Outlander Redoux Tour - 8 nights, 7 passengers max
This Outlander Redoux tour visits sights from Season & Book Two and Beyond. Since large parts of season 2 take place in Paris, we are using the slang French term "Redoux". It is also "refreshed and re-mixed" with some sights of season 3 and 4 as well as some from season 1 that might have been missed in the original Outlander Immersion Tours. It also includes 3 things that travelers on the Immersion tour requested: 1) a ride on the Jacobite Train, 2) more time in Inverness and 3) more time on the Isle of Skye!
However, this tour works just fine as a stand-alone experience, so you are more than welcome to take the Redoux tour prior to the Immersion tour if the dates work out better for you. If you need help getting to Inverness or want to spend time in Glasgow and/or Edinburgh before or after the tour, please contact me and I'll help you work out the details.
Scottish to the core makes this the perfect choice: You'll be staying in authentic Scottish accommodations and your Scottish tour guides know Scotland and Scottish history. You'll love Scotland like they do by the end of your tour.
The size: with only 7 people maximum, you get to interact with the other members of the tour and the wonderful guide. It also means that you won't have a multitude of people pouring out of a bus at the witches trial where it is nice to have a bit of peace when you're trying to re-enact Claire & Gellis in the pulput. (But watch out for Duke of Sandringham - you would not to meet him in the dark!)
Inverness Tours: Diana Gabaldon (Herself) recommends Inverness Tours (5* on Trip Advisor). They have the best guides and Hugh Allison, Dave Fyfe, Ian Deveney, Laura Moon and Scott Guthrie have been expertly guiding Outlander tours for years and they are also familiar with the TV series. They are knowledgeable, charming and entertaining. This is not a boring bus ride from one spot to the next - you will leave feeling like you know Scotland and have had the ultimate tour.
And finally, me: I run a travel agency located in Colorado and I do all of the long distance calling to Scotland so you don't have to. I am an IATAN Accredited Travel Agent and I created these tours in conjunction with Hugh Allison. I am Outlander fan just like you. I've been thrilled by the Outlander TV series and have read all of the Outlander books (uh, more than once). I also create individual blogs for each of the tours so you can chat with the other members on your tour before you go to Scotland. And I have traveled - a lot - to Scotland and Ireland. So I can help you with questions about international travel as well as any questions you have about Scotland specifically.
As one traveler said, "AMAZING! SUPER FAB!! STUPENDOUS!!! Thanks to you and Hugh for organizing such a full, fun and adventurous tour! Your pre-trip assistance and communications were always spot on (or should I say Scot on?)! "
Day 1 & 2 - Inverness Spend 2 nights in Inverness, the Capital of the Scottish Highlands. On your own, using the included hop-on hop-off bus pass, see the sights of the charming city of Inverness. Like most Scottish towns, Inverness is filled with friendly people and has traditional music and very good shopping.
Recommended places to visit: The Whisky Shop just up the hill from the River Ness on High Street, Gellions Bar (nightly live music) across the street from the Whisky Shop, Hootananny (more music) down Church Street, Highland House of Fraser - Kiltmaker & Supplier of Highland Dress, "The Bar" at the Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel (for a wee dram), and just past there, the Ness Islands (a lovely walk thru tall trees). See my blog : Things to do in Inverness.
To get to Inverness, you can fly, take a train or a bus. Inverness is about 3.5 hours from Glasgow or Edinburgh by train. See my blog:Getting to Inverness then contact Kathie if you have any questions. Overnight: B&B or Hotel in Inverness
Day 3 - Jacobite Steam Train then Over the Sea to Skye & Portree Today will begin with a drive to Fort William for your fabulous ride on the Jacobite Steam Train (the Hogwarts Express from Harry Potter). Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, this 42 mile trip takes you across the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct which overlooks the stiring Glenfinnan monument. Then we’ll take the ferry (weather permitting) "Over the Sea to Skye". After a stop at Clan Donald Centre, you'll travel on to the colorful town of Portree where you can take pictures of the bright buildings and maybe get in a bit of shopping. You will spend two nights on magical Isle of Skye. Overnight: Hotel in Portree, Isle of Skye
Day 4 - Isle of Skye - Island on the Edge, Dunvegan Castle, Trotternish Peninsula, Fairy Glen This will be your full day on the Isle of Skye to enjoy it's many captivating delights. You'll start with visiting the shop of "Island on the Edge" which provides beautiful handcrafted items. Next will be a tour of Dunvegan Castle where you'll also delight in the beauty of its formal gardens. This is an award winning castle and Highland estate steeped in history and clan legend, including the Fairy Flag. Legend has it that this sacred banner has miraculous powers and when unfurled in battle, the clan MacLeod would invariably defeat their enemies. The afternoon will be a wonderful treat as you experience the intriguing Trotternish Peninsula including photostops at the lovely mountains surrounding the Old Man of Storr, amazing Kilt Rock, and the breathtaking view from the Quiraing. You'll also drive through the lovely hills leading to the ferry port of Uig with a stop at the magical Fairy Glen. Then you’ll return to Portree for the night. Overnight: Hotel in Portree, Isle of Skye
