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Things to do in Culross

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From Edinburgh: Outlander, Palaces and Jacobites Tour

1. From Edinburgh: Outlander, Palaces and Jacobites Tour

Step into the story and witness the scenic landscapes and ruins from the TV show "Outlander" on this day trip from Edinburgh. Travel in a spacious and climate-controlled coach and see slights light like the village of Cranesmuir and the Tuilyies Standing Stones. Depart Edinburgh and journey northwest to Midhope Castle (April 1 to September 24), site of Lallybroch Castle in the time travel TV series "Outlander." Stop in the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow and enjoy a photo stop at Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison in "Outlander"). Continue to the 14th-century country pile of Callandar House, where ties to Rome's northern frontier in Europe at the Antonine Wall have been traced. Follow the footsteps of Claire and Jamie to Falkland, Outlander's Inverness.  See streets that were used as filming locations in Outlander, including where Claire sees Jamie's ghost. Move on to the Royal Burgh of Culross to discover a tiny 17th-centuryvillage nestled on the coast of Fife.  Pass by the gardens at Culross that were featured in "Outlander" as Claire's herb garden, as was the mercat cross (market cross) from Cranesmuir Village. Saunter along the cobblestone streets and see the quaint Biscuit Café. Stopping for photos at Tuilyies Standing Stones (time permitting). End the day at South Queensferry for beautiful views over the Forth and photos of the Forth Rail Bridges. Please note: Midhope Castle will be closed from December 23rd to Spring 2023.

From Edinburgh: Full-Day "Outlander" Explorer Tour

2. From Edinburgh: Full-Day "Outlander" Explorer Tour

Departing Edinburgh at 08:45 AM, go on a journey to some of the most famous locations from the hit series such as Doune Castle, the seat of Clan MacKenzie and the historic Linlithgow Palace.  Your guide will give you an insight into the history of each location, making this the perfect trip for those looking for a quick Outlander fix. Leave the capital behind and drive west, view Linlithgow Palace before stopping at Doune Castle, also known as Castle Leoch.  Have time to explore the grounds of this historic castle (please note Doune Castle is currently closed due to structural inspections), which was also featured as Winterfell in Game of Thrones and in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  Next, go to the Kingdom of Fife, an area of great historical importance. Make a stop in Culross, where Claire was accused of witchcraft in the village of Cranesmuir. This is the most complete example of a 17th and 18th-century burgh in Scotland today. Your lunch stop will be in the village of Falkland, which was used for filming 1940’s Inverness. With over 28 listed buildings, it gives a good representation of this period. Your final stop is at Midhope Castle, the real-life Lallybroch. Arrive back in Edinburgh at 5:30 PM.

From Edinburgh: Outlander Adventure Day Tour

3. From Edinburgh: Outlander Adventure Day Tour

After leaving Edinburgh at 9:15 AM you will travel back in time as your driver guides you over the Queensferry Crossing to Culross. This virtually-unchanged 16th-century village overlooks the sea and poses as the fictional town of Cranesmuir. You have time to visit Claire’s herb garden, explore the palace, or wander the ancient streets while you imagine what life must have been like 400 years ago. You will journey past Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument to Doune Castle, or as it’s called in Outlander, Castle Leoch. This formidable building gives you an insight into the living conditions of a Scottish earl in the 14th century. You can also listen to an excellent audio guide about how this castle was used as a filming location for Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Your next stop is Linlithgow Palace. Here you have time to enjoy beautiful views to the Forth bridges, have a picnic by the loch, and explore the ruins of Mary Queen of Scots’ birthplace. If you’re feeling brave, you can visit the spot where that gruesome Outlander scene took place. You then travel the short distance to Blackness Castle. It’s an impressive castle that’s known as the ‘ship that never sailed’ because it resembles a giant stone boat. You have time to walk along the ramparts and explore the fictional headquarters of Jack Randall. Midhope Castle* is your next highlight. Unfortunately, visitors are unable to go inside the castle, but Jamie’s lovely Lallybroch home is still an essential photo opportunity for any fan of the show. Before heading back to Edinburgh, you will have a final stop in the colorful harbor area of South Queensferry and will return to Edinburgh by approximately 5:45 PM.

