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Outlander Experience Self-Drive: Edinburgh, Inverness, Fort William & More

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8 Days
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US$ 1,013

MODERATE | SELF-DRIVE: Diana Galbaldon's iconic 'Outlander' series, now the subject of a TV series, features a number of fantastic landmarks in Scotland. On this 8-day self-drive adventure, travel at your own pace to discover the real places that inspired Galbaldon while following in the footsteps of Claire and Jamie, and through the heart of Scotland.


This eight day, moderate, self drive vacation embraces all the mystery and romance of the Scottish Highlands as you follow the path of Jamie and Claire from the popular Outlander series. 

Begin in Edinburgh and stroll the Royal Mile, which features heavily in both A Dragonfly in Amber as well as Voyager. Wander down colourful Victoria Street or escape from the rain at the impressive Edinburgh Castle. 

The next day you will head for the Highlands and Perthshire towards the village of Averimore. This region of Scotland was used in the filming of scenes from 1940’s, before Claire fell through the stones. 

The following  two nights are spent in charming Inverness. While here, you will get to explore the surrounding area with trips to Beauly and Fort William. Of course you will have the chance to visit Urqhart castle on the shores of stunning Loch Ness. 

A day spent exploring the  Glencoe Valley showcases all the wild and rugged scenery that features so prominently in Outlander. Visit Doune Castle, which fills in as Castle Leoch in the show.  Finish your day in Glasgow before your departure the following morning.

 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,013

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Day 1

Arrival - Edinburgh

Upon arrival to Scotland, pick up your rental vehicle at the airport, then set off for the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh. One of Europe's must-see destinations, Edinburgh is a joy to explore; the downtown core is compact and lined with great shops, cafes and bars. After checking in at your hotel for your first overnight, consider heading out to wander the Royal Mile, or perhaps hop in your car and visit Arthur's Seat.

Duration2 Nights
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Jurys Inn Edinburgh

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    Jurys Inn Edinburgh



    Jurys Inn is one of the most centrally positioned hotels in Edinburgh, located just off the famous Royal Mile on Jeffrey Street in the Old Town and surrounded by beautiful architecture. Our hotel in Edinburgh is less than a two-minute walk from Waverly Train Station …

    Jurys Inn is one of the most centrally positioned hotels in Edinburgh, located just off the famous Royal Mile on Jeffrey Street in the Old Town and surrounded by beautiful architecture. Our hotel in Edinburgh is less than a two-minute walk from Waverly Train Station and a 5-minute walk to Edinburgh Bus Station. Our prime city centre location also means that Jurys Inn guests are a short 15 minute walk from Holyrood Park, which is one of many Edinburgh gems that offers a "unique historic landscape" bursting with heritage and plenty of hills and 'crags' to explore.

    Whether you're looking for hotels in Edinburgh for business at the International Conference Centre, or touring Edinburgh Castle and the sights of historic Scotland's capital, our Edinburgh hotel ensures all your destinations are within easy - and always interesting - walking distance.

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    • Bar
    • Coffee Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Hairdryers
    • Handicap accessible rooms
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lift/elevator
    • Meeting Facilities and Planners
    • Public Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service Limited Hours

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Day 2

Edinburgh

This morning, spend some time exploring Edinburgh, where Claire and Jamie reunited after 20 years. Scotland's historic capital is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Testimony to this is the coveted award of World Heritage Site Status recently being awarded to the city's medieval "Old Town", and Georgian "New Town". Regardless of the time of year you visit Edinburgh it is a truly memorable experience with its many museums, art galleries, theatres, and cosmopolitan shops. Using your included Explorer Pass, visit Edinburgh Castle with its dramatic views across the city, and be sure to enter the exhibition housed in the castle, "Honours of the Kingdom", which consists of the Scottish Crown Jewels, and the Stone of Destiny. Return to your hotel in the evening for a final night in Edinburgh.

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Day 3

Edinburgh - Perthshire - Aviemore

Your first stop of the day after a hearty breakfast is the village of Falkland and its palace. Falkland village is so beautifully preserved that it's being used as the backdrop of 1940s Inverness in the Outlander series. There are likely to be several views of the palace from the town and your entrance here is included in your pass. Falkland Palace, built by the King James V in 1539, became a favourite retreat of the Stuart Dynasty including Mary Queen of Scots. The gardens contain the original Royal Tennis Court, and is the oldest in Britain. In the afternoon you will continue to Newtonmore where you can visit the Highland Folk Museum and delve into 18th century Scotland with a living insight into the life of Highland people as portrayed in Outlander. Finally, check into your hotel in the Speyside area for a good night's rest.

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Duration1 Night
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Craiglynne Hotel

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    Craiglynne Hotel



    Located in the Grantown-on-Spey, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, the Craiglynne Hotel features 82 guestrooms, an award-winning restaurant, bar, and conservatory. It's position on Speyside makes it ideal for hikers trekking the Cairngorms, golfers wishing to play at one of the many nearby …

    Located in the Grantown-on-Spey, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, the Craiglynne Hotel features 82 guestrooms, an award-winning restaurant, bar, and conservatory. It's position on Speyside makes it ideal for hikers trekking the Cairngorms, golfers wishing to play at one of the many nearby Championship courses, as well as whisky enthusiasts sampling the world's only Malt Whisky Trail.

    Surrounded by immaculate gardens and views across of the neighbouring Cromdale Hills, the Craiglynne Hotel is located overlooking Grantown-on-Spey, just 12 miles from Aviemore Station and 33 miles from Inverness Airport.

