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The Outlander Trail

(7 days / 6 nights)

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Follow in the Steps of Jamie & Claire

Bring the stories of Outlander to life with a road trip through the famous landscapes, ancient ruins and old settlements you may recognise from the TV series. This independent self-drive journey includes many of the locations that inspired Diana Gabaldon in writing her books. Experience legendary places including the Kingdom of Fife, Loch Ness and Trossachs National Park, along with the historical cities of Edinburgh and Inverness.

7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 641 GBP

The amount will be charged in GBP

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Castles and Royalty, Countryside and natural scenery, Culture and History, Heritage

Season

2 Apr - 20 Oct

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

650/404 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival in Edinburgh

    Welcome to Edinburgh. For an easy and comfortable way to get from Edinburgh Airport to your hotel in the city centre, we are happy to arrange a private transfer for you (at additional cost). 

    After settling in, go out and explore the city. Edinburgh has a long and storied history, so there’s no shortage of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, museums and landmarks to visit. A stroll along the bustling Princes Street, with views over the gardens to the Edinburgh Castle, also makes a nice introduction to the city centre.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh. 

     
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  • Day 2: Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town

    Use this day to explore the Royal Mile, the main thoroughfare through the Old Town, running from the Edinburgh Castle to the palace of Holyrood House—one of the British Royal Family’s official residences in Scotland. Keen Outlander fans will recognise this palace as the location where Claire and Jamie beseeched Bonnie Prince Charlie to abandon his hopeless cause. For another fun Outlander throwback, do like Jamie and Claire and pay a visit to the World‘s End Pub, also located on the Royal Mile.

    If you happen to be in Edinburgh during the weekend you may wish to take an Outlander-themed guided walking tour of all the key Edinburgh locations; ask your travel consultant for details.  

    Spend the night in Edinburgh. 

     
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  • Day 3: The Historic Kingdom of Fife

    Today you will take the scenic route to Fife — home of many prominent locations featured in Claire and Jamie’s travels in Outlander. Don’t miss the historic Blackness Castle which stands in for Fort William in the show. Other highlights in this area include Linlithgow Palace and the picturesque village of Culross, with its charming 16th century buildings and Culross Palace.

    Heading further into the East Neuk area of Fife, the beautiful village of Falkland plays host to 1940s Inverness in the series. The village is dominated by Falkland Palace which is also well worth a visit.

    Spend the night in Fife.

    Driving distance: 150 km / 93 miles

     
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  • Day 4: Into the Scottish Highlands

    Head towards the majestic Highlands today. There are many notable highlights on your way, including the lovely village of Dunkeld, perched on the banks of the River Tay, and the 13th century Blair Castle in Perthshire. Travelling through the Cairngorms National Park, another ideal stop on the Outlander trail is the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore, where period actors and carefully-restored buildings help bring a key part of Claire and Jamie’s story to life.

    If time allows, head to the Battlefield of Culloden Moor, where the last battle on British soil occurred in 1746—an event considered “the beginning of the end for the Highlands.” Nearby you can also visit Clava Cairns, a series of tombs and standing stones which pre-date Stonehenge by some 1,000 years. This ancient, mysterious site was Diana Gabledon’s inspiration for Craigh na Dun, Claire’s time portal.

    Spend the night in the Inverness area.

    Driving distance: 150 km / 93 miles

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  • Day 5: From Inverness to Lochs & Castles

    Spend some time exploring Inverness, “the capital of the highlands”, and its surroundings. Visit the ruins of Beauly Priory in nearby Beauly, the village associated with Clan Fraser of Lovat from where Jamie descends. The priory itself is where Claire meets Maisri the Seer. 

    Later, get back on the road and head for Loch Ness, where you can visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition to learn more about the story of the loch and its notorious monster. If you want to go out searching for Nessie, you can take an optional boat tour on the loch and visit the Urquhart Castle ruins on the shore. You can also opt to take a detour to visit picturesque Glen Affric for a walk.

    Spend the night in the Fort William / Loch Ness area.

