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Highland Trail inspired by Outlander

13 Days from $3,128 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Leisurely

Trace the footsteps of Claire and Jamie, visit Doune Castle, the setting for Clan Mackenzie's Castle Leoch, and Fife which was featured in several Outlander scenes.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Overview

Trace the footsteps of Claire and Jamie, visit Doune Castle, the setting for Clan Mackenzie's Castle Leoch, and Fife which was featured in several Outlander scenes.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. A captivating tale of Redcoats and rugged Highlanders is revealed on this Outlander-inspired jaunt through the dramatic landscapes of Scotland. On arrival at Edinburgh Airport transfers will operate at 9 am, 11:30 am and 2 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. We begin our journey in the enchanting capital of Edinburgh with some free time to ramble through its medieval streets before joining our fellow travelers and Travel Director for a hearty Scottish Welcome Reception.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Novotel Centre
  2. Soak up the mystical atmosphere of Auld Reekie this morning, as you join a Local Specialist for an intriguing sightseeing tour of the city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle perched atop Castle Rock. Tread in the footsteps of Jamie and his beloved sassenach, embarking on an Outlander walking tour through Old Town's winding cobblestone lanes. Spend the rest of the day at leisure seeking out more locations of Outlander fame like the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  3. We visit the 15th-century walls of Blackness Castle on the shores of the scenic Firth of Forth—the backdrop for the infamous Fort William prison in Outlander season 1. Then, cross the Forth to the fictional village of Cranesmuir, real-life Culross, delving into tales of witchcraft and spells. Here we'll see Claire's herb garden and Geillis Duncan's home in the remarkably well-preserved 16th-century town center.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  4. Traversing the lush green Lowlands to the Kingdom of Fife, we arrive in Falkland. The former royal burgh was the Outlander film location for 1940s Inverness and the springboard to Claire's spellbinding story. Stop in at Covenanter Hotel, which doubled as Mrs. Baird's B&B in the series, before heading to the home of golf, St. Andrews. Our final stop for today is Dundee, where we'll see the impressive Tay Rail Bridge and view the RRS Discovery, the last traditional wooden three-masted ship built in Britain, which served as Robert Falcon Scott's Antarctic exploration vessel.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Apex City Quay
  5. Celebrate rural Scottish heritage at the Highland Folk Museum, with its recreated 18th-century township, once used as a location in the filming of Outlander season 1. Dive into culture and gain insights into rural life in Scotland from the 18th century to the mid-20th century, admiring the extensive collection of artifacts. We continue through the rugged landscapes of the Scottish Highlands to our hotel.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Carrbridge/Highlander
  6. Our first stop today is the bloody battlefield of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was defeated in 1746. The windswept moors on which this final battle took place played a significant role in the Outlander series as the catalyst which forced Claire and Jamie to part ways. We relive the brief but brutal battle at the contemporary Visitor Center, before continuing through Inverness en route to Thurso, the most northerly town in mainland Scotland, our home for the next two nights.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Pentland
  7. From the coastal village of John O'Groats, we catch the ferry that crosses the Pentland Firth and arrive at South Ronaldsay. The legend of Orkney's mythical Selkies, which shift their aquatic form on land to walk as humans, is revealed in Outlander and explored today as we roam these mystical islands bound for the remains of the Neothilic Skara Brae village, which were lost for millennia. Wander freely among the standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar, before a final photo stop at Kirkwall cathedral and the ferry ride back to the mainland.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
  8. We travel south to soak up the seafaring heritage of Ullapool, a fishing town on Loch Broom and home to Thomas Telford's famous herring port. We traverse the rugged countryside and see the spellbinding spot where three lochs meet and are guarded by the island fortress of Eilean Donan Castle. Continuing to the picturesque Isle of Skye, we hear about Bonnie Prince Charlie's daring escape 'over the sea to Skye' aided by Jacobite heroine, Flora MacDonald. This evening we enjoy dinner at our hotel.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Kings Arms
  9. We leave the craggy landscape of Skye behind, boarding a ferry back to the mainland to Maillag. Our journey continues to Fort William via the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct. Admire exquisite views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, before traveling to the idyllic holiday retreat that is Ballachulish, where we'll spend the next two nights.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Ballachulish Hotel/MacDonald Loch Rannoch
  10. We journey through the volcanic ruins and precipitous mountains of Glencoe to see the 'Glen of the Weeping.' Later, we dive into culture and learn about the local whisky industry at a famous distillery, including a tasting of Scotland's much-loved golden nectar.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
  11. The soulful beauty of the 'Glen of the Weeping' is as tragic as its history. The site of the massacre of the MacDonald clan over 500 years ago is our first stop en route to Doune Castle, which served as the film location for Castle Leoch in Outlander. We see the site where Clan Mackenzie welcomed and hosted Claire upon her arrival in 18th-century Scotland, then head to Stirling and its magnificent castle, a symbol of Scottish national pride and once home to Scottish royals including Mary, Queen of Scots. Explore its halls, chapels and bedrooms, see the famous 'Stirling Heads' and admire the poignant Wallace Monument and battlefield of Stirling Bridge from its 16th-century walls. View the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, before arriving in Glasgow for an evening at leisure.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Holiday Inn Theatreland
  12. This morning, we enjoy an orientation tour of the city, including a visit to the masterfully crafted St. Mungo's Cathedral, the Outlander film location for “L'Hopital des Anges” in Paris. It was here that Claire persuaded Mother Hildegard to let her put her medical knowledge to good use. We visit Linlithgow Palace, which doubled as the prison entrance and corridors of Wentworth Prison where Jamie was imprisoned in season 1. Our encounter with Highland stories not yet at its end, we join the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard, where we'll connect with locals over a home-cooked Farewell Be My Guest Lunch amidst intriguing tales of Rob Roy.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch
  13. As the chapter closes on our Outlander-inspired journey through the wilds of Scotland and centuries of fascinating heritage, we say farewell to our newfound friends and prepare to return to reality. Return transfers will arrive at Glasgow Airport at 7 am and 9 am. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a room. 

