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4-Day Outlander Trail From Edinburgh

1. 4-Day Outlander Trail From Edinburgh

Leave Edinburgh and begin following the trail of the best-known film locations featured in the Outlander TV Series. Your first stop is the charming village of Culross. You continue to the small town of Falkland to relive the first scenes of the show, where Falkland substitutes for 1940s Inverness. In the early afternoon you stop at the Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum, which houses replicas of 18th century turf-roofed Highland crofts. These were used as a setting in the first episode of the show. You then pass Aviemore, where you may recognise the stunning hilly and wooded area of Tulloch Ghru. You arrive in Inverness later that afternoon, which will be your base for the next two nights.  Day 2 starts by visiting Culloden, which plays an important role in Scottish history and the Outlander books. It’s at the Culloden Battlefield where Claire and Jamie said their tearful goodbyes, before Jamie joined the Jacobite army to fight for the Stuarts. You have the opportunity to explore the visitor center and site, and pay tribute to those who lost their lives at the last battle fought on British soil. You then take a short drive to the ancient standing stones at Clava Cairns. After lunch, head continue to Castle Leod, “home of the Clan MacKenzie”, where you can enjoy a relaxing walk. The castle resembles the way that Diana Gabaldon described Castle Leoch, though she had never heard of this building prior to writing Outlander. A short drive takes you to Beauly, the site of Beauly Priory and the tomb of Lord Lovat in the heart of Clan Fraser lands. Beauly priory is a beautiful 13th-century ruin and where the Lovat Frasers are buried in Diana Gabaldon’s book. In the afternoon, you can sample ‘The Water of Life’ with a whisky distillery tour and tasting. Afterwards, return to Inverness with time to explore the town and enjoy the city for another evening. Day 3 starts with a visit to the majestic Glen Affric. Lochs, mountains and pine forests: this is one of Scotland’s most glorious glens. You then continue along the entire length of Loch Ness and through the Great Glen before heading to Glenfinnan. It stands framed by typically spectacular Highland scenery and bedside a section of the Jacobite Steam Train railway line famously used as the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter. Your overnight stop is in Fort William underneath the shadow of Britain’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis. Day 4 begins with a magnificent drive through Glencoe, across the rugged Trossachs area onto Doune Castle. The castle is an extensive ruin that represents Castle Leoch in the TV program. Later, you have a photo stop at Blackness Castle on the banks of the Firth of Forth. This was used as the set for Fort William in the show and appears in many other movies because of its beautiful setting and thickly fortified walls. After your medieval adventure, you'll return to Edinburgh in the early evening.

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From Edinburgh: Day Tour, Glenfinnan, Glencoe, Loch Shiel

2. From Edinburgh: Day Tour, Glenfinnan, Glencoe, Loch Shiel

Depart from Edinburgh with your guide, the tour travels past Stirling and stops for morning refreshments in the bustling Highland town of Callander. Explore the high street filled with tearooms and small shops. Continue north through Rannoch Moor, one of Europe's last wildernesses. Stop to admire the beauty of Glencoe and take time to capture a photo or two. Afterward, recharge at Glencoe Visitor Centre with lunch.  Learn about the everyday life of 17th-century Scottish people in the nearby Turf House, before heading to Glenfinnan, home to both the Glenfinnan Viaduct, or as some may know it, the 'bridge to Hogwarts', and the Glenfinnan Monument. From April - October there's a chance to view the Jacobite Steam Train as it crosses the viaduct, a spectacular experience. At the foot of the monument is Loch Shiel, also featured in the Harry Potter films, as part of the lake of Hogwarts Castle. Stop here to take in this landscape and learn a little about its history too.  Lastly while departing Glenfinnan the tour travels through Fort William and across the country to Pitlochry. Relax for a while in this Victorian town, a great place to enjoy evening refreshments before returning to Edinburgh.