Outlander Adventure 1-Day Tour from Glasgow

4. Outlander Adventure 1-Day Tour from Glasgow

Enter the world of the 'Outlander' TV series on this day trip from Glasgow aboard a climate-controlled mini-coach. Stop at the town of Falkland and Culross. Step back in time as you take in views of the castles of Midhope*, Stirling, and Blackness.  Depart from your meeting point in Glasgow and journey past Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument to Doune Castle, or as it’s called in Outlander, Castle Leoch. This formidable building gives insight into the life of a Scottish earl in the 14th-century.  Listen to an excellent audio guide about how this castle was used as a filming location for 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail.' Heading north, your next stop is the small town of Falkland to relive the first scenes of the show, its used as the 1940’s Inverness. See if you can recognize the familiar sights such as Mrs. Baird’s Guesthouses and the Bruce Fountain. Drive to Midhope Castle* where you can stop outside and get a picture of Jamie’s lovely Lallybroch home. Make your way to Blackness Castle, an impressive castle that’s known as the ‘ship that never sailed’ because it resembles a giant stone boat.  Travel to the charming village of Culross - the 'Outlander' village that posed as the fictional village of Cranesmuir, and the home of Geillis and Arthur Duncan. Feel like you're travelling back in time as you explore the town's cobbled streets. Look carefully to spot Claire’s herb garden behind the impressive, historic Culross Palace. From here listen to stories that inspired Outlander on the drive back to Glasgow where you'll arrive around 6:30 PM.

From Edinburgh: Outlander Filming Locations Day Tour

5. From Edinburgh: Outlander Filming Locations Day Tour

Discover the iconic locations and inspirations behind the hit show Outlander on this day tour from Edinburgh. Have lunch in the stunning Callendar House, explore the 15th-century Doune Castle, and pass Linlithgow Palace. Meet your driver in Edinburgh and head out into Scotland's beautiful countryside. Travel north over the iconic Forth Road Bridge and stop in the idyllic village of Culross for a photo stop and morning refreshment break (not included). After leaving Culross, head to the 15th-century Doune Castle, used for many indoor and outdoor scenes in Outlander as Castle Leoch, the fictional home of the Mackenzie Clan. Purchase an entry ticket and spend time exploring the inside and outside of the castle with an audio guide. Stop for lunch at the magnificent Callendar House's drawing-room restaurant. Once you've finished eating, continue your journey, passing Linlithgow Palace, which served as Wentworth Prison in Outlander and has several connections to the Jacobites. Finish your tour at Blackness Castle, known as “The Ship that Never Sailed,” because of its unique shape and coastal location. See where Outlander filmed all its Fort William scenes and explore on your own before returning to Edinburgh.

Edinburgh: "Outlander" Filming Locations Guided Tour

6. Edinburgh: "Outlander" Filming Locations Guided Tour

Your Outlander adventure starts in Edinburgh in the morning and begins with a visit to Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, and the filming location for "Wentworth Prison". Next, you stop at Doune Castle, or the real-life "Castle Leoch" to Outlander fans. As one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Scotland, Doune Castle has also appeared in Game of Thrones, Outlaw King and Monty Python & the Holy Grail. Over in the ancient Kingdom of Fife, you visit colourful Culross, which starred as "Cranesmuir" in Outlander, where Claire and Geillis Duncan were accused of witchcraft. Afterwards, you travel to Falkland, the setting for 1940s Inverness. Explore the quaint streets or chase Jamie’s ghostly figure around the village square. Saving the best until last, the final stop is at Midhope Castle, made famous as "Lallybroch". The perfect end to an amazing day!

