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From Edinburgh: Outlander Adventure Day Tour

1. 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.

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West Highlands Lochs & Castles Tour from Edinburgh

2. West Highlands Lochs & Castles Tour from Edinburgh

Enjoy a small group tour of Scotland’s Western Highlands, and explore some of its most atmospheric lochs and castles. Traveling in a comfortable 16-seat Mercedes minibus, you will depart Edinburgh and head west past Stirling Castle. The first stop will be Doune Castle, built for Robert Stewart, the Duke of Albany, over 600 years ago. You might recognize it from the famous comedy film, Monty Python and The Holy Grail. Continue to Callander, where you will pause for a coffee, before leaving the rolling farms for the wild mountains and forests of the Highlands. Visit Loch Luibnaig, and continue over the Braes of Balquhidder, final resting place of Highland outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. Made famous by Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy was a sort-of Highland Robin Hood, who stole from the rich, but never quite got round to giving it to the poor! From Balquhidder, the tour winds its way through the tough knot of mountains known as Breadalbane. Stop for lunch in a small West Highland village. Continue past Kilchurn Castle in the middle of Loch Awe, and on through Campbell country to the picturesque town of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne. Visit the 18th-Century castle, home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Campbell clan. Depart Inveraray, and drive up through the steep mountains of the Arrochar Alps, to the great viewpoint at “Rest and Be Thankful,” given its name by the weary soldiers who had just finished building the military road up through Glen Croe. Skirt Loch Long, and drive down to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, Scotland's largest loch. Stop at the conservation village of Luss, to admire its quaint houses and stunning views across the loch, and then make your way back to Edinburgh, with a short stop underneath Stirling Castle.

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Outlander Adventure 1-Day Tour from Glasgow

3. Outlander Adventure 1-Day Tour from Glasgow

The tour leaves Glasgow and begins following the trail of the best-known film locations featured in the Outlander TV Series. You 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. Heading north, your next stop is the small town of Falkland to relive the first scenes of the show, where Falkland substitutes 1940’s Inverness. See if you can recognize the familiar sights such as Mrs. Baird’s Guesthouses and the Bruce Fountain. Please note, however, that between October 1, 2019-March 31, 2020, the tour will not be stopping at Falkland Palace. Next is the charming village of Culross. In Outlander Culross posed as the fictional village of Cranesmuir and the home of Geillis Duncan and her ill-fated husband, Arthur. Exploring the town’s cobbled streets is like taking a step back in time. Look carefully and you may even find Claire’s herb garden behind the impressive, historic Culross Palace. 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. 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. Your final stop of the day is Linlithgow Palace. Here you have time to enjoy beautiful views to the Forth bridges, walk by the loch, and explore the ruins of Mary Queen of Scots’ birthplace. And if you’re feeling brave, you can visit the spot where that gruesome Outlander scene took place. From here it’s a short drive back to Glasgow where you'll arrive around 6:30 PM for an evening of rest after a day of adventure.

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From Edinburgh: Heart of Scotland Full-Day Tour in Spanish

4. From Edinburgh: Heart of Scotland Full-Day Tour in Spanish

Explore the wonders of Scottish nature, culture, and history on a full-day tour from Edinburgh with a Spanish-speaking guide. Discover the Hermitage Forest, see the Queen's favorite viewpoint, visit a whisky distillery, and learn about Scotland's national hero, William Wallace. After meeting in Edinburgh, make your way to the Hermitage Forest and take a walk along the River Braan to a stunning waterfall. After a pleasant stroll, head to a whisky distillery in the beautiful town of Pitlochry and learn about the whisky-making process. Continue to the Queen's Viewpoint in the Tay Forest Park, and see Lake Tummel, “The Mountain of Fairies” and much more.  Make your next stop at Doune Castle, built for the first Duke of Albany and used as a location in the Game of Thrones and Overlander series. Then discover Stirling, the most important city in Scottish history. Marvel at the castle from Abbey Craig Hill, see the battlefield where the Scots defeated the English, and visit the National Wallace Monument tower as you learn the story of William Wallace from your guide. Finally, pay a visit to the Kelpies to admire the impressive 30-meter high sculptures that represent the shape-changing aquatic spirits of Scottish legend. Afterwards, return to Edinburgh where your tour concludes back at the original meeting point.

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From Edinburgh: Outlander Tour in Spanish

5. From Edinburgh: Outlander Tour in Spanish

See all the most important locations from the shooting of the TV series Outlander during this tour in Spanish. Begin with Midhope Castle (Lallybroch) and Blackness Castle - the Fort William of Black Jack Randall, plus you can see the jail where Jamie was imprisoned. After Blackness Castle, visit Linlithgow Palace, which acts as the Wentworth Prison in the series. Spend 2 hours and have lunch there. After Linlithgow Palace, enjoy one hour at Doune Castle, known in the show as Leoch Castle, home of Colum MacKenzie and his clan, from 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM. Head then to Falkland, acting as Inverness in the series, for a 45-minute stop.  You will continue with the town of Culross, the fictional town of Cranesmuir where Geillis lives in the series. The tour will end in the town of Culross at 6:30 PM. Afterwards, return to Edinburgh by 7:00 PM.

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What people are saying about Doune Castle

Absolutely lovely day! Andy was a great guy, very kind, a good sense of humour & pleasant company! Thank you so much Andy! What a beautiful day around key places of the Outlander show. The pace was perfect with lots of time to see. Never felt rushed, a good balance between being guided & having free time! Highly recommended even if you are not an Outlander nerd, those places are stunning & worth being seen!

I had the best time on this tour! My tour guide Gavin was fantastic and had so many fun stories to tell. He even added extra stops to the tour that weren’t in the itinerary. I got to see everything I had hoped and more.

The tour was great 10/10 if your an outlander fan. Our guide Mahri was amazing, she was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable!

Fantastic day, fantastic guide— I would highly recommend this tour as a way to see the highlands and some iconic sights.

It was awesome! Our guide wad so knowledge and a dab of good humor!