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Day 4

Aviemore - Inverness

After breakfast, depart towards Inverness and discover the mysterious Craigh na Dun, inspired by the stone circle of Clava Cairns, which swept Claire back in time. Experience the haunting atmosphere of Culloden where Claire and Jamie said their goodbyes and roam the streets of Inverness where Claire's adventure unfolds while on her honeymoon. Tonight, you'll overnight in gorgeous Inverness area.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Mercure Inverness

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    Hotel Mercure Inverness



    Situated in the heart of Inveness' vibrant City Centre, Mercure Inverness Hotel boasts a dramatic Highlands backdrop with the Old Town and a thriving selection of shops and nightlife on the doorstep. This modern 3-star hotel is six miles from Loch Ness and 200 metres …

    Situated in the heart of Inveness' vibrant City Centre, Mercure Inverness Hotel boasts a dramatic Highlands backdrop with the Old Town and a thriving selection of shops and nightlife on the doorstep. This modern 3-star hotel is six miles from Loch Ness and 200 metres from Inverness railway station. Complimentary high speed WIFI is available throughout the hotel. The Brasserie restaurant is open for tempting meals and you can work out in the onsite fitness room.

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    • Free WiFi
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Day 5

Inverness - Sutherland

Today you will visit the romantic towns of Strathpeffer and Beauly, where clans Mackenzie and Fraser of the Highlands once lived. Strathpeffer is a charming Victorian spa village, famous for its healing waters and home to a 6th century carved stone known as the Eagle Stone. Continue towards Beauly where you can set foot in Beauly Priory where Claire met the seer, and according to the Outlander books, where the Lovat Frasers are buried. Return to Inverness for a relaxing evening at leisure.

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Day 6

Inverness - Fort William

Travelling south today, you will enjoy a visit to Urquhart Castle, one of the largest castles in Scotland. It fell into decay after 1689 and was blown up in 1692 to prevent it from being occupied by Jacobites. Most of the existing remains date from the 16th century and include a tower. Here you will also get fabulous views of the famous Loch Ness and have a chance to go down to its banks in the hope of seeing the 'Water Horse' which so entranced Claire Randall -- or 'Nessie' as she is better known here! Enjoy an enchanting journey along the Caledonian Canal and Great Glen as the newly-weds did after their wedding and admire dramatic scenery and impressive wildlife along the way. Tonight, you will overnight in the nearby Fort William area.

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Duration1 Night
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Glenfinnan Hotel

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    Glenfinnan Hotel



    Beyond the monument Ben Nevis is visible, the UK's highest mountain, while a 10-minute walk away through the red deer dotted Glenfinnan Estate, is the famous Glenfinnan viaduct railway bridge which was used in scenes from various Harry Potter films. This Scottish country house is …

    Beyond the monument Ben Nevis is visible, the UK's highest mountain, while a 10-minute walk away through the red deer dotted Glenfinnan Estate, is the famous Glenfinnan viaduct railway bridge which was used in scenes from various Harry Potter films. This Scottish country house is a fine stone mansion dating from 1755.

    Attractive public rooms include a comfortable drawing room, a beautifully appointed dining room and a welcoming bar where traditional music is often heard. Manja and Duncan Gibson are the resident managers who will welcome you into the delightful hall, where a log fire blazes. Along pine-panelled walls hang an atmospheric collection of paintings including an impressive portrayal of the 1745 Jacobite Rising at Glenfinnan.

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Day 7

Fort William - Glasgow

Travelling south again this morning, you will drive through the dramatic and historic glen (valley), scene of the 1692 massacre of part of the MacDonald clan by soldiers of King William. Its steep-sided mountains offer superb walking and climbing. Red deer, wildcat, golden eagle and rare arctic plants can be seen among the breath-taking peaks and spectacular waterfalls. You can visit the new eco-friendly Glencoe Visitor Centre which houses fascinating exhibitions about the area, its human and natural history and the people who live here. Onwards into the Trossachs, you will visit Doune Castle. Built for the Regent Albany, Doune Castle is a magnificent late 14th century courtyard castle. Its most striking feature is the 100ft high gatehouse which includes the splendid Lord's Hall with its musicians' gallery, a double fireplace and carved oak screen. It is also the atmospheric stand in for the fictional Castle Leoch in the Outlander series. Rounding out the day, carry on to Glasgow where you will spend your final night in Scotland.

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Duration1 Night
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Gleddoch Hotel Spa & Golf, Bw Premier Collection

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    Gleddoch Hotel Spa & Golf, Bw Premier Collection



    Boasting stunning views over the River Clyde and Ben Lomond, this hotel is just a short distance away from the lively centre of Glasgow. The property is just a 10 minutes' drive away from Glasgow Airport. This charming hotel offers visitors a great setting in …

    Boasting stunning views over the River Clyde and Ben Lomond, this hotel is just a short distance away from the lively centre of Glasgow. The property is just a 10 minutes' drive away from Glasgow Airport. This charming hotel offers visitors a great setting in which to unwind, or from which to explore everything that the city has to offer. The property once belonged to the Scottish shipping baron Sir James Lithgow. It is set amidst 350 acres of private land, providing convenient access to the mesmerising Scottish Highlands and islands. The property is stunningly designed, comprising beautifully-styled guest rooms. Guests can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the gardens, while golf enthusiasts can partake in a leisurely game on the course. Conference facilities are available for the convenience of business travellers.

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Departure

After an incredible adventure, it is now time to leave Scotland. Return to the airport, drop-off your rental vehicle, and board your flight home.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily April to October

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights in moderate accommodations
  • 7-day Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
  • 8 day car rental - Intermediate 4/5 door, automatic with air conditioning (Skoda Octavia or similar)
  • Service & VAT
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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