Going Ashore: The Outlander Tour Shore Excursion

Jamie and Claire
Characters from Netlfix
Netflix Outlander Characters

The success of Diana Gabaldon’s series of books, along with the hugely popular Netflix adaptation, has brought Outlander fans to Scotland in their droves.

Doune Castle
Doune Castle

On your own Outlander Tour you can follow in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire, travelling to iconic locations such as:

  • Blackness Castle (the Fort William Garrison)
  • Midhope Castle (Lallybroch – Jamie’s ancestral home)
  • Culross village (Cranesmuir)
  • Doune Castle (Castle Leoch – home to the Mackenzie Clan)
  • Falkland village (Inverness in the 1940’s)
  • Drummond Castle & Gardens
  • Glasgow Cathedral ( L’Hôpital des Anges)
  • University of Glasgow (Harvard University where Frank worked)
  • Linlithgow’s Palace (Wentworth Prison)
  • Glen Affric (used as the site for the Culloden Battlefield)
  • Clava Cairns (Craigh na Dun stone circle)
Clava Cairns
Clava Cairns

Most sites can be easily reached on a day trip rom the Edinburgh ports or Greenock. Glen Affric and Clava Cairns, however, are nearer Inverness and not really accessible in a day from the central belt of Scotland.

Culross
Culross Village

If you do manage to visit these sites, perhaps on a shore excursion from Invergordon, try to also visit the real Culloden Battlefield. It’s a harrowing experience but well worth the few tears you may shed.

Culloden
Culloden Battlefield

Discover Scotland offer a day tour from Greenock on their luxury 16-seater coach with English-speaking guide. Designed around your cruise ship’s schedule, most tours take around 8.5 hours and cost £50 (concession prices available)

Go Scotland Tours have a walking tour in Edinburgh taking in the Canongate Kirk, Tollbooth Jail, Edinburgh Castle and World’s End Tavern. If you choose this option, expect to be walking for at least 2 hours and some streets in the capital are steep.

Scottish Terrier Tours collect guests from Invergordon for private curated tours, or offer a general northern tour which visits the Clava Cairns and Culloden.

Midhope Castle

Visit Scotland produce a fantastic map of the main Outlander locations and can be downloaded here.

Jamie and Claire
Jamie and Claire

Images courtesy of Visit Scotland, NTS, Sony

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