Single Room Supplement: $700 per person

Triple Room Discount: $10 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $124 per person

Please Note:  Hotels in the Scottish Highlands and on the Isle of Skye are generally simpler establishments typical of the region. Accommodations on the Isle of Skye may be substituted with accommodations on the mainland. All sightseeing will remain the same as per the itinerary.

 Airport transfers: On arrival at Edinburgh Airport transfers will operate at 9 am, 11:30 am and 2 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Glasgow Airport at 7 am and 9 am.

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Meal Summary

18 meals: 12 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners.

Insider Experiences

Connect with Locals

  • Join the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard for a home-cooked Scottish Be My Guest lunch, tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping Ceilidh tunes

Dive into Culture

  • Visit the Highland Folk Museum which brings Highland history to life showcasing how the 18th-century Highlander lived and worked. Visit Blair Athol Whisky Distillery in the foothills of the Grampian Mountains for a tour and tasting of their single malt whisky

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing of historic Edinburgh

Sightseeing Experiences

  • City tour in Edinburgh
  • Orientation of Dundee, Orkney Islands, Glasgow, Stirling
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle, 18th green at St. Andrews, Newtonmore, the Culloden Battlefield, John O'Groats, Skara Brae, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Stirling Castle, St. Mungo's Cathedral, Linlithgow Palace
  • Visit the filming locations for Fort William, 18th-century Cranesmuir, 1940s Inverness, Wentworth Prison
  • View Inverness Castle, Eilean Donan Castle
  • See Ben Nevis, Loch Lomond, the Battlefield at Bannockburn
  • Ferry to the Orkney Isles and return, ferry from Skye to Mallaig
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Reviews

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Gina Morlan
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : I would buy from GET again. I was annoyed they changed the airfare that I chose and it was going to cost more to change it back. This was my only complaint. Everything else was fantastic.
Vacation : I wanted more time at each area we visited. I felt it was a bit rushed. The overall trip around Scotland was absolutely amazing on every level! Our Travel Director was top notch and delivered the best information and even gave us extra excursions when our itinerary had to change! Mom and I had the best time and can't wait to go back!
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Claudette Murphy
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The process from reservation to final confirmation was seemless; the staff is friendly, concerned about your needs and wants. Wonderful experience!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your wonderful comments. We hope to see you on another trip very soon!
Monday, August 20, 2018
Vacation : As a fan of Outlander it was perfect!
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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Scotland must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Scotland.

