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The Outlander, Palaces & Jacobites Experience

Departure point:
Edinburgh
Duration:
1-Day Tour
Time:
8:30am - 6:00pm
Price:
From: £52
Departs:

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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Our Edinburgh Outlander Tour 2023

 

From Edinburgh, our Outlander Tour explores the filming locations made famous by the TV series. Experience Midhope; Outlander's Lallybroch, enjoy time at Falkland, the set for Inverness in Outlander and enjoy time at Culross; home of Claire's herb garden and Cranesmuir Village's Mercat Cross. 

We begin our day, departing from Edinburgh's Royal Mile and travelling to our first stop of the day; Midhope Castle*. The 16th Century Tower House was the backdrop to Lallybroch; Jamie Fraser's family home. Spend time here for photos and soak up the atmosphere before our Outlander tour continues.

From there, we will travel to Blackness, home to Blackness Castle, an optional extra on this tour. The castle is used to represent Fort William in the series. It has also appeared in Hamlet and is known as "the ship that never sailed" due to its distinctive boat-like shape.

Following in the footsteps of Claire and Jamie, our Outlander tour travels north-west, to the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, where you will have the opportunity to take a photo of Linlithgow Palace, Outlander's Wentworth Prison. The palace was originally used as a relaxing retreat for the Royal Family on journeys between Edinburgh and Stirling Castle. Its impressive towers overlook stunning scenery. We'll spend time here to purchase refreshments and explore the town.

We then travel to the Royal Burgh of Culross. a tiny village situated on the coast of Fife. Culross is arguably the best example of a 17th Century village in Scotland. The gardens here feature in Claire's herb garden, and the Mercat Cross in Outlanders' Cranesmuir Village. There will be plenty of time to stop here and take in the picturesque town and visit the quaint Biscuit Café.

From Culross, we travel onwards to Falkland. The small village in Fife was used as the set for Inverness in Outlander; Claire and Frank arrive here on their second honeymoon. The Covenanter Hotel in the village is also the set for where Claire saw the ghost of Jamie. Spend time exploring the small village, enjoy refreshments and, should you wish, you can visit Falkland Palace and Gardens.

Our journey home takes us to South Queensferry. We pause here for photos, enjoying beautiful views over the Firth of Forth before we head back to Edinburgh, where our unique Outlander tour ends.

 

2024 Itinerary

From April 1st

 

We begin our day in Edinburgh, departing from the Royal Mile and taking in some of the sights of Scotland’s capital as we head to our first stop of the day; Midhope Castle*. This 16th century Tower House was the backdrop to Lallybroch; Jamie Fraser’s family home. Spend time here for photos and soak up the atmosphere and keep an eye out for Jamie, just in case.

From there, we continue onwards to Blackness, home to Blackness Castle. In Outlander, Blackness Castle is used as the set for Fort William, the headquarters of Black Jack Randall. It has also appeared in Hamlet and is known as “the ship that never sailed” due to its distinctive boat-like shape that protrudes into the Forth. Look down the Forth towards Edinburgh and see all 3 Forth Bridges, representing three centuries of Scottish engineering and connecting the Lothians with the Kingdom of Fife.

Our Outlander tour travels west, to the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, where you will the opportunity to visit Linlithgow Palace, Outlander’s Wentworth Prison. The palace was originally used as a relaxing retreat for the Royal Family on journeys between Edinburgh and Stirling Castle. Its impressive towers overlook stunning scenery. We will also spend enough time here in Linlithgow for you to get some lunch and explore the town.

After a short journey further westward, we will arrive at Callendar House near Falkirk, it was used as the kitchen in the Duke of Sandringham’s home in season 2 of the show. This beautiful mansion has traditional Scottish architecture with elements resembling a French Renaissance chateau.

We then travel north across to the other side of the Forth and visit the Royal Burgh of Culross. The small village is arguably the best example of a 17th Century village in Scotland. The gardens here feature as Claire’s herb garden, and the Mercat Cross in Outlanders’ Cranesmuir Village.

We then return to the other side of the Forth and visit Hopetoun House, which features in Outlander as the Duke of Sandringham’s home. This stunning stately home is situated on over 100 acres of designed landscape and reflects some of the brilliant work of Scottish architects Sir William Bruce and William Adam.

