On the Trail of Jamie & Claire – Rabbie’s Outlander 4 Day TourHighlights:
~ Clava Cairns
~ Doune Castle (Castle Leoch film location)
~ Inverness & Loch Ness
~ Castle Leod (seat of Clan Mackenzie)
Join us on Outlander adventure, designed especially for fans of all things Jamie & Claire.
Follow in the footsteps of these epic lovers, visit the locations used during the filming of the Outlander Series, as well as locations that inspired Diana Gabaldon in writing her fabulous book series. Share this unique and special experience with Outlander fans from around the world, discuss your favourite quotes from the books and soak up the mystic and romantic atmosphere of Scotland.
Concession Prices: £189.00 - £219.00
Returns: 19.00 approx
Departing: Fridays (12/05/17, 02/06/17, 23/06/17, 14/07/17, 28/07/17, 11/08/17, 01/09/17, 15/09/17 and 13/10/17)
Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to manage your budget. We stay in smaller places where you will feel closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose from either a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you. We will always do our very best to satisfy your personal requirements and have an amazing track record for providing our customers with the best quality accommodation available. We do advise that single supplements usually apply, particularly during peak season when double/twin room rates are charged for sole occupancy .Please note that whilst Rabbie’s will try and place single travellers into the same accommodation, this may not be possible due to availability and the time of each individual reservation.
The accommodation we use will be dispersed around various towns and villages, usually not more than a 10-15 minute walk from the centre. There are occasions however when this can be increased to 20-30 minutes. Taxis are available for a small fee if necessary. If you have access needs or specific requirements please let us know when booking. Late bookings and/or peak season may limit the choice and location of available accommodation.
Whilst on tour your driver/guide will drop you off at your pre booked accommodation* and pick you up each morning.
*Please note that if your accommodation has already been booked by Rabbie’s, as per your initial request, there will be a surcharge for any amendments, and are entirely at our discretion. Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum of £5.00 will apply increasing to a maximum of £20.00 dependent on the length of the tour.
Please be prepared to pay cash. Most bed and breakfast, hostels and guest houses do not accept credit cards. In most large towns automatic cash point machines are readily available.
Customers are able to book their own accommodation as long as we have been informed that you intend to do this, and that it is within our drivers’ drop off’ area. If you are at all unsure please contact the office for guidance.
We are unable to supply a list of providers that we use due to availability at the time of booking. We do visit our providers regularly and are proud of the long standing relationships we have with them and positive feedback from previous customers.
Day 1 Leaving Edinburgh with your expert local guide and follow the trail of film locations featured in the Outlander TV Series. You start with a visit at Culross which stands in for Cranesmuir, as well as Falkland which substituted for 1940s Inverness. From here you continue into the Highlands and stopping at Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum at the edge of the Cairngorms National Park later that afternoon. On to Inverness for overnight.
Day 2 Your day starts with at the ancient standing stones at Clava Cairns, which would have given ‘Herself’ the inspiration for Craigh na Dun. Nearby is Culloden which has played such an important role in Scottish history and the Outlander books - you will have time here to walk the battlefield and soak up the atmosphere. From here it is short drive to Fort George - a dramatic symbol of military power. After lunch you will take a walk in the grounds of Castle Leod – remarkably similar to descriptions of Castle Leoch in the books. You will also visit the beautiful Rogie Falls and possibly sample some local whisky before returning to Inverness for the night.
Day 3 Today you will travel through the lands of Clan Fraser into the wilderness of Glen Affric one of the last surviving remnants of the once mighty Caledonian Pine Forest. After a beautiful walk through this ancient landscape the route leads back to Loch Ness and the dramatic ruins of Urquhart Castle sitting high above the loch. From here you journey along the shores of Loch Ness and through the Great Glen to Glenfinnan with its famous monument commemorating the beginning of the last Jacobite rising. From here is a short distance to Fort William - your overnight stop.
