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From Edinburgh: Outlander Adventure Day Tour

1. From Edinburgh: Outlander Adventure Day Tour

After leaving Edinburgh at 9:15 AM you will travel back in time as your driver guides you over the Queensferry Crossing to Culross. This virtually-unchanged 16th-century village overlooks the sea and poses as the fictional town of Cranesmuir. You have time to visit Claire’s herb garden, explore the palace, or wander the ancient streets while you imagine what life must have been like 400 years ago. You will journey past Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument to Doune Castle*, or as it’s called in Outlander, Castle Leoch. This formidable building gives you an insight into the living conditions of a Scottish earl in the 14th century. You can also listen to an excellent audio guide about how this castle was used as a filming location for Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Your next stop is Linlithgow Palace. Here you have time to enjoy beautiful views to the Forth bridges, have a picnic by the loch, and explore the ruins of Mary Queen of Scots’ birthplace. If you’re feeling brave, you can visit the spot where that gruesome Outlander scene took place. You then travel the short distance to Blackness Castle. It’s an impressive castle that’s known as the ‘ship that never sailed’ because it resembles a giant stone boat. You have time to walk along the ramparts and explore the fictional headquarters of Jack Randall. Midhope Castle is your next highlight. Unfortunately, visitors are unable to go inside the castle, but Jamie’s lovely Lallybroch home is still an essential photo opportunity for any fan of the show. Before heading back to Edinburgh, you will have a final stop in the colorful harbor area of South Queensferry and will return to Edinburgh by approximately 5:45 PM.

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Our tour guide Robbie was very informative, he even told us about how Scotland formed geographically millions of years ago, and how that affected its climate and landscape. I was amazed to hear the highlands of Scotland formed from a piece of land once connected to North America, and that's why you can find granite rock there, while the lowlands of Scotland formed from a different geological "event" and therefore has a different landscape. You can read more about it at Wikipedia--fascinating info! Robbie played the "Outlander" main theme music on the way home and it gave me goosebumps. I told him this and he said his mother used to sing this melody to him as a lullaby when he was a child. Wish I was back in Scotland--life there is so much more tied to history than in the US, and therefore every moment there feels more significant and fulfilling. Hard to describe, but maybe some will understand my meaning.

Great day trip with Des! Had a lot of fun exploring castles where outlander scenes were filmed. We were given our own time to explore the castles and Des did a great job giving Outlander facts and also general Scottish history. Would highly recommend!

Was very disappointed that Midhope Castle could not be visited due to recordings, but our guide Al more than made up for it. A lot of time to spend per part, I would rather have seen more of the area

Willie was a great guide who shared a lot of stories, not only about outlander but also other stories about the history of scotland. He offered to help take Photos and gave us a lot of good Jokes.

Great entertaining tour with many interesting stops and enough time to explore the castles and the village. Our guide Colin was great and told great stories and entertained us very well