On our return journey to Edinburgh in the evening, we will pass by the Forth Bridges. These three bridges are used to connect the Lothians to the Kingdom of Fife and represent three centuries of Scottish engineering, with the newest bridge, the Queensferry Crossing having only been completed in 2017. After this, we return to Edinburgh where our Outlander tour comes to an end.

Tour Overview

Duration9hrs 30mins
Total Distance104 miles
Pick upOutside Green Ensign Ewart Pub, Edinburgh at 8:30am.
Group size16 - 32
AvailabilityAll year round
Minimum ageTravellers need to be at least 4 years-old

A couple of things To know

Included
  • Knowledgeable Driver-Guide
  • Luxury Modern air-conditioned coach
Not Included
  • Children under 4
  • Entrance to attractions
  • Food and Drink
Great Tour
“This was such a great tour! It was entertaining, informative, and Marty, our guide, was super funny. He is also a huge fan of Outlander so it was great having someone take us around who knew what he was talking about. He even played music from the TV series. We also got to learn about history of the sites that wasn’t related to Outlander so that was a plus as well. I would definitely recommend this tour.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the departure point?

Your tour departs from outside the green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE.

View a map of our departure point.

You can also find us by Edinburgh Public Transport

Check-in opens 15 minutes prior to the stated departure time and closes 5 minutes prior to the stated departure time. We recommend that all passengers arrive in this window as tours must depart on schedule.

Are the optional extras included?

No, optional extras are not included in the tour price.

The price of your one day tour from Edinburgh includes the services of a friendly, knowledgeable and experienced Driver-Guide, and transportation on one of our luxury, modern, air-conditioned coaches.

All optional extras - attraction entrance fees, loch cruises, food and drinks, etc - are not included in the price of your tour. This is to allow our guests the freedom to choose which optional extras they would like to take part in on the day.

Optional extras for your tour (Prices from August 2023) are as follows:

  • Midhope Castle: £5.89
  • Falkland Palace & Gardens: Adults: £13, Concession: £9
  • Blackness Castle: Adults: £7.50, Concession: £6, Child (7-15): £4.50, Child (Under 7): Free
  • Culross Palace & Gardens: Adults: £10.50, Concession: £9
  • Linlithgow Palace: Adults (16-64yrs): £8.00, Concession (65yrs+ and unemployed): £6.00, Child (7-15yrs): £4.00

Falkland Palace and Gardens are currently closed until 29th February. Culross Palace is currently closed until 8th March.

 

Do I need to pre-book the optional extras?

No, you don't need to worry about pre-booking any of the optional extras.

All the optional extras can be booked on the day and your Driver-Guide will advise you of how to book. We negotiate discounted rates for you, ensuring you'll always get a great deal at Scotland's top visitor attractions.

If you have any questions about this please contact our Reservations Team on +44 (0)131 226 6066 - open 07.00 - 21.00 daily.

Is the tour in English?

Yes, all of our tours are in English.

Your tour will be taken by an experienced, knowledgeable and friendly English-speaking Driver-Guide.

What should I bring with me?

As we like to give you as much time off the coach as possible with the opportunity for walks, we recommend you bring warm and/or waterproof clothing, wear comfortable walking shoes and take sun-block or a hat for sunny days.

Don't forget your camera to capture all the lovely scenery and wildlife you'll encounter on your tour!

Since we cannot allow hot food on our buses you could also bring a cold packed lunch with you to make the most of your time at each stop, this would be particularly time-saving in the busier months!

Can children travel on this tour?

We welcome children over 4 years old on our tours, and children aged between 4-16yrs are eligible for the concessionary rate.

We regret we are not able to carry children under the age of 4.

How accessible are the locations?

Some of the locations may cause accessibility issues due to their geography and architecture.

If you are a wheelchair user or have restricted mobility, we would suggest downloading this helpful Access Guide by Historic Environment Scotland.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, don't worry! Just because it's not here, doesn't mean we can't do it. Have a look at our private tour page or contact us directly, and we will make it happen!

Departure point:
Edinburgh
Duration:
1-Day Tour
Time:
8:30am - 6:00pm
Price:
From: £52