Aura Journeys Outlander Tour follows the footsteps of Jamie and Claire across the filming locations from the Outlander TV Series, visit the attractions and sights that inspired this tale.
As your Day Tour is private you call the shots, enjoy the locations from the Outlander TV Series at your pace. With Door to Door service from Edinburgh, complimentary Bottled Water and Wi-Fi Access you truly are getting that First Class Scottish Experience. Once the formalities are out of the way they will run through the itinerary for the day and ensure all the passengers are comfortable before setting off.
- Falkland / Inverness: You will begin your journey with a journey across the famous Forth Bridge before arriving in Falkland, You can recreate one of the first scenes of the TV series in the town of Falkland in Fife, which substitutes for 1940s (S1) and 1960s (S2) Inverness. The Covenanter Hotel stands in for the cosy Mrs. Baird’s Guesthouse; the Bruce Fountain is where the ghost of Jamie looks up at Claire’s room; Fayre Earth Gift Shop doubles as Farrell’s Hardware and Furniture Store; and Campbell’s Coffee House and Eatery is Campbell’s Coffee Shop in the show
- The Royal Burgh of Culross / Cranesmuir: The rustic town of Culross in Fife is a unique example of what a town in Scotland would have looked like during the 17th and 18th centuries. The town’s Mercat Cross area is transformed into the fictional village of Cranesmuir where Geillis lives, and behind the impressive Culross Palace is where Claire’s herb garden at Castle Leoch is located (S1). The town also lends its backdrop to the Jacobite encampment and makeshift hospital scenes (S2).
- Doune Castle / Castle Leoch: Home to the fictional Colum MacKenzie and the MacKenzie clan, in the beautiful little town of Doune. Doune Castle was built around 1400 by Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany, Earl of Menteith and Fife, a magnificent late 14th century courtyard castle. It plays a leading role in the show standing in for the fictional Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan in the 18th century episodes. Its most striking feature is the 100ft high gatehouse which includes the splendid Lord’s Hall with its musicians’ gallery, double fireplace and carved oak screen and you can hear the stories of the making of Monty Python and the Holy Grail which was also filmed at the castle. We could stop in Deanstoun and visit the Distillary for a “Dram” or two before moving on?
- Linlithgow Palace / Wentworth Prison: The entrance and corridors of this ruined palace are used as Wentworth Prison where Jamie is imprisoned. Once a favoured royal residence of the Stewart kings and queens and the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, this wonderful 15th century site, with its elegant courtyard, still oozes charm and glamour. Tour it for a great insight into what life in such a vast palace must have been like
- Blackness Castle / Fort William: The 15th century fortress of Blackness Castle which doubles as the setting for the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall and the heart-wrenching scene of Jamie’s incarceration it is also where Jamie’s father died, having to endure watching his son being punished. Later, in the season 1 mid-season finale, Jamie breaks into the castle, rescuing Claire from the hands of Black Jack, jumping into the water below.
- Hopetoun House / Bellhurst Manor (Easter – October): Multiple locations within Hopetoun House and the grounds have been used throughout Season 1, 2, 3 and 4. Further afield on the Estate lies Midhope Castle which is the external location of the Fraser family home known as ‘Lallybroch’. The House is the setting for the home of the Duke of Sandringham in Series 1 and the Sea Trail and West Lawn to the rear of the House was the location for the dual between the Duke and the head of the McDonald clan. Located on the wider Hopetoun Estate is Midhope Castle which is the location for fictional Lallybroch, the family home of character Jamie Fraser. Midhope Castle dates back to the 15th Century and although the exterior is relatively intact the castle is derelict inside, access to Midhope is limited and only open during sertain times of the year if this is a location you wish to visit please request at the time of booking there is an extra charge of £10.00 to cover the access charge.
Other Locations Available:
- Callendar House / Bellhurst Manor: The authentic Georgian working kitchen was used as part of the home of the Duke of Sandringham, Bellhurst Manor. Take a tour of the house, its grand rooms, magnificent sweeping staircases, and splendid lawns.
- Drummond Castle Gardens / Palace of Versailles: Standing in for the ornate park and orchard of the Palace of Versailles in France, the stunning Drummond Gardens are one of Europe’s finest examples of a formal garden. Designed in the Italian parterre style, the gardens are approached by a mile-long driveway of beech trees that leads to the imposing walls of Drummond Castle. Look out for the peacocks which lend an aristocratic air to the garden’s scenery! Note: the castle isn’t open to the public
- Deanston Distillery: Set at the entrance to the dramatic Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, and housed in a former cotton mill, Deanston Distillery provides the setting for Jamie’s cousin’s wine warehouse on the docks of Le Havre. Take a behind-the-scene tour of the distillery to discover the centuries-old tradition of the whisky distilling process.
- Dysart Harbour / Le Havre: The picturesque harbour of Dysart with the Harbourmaster’s House has been transformed to portray the French port of Le Havre in the 1740s where Jamie and Claire land when they escape to France.
- Aberdour Castle: The delightful 12th century Aberdour Castle doubles as the fictional monastery where Claire and Murtagh bring Jamie to recover after his ordeal at the prison; the Old Kitchen and Long Gallery were used for filming.
With so many locations available please CLICK HERE to browse through the Interactive Outlander Map, tell us where you would like to visit and we will put together your very own tailored Outlander Private Day Tour.
Your sightseeing tour finishes where you started, the Door to Door experience helps you enjoy the full tour without the worry of finding you way back at the end of the day.
The Royal Burgh if Culross / Cranesmuir, Falkand / Inverness, Doune Castle / Castle Leoch, Linlithgow Palace, Blackness Castle, Hopetoun House
The itinerary above is only a guide as other historical sites can be incorporated into a tailored sightseeing excursion of your own making. The excursions price does not include your entrance fees, lunches, dinners or the chauffeurs gratuity.