Join us for a 7-night adventure based on sites and events from the best-selling Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. This fantasy into Jamie and Claire’s romantic adventures will take you to the beautiful Highlands of Scotland, visiting the historical and the archeological, and witnessing the mystical. Here are some of the highlights:
Day 1 — Sunday, October 17
Depart from Glasgow Airport for the beautiful Highlands, driving along Loch Lomond and stopping for lunch in the quaint Scottish village of Luss. We continue on to the dramatic and historic Glencoe and then to Glenfinnan Monument, where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745 to rally the Highland clans to his cause to recapture Scotland’s crown for his father. This was the nucleus of the conflict that led to the Battle of Culloden. We continue on through Fort William passing the Caledonian Canal and Neptune’s Staircase, and arrive Spean Bridge in the early evening for our Welcome Dinner at Glenspean Lodge Hotel. A reception will be held after dinner for tour overview and a book discussion. Dinner included.
Day 2 — Monday, October 18
We depart early for Inverness and a visit to Clava Cairns with our private guide who demonstrates some of the mystical powers of Clava. Have your picture taken between the standing stones! Continuing on we stop for lunch and a guided tour of Culloden Battlefield where Jamie and Claire said a tearful goodbye as she returned to the 20th Century and he faced certain death on the battlefield. Our next stop is the Wardlaw Mausoleum for a visit to the burial site of Simon, the 11th Lord Lovat, the “Old Fox,” and the grandfather of James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser. Our hotel tonight, a Georgian Manor House, is the historic and elegant Culloden House, home of many dramatic events in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden. Dinner included, with a special surprise guest.
Day 3 — Tuesday, October 19
After breakfast we depart for Castle Leod in Strathpeffer for a private tour with the Earl of Cromartie. Castle Leod is the Seat of Clan MacKenzie and the oldest intact castle in Britain. (It also bears an eerie resemblance to the Castle Leoch, which is also the ‘Seat of Clan MacKenzie’.) We spend the afternoon in Beauly — the heart of Fraser country. Visits to the Beauly Priory, the Beauly Centre, and the newly-opened Fraser Clan Center round out the afternoon, with some free time to explore the town and visit the Made in Scotland Shop. Overnight at Culloden House. Dinner included.
Day 4 — Wednesday, October 20 — Claire’s Birthday!
After breakfast we depart for the town of Drumnadrochit for a visit to Urquhart Castle, where we board our cruise of Loch Ness to Inverness in search of the waterhorse. We overnight in the east coast city of Aberdeen tonight, and make stops along the way at the beautiful ruins of Elgin Cathedral, once known as “The Lantern of the North”, Elgin Woolen Mill, and the Scottish Tartans Museum as time permits. Overnight at Ardoe House Hotel. This evening we’ll meet with a few of our counterparts — the Cross Stitch fans from the UK.
Day 5 — Thursday, October 21
After breakfast we depart for the town of Inverurie where we visit Castle Fraser, a French Baronial, fairytale-turreted castle which was the masterpiece of two families of master masons, and one of the most spectacular of the Castles of Mar. Driving through the charming seaside town of Stonehaven and passing by the stunning ruin of Dunnottar Castle with time for a quick photo stop at this dramatic site. Our next stop is one of the most ancient of Scottish towns, St. Andrews, home of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and Old Course. Overnight at Fernie Castle. Dinner included.
Day 6 — Friday, October 22
Our stops today include Falkland Palace and Stirling Castle before arriving into Edinburgh, with visits to the famous Edinburgh Castle atop Castle Rock on which Edinburgh was founded, and The Palace of Holyroodhouse, which is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. It was here that in 1745 that Charles Edward Stuart, or Bonnie Prince Charlie, held court prior to the Battle of Culloden. Overnight at the Thistle Hotel with a special evening of Scottish entertainment.
Day 7 — Saturday, October 23
Spend the day exploring the many sights of Edinburgh: the many museums, the Royal Mile, the history and enchantment that is Edinburgh itself. Time to do last-minute shopping or to try to find the site of that little print shop once owned by A. Malcolm. Final evening is at the Thistle Hotel.
Day 8 — Sunday, October 24
After breakfast we depart for Glasgow Airport and flights home
All hotels are 4-star, ensuite. Included: Full Scottish breakfast daily, five dinners, two of which include dinner shows, tour guide, luxury motorcoach transportation throughout the tour, entrance fees, VAT of 17.5%. Airfare is not included but can be arranged. Incoming flights must arrive Glasgow airport before 11 a.m. on October 17th. Return flights should be scheduled for 9 a.m. – 12 noon departures.
Price is $2,295 per person, double occupancy; single supplement is $500. Closing date for reservations is July 31, 2004. Deposit of $500.00 per person due at time of booking, and final payment due August 18. Cancellation insurance is available to protect against cancellation penalties:
- 61 days or more prior to tour date full refund less deposit
- 60-30 days prior to tour date 50% refund
- 29-15 days prior to tour date 25% refund
- less that 15 days prior no refund
Please email Judy Lowstuter at [email protected] to request more information. In the interest of comfort and authenticity, this tour is limited to 18 passengers.