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Highland Trail inspired by Outlander

Operated by: Trafalgar

13 Days from $3,853 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Deer on mountain in Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Countries Visited

United Kingdom ...more United Kingdom

Locations Visited

Edinburgh, Linlithgow, Dundee, Newtonmore, Carrbridge, Thurso, Inverness, Orkney, Caithness, St Margaret's Hope, Skara Brae, Gills Bay, Kyleakin, Kinloch Rannoch, Armadale, Mallaig, Pitlochry, Stirling, Doune, Glasgow, Kinlochard ...more Edinburgh, Linlithgow, Dundee, Newtonmore, Carrbridge, Thurso, Inverness, Orkney, Caithness, St Margaret's Hope, Skara Brae, Gills Bay, Kyleakin, Kinloch Rannoch, Armadale, Mallaig, Pitlochry, Stirling, Doune, Glasgow, Kinlochard
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Edinburgh

    A captivating tale of Redcoats and rugged Highlanders is revealed on this Outlander-inspired jaunt through the dramatic landscapes of Scotland. We begin our journey in the enchanting capital of Edinburgh with some free time to ramble through its medieval streets before joining our fellow travellers and Travel Director for a hearty Scottish Welcome Reception.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Novotel Centre
  2. Day 2 Discover Enchanting Edinburgh

    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.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Explore Outlander Film Locations

    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 centre.

    meals Breakfast
  4. Day 4 See Outlander Sights and Journey to Dundee

    Traversing the lush green Lowlands to the Kingdom of Fife, we arrive in Falkland. This 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Apex City Quay
  5. Day 5 Venture into the Scottish Highlands

    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 artefacts. We continue through the rugged landscapes of the Scottish Highlands to our hotel.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Carrbridge
  6. Day 6 The Sights of Culloden, Inverness and Thurso

    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 Centre before continuing through Inverness en route to Thurso, the most northerly town in mainland Scotland, our home for the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Pentland
  7. Day 7 A Day on the Orkney Islands

    From the coastal village of John O'Groats, we catch the ferry that crosses the Pentland Firth and arrive at South Ronaldsay, one of the Orkney Islands. 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 was lost for millennia. Wander freely amongst the standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar, before a final photo stop at Kirkwall cathedral and the ferry ride back to the mainland.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day 8 Over the Sea to Skye

    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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Kings Arms
  9. Day 9 Continue to Fort William and Kinloch Rannoch

    We leave the craggy landscape of Skye behind, boarding a ferry back to the mainland to Mallaig. Our journey continues to Fort William via the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct. Admire exquisite views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, before travelling past the precipitous mountains of Glencoe to see the 'Glen of Weeping'. Our final stop today is the idyllic holiday retreat that is Kinloch Rannoch, where we'll spend the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Macdonald Loch Rannoch
  10. Day 10 Experience the Local Whiskey

    Today we Dive Into Culture and learn about the local whisky industry at the famous Blair Athol Distillery, including a tasting of Scotland's much-loved golden nectar. Then, visit Pitlochry on the banks of the Tummel and enjoy some free time for lunch.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  11. Day 11 Admire Scottish Castles and on to Glasgow

    Head 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Maldron/Holiday Inn Theatreland
  12. Day 12 Journey to Linlithgow Palace

    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.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  13. Day 13 Farewell Glasgow

    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. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Highland Trail inspired by Outlander
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 12 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 5 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Ferry to the Orkney Isles and return
  • Ferry from Skye to Mallaig
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Edinburgh with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Dundee, Orkney Islands, Glasgow and Stirling
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle, filming locations for Fort William, 18th-century Cranesmuir, 1940s Inverness, 18th green at St. Andrews, Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore, the Culloden Battlefield, John O'Groats, Skara Brae, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Blair Atholl whisky distillery, Stirling Castle, St. Mungo's Cathedral, Linlithgow Palace and Wentworth Prison
  • View Inverness Castle and Eilean Donan Castle
  • See Ben Nevis and the Battlefield at Bannockburn
  • 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. (Day 12)
  • Dive into Culture Visit the Highland Folk Museum which brings Highland history to life, showcasing how the 18th-century Highlander lived and worked. (Day 5) Visit Blair Athol Whisky Distillery in the foothills of the Grampian Mountains for a tour and tasting of their single malt whisky (Day 10)

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Optional Add-Ons

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

Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh with our Local Specialist to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we’ll hear the inside story of 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.'
Adult Price: £21

Ghost Walk and Drink

Tonight, we'll discover some of Edinburgh's most haunted places with our Local Specialist, who’ll share ghoulish tales. After we've recovered, we'll enjoy a pint of beer or a glass of wine in a local pub.
Adult Price: £24

Kilt Wearing Demonstration and Drink

Tonight we'll enjoy a glass of wine or beer, followed by a demonstration of how to pleat and tie "The Great Kilt," which was worn in the pre-Jacobite era. This is the traditional garment worn by Jamie Fraser in the Outlander series.
Adult Price: £24

Midhope Castle & Hopetoun House

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.
Adult Price: £28

Scottish Show With Dinner

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 Scottish 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.
Adult Price: £62

Dundee

Drummond Castle Gardens

Drummond Castle Gardens is 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 our Local Specialist, before returning to Dundee for an evening at leisure.
Adult Price: £24

Scottish Highlands

Cawdor Dinner Evening

Join us for dinner at a traditional country pub in the charming village of Cawdor, home to Shakespeare's Macbeth.
Adult Price: £38

Highland Farm Experience

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 feeding the lambs and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.
Adult Price: £15

Loch Ness Cruise

Today, we'll experience a scenic cruise on Scotland's most famous waterway, Loch Ness. On the lake, we'll also see beautiful Urquhart Castle, founded in the 13th century. The management regretfully informs you that Nessie sightings are not guaranteed!
Adult Price: £24

Isle Of Skye Drive

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 dramatic scenery and rock formations.
Adult Price: £15

Pitlochry. Visit Of Blair Castle

Set on its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, we'll discover the ancient home of the Dukes of Atholl, home to Europe's last remaining private army. Unique amongst Scottish castles, Blair has hosted royalty from Mary, Queen of Scots to Queen Victoria.
Adult Price: £20

Glasgow

Dinner And Drive To Historic Torphichen

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.
Adult Price: £48

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.
Adult Price: £49

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Gina Morlan
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
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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.
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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!
Claudette Murphy
Saturday, August 18, 2018
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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
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As a fan of Outlander it was perfect!
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