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Outlander Experience

(7 days / 6 nights)

5.0
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Follow in the Steps of Jamie & Claire

Bring the stories of Outlander to life with this private tour through the famous landscapes, ancient ruins and old settlements you may recognise from the TV series. This 7-day journey will take you along the Outlander Trail, from the historical capital Edinburgh into the Highlands, seeing along the way many of the locations that inspired Diana Gabaldon in writing the book series. Immerse yourself in the real-life locations that brought you Castle Leoch, Craig Na Dun, Fort William, Inverness, Jamaica, Paris and even Boston and Harvard, all with your own professional guide at the wheel.

5.0

7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

The amount will be charged in GBP

Approx 3107 GBP

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Seamless travel experience
  • Comprehensive itinerary, personalised map & travel guide
  • Quality & value for your money
  • 24/7 helpline during your tour
  • Service from local travel experts in Scotland
  • Great customer reviews
  • Carbon offsetting included

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— Cancellation Protection

  • Rebook your tour on one occasion, or
  • Cancel for any reason and receive a partial refund and travel credit

Terms and conditions apply

Tour Highlights

  • Experience the Outlander Trail and explore many of the filming locations
  • Walk through the Clava Cairns, one of the inspirations for the Craig Na Dun standing stones
  • Stroll up the historic Royal Mile and discover the capital city Edinburgh
  • Retrace the steps of the Highlanders at the Culloden Battelfield
  • Wander around the conservation village of Culross in Fife, a perfect peak into 17th-century life
  • Explore Doune Castle, the ruins that pass for Castle Leoch
  • Visit the village of Falkland, the setting for the 1940s Inverness honeymoon
  • Experience MacKenzie village life at the Highland Folk Museum
  • Explore the striking Blackness Castle, standing as Fort William during the series
  • Learn about the sights from a trusted, knowledgeable private guide

Travel style

Privately Guided i

Interest

Countryside and natural scenery i, Heritage i, Highlands i, Honeymoon & Romance i, Outlander i

Season

Apr – Oct

Departure

Daily

Interest

Countryside and natural scenery i, Heritage i, Highlands i, Honeymoon & Romance i, Outlander i

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

  • Day 1: Arrival in Edinburgh

    Upon your arrival in Scotland, you will be greeted by a private driver who will take you to your hotel in the city centre of Edinburgh.

    For those arriving early in the day, we recommend spending the day walking through the city, strolling along the Royal Mile and exploring the Old Town and New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also plenty of museums and landmarks to visit within the city centre, including the beautiful St Giles Cathedral and the majestic Edinburgh Castle.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh. 

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  • Day 2: THE ROYAL MILE IN EDINBURGH’S OLD TOWN

    You have the full day to explore Edinburgh‘s Old Town and discover the many Outlander filming locations hidden here. Along the Royal Mile, keen fans will recognise Holyroodhouse Palace and World‘s End Pub. For those who love a good afternoon tea, try the Signet Library, which you may recognise as the Governor‘s mansion in Jamaica.

    Alternatively, you have the option to explore Edinburgh with a local guide who will help you trace the real events that inspired Diana Gabaldon‘s novels. You could also take a full day tour, including a visit to Glasgow, which you may recognise as Boston and Harvard.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh. 

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  • Day 3: The Historic Kingdom of Fife

    Today, your guide will pick you up from your hotel in a quality private vehicle. You will have the option to visit Hopetoun House, the stately home that stands for the residence of the Duke of Sandringham in season 1 and many other locations. You will then stop at the boat-shaped fortress Blackness Castle, which stands in for Fort William. In Fife, you have many possible stops. This includes the picturesque villages of Culross and Falkland, the latter of which you will definitely recognise as 1940s Inverness where Claire and Frank have their honeymoon.

    Spend the night in Fife.

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  • Day 4: HIGHLANDS, CULLODEN AND STANDING STONES

    Your guide will take you into the Highlands to follow in Jamie and Claire‘s footsteps. Stops along the way include the lovely village of Dunkeld and 13th-century Blair Castle. Travelling through the Cairngorms National Park, you will have time to visit the Highland Folk Museum, which was used as a Mackenzie village.