Day 4 The journey back south takes you through the impressive mountain scenery of Glencoe – with its dark history. Then its on to the Falls of Dochart at Killin on Loch Tay and nearby the grave of Rob Roy Macgregor. In the afternoon you will stop at Doune Castle, famous as the film location of Castle Leoch and a wonderful historic site in its own right On the return to Edinburgh later that afternoon there will be time for photo stops at Blackness Castle on the Firth of Forth and Midhope Castle (Lallybroch) before your Outlander adventure draws to a close.
Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Click here to see map.
Departure Point on or after 1 April 2017
Gate J & Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square. Click here to see map.
~ Transportation by a top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
~ Air Conditioning as standard.
~ Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide All ferry and bridge crossings
~ Entrance to the grounds of Castle Leod
~ Lunch, dinner and refreshments.
~ Entrance fees to visitor attractions
Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to choose your budget, stay in smaller places and get closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.
For more information on accommodation and prices click here
The programme is subject to change. We will endeavour to include as many of the filming locations as possible, as these are made public over the coming months. We are currently not able to include a visit at the Cumbernauld Studios.
Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.
©Highland Folk Museum
©National Trust for Scotland.
Meeting a varied and interesting group of people on the tour combined with an enthusiastic tour guide.
Dave - 01/06/2015
Positive & knowledgeable driver who brought passengers together as a very supportive group-Karen was fantastic!
June - 01/06/2015
Here are the latest customer photographs from this tour - click an image for enlargement and slideshow.
Full Itinerary (English)
Day 1 Leaving Edinburgh you follow the trail of some of the film best known locations featured in the Outlander TV Series. Heading north to Inverness our first visit will be the charming village of Culross, the fictional village of Cranesmuir and the home of Geillis Duncan and her ill-fated husband Arthur. Exploring the towns cobbled streets is like taking a step back in time. Look carefully and you may even find Claire’s herb garden behind the impressive, historic Culross Palace.
We continue to the small town of Falkland to revisit one of the first scenes of the show where Falkland substitutes for 1940s Inverness. See if you can recognize the familiar sights such as Mrs. Baird’s Guesthouses (The Covenanter Hotel) and the Bruce Fountain where Claire 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, making it a perfect choice for the period scenes. Heading North again we pass Aviemore where you may recognise the stunning hilly and wooded area of Tulloch Ghru which appears during the journey Claire takes with Jamie and the Highlanders from Craigh na Dun to Castle Leoch? Arriving in Inverness later that afternoon your base will be at the Glen Mhor Hotel (or similar).
Day 2 Our day starts by visiting majestic Glen Affric, one of Scotlands most breathtaking Glens of lochs and mountains that’s surrounded on all sides by the stunning Caledonian pine forest. This is big Scottish countryside, ideal for our Jamie to hide! In the afternoon we visit Culloden which plays such an important role in Scottish history and the Outlander books. It’s at 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. Later you take a short drive to the ancient standing stones at Clava Cairns, which could have given ‘Herself’ the inspiration for Craigh na Dun. We return back to Inverness with time to explore the town and enjoy the city for another evening.
Day 3 A short drive this morning will take us 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, seat of the Clan Mackenzie, where we have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing walk in the grounds while your guide tells you some of the history of the Clan and Castle. The Castle has a striking resemblance to how Diana Gabaldon has 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! We then continue along the entire length of Loch Ness – another opportunity for some monster spotting before arriving in Fort William for our overnight stop.
Day 4 We travel to Glenfinnan this morning to visit the monument which commemorates the beginning of the last Jacobite rising. It stands framed amid typically spectacular Highland scenery at the head of Loch Shiel with sweeping glens as a backdrop. We continue through magnificent Glencoe, one of Scotland’s most famous and scenic glens. From here we cross the rugged Trossachs area and onto Doune Castle near Stirling, which is featured as Castle Leoch in the TV programme. The Castle which is an extensive ruin is standing in for 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.