Day 5 - Eilean Donan, Glencoe, Tullibardine Chapel To start the day, you will visit one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle. It was partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, but after 200 years (and then 20 years of toil and labour) it was restored to its former glory and re-opened in 1932. After a stop for lunch, you will get to see the sweeping hills and valleys of Glencoe which is featured in the opening credits of Outlander. There will be time for photo stops so you can get out of the van and actually experience this most gorgeous location. The final stop for the day will be Tullibardine Chapel which was used in "Vengeance is Mine", and is the church where Jamie, Claire, Dougal, Fergus and an injured Rupert shelter/hide out on their journey north to Inverness. Overnight: Hotel in Stirling
Day 6 - Dean Castle Country Park, Dunure Harbour, Wardpark Studios (drive by), (optional Stirling Castle) On this day you'll start with a visit Dean Castle Country Park which stands in for the home of Lord Lovat, Beaufort Castle. This is where Claire and Jamie went to try to persuade the Old Fox to send his clan to aid Charles Stuart. The next destination is Dunure which is on the lovely coast of Scotland. This is where filming for the Season 3 harbor scenes took place when they were getting ready to sail to the Caribbean as well as the conversation with Jared. (This is also the site from Season 4 where Bree and Lizzie were walking around the harbor.) The beach and castle next to the harbor were used for the scenes in Season 3 where Claire and Jamie watch young Ian swim out to Silkies’ Island. Then you will stop at the Burns Centre for lunch and a bit of shopping. On the way back to Stirling, you'll get a glimpse of the Wardpark Film Studios where the filming for Outlander is produced (as we drive by the locked compound). The final stop of the day will be an optional visit to Stirling Castle or free time on your own. Overnight: Hotel in Stirling
Day 7 - The TV location of 'the Mill', Rosslyn Chapel, Glencorse Old Kirk, the Duke's kitchen Today we will start with one of the most remembered scenes in outlander - "the Mill" where Jamie dove in the frigid water to free the stuck wheel. The filming was done at the picturesque Preston Mill – one of the oldest, working, water-driven meal mills in Scotland. Next, you'll get to visit the beautiful church where Jamie and Claire's iconic wedding took place. You can stand in the exact spot where Claire learned Jamie's full name (James Alexander Malcom MacKenzie Fraser). After lunch, you'll stop for a visit at Rosslyn Chapel (as long as we're in the neighborhood and it is such a not to be missed site). Next will be Callendar House, which was used as Bellhurst Manor, and the authentic Georgian working kitchen was that of the Duke of Sandringham ("Off with your head!"). Overnight: Hotel in Stirling
Day 8 - Film Locations for the Witches Trial, Drummond Castle & Gardens, Mohawk Village, and a Distillery Our first stop will be Tibbermore Church to visit the site of the Witches Trial and stand in the same pulpit where Claire and Gellis faced the angry crowd. The next stop will be Drummond Castle & Gardens. The gardens are immediately recognizable as the film location of Versailles. (See if you can find the location where Jamie and Murtagh were practicing their sword skills.) After visiting Pitlochry for some free time and lunch, you'll travel on to the Faskally Forest which was used as the filming site for the Mohawk Village in season 4. This is where the bark hut and thatched building were set up and you'll get to tromp around in the woods trying to find Roger. (really, I have to say it: "Where's Roger?" Did Diana Gabaldon do that on purpose?) From there you'll head up north and stop at the distinctive Dalwhinnie Distillery for a tour and possibly a wee dram. The day will end with a drive along the Cairngorms National Park on your way towards Inverness. Overnight: B&B/Hotel in Inverness
Day 9 - Inverness - End of Tour Breakfast is included on this final day but the tour is over after breakfast. You may schedule your flight home (or you may choose to extend your stay and see more of Scotland).
An Outlander expert tour guide from Inverness Tours.
All Accommodations are included plus a full Scottish Breakfast each day except the first day.
Inverness City Sightseeing, 1 day hop on hop off pass
An Outlander expert tour guide from Inverness Tours.
6 day driver-guide tour with Inverness Tours in 8 passenger van. (Luggage is limited.)
Includes the Jacobite Steam Train as well as entrance to the castles and sites and the ferry to the Isle of Skye (if available).
Luggage allowance is one small to medium sized suitcase and one tote or daypack per person. Additional luggage must be arranged in advance.
Price: Hugh Allison and I have worked together to design this tour and we will strive to see all of the places in the list above but they are subject to change dependent on weather and availability and what we may see in upcoming episodes. Here is a Sample of the Outlander Redoux Itinerary.