Private Outlander Tour for Small Groups

7. Private Outlander Tour for Small Groups

Scotland is a hotspot for movies and series set in dramatic landscapes. Outlander has captured the imagination of many with its story and characters and not least with its visuals  of castles, villages, palaces, churches and many more. Follow in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire and travel in Scotland on a private tour. See the locations of Castle Leoch (Doune Castle), Cranesmuir (Culross, Fife), Wentworth Prison (Linlithgow Palace), Lallybroch (Midhope Castle), Fort William (Blackness Castle), Inverness (Falkland, Fife) and the Duke of Sandringham’s residence.  Some attractions may not be open due to filming, restoration works or some reasons which are out of our control, so if any of the attractions we mentioned above are important to you please let us know and we will check ahead of your tour, if they are open and can be visited. Head further into different regions, landscapes and a range of attractions which were used in the much-loved series of Outlander. The places you will visit, have been seen on series 1,2 and 3 of Outlander. During the tour if you want to skip one attraction to see other, want to stay at one for longer, it is completely up to you. When in the Highlands, you will feel at home. The further north, the wilder it gets. On this tour, you will enjoy beautiful scenery. Your driver/tour guide will be making stops for you to get great shots. As we mentioned before, it is a long tour, 330 miles, taking at least 10 hours to complete. We suggest you to do a two-days tour for the Highlands. But if you will not be able to do that. Make the most of your time by buying something to eat on the way during your quick stops. Because if you do spend time indoors in a restaurant or distillery, you would not have much time for enjoying the scenery and all the stops your driver/tour guide could make. You could always contact us and change the itinerary, swapping Loch Ness for a Loch not that far. This way you would have time to visit more attractions and make longer stops. PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT WE ARE BILINGUALS BUT WE DO NOT HAVE AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF GUIDES WHO SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE, UNFORTUNATELY : (. SO, WHEN BOOKING YOUR TOUR, PLEASE MAKE A REQUEST IF WE HAVE AVAILABLE GUIDES IN YOUR LANGUAGE. THANKS SO MUCH!!!

From Edinburgh: Private Customizable Highlands Driving Tour

8. From Edinburgh: Private Customizable Highlands Driving Tour

First, get picked up from your hotel in Edinburgh and climb into a private car or minivan to set off on your customizable tour. The route can be changed according to your personal interests and what you would like to see. There will be plenty of opportunities for photo stops throughout the journey. Venture into the Scottish Highlands and be blown away by the scenery, highland cattle, and castles that are older than some countries. Visit the graves of some of the most famous Scots who ever lived, namely Rob Roy McGregor.  Make a stop at the world-famous Deanston Whiskey Distillery, where you will have the option of touring the distillery or enjoying a tasting. Savor a sip of the 18-year-old single malt which comes thoroughly recommended.  If your feeling brave enough, have the chance to try haggis in one of the famous Scottish Gastropubs. Alternatively, have lunch in Deanston Distillery or the villages of Doune or Callander. Spend more time visiting the Scottish countryside or make a stop at Doune Castle - the choice is yours! Finally, return to Edinburgh where you will be dropped off back at your hotel and the tour concludes.

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What people are saying about Culross

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,170 reviews

This was the best day of our trip. Gillian was so amazing and the best tour guide we've ever had. She knew so much not only about outlander but also about the history of scotland. I learned so many new things today and it was so much fun. The locations we went to all had connections with outlander and scenes were filmed there. It was so nice to see all of it. Can't recommend this tour enough (with Gillian as the guide ofc) !!!!!

We had a great day. The guide was passionate about the history of his country and had a lot of humor. In December, the castles and villages are not very crowded and so we were able to visit Blackness Castle and Doune Castle at our ease. Lots of breaks.

This tour was amazing. We loved our guide and learned a lot about the various locations. Highly recommend

great experience, it was a sunny day and we could enjoy it a lot

Thank you Martin our tour guide. We enjoyed the tour!