Highland Trail inspired by Outlander

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Scottish Highlands
Tour Style: First Class
14 Days from $2,925 per person

No need to touch the stones of Craigh na Dun to go back in time on this Outlander-inspired trail through the Scottish Highlands.

Trace the footsteps of Claire and Jamie to the ancestral home of Clan Fraser and visit Doune Castle, the setting for Clan Mackenzie's Castle Leoch, and the charming village of Fife that featured in several Outlander scenes.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. A captivating tale of Redcoats and rugged Highlanders is revealed on this Outlander-inspired jaunt through the dramatic landscapes of Scotland. Join your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a hearty Scottish Welcome Reception. On arrival at Edinburgh Airport transfers will operate at 9 am, 11:30am and 2 pm. Guests arriving later should make
    their own way to the hotel.

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    hotel:Novotel Centre
  3. 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. Then, spend the rest of the day at leisure.
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  4. 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. Here we'll see Claire's herb garden and Geillis Duncan's home.
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  5. We arrive in Falkland the Outlander film location for 1940s Inverness. Stop in at Covenanter Hotel which doubled as Mrs Baird's B&B in the series, before heading to the St. Andrews. Our final stop for today is Dundee where we'll view the RRS Discovery, the last traditional wooden three-masted ship built in Britain.
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    hotel:Apex City Quay
  6. We journey north to 15th century Castle Fraser, the ancestral home of the Fraser family. This afternoon, we meander through the rugged landscapes of the Scottish Highlands to the town of Inverness and the gateway to Loch Ness with its legendary monster.
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    hotel:The Columba
  7. Our first stop today is the bloody battlefield of Culloden where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was defeated in 1746. We relive the brief, but brutal battle at the contemporary Visitor Center before continuing to Thurso, the most northerly town in mainland Scotland.
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    hotel:Royal
  8. 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 that shift their aquatic form on land to walk as humans is explored today as we roam these mystical islands en route to the remains of the Neothilic Skara Brae village. Wander freely amongst the standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar, before a final photo stop at Kirkwall cathedral and the ferry back to the mainland.
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  9. Soak up the seafaring charm of Ullapool, a quaint fishing town on Loch Broom. We traverse the rugged countryside and see 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”. This evening we enjoy dinner at our hotel.
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    hotel:Kings Arms
  10. Board a ferry back to the mainland to Maillag and later, travel to Fort William via the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct. Admire exquisite views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, before traveling to Ballachulish.
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    hotel:Ballachulish Hotel
  11. Celebrate rural Scottish heritage at the Highland Folk Museum with its recreated 18th-century township that was used as a location in the filming of Outlander season 1. Gain a unique Cultural Insight into rural life in Scotland from the 18th century to the mid 20th century and admire the extensive collection of artifacts spanning centuries. This evening we dine at our hotel.
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  12. 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. View the site of the Battle of Bannockburn before arriving in Glasgow for an evening at leisure.
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    hotel:Holiday Inn Theatreland/Novotel Centre
  13. 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. We visit Linlithgow Palace, which doubled as the prison entrance and corridors of Wentworth Prison. Later join the Wood family at their 15th century historical farm on the shores of Loch Ard for a homecooked Be My Guest Farewell Lunch amidst intriguing tales of Rob Roy.
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  14. 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 on the last travel day will arrive at Glasgow Airport at 7 am and 9 am.

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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a room. 

Single Room Supplement: $580 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: $10 p.p.

Shared Rooming: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

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

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Meal Summary

12 nights, 12 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

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

Cultural Insight

  • Visit the Highland Folk Museum which brings Highland history to life showcasing how the 18th century Highlander lived and worked

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing of historic Edinburgh

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Edinburgh
  • Orientation of Dundee, Inverness, Orkney Islands, Glasgow, Stirling
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle, 18th green at St. Andrews, the Culloden Battlefield, John O'Groats, Skara Brae, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Newtonmore, 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

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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 48 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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