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Isle of Skye and West Highlands: 4-Day Tour from Edinburgh

3. Isle of Skye and West Highlands: 4-Day Tour from Edinburgh

Embark on a breathtaking 4-day journey through the Scottish countryside, enjoying the grandeur of the Scottish glens, mountains and coastlines at a relaxed pace. Spend some time exploring the beautiful Isle of Skye and stop to take in the dramatic views of untouched nature as you pass the dramatic Glencoe and Glenfinnan. Day 1: Edinburgh - The Kelpies - Glencoe - Fort William Depart Edinburgh at 9:15 AM and travel northwest to visit the Kelpies, the largest pair of horse sculptures in the world and one of Scotland's most fascinating modern marvels. For lunch, stop in either of the small towns of Killin or Callander, passing through beautiful lochs and castles. After enjoying beautiful views of rivers, lochs, and forests, cross the wild and remote Rannoch Moor, a beautiful location for photographers and nature lovers. You then travel to Glencoe, one of Scotland's most famous landscapes, before heading towards Fort William, where the tour stays for the first night. Day 2: Fort William - Mallaig – Skye After breakfast, get picked up from your accommodation and travel by Glenfinnan Viaduct. It's one of the most spectacular railway bends in Britain and featured in the Harry Potter movies. There is also an iconic monument that commemorates the Jacobites who fought for Scottish independence. After arriving in Mallaig, take the ferry with your group to the southern area of the Isle of Skye. Spend your afternoon exploring the incredible landscapes of the Sleat Peninsula, with potential stops at the waterfalls of Glenbrittle or Cuillin Mountains in Elgol. The tour then heads towards the Lochalsh/Skye area, the base for the next two nights. Day 3: Travel through Skye's most iconic scenery Today the tour offers great opportunities to enjoy some of the most famous wonders of Skye, such as Quiraing, Old Man of Storr, Neist Point, etc. This day's itinerary is quite flexible, depending on the weather and the group's interests. Your experienced guide will choose a unique itinerary and will ensure you get a chance to get off the beaten track and discover what the Isle of Skye has to offer. Day 4: Skye - Dunkeld - Edinburgh This morning you say farewell to Skye and travel south through Glen Shiel towards the Central Highlands. Stop at the historic village of Dunkeld, and have the opportunity to visit the ruins of the old cathedral. The tour then heads through the Lowlands, over the Firth of Forth, and gets back to Edinburgh at approximately 6:30 PM.

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What people are saying about Fort William

The experience was unbelievable and something that truly couldn’t have been done without our tour guide Chris. He went above and beyond and tailored our stops and itinerary to beat the bad weather and ensure we were all getting to do things we enjoyed and wanted to see. The experience felt very safe covid wise with temperature checks in the morning, sanitiser on the bus and face masks whilst on the bus. Social distancing was possible on the bus. The landscape was breathtaking and I’d love to do this tour again in another season so I could see the colours of the nature and trees change. I would recommend this tour and supporting the U.K. tourism industry at this time.

Our 4-day tour with Mac (MacKenzie) was incredible! It is an “Outlander” tour, but the depth of Diana Gabaldon’s books came alive with Mac. His knowledge of Scottish history was exceptional. His interlacing of the books’ fictional aspects with actual events was remarkable. For Outlander fans, this was wonderful. But even more importantly, Mac’s history of Scotland, its people, trials, successes, defeats will all remain with us. Aye, we were transported to another time. Much like Claire was, only in our imaginations. Thank you so much Mac.

Fantastic trip

Really nice trip, Andy U (there are several Andys) was a great guide who had many good and relevant stories for the areas we visited. We even had the opportunity to help plan the trip, which gave a lot of freedom and joy. We could not have wished for a better and more qualified guide. Nice bus and good hotels.

This is my first travel experience and I must say I am very happy I did this trip. The places we visited are beautiful. Our tour guide Adam is very friendly, informative and professional. Highly recommended.

Very professional and very efficient ...

I find it undesirable to ask someone to be both a guide and a driver. Despite this difficulty, our driver guide really assured. The group was also very friendly and helpful.