The Lake District, Edinburgh & the Outlander Trail
9 day tour

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Hop on a train from London and join adventure through the Lake District, Edinburgh, and Outlander’s most famous locations.

Tour map

Highlights

Film Locations
Palaces
Mountains
Lakes
UNESCO Heritage Sites

Places you explore


Ullswater - The second largest lake in the English Lake District is famous for its sublime, tranquil beauty.

Aira Force Waterfall - A lovely stone bridge crosses the fabulously flowing waterfalls.

Lake Windermere - You can choose to wander the shores or put on your sailing hat and go for a cruise.

Edinburgh – So much to see and do in Scotland’s capital city, probably the most dramatic cityscape in the world.

Doune Castle - One of the most filmed castles in Scotland. It stars as Castle Leoch in Outlander, and featured in Monty Python’s ‘Holy Grail’, and the pilot for Game of Thrones.

Loch Ness - Take a chance to go on an optional boat cruise or wander around this alluring and eerie loch.

Culloden - A sad place to visit. It’s the location of a tragic Outlander scene and a catastrophic battle between Jacobites and Government troops.

Culross - This town looks like it never left the 16th century. It was also the setting for the fictional Outlander town, Cranesmuir.

Falkland - This quaint town in the Kingdom of Fife boasts a beautiful palace and a serene setting.

Your journey

So, you’re going to London.

This means you need to get out and about and discover England. But there’s a problem. There’s something you’d prefer to do. You’d rather sit on your couch and watch each Outlander episode again and again.

Well, we’ve got the solution for you, because on this tour you can do both.

You first take the quick and comfortable train from London to England’s premier beauty spot, the Lake District. Here, your guide takes you rambling around trickling rivers, quaint cottages, and gorgeous mountains.

And after you spend couple of luxurious nights in Edinburgh, you head on an adventure to where they filmed Outlander’s gory battles, tragic moments, and sultry scenes.

So, forget the couch and combine the Lake District with your favourite TV show on this nine-day tour.

Tour Details

Departs
08.45 - London Euston
Returns
19.15 Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old).

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag, and one carry-on bag per person
  • After booking your tour, we'll contact you about your train journey
  • Collect your ticket from the ticket machines using your bank or credit card and the 'collection reference' number we send you
  • You get picked up by a Rabbie's mini-coach from Penrith Train Station
Tour inclusions
  • Transportation by a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide
  • Seven nights' hotel and B&B accommodation
  • A one-way train ticket from London to Penrith
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Take as many photographs as you can at ‘England’s most beautiful lake’, Ullswater
  • Relax in the market town of Keswick

You collect your train ticket at the London Euston Station and head north to the historic Cumbrian market town of Penrith. The town’s uniquely coloured castle played a key role in defending the border from its invading Scottish neighbours.

After arriving in Penrith and meeting your Rabbie’s Guide, you enter the Lake District National Park and travel along the northern shores of Ullswater. This lake is often described as England’s most beautiful lake, and it’s here we give you the chance to take a forest walk and see the mighty Aira Force waterfall.

You then travel towards Keswick, stopping outside the town to visit the mysterious Castlerigg standing stones, thought to have been built over 5,000 years ago and a hub of ancient pagan rituals.

You have a short journey into the lively market town of Keswick where you’re dropped off at your accommodation and free to explore the charming town. (**During July/early August this tour stays in Windermere).

Day 2

  • Stare in wonder at the views on an optional boat trip, Lake Windermere
  • Wander around the cosy village of Hawkshead

After breakfast, you take in views of Ullswater as we head along country roads to its southern shores.

You continue further south and travel over the narrow and winding Kirkstone Pass towards the wonderful Windermere. Here you have the option to take a leisurely cruise on the Lake or eat lunch while enjoying sublime views of the surrounding scenery.

After lunch you travel around the southern tip of Windermere and on towards Coniston Water. Your next stop is the picturesque conservation village of Hawkshead, where the poet William Wordsworth attended Grammar School.

After exploring the cosy village, you take the narrow country lanes north towards Grasmere, which Wordsworth described as “the loveliest spot that man hath found”.

There’s free time to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden by the River Rothy. In the late afternoon, you return to Keswick.

