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7-Day Outlander Driven Tour

Edinburgh City Driven Tour
31st August 2018

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1. Exploring Edinburgh (on foot)

On arrival into Edinburgh you will instantly notice the historical significance of Scotland’s great capital. This is particularly true with the Jacobites as you can see their mark throughout town and just about around every corner there is a story to tell.

  • Holyrood Palace
  • Located at the foot of the Royal Mile, this magnificent palace is the Scottish residence for HM the Queen.
  • It also has significant links with Bonnie Prince Charlie from 1745 where he established his court for six weeks.
  • This is portrayed in the Outlander novels when Claire and Jamie visit the Prince at the palace and beg him to abandon his hopeless cause.
  • Book location and Jacobite connection.
  • Old Town
  • Edinburgh's Old Town is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the buildings you’ll see remain largely unchanged from how they would have looked centuries ago.
  • The Outlander series was shot in three key locations in the Old Town
    • Bakehouse Close – this filming location is where Claire and Jamie are reunited after 20 years apart.
    • Tweeddale Court –this historic street becomes the 18th century market where Claire meets Fergus again.
    • Signet Library – the interior of this beautiful building doubles as the Governor’s mansion in Jamaica.
  • Book location and filming location - season 3

Day 2. Castles, Palaces and Manor Houses (via car)

Today you will collect a hire car for a self-driven tour to some major Outlander highlights between Edinburgh and Stirling. You may wish to end your day in Stirling for a days touring the area tomorrow.

  • Blackness Castle
  • A 15th-century fortress on the banks of the Firth of Forth.
  • Featured as Black Jack Randall’s headquarters in Fort William. Its internal courtyard is shown in the heartwrenching scenes from Jamie’s incarceration.
  • Filming location – season 1 & 2
  • Hopetoun House
  • A beautiful 17th-century stately home surrounded by a vast, 6,500 acre estate.
  • Various parts of the house and grounds have played roles in Outlander:
    • The Duke of Sandringham’s stately home
    • The spare room in Jamie and Claire's Paris apartment
    • The Hawkins Estate
    • The backdrop for Parisian streets
    • The stables at Helwater and the exterior of Ellesmere
  • Filming location – season 1, 2 & 3
  • Midhope Castle (on Hopetoun Estate)
  • A 15th-century castle with beautiful intact exterior but derelict interior.
  • Features as the exterior of Jamie’s beloved Lallybroch.
  • Filming location – season 1, 2 & 3
  • Linlithgow Palace
  • Explore the nooks and towers of this beautiful ruined palace and take a refreshing walk around Linlithgow Loch.
  • In Outlander the majestic entrance and corridors feature as Wentworth Prison where Jamie was imprisoned.
  • In 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie visited the palace on his journey south. Its elaborate courtyard fountain is said to have flowed with red wine to mark the occasion!
  • Jacobite connection and filming location – season 1

Day 3. Stirling and Beyond (via car)

Enjoy a self-driven tour of the Stirling area to explore castles, beautiful gardens and even a whisky distillery.

Day 4. Historical Towns (via car)

Today you will drive through to Fife and explore two fantastic Scottish towns, significant both historically and for Outlander.

  • Royal Burgh of Culross
  • Full of charming, peaceful streets which were once full of the hustle and bustle of a thriving 17th-century port on the River Forth.
  • In Outlander the Mercat Cross area in the centre of the town becomes the fictional village of Cranesmuir, where Geillis lives, while the garden behind Culross Palace stands in for Claire's herb garden at Castle Leoch.
  • Filming location – season 1 & 2
  • Falkland Village
  • Explore the historic streets of this picturesque town and visit the grand 16th century Falkland Palace, which was a favourite country residence for many kings and queens.
  • In Outlander, the town substitutes for 1940s Inverness where Claire and Frank go on their second honeymoon.
  • Additional film locations
  • Filming location – season 1 & 2

Day 5. Around Glasgow (via car)

From Stirling you will bypass Glasgow to explore or Outlander sights in Ayrshire, before settling in Glasgow for the night. You may wish to return your hire car this evening as tomorrow can be covered on foot and public transport.

  • Drumlanrig Castle
  • 17th-century castle with beautiful period rooms filled with artwork, French furniture and antiques.
  • In Outlander, the exterior, living rooms and bedrooms of Drumlanrig Castle became Bellhurst Manor, including a bedroom that was once slept in by Bonnie Prince Charlie, as he made his way north to Culloden.
  • Jacobite connection and filming location – season 2
  • Dunure Harbour
  • Beautiful harbour village along with Ayrshire coast.
  • In Outlander, Dunure doubles as Ayr Harbour, where Claire and Jamie leave Scotland in pursuit of Young Ian. Another great stopping point is Dunure Castle (less than a mile away) which features as Silkie Island in the show.
  • Filming location - season 3

Day 6. Explore Glasgow (on foot & public transport)

Explore Glasgow on foot to the West End where you will find Kelvingrove Park and the University of Glasgow, which both feature in Outlander, as well as an abundance of amazing Glasgow highlights (which we can offer recommendations for).

  • Kelvingrove Park & Glasgow University
  • Kelvingrove park is a beautiful park on the River Kelvin in the West End of the city of Glasgow.
  • These lush grounds double as Boston Park where Claire enjoys walking.
  • Across from the park you will find the Historical University of Glasgow which, in Outlander, acts as Harvard University, in which Frank teaches.
  • Filming location - season 3
  • Pollok Country Park (requires a short public bus journey)
  • Beautiful Manor House in the south of Glasgow with historic grand rooms and vast servants’ quarters. The main part of the house was built in 1752 – in Jamie’s time period through Outlander.
  • In the Outlander Pollok Country Park, features in several different scenes. It doubles as the grounds surrounding Castle Leoch and also stands in for French countryside as the characters travel between Le Havre and Paris.
  • Filming location – season 1 & 2

Day 7. Departure Day (from Glasgow or Edinburgh)

Depending on flight arrangements and timings you may be able to explore more of Glasgow or Edinburgh before your flight home.