    Near Inverness, you will visit Culloden Moor, a must-stop for any Outlander fan, as this is where Jamie fights for Scotland. Nearby you can also visit Clava Cairns, a series of Bronze Age tombs and standing stones, an inspiration for Craigh na Dun.

    Spend the night in the Inverness area.

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  • Day 5: LOCH NESS AND URQUHART CASTLE

    Spend the morning exploring the surroundings of Inverness, “the Capital of the Highlands.” Your guide will take you to visit the nearby ruins of Beauly Priory, where Claire meets Maisri the Seer. Later, you‘ll be driven south to Loch Ness, where you can visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition to learn more about the lake and its notorious monster, or visit Urquhart Castle ruins on the shores. You can also opt to take a detour to visit the picturesque Glen Affric, which is reminiscent of season 1 when Jamie and Claire journey across the Highlands.

    Spend the night in the Fort William area.

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  • Day 6: THROUGH FAMOUS GLENS AND LOCH LOMOND

    Today your private guide will take you through the Trossachs and Loch Lomond area before returning to Edinburgh. This drive includes Scotland’s scenic and historical Glen Coe valley, where some of the very first scenes of the tv series were shot. Later in the day, we can recommend taking a nature walk to spot wildlife, enjoy a boat tour on Loch Katrine, or taste the flavour of the country at Deanston Whisky Distillery. A great stop on the way is Doune Castle, which you will immediately recognise as Castle Leoch, featured prominently in season 1.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh. 

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  • Day 7: Departure From Scotland

    On your day of departure, a private driver will pick you up from your hotel to take you directly to the airport. If your flight is in the afternoon, you may take your last few hours to do some last-minute shopping, visit one of Edinburgh’s many museums, or take one last stroll through the charming city centre.

Optional extras

Customise your adventure with these Optional Extras.

We recommend adding your extra activities to the tour now for the best booking experience and to secure your spot, as activities are likely to sell out.

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Essential information

We recommend that you read carefully through the following information before booking this private tour in Scotland. We’ve answered the most frequently asked questions here so you know what to expect. You’ll also find more practical advice and attraction recommendations in our online Scotland Travel Guide.

On a private tour with Nordic Visitor, you can sit back and enjoy a curated itinerary, led by your personal driver-guide.

Your guide will be an expert in Scottish history and culture. They’ll share their local knowledge and stories with you and take you to hidden gems across the country. They will also be happy to tailor your journey to your unique needs and interests along the way.

Your experience will also begin and end with private airport transfers.

Depending on availability and on the size of your travelling party, we can offer a range of vehicles, such as premium executive cars, 4-wheel drives and touring vans.

During the booking process, you'll be able to book a group up to 7 people. Should you have 8 people in your travelling group, please contact us.

Your Scottish experience begins the moment you land at Edinburgh Airport. Make your way to the arrivals hall, where a driver will be waiting to greet you. From there, you’ll enjoy a comfortable ride in a private vehicle to your accommodation in the city.

On the day of your departure from Scotland, a private car will pick you up from your accommodation in Edinburgh. Your driver will then take you straight to the airport in time to catch your flight home.

During your Scotland tour, you’ll stay in accommodation hand-picked by our local travel experts. We’ve partnered with local businesses and selected hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses based on excellent ratings, comfort and our personal experience.

In Scotland, you can choose from single or double rooms. Twin, triple and family rooms are not commonly available. Please also note that in Scotland room types are based on European standard sizes, which means they are smaller than in North America.

For example, a double room often consists of 2 single beds pushed together. And single rooms are often smaller than the standard double.

Due to the historic nature of the properties we usually select, most of the rooms are only accessible by stairs. Lifts are not common in Scottish hotels. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are not able to walk up stairs.

This tour includes a few guided walks along the itinerary. This means you must be prepared and able to walk between 1-3 kilometres (0.6–2 miles) daily. You also need to be able to carry your own luggage when boarding the vehicle and at each accommodation.

Travelling with your kids? No problem! Just let your travel consultant know during the booking process. We’ll arrange any cots needed at your accommodation.