  • The currency in Scotland is the Pound (£). While it’s a good idea to bring some pounds for when you first arrive in Scotland, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Scotland’s culture is based on the country’s rich and colorful past, with a long-standing passion for festivals, myths, bagpipes, art, castles, and literature.  Highlights to explore include the city of Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Glasgow, and Stirling Castle.

  • Food and drink in Scotland goes far beyond haggis, porridge, and whiskey.  Other specialties to try include kippers, fish and chips, Scotch broth, smoked salmon, sausages, shortbread, and Dundee cake.  For a meal that’s inexpensive and authentic, try a pub meal with a pint of Scottish ale.

  • The weather in Scotland is mild, moist, and quickly changeable. We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping is less common in Scotland than in the U.S. When dining in a restaurant, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave a tip of 5-10 percent.  Leave your gratuity on the table rather than adding it to your credit card receipt to ensure that your waiter receives it.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend £2.50 per person/per day for your driver and £4.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 pounds per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Edinburgh

Dinner And Ghost Walk

Adult Price: £39.00

Work up an appetite discovering some of Edinburgh's most haunted places with your Local Specialist, who’ll share ghoulish tales before you enjoy a three course meal in a local restaurant.

Dinner and Kilt Wearing Demonstration

Adult Price: £40.00

Tonight we'll enjoy dinner followed by a demonstration of how to pleat and tie "The Great KIlt" worn in the pre-Jacobite era. This traditional garment is also worn by Jamie in Outlander.

Scottish Show With Dinner

Adult Price: £60.00

Tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. There's even a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.

Midhope Castle & Hopetoun House

Adult Price: £28.00

Today we'll visit Midhope Castle to see the setting for "Lallybroch", the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser. This will be followed by a tour of Hopetoun House. This stately home was used as the location for the Duke of Sandringham's house in Season 1 of Outlander.

Rosslyn Chapel

Adult Price: £18.00

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where you’ll hear the inside story on the famous Rosslyn Chapel. One of Scotland's most unusual 15th-century buildings, Rossyln is famed for its associations with the Knights Templar, the Masonic movement, and now 'The Da Vinci Code'.

Dundee

Drummond Castle Gardens

Adult Price: £24.00

Drummond Castle Gardens are one of Scotland's undiscovered treasures and used as a stand-in for the gardens of Versailles in Season 2 of Outlander. Enjoy a guided walk through these magnificent gardens with a local expert before returning to Dundee for an evening at leisure.

Scottish Highlands

Cawdor Dinner Evening

Adult Price: £37.00

Join us for dinner at a traditional country pub in the charming village of Cawdor, home to Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Highland Farm Experience

Adult Price: £14.00

Visit a real Highland sheep farm and meet Neil the Shepherd and his border collies. He’ll show you how he uses different whistles to command each dog to carry out different tasks. You’ll also have the opportunity to try your hand at sheep shearing, feeding the lambs and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.

Isle Of Skye Drive

Adult Price: £13.50

An opportunity to travel around the Isle of Skye with your Local Specialist. You’ll hear about the way of life on this remote inner Hebridean Island and discover its stories and legends.

Loch Ness Cruise

Adult Price: £23.00

Sailing from Clansman Hotel, we'll experience a scenic cruise on Scotland's most famous waterway, Loch Ness. We'll also see beautiful Urquhart Castle, founded in the 13th-century, from the lake. The management regrets to inform you that Nessie sightings are not guaranteed!

Jacobite Steam Railway

Adult Price: £40.00

"Take one of the world’s most spectacular steam train rides across the Glenfinnan viaduct, featured in the Harry Potter movies. You’ll enjoy beautiful coastal and mountain scenery as you relax on this once in a lifetime journey. This optional involves the pre-purchase of non-refundable tickets. In the unlikely event of cancellation due to bad weather, a 50% cancellation charge will be incurred."

Ballachulish Dinner and Drive

Adult Price: £36.00

Enjoy a scenic drive on Loch Linnhe for dinner.

Glasgow

Dinner And Drive To Historic Torphichen

Adult Price: £46.00

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Templar. At the haunted Torphichen Inn your arrival will be toasted by our gracious host before enjoying an excellent dinner of local specialties and entertainment.

Jacobite Evening Inspired by Outlander

Join together for a truly authentic Jacobite experience. Complete with costumed actors and our very own Piper, tonight we'll dine and discover the feeling of the clans as they run up to Culloden.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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