stirling area
Doune Castle (Castle Leoch). Drummond Castle Gardens (ornate park and orchard of the Palace of Versailles in France). Deanston Distillery (Jamie’s cousin’s wine warehouse on the docks of Le Havre). Tibbermore Church (Cranesmuir Church, hosts the scene of the infamous witch trial)
Day 4 – Edinburgh
Jacobites Exhibition at National Museum of Scotland, Bakehouse Close (Carfax Close, home to Alexander Malcolm’s print shop). Free afternoon. Optional visit to Craigmillar Castle (Ardsmuir Prison)
Day 5 – East Fife
Culross (Cranesmuir where Geillis lives. The town also lends its backdrop to the Jacobite encampment and makeshift hospital scenes). Culross Palace Garden (Claire’s herb garden at Castle Leoch). Garden tour and herb-making workshop led by Scottish herbalist. Dysart Harbour (French port of Le Havre; also location of St. Germain’s Warehouse). Aberdour Castle (monastery where Claire and Murtagh bring Jamie to recover after his ordeal at the prison).
Day 6 – Glasgow
George Square (location of Frank’s spontaneous proposal to Claire). Glasgow Cathedral (L’Hopital Des Anges in Paris where Claire volunteers to work). Free afternoon. Optional visit to Glasgow University (Harvard) and Kelvingrove Park (Boston Park where Claire is regularly seen going for walks).
Day 7 – 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). Clava Cairns near Inverness. Old High Church in Inverness. Live music night at Hootananny Inverness.
Day 8 – Inverness
Printmaking workshop at Highland Print Studio. Free afternoon.
Day 9 – Heading back south
Loch Ness (quick photostop). Glencoe. Arrive back in Linlithgow. Farewell dinner at 4 Mary’s (built around 1500).
Day 10 – Departure
We say goodbye, but you’ll be taking back a precious piece of art created by you. And no doubt you’ll want to come back 😉
*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:
The Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, where we also have our head office, is a beautiful historic town and the ideal base location for exploring most Outlander locations. Court Residence is a new hotel with spacious suites, located in the historic former Sheriff Court building right in the heart of the town.
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. 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.