If you need multiple rooms, please note that we can't guarantee family rooms or interconnecting rooms at all accommodation. You may even have rooms on different floors.

If you'd like us to arrange for a car seat to be provided for your trip, please let us know ahead of time. This will incur a small extra cost.

Summer in Scotland might be warmer than you expect! While temperatures are unlikely to reach higher than 20°C (68 °F), heatwaves in Scotland are usually humid. This means it can feel hotter than it is, especially in Edinburgh or Glasgow.

That said, the weather is also very changeable, so you’ll want to come prepared for anything. Rain is always a possibility, and when the sun sets a warm jumper or jacket is a must. We’ve prepared a useful packing guide to help you decide what to bring with you.

Please note that sightseeing is dependent on weather and road conditions. This means that your itinerary might need to be altered if these conditions are not favourable during your visit. If something unexpected occurs, you can call our 24/7 helpline to speak directly with a Nordic Visitor staff member.

Whatever time of year you’re in Scotland, you’re likely to see lots of different types of weather. As you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors it’s a good idea to come prepared for a combination of weather conditions.

Here is a recommended packing list for a summer trip:

  • A warm jumper or fleece
  • A waterproof jacket
  • Good walking shoes or boots (especially if you intend to hike and go on nature walks)
  • Light scarf or thin sweater
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and a sunhat

In some areas of Scotland, such as the Highlands and islands, you might notice small, pesky insects called midges. They’re most active on summer evenings and tend to swarm near still water. You can avoid bites by wearing long-sleeves and trousers and by packing an insect repellent.

And here’s our recommendations for a winter getaway:

  • A warm, windproof and waterproof jacket
  • Thermal base layers and cosy jumpers
  • A scarf, gloves and hat
  • Sturdy boots and some woollen socks

For more information, check this packing list suggestion.

By booking with Nordic Visitor, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that there’s always someone there for you throughout your trip.

For support and advice during the day, you can ask your guide or call our office. And if anything unexpected happens outside working hours, you can reach us on our 24/7 helpline.

The Edinburgh-based travel expert on call will handle any unforeseen situations for you, such as unusual weather or events.

If you’re arriving from Canada, the United States, Australia or the European Union, you won’t need a visa to visit Scotland.

Visiting from another country? You can find the complete list of countries whose nationals require a visa to enter Scotland on the website of the UK government.

Your passport must also be valid during the entirety of your stay in Scotland. It’s a good idea to check your passport expiry date early in case you need to renew it.

Your breakfast is included at all your accommodation in Scotland. For the rest of your food, your spending money will depend on the standard of restaurants you decide to go to.

Budget between £15–£20 per person for each day’s lunch. Dinners at casual restaurants might cost between £20–£25. Meanwhile at upscale restaurants, you can expect to pay £40–£50 or more. This does not include the cost of alcoholic beverages.

If you enjoy your experience with your guide, it’s a nice idea to give them a tip.

This tour includes the service of a personal guide who will be happy to help you customise your experience along the way. They will get to know your interests, and you can tell them about any places where you would like to stop on the drive.

You can also customise this tour online during the booking process. You’ll be able to add extra nights to your itinerary as well as optional day trips, excursions and upgrades.

It’s best to book as soon as you can to secure your preferred travel dates. Once you have picked your tour, check the availability calendar to see which months are open for booking. Then, select the date you want and complete your booking. 

Nordic Visitor offers 10–20% deposits so you can reserve your trip as early as it’s convenient for you. The remaining balance is due 30 days before you travel. 

Many tours are also open for the following year if you like to plan well ahead. And if you have any questions or need advice, you can always contact us

After booking your tour package online, you will be contacted within 2 business days by your own dedicated travel consultant. They will be your point of contact for all your travel needs before, during and even after your trip. 

At that time, they’ll confirm the availability of your tour. Then the booking process starts, which may take a few weeks. Once this is done, your travel consultant will provide you with all the details of your trip. You will also receive more information about what to expect during your trip.

No need! Nordic Visitor is already working on offsetting the estimated carbon footprint of your package. We’ve partnered with an environmental fund in Iceland to carbon offset all our tours.

