Guided tour

Edinburgh: Outlander Walking Tour

4.8 / 5

29 reviews

Activity provider: Mercat Tours

Edinburgh: Outlander Walking Tour

Activity provider: Mercat Tours

From US$ 28.54 per person

Bring Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books to life in 18th-century Edinburgh, where Claire and Jamie are in the midst of the Jacobite uprising. Visit their Old Town haunts, from St. Giles Cathedral to the palace and the closes that lie in between.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Reserve now & pay later
Keep your travel plans flexible — book your spot and pay nothing today.
Duration 2 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Live tour guide


  • Discover the Jacobite Edinburgh of the Outlander novels with an expert guide
  • See Canongate Kirk, the Tolbooth Jail, World’s End Tavern and the 18th century taverns still open today
  • Hear stories of witchcraft, the Jacobites, Royal Stuarts, curses, clans and more
  • Enjoy a tour with an Award-winning, live, English-speaking guide
  • Enjoy a more immersive storytelling experience with our TourTalk devices
Full description
The year is 1745 and the Jacobite rising has reached the city gates of Edinburgh. Bonnie Prince Charlie is met by a cheering crowd of 20,000 strong. Amid the chaos of rebellion are Claire and Jamie, the Outlander characters entwined in a story that spans centuries. On this 2-hour walking tour your guide will trace the real events that inspired Diana Gabaldon’s acclaimed novels. The story captures the spirit of the Jacobite rebellion in Edinburgh: The Redcoats, the Highlanders and the smell of gunpowder in the air. Your expert guide will take you deep into the Old Town, to the places where history was made: Tolbooth Jail, Canongate Kirkyard and the World’s End Tavern. If Edinburgh is the setting for the second Outlander novel, you’ll be going behind the scenes!
  • Group or private experience (depending on option selected)
  • Award-winning local storytellers
  • TourTalk devices provided for a more immersive storytelling experience
  • Small group walking tour
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments

    Select participants and date



    Meeting point

    The Mercat Cross, High Street, by St. Giles High Kirk, opposite the City Chambers

    Open in Google Maps ⟶
    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Rain gear
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 29 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
    • Value for money
    • Service
    • Organization

    Sort by:

    Traveler type:

    Star rating:

    Our guide was very history knowledgeable about the area as well as the Outlander series. The tour did not end at the same place the tour started so we had scheduled another tour close to the beginning start place and did not have enough time to eat lunch between the two walking tours as we had to book it to the starting point of the second tour. A mile all uphill with an 88 year old. It was a bit challenging. If this had been known when we booked the tour, we could have adjusted the timing of one of the tours to give us more time.

    Read more

    September 29, 2019

    Did the Outlander Walking Tour with Fred and she was just wonderful. Even for non-Outlander fans, the tour was very informative, as Fred had many historical background information. Of course, the filming locations were not too short. We saw everything we wanted. Even the occasional rain could not take the fun. Would definitely make this tour again and also recommend it to friends. Thanks to Fred for this great morning.

    Read more

    July 28, 2019

    A must for all Outlander fans

    Dear Fred from the FF knew how to show us the Outlander filming locations in the Old Town and how to mix it with the history of Edinburgh without it getting too much. Fred never tired of spicing up her stories with photos from the Outlander series and passages from Diana Gabaldon's books. I was already in Edinburgh for the 5 × and thought I would already know all the locations. Not even close! I can only warmly recommend this tour. And will do the same with my Outlander Lassies. Mòran taing - thank you very much.

    Read more

    October 30, 2017

    Product ID: 66543