The original Scotland based Outlander tour Over 15 years of touring
Tour Description - Jamie and Claire Tour
Eight days of following Jamie and Claire's adventures from the first two books of Outlander AND the Starz TV series.
Your guides know both the work and the Highlands intimately and will take you to the real locations of which
Diana writes, as well as good facsimilies of those she invented, such as Craig Na Dun. This tour will immerse readers and viewers of the series in 18th century Scotland (and there's plenty for their non-reading partners).
Our sheduled Outlander tours of Scotland start and end in Edinburgh, but private tours can start or end anywhere in Scotland.
2024 Tour Dates
Friday 19th April to Friday 26th April £2200 - £2450 (Currency exchange rates: www.XE.com)The early flowers sprouting through let us know that the season has started. The trees are mostly bare - just like they were in the Staz filming seasons!
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Friday 24th May to Friday 31st May £2200 - £2450 (Currency exchange rates: www.XE.com) Spring is well underway, and we often need sunscreen! With woodlands in new green foliage and early flowers sprouting throughout, it is our favourite season. Lambs dot the soft landscape. A lively step and a twinkle in the eyes of the locals knowing that spring is arriving.
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Friday July 5th to Friday July 12th £2200 - £2450 (Currency exchange rates: www.XE.com) Summer in all it's glory. Gardens are in bloom. Wild-flowers are in their glory. Our Highlanders shed one layer of wool.... ah, summer in Scotland.
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September Tour Friday September 6th to Friday September 13th £2200 - £2450 (Currency exchange rates: www.XE.com) The barley is cut and dreams of future Whisky give warming thoughts.
The light reflects the deep rusty red heather on the hills. It's all about the heather!
A photographer's paradise.
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Scot AnSgeulaiche, bringing Scottish History and story.
Samantha MacKenzie (tour owner), bringing her eye for a well-organised 'raid' (and your only guide wearing trousers).
We visit 16+ Outlander locations, both from the books and those used by Starz in the TV series. We'll also open you to a host of experiences and activites that will put
you into a deeper relationship with Scotland, the Highlands and the lifestyle of Claire and James Fraser.
Locations you'll visit
Ancient Standing Stones that inspire visions of Craigh na Dun
Wee Chapel like the one where Claire was Handfasted
with Jamie Fraser
Lallybroch, a "Big Hoosie" most like the
architecture, style & setting
Castle Leoch as described in the book complete with
Inverness the real Highland city with its beautiful
River Ness (where we give you a half day of free time)
Loch Ness by land and boat to search for Claire's
Culloden Battlefield to pay our respects to the
Clava Cairns a cleft-stone circle where Diana Gabaldon was
Cranesmuir* the inspired twin of the village of the
haunt of Geillis Duncan and multiple TV filming locations
An Ardsmuir inspired fortification
Cottar's Hoosie* A thatched cottar's house and
township (another TV location)
The Highlands Waterfalls & woodland rivers, mountains and villages stirring up visions
of Jamie and Claire's two years travelling
Blackness CastleTV location for Fort William
Hopetoun HouseTV location for Sandringham's digs
Midhope**TV location for Lallybroch
Doune CastleTV location for Castel Leoch
* These long visited J&C Tour locations are so Outlander that they were also used by Starz.
** Midhope is not always open for visits, but we'll do our best to time the tour to when it is available.
Experiences you'll have
To be amidst 18th century Scottish history
More time spent on foot in the fresh air in the Highlands than in a vehicle
Ancient Highland wilderness / bushcraft skills
Evening of traditional music, storytelling & locally brewed Ale tasting
Hiking and Hillwalking in beautiful woodlands, hills and countrysides
Gàidhlig language lessons
The opportunity to meet genuine Highlanders
Free time to roam for yourself (Inverness)
Some planned evenings and some free
Going onto Loch Ness by boat (weather dependent)
Know Jamie and Claire's homeland deeply for yourself
Pony trekking in the wilderness is offered (around £40) to give you a closer sense of
the Highlands as Jamie and Claire experienced them.
Note that there are weight and height criteria for pony trekking, which is addressed while booking the
Wilderness hiking on one morning for more active guests, led by us.
Culloden Visitor Centre (Culloden battlefield is included in the tour).
The Centre is excellent for interpretation, but some guests prefer to visit just the battlefield, so
this is optional.
What's it like on the Tour - the video
What is included in the tour price?
A eight day guided itinerary (this usually includes a half day of independent activity in Inverness)
Seven nights accommodation on the eight day tour **
Reserving your pre-tour accommodation (details on FAQ page)
We provide 2 packed / picnic lunches, weather permitting
Highland Wilderness / Bushcraft Skills
Evening storytellings of ancient Highland Tales with Harp
All transportation from tour start to completion
Gàidhlig language lessons
Entrance fees to all sites and experiences except the optional one above
All applicable taxes
** Note about accommodation: The cost of the seven nights of accommodation is covered in the above tour price, however, you
pay the accommodation cost directly to your room hosts, not MacKenzie Adventures. As you progress to the booking pages, you will therefore see a lower tour price of £1425. That's the price of the tour itself; the remainder of the £1800/1950 is the accommodation. In practice, some accommodation comes in at less than the budget, so your overall tour price may be lower than what is quoted above, but never higher.
What's not included in the tour price?
6 lunches / all 7 dinners (about £230 per person for the week based on the average health-minded
Optional extras such as pony trekking, the visitor centre at Culloden (the field visit is not charged)
Personal costs such as insurance, bar bill, tips etc.
Who are these tours for?
Obviously, travellers who are Outlander fans, but also their non-reading partners who are interested
in Scotland itself, particularly the Highlands, its architecture, language, history and culture.
It is for both lads and lasses, solo and accompanied travellers.
Travellers who want to experience a place on foot more than in a vehicle.
Guests who prefer active tours. Indeed, you will need a fair level of fitness (at the time of sign-on) in order to secure your place (See Walking and Fitness on FAQ).
It is for those brave enough to leave the city and shopping behind and go hiking
through woodlands or over the hills (as Jamie and Claire did).
For travellers who want someone else to do all the hard work of putting a tour together.
For travellers who prefer someone else to do the driving on the left.
Those wanting to try new foods, learn a bit of Gàidhlig, partake in a dram
of Usige Beatha and be open to new experiences.
In short: Outlandish Spirits.
This is for me!
Still got questions? They are answered on the FAQ page.