Day 3

  • Set your sights on sweeping views from atop the Whinlatter Pass
  • Learn about the slate mines at the Honister Mountain Pass

We pick you up from your accommodation and head for the Whinlatter Forest Park and over the Whinlatter Pass into the most dramatic landscapes the Lake District has to offer.

You journey along winding lanes, past the shores of Crummock Water and Buttermere, and towards the Honister Mountain Pass.

Stopping amongst the mountains you have the opportunity to enjoy the views of the old slate workings, where a small number of Cumbrians continue to make their living.

After refreshments, you continue through the forests of Borrowdale, passing Derwent Water, where there’s free time for lunch and shopping.

Once you’ve eaten lunch, you begin your return journey, heading towards Penrith and north towards the border. After crossing into Scotland, you take a stop in the town of Biggar, a royal burgh since 1415. From here, it’s a leisurely drive through the rolling border hills to Edinburgh.

Day 4

  • Wander over cobbled lanes past medieval window panes and under Gothic spires in Scotland’s stunning capital city, Edinburgh
  • Join our city tour and get to know a few of Edinburgh’s local legends

Today is a free day to explore Edinburgh.

We think you should start with our included Edinburgh City Tour to familiarise yourself with the history, geography, and laugh-out-loud tales of the city.

And after that, what you do is up to you; You can venture deep under the city on ghost tours, hike to the lofty heights of Arthur’s Seat, or even just relax in the many beautiful gardens.

Just ensure you relax and prepare for your next part of your adventure.


Day 5

  • Get as close as possible to the 16th century in the well-preserved town of Culross. Or as it’s known to Outlander fans, Cranesmuir
  • Visit beautiful Falkland and explore the setting for 1940’s Inverness in Outlander
  • Learn how Highlanders lived at the Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum

Today you leave Edinburgh and begin following the trail of the best-known film locations featured in the Outlander TV series.

Heading north, your first stop is the charming village of Culross. In Outlander, Culross posed as the fictional village of Cranesmuir and the home of Geillis Duncan and her husband, Arthur. Exploring the town’s cobbled streets is like taking a step back in time. Look carefully and you may even find Claire’s herb garden behind the impressive Culross Palace.

We continue to the small town of Falkland to relive the first scenes of the show, where Falkland substitutes for 1940’s Inverness. See if you can recognize the familiar sights such as Mrs. Baird’s Guesthouses (The Covenanter Hotel) and the Bruce Fountain, where Claire’s husband Frank sees the ghost of Jamie.

In the early afternoon we stop at the Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum, which houses replicas of 18th-century turf-roofed Highland crofts. These were used as a setting in the first season of the show.

Venturing further north we pass Aviemore, where you may recognise the stunning hilly and wooded area of Tulloch Ghru. This appeared during the journey Claire takes with Jamie and the Highlanders from Craigh na Dun to Castle Leoch. You overnight in Inverness.

Day 6

  • Stare in awe at Scotland’s ‘most beautiful glen’, at Glen Affric
  • Explore the tragic Culloden battlefield

Your day starts by visiting the majestic Glen Affric. Lochs, mountains and pine forests: this is one of Scotland’s most glorious glens. It’s also an ideal spot for our Jamie to hide!

In the afternoon we visit Culloden, which plays an important role in Scottish history and the Outlander books. It’s not far from the Culloden Battlefield where Claire and Jamie said their tearful goodbyes, before Jamie joined the Jacobite army to fight for the Stuarts. You have the opportunity to explore the visitor centre and site, and pay tribute to those who lost their lives at the last battle fought on British soil.

You then take a short drive to the ancient standing stones at Clava Cairns, which could have given the inspiration for Craigh na Dun. We return to Inverness with time to explore the town and enjoy the city for another evening.

Day 7

  • Delve into Highland clan history at Castle Leod
  • Taste Scotland’s national drink, at an optional distillery visit

A short drive this morning takes you to Beauly, the site of Beauly Priory and the tomb of Lord Lovat in the heart of Clan Fraser lands. Beauly priory is a beautiful 13th-century ruin and, according to Diana Gabaldon’s book, is where the Lovat Frasers are buried.

From here, we continue to Castle Leod, ‘home of the Clan MacKenzie’, where you can enjoy a relaxing walk while your guide tells you some of the history of the clan and castle. The Castle has a striking resemblance to how Diana Gabaldon described Castle Leoch, however she had never heard of the castle prior to writing Outlander.

