Charming and vibrant, Edinburgh is Scotland’s ancient capital city and a hub for culture and creativity. Attractions include historic Edinburgh Castle, the picturesque Royal Mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the home of Scottish royal history.
Follow in the footsteps of Claire and Jamie in the wild and beautiful Scottish Highlands, with stunning lochs, imposing mountains and wild moors.
Visit the incredibly well-preserved Clava Cairns standing stones, the remains of a Bronze Age cemetery dating back approximately 4000 years.
Voyage ‘Over the Sea to Skye’ to one of the most spectacular islands in the world, popular for its stunning and dramatic volcanic scenery, including the Cuillin mountain range, the iconic Storr and spectacular Quiraing.
Stay overnight in picturesque Falkland – the historic village in the Kingdom of Fife which doubles as Inverness in the Outlander TV series.
Enjoy an unforgettable visit to the fascinating 14th century Doune Castle, which you will recognise as Castle Leoch – seat of Clan MacKenzie.
This Outlander inspired self-drive tour of Scotland will transport you back in time to experience the highlights of Diana Gabaldon’s hit series of books and follow in the footsteps of beloved characters to the locations featured in the epic TV series.
The journey begins in Edinburgh, one of the most spectacular capital cities in Europe, where you can experience cobbled streets and narrow alleyways with world-class restaurants and tourist attractions around every corner.
Your tour then ventures into the Kingdom of Fife for an overnight stop in historic Falkland, before travelling onwards to the mystical Scottish Highlands. Here, you’ll enjoy two nights in Inverness – ‘the Capital of the Highlands’ – giving you plenty of time to explore ancient castles, mysterious standing stones, and former clan strongholds.
Two memorable nights on the spectacular Isle of Skye are a highlight of the trip, with the impressive Cuillin mountains towering over deep glens and spectacular sea views.
The final stop on your tour is an overnight stay amongst the rolling green hills of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. A visit to Castle Leoch, home of the MacKenzie clan, rounds off an unforgettable Outlander tour of Scotland.
This is our suggested itinerary for our Outlander Tour self-drive tour. We design each itinerary around your interests, so think of this as a starting point which can be tailored into something completely unique to you.
We love the opportunity to use our first-hand knowledge and experience to design and deliver the perfect, bespoke holiday experience for you.
Arrive in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, where you’ll find world-class restaurants and shopping alongside cobbled medieval streets and one of the most recognisable castles in the world. Why not follow in Jamie and Claire’s footsteps and have a ‘wee dram’ in the World’s End Pub? Welcome to Scotland!
Overnight – Edinburgh
Spend a day exploring Edinburgh’s fantastic sights. Visit Holyrood Palace – the official residence of the British monarchy in Scotland and see where Claire begged Bonnie Prince Charlie to abandon his hopeless cause. Explore the cobbled streets and hidden alleyways of the Royal Mile, or enjoy awe-inspiring views from Arthur’s Seat – an extinct volcano which looms over the city.
Overnight – Edinburgh
Your journey into the world of Outlander continues this morning as you depart Edinburgh for Blackness Castle, which doubles as Fort William in the TV series. The castle interior will be familiar as the scene where Black Jack Randall whips Jamie. Next stop is the historic village of Culross which stands in as the fictional Cranesmuir, before making your way to beautiful Falkland – instantly recognisable as 1940’s Inverness from the TV series.
Overnight – Falkland, Kingdom of Fife
After a hearty breakfast visit remarkable Falkland Palace & Garden, childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots, before heading north to the rolling hills and ancient forests of Perthshire. Your journey continues through the spectacular Cairngorms National Park where you’ll find the wonderful Highland Folk Museum. This ‘living museum’ has recreated a traditional Highland township and was used extensively in the filming of Outlander. Onwards to historic Inverness – your Highland home for the next two nights.
Overnight – Inverness
The Highlands are your playground today and sightseeing opportunities are endless. You could visit Culloden Battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Highland army made their last stand against the Redcoats in 1746. Learn more about this bloody chapter in Scottish history and see where Claire and Jamie said their goodbyes.
A short drive away is the mysterious Clava Cairns. This 4,000 year old burial site with prehistoric standing stones was Diana Gabeldon’s inspiration for Craigh na Dun, and is certainly an evocative place. A second night in Inverness gives you plenty of time to explore the beautiful countryside, visit a local whisky distillery, and enjoy fantastic local cuisine.
Overnight – Inverness
World-famous Loch Ness is your first stop today, where Claire spotted the mystical water-horse. Will you catch a glimpse of ‘Nessie’ too?
Your drive today is full of ancient castles and shimmering lochs as you make your way to the Isle of Skye. Take the chance to visit Eilean Donan Castle, the most photographed castle in Scotland and former stronghold of Clan MacKenzie. The opening titles of the TV series play the Scottish folk song ‘Over the Sea to Skye’ – the journey you’ll make before spending two nights on the island.
Overnight – Isle of Skye
The magical Isle of Skye is without doubt one of the most special places in Scotland, where the dramatic Cuillin mountains and stunning seascapes combine with the warmest of Highland hospitality. A wildlife cruise allows you to explore the coast and spot seals, otters and great golden eagles.
Pay a visit to the grave of the legendary Flora McDonald, who hid Bonnie Prince Charlie from Redcoats after he fled from Culloden. Flora’s arrival in the American colonies after leaving Scotland is documented in Outlander. Skye is dotted with wonderful craft shops and galleries for souvenir hunting too.
Overnight – Isle of Skye
Take a scenic ferry journey back to the mainland before making your way to the Glenfinnan Monument – a poignant memorial to the thousands of Jacobites who lost their lives in the 1745 uprising. Continue through Glencoe, a spectacular glacial valley once home to the McDonald clan, where you can learn the sad story of the Massacre of Glencoe.
Travel onwards through wild Rannoch Moor into Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, where your overnight stop awaits – along with a very familiar looking castle! Doune Castle stands in as the fictional Castle Leoch in the TV series, and is the location where Claire is held captive by Colum MacKenzie. You’ll have plenty of time to explore this fascinating 14th century castle before perhaps enjoying the hospitality at a local inn.
Overnight – Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
After breakfast, it is less than a 2 hour journey to Edinburgh where your Outlander adventure will come to an end.
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