    Driving distance without visiting Glen Affric: 125km / 78 miles

    Driving distance via Glen Affric: 186 km / 116 miles

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  • Day 6: Through Famous Glens and Loch Lomond

    Head to “Rob Roy Country” today, which includes the Trossachs and Loch Lomond area. This journey takes you past Scotland’s scenic and historical Glen Coe valley. Other worthwhile sights include the grave of Rob Roy, the notorious outlaw and folk hero, at Balquidder and the beautiful Falls of Dochart in the village of Killin.

    Take some time to enjoy the beautiful Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park area. Take a nature walk to spot wildlife, enjoy an optional steam-ship tour on Loch Katrine or visit the Deanston Whisky Distillery. For a fun photo opportunity don’t miss the Doune Castle, featured in Outlander as “Castle Leoch”. Other great places to visit are Stirling Castle and the monument of William Wallace. 

    Back in Edinburgh, return your rental car and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, perhaps with a fine dinner to top off your amazing journey.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh. 

    Driving distance: 225 km / 140 miles

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  • Day 7: Back Home

    You won’t need to rub any magical stones like Claire to get back home today. To get to Edinburgh Airport, simply take the Airport Express bus from Waverley Bridge or a taxi directly from your hotel. If your flight is in the afternoon, enjoy some last-minute shopping or visit a museum you may have missed on Days 1 or 2.

    If you wish to spend more time in Edinburgh (or Glasgow) before or after the tour, ask your travel consultant about adding extra nights. We can also arrange optional services such as private airport transfers or even extend your trip to include Nordic destinations, such as Iceland or Norway.

     

Map

Here’s a map of Scotland, to help put things in perspective.

Accommodation

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

Comfort

Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a three-star hotel, B&B, well-appointed guesthouse or similar. All provide breakfast..

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Quality

Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a boutique guesthouse, three- or four-star hotel or the best accommodation of that s..

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Rental car

Enjoy the journey, with authorization for two drivers and free GPS in the rental car of your choice.

Toyota Yaris
or similar

  • x4
  • x3
  • x1
  • M

Toyota Yaris
or similar

  • Type: A
  • Passengers: 4
  • Luggage: 1
  • Doors: 3
  • Transmission: Manual

Kia Picanto (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x3
  • x1
  • A

Kia Picanto (automatic)
or similar

  • Type: B
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 1
  • Doors: 3
  • Transmission: Automatic

Vauxhall Astra
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Vauxhall Astra
or similar

  • Type: C
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Toyota Auris (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • A

Toyota Auris (automatic)
or similar

  • Type: D
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Vauxhall Insignia
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x4
  • M

Vauxhall Insignia
or similar

  • Type: E
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Manual

Ford Mondeo (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x4
  • A

Ford Mondeo (automatic)
or similar

  • Type: F
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic

BMW 520 (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x4
  • A

BMW 520 (automatic)
or similar

  • Type: G
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic

Vauxhall Zafira
or similar

  • x7
  • x5
  • x1
  • M

Vauxhall Zafira
or similar

  • Type: H
  • Passengers: 7
  • Luggage: 1
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Kia Sportage
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • M

Kia Sportage
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Mercedes Vito
or similar

  • x9
  • x3
  • x9
  • M

Mercedes Vito
or similar

  • Type: J
  • Passengers: 9
  • Luggage: 9
  • Doors: 3
  • Transmission: Manual
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Price per person from

Approx 641 GBP

The amount will be charged in GBP

Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

2017
2018

Tour Information

Travel seasons and price savings
July and August are Scotland’s busiest travel months, known as the high season. August is an especially busy month in the City of Edinburgh, due to a number of major festivals taking place throughout the month. The Isle of Skye can also be quite congested in July and August, with its status as one of Scotland’s ‘must see’ destinations. During this season, there is less availability at accommodations and attractions tend to be the most crowded.
 
Booking a tour in the shoulder season — May and June — offers a more peaceful travel experience, a better chance at reserving preferred accommodations and prices that are as much as 15% lower than high season. For even greater savings and fewer crowds, consider booking in the low season, April and October. 
 
This tour can be booked as a privately guided tour instead of a self-drive tour. Contact us for details.
 
This tour is subject to availability. We recommend booking well in advance, especially for July or August arrivals when there is great demand for ferries and accommodations.
 
Good to know
Currency rate
All bookings are charged in British Pounds (£, GBP). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from GBP to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.
 
After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.
 

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