In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to sample ‘The Water of Life’ with a whisky distillery tour and tasting. There might even be time to look out for the Waterhorse at Loch Garve!

You then continue along the entire length of Loch Ness before arriving in Fort William for our overnight stop.

Day 8

  • Feel true Scottish pride at the gorgeous Glenfinnan Monument
  • Explore the setting for Castle Leoch at Doune Castle

You travel to Glenfinnan this morning and visit the monument which commemorates the beginning of the last Jacobite rising. It stands framed by typically spectacular Highland scenery at the head of Loch Shiel.

We continue through magnificent Glencoe and cross the rugged Trossachs area and onto Doune Castle. The Castle is an extensive ruin that represents Castle Leoch in the TV programme, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan in the 18th-century episodes.

We return to Edinburgh later that afternoon with a photo stop at Blackness Castle on the banks of the Firth of Forth.

Day 9

You decide what’s next on your travels. You’re welcome to join another one of our tours from Edinburgh. Or if you want to move on, Edinburgh is well connected by coach, rail, and air to the rest of the UK, Europe and the world.

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Accommodation


Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay two nights in Keswick*, three nights in Edinburgh, two nights in Inverness and one night in Fort William.(*During July/early August this tour stays in Windermere).


How does the accommodation work?

Your tour includes a mixture of our favourite hotel and B&B accommodation. Once you've completed the booking form on this page, we'll send you more details about where you'll get to stay.


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, you can read our FAQs, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.


FAQs

Where does the tour depart from?

Unlike our other London departures, you depart from London’s Euston Station. You’re then met by a Rabbie’s driver-guide and tour bus at Penrith Station.


How do I get to London’s Euston Station?

Depending on where your London accommodation is located, there are several ways to get the station. You can easily access the station using the underground network, local buses, or a taxi.


What time does the train depart?

Your train departs London’s Euston Station at 9.30am. We recommend that you arrive at 8.45am. Whilst London’s transport system is fantastic, it’s not immune to issues that cause delays or cancellations. Trying to arrive early also gives you time to collect your tickets and purchase refreshments before you board the train.
Your ticket is only valid on the 9.30am departure. If you miss this train, you will be responsible for purchasing new tickets for the next departure. The cost of a ticket on the day is over £100 per person.


Where do I collect my tickets?

Simply insert any credit or debit card into a ticket machine within the train station and enter your ‘collection reference’ number. We send you this number shortly after you book your tour.
If you have problems, please go to a ticket window with your booking confirmation and ask for help. You can also call the Virgin Business Helpdesk on 0121 2990259 for more information.
Station opening hours can be checked at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/.

Please allow at least 20 minutes for ticket collection at stations.


Do we have reserved seats?

In most cases, yes you have pre-assigned and reserved seats. The details of the seating reservation are provided in the ticket wallet. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask any of the Virgin Trains team for help.

If you booked your ticket within one week of departure, you may not have a seating reservation. If this is the case, you can choose from any of the unreserved seats on the train.


Can I buy food and drink on the train?

Yes, you can. Each train has a café on board which provides a limited selection of hot and cold drinks as well as snacks and light meals. If you require anything in particular, we recommend you pick up what you need from one of the various food and beverage outlets at Euston Station.


Which platform does the train leave from?

The platform changes every day. Please keep an eye on the departure boards in the main terminal. Your train is the 9.30am Glasgow Central train. The platform will be announced about 15 – 20mins before departure. The departure gates close five minutes before the train leaves, so please make your way to the train once you have seen which platform the train is departing from.


What happens if the train is cancelled?

If your train is cancelled, your ticket is valid on the next departure at 10.30am, however you’ll not have reserved seats. If this happens, please contact the Rabbie’s customer service team on +44(0)131 226 3133, so we can advise the guide and ensure they’re there to pick you up at the new time.


How long is the train trip?

The train takes three hours from London Euston to Penrith Station.


Where do we meet the tour bus?

Your Rabbie’s driver-guide meets you at Penrith Station with other guests who started the tour in Edinburgh. Penrith Station is small and your guide will be easy to find. Due to traffic and unforeseen circumstances, the guide may be unable to meet you there immediately. But don’t worry, they’ll be there as soon as possible.


How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.


Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.


Do we need to bring our own lunch?

You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.


Should I tip the driver-guide?

Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.


What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance.

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