Carbon offsetting your international flights is not included, but we highly recommend you look into possibilities with your airline or directly through a local environment fund. 

You can get in touch with our Scotland travel experts ahead of your trip if you have any questions. The live chat option is useful for getting a quick reply as someone answers live every day during office opening hours.

Once you’ve booked, we’ll provide you with a travel guide packed full of local tips and top attractions for your visit. You can also check out our online Scotland Travel Guide where we’ve compiled useful information about topics, including:

After you have booked your tour, it will only take a few days to confirm its availability. But it may take a few weeks to create your itinerary and book everything. Once your trip details are finalised, we’ll send you e-copies of your travel documents.

Upon your arrival in Scotland, you’ll receive a welcome bag with hard copies of your itinerary, attraction and tour vouchers, the Nordic Visitor Scotland Travel Guide and more.

So when do you check in? And what can you expect upon landing in Scotland?

After picking up your luggage, make your way to the arrivals hall, where the driver of your private transfer will be waiting for you. They’ll welcome you to the country and take you straight to your accommodation in Edinburgh.

Check-in times vary between hotels and guesthouses, but it normally starts between 2–4 PM.

You are welcome to request an early check-in for an additional fee. Although this isn’t always available, you’ll be able to store your luggage at the hotel if you have to wait. Please contact your travel consultant well in advance of your arrival if you’d like an early check-in.

When you depart may depend on the time of your return flight. Check out early if you’re heading to the airport for a morning flight. On the other hand, if you’re flying home later in the day, you might like to enjoy a leisurely day or visit one more attraction.

You will need to check out from your room, but will be able to store your luggage at the hotel reception. Simply return later to collect your bags before catching public transport or a taxi to the airport.

All bookings are billed in British Pounds (GBP), the local currency in Scotland and the UK.

Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. This means conversions from GBP to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Exceptional

We loved our private guide, Pete. He is exceptional, very knowledgeable, caring, kind, polite, agreeable to doing anything we suggested within reason. He made it happen!

Top-notch guide

We chose the lower of two tiers of accommodations. For the most part, they met our expectations: the rooms were quite small, but clean, staff at the places we stayed were friendly, and it was convenient not to have to go elsewhere for breakfast each day. The information booklet provided by Nordic Tours was helpful. The highlight of our journey was our guide. Gary was top-notch, and everything one could ask for: friendly, knowledgable, efficient, and a skilled navigator and driver. On many occasions, he helped us rearrange our plans on-the-fly, suggesting that we visit other sites or in a different sequence than originally planned, which made better use of our limited time.

Excellent guide

Loved the experience. The private guide (Ryan) was excellent.

Memories we will never forget

Our experience was great, from prior to booking on through to the actual tour. Duncan took care of all of our questions and added an Underground Vaults tour for us at time of booking. We received all of our details in an email prior to trip, and a welcome bag was waiting at our hotel upon arrival with everything we needed. It was an awesome private tour that my husband and I will remember always. Our tour guide, Pete, was awesome and took very good care of us along the way until we finished the tour and were taken back to Edinburgh. He was like a member of our family by the time the tour was over and we hated to say goodbye to him. We thank Nordic Visitor, Duncan and Pete for memories we will never forget.

One of the best trips we have ever taken

The entire experience was excellent. Nordic Visitor made it easy for us, although we are amateur travellers. Our guide was the absolute best, we couldn't have asked for a better person. He was able to convey his experience and amazing knowledge to make the trip both fun and educational. One of the best trips we have ever taken, thank you!

Everything went as planned

Everything went exactly as planned, there were no hiccups or issues along the way. All questions prior to our tour were answered quickly. Our drivers were all on time and friendly. All the accommodation was clean and staff were very friendly.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Comfort Plus

In this category, you can expect standard rooms in good quality 3-star guesthouses or country hotels.

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Superior

In this category, you can expect standard rooms in 4-star hotels or boutique guesthouses.

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Vehicle

Be comfortable and enjoy the journey as a passenger in the vehicle of your choosing.

Private car

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Private car

  • Comfortable vehicle depending on the size of your travel group.

Price per person from

The amount will be charged in GBP

Approx 3107 GBP

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