A must for avid fans of Diana Gabaldon’s books and TV series, this Outlander-inspired tour takes you to some of the beautiful places depicted in the book, as well as some associated Fraser and Mackenzie Clan sights which we know you’ll love!
As well as being a must for Jamie & Claire fans, this tour is also a great choice for non-Outlander fans, as breathtaking scenery and fascinating history will enthral you at every turn.
Outlander private tour itinerary
The tour starts off in Inverness before heading up to Culloden Battlefield, where the last pitched battle was fought on British soil. Your guide will give you a tour of the battlefield and lead you to the Fraser Stone, which commemorates all of the Frasers who tragically fell on April 16th 1746
Clava Cairns is an exceptionally well-preserved group of prehistoric burial cairns and standing stones which were built around 4000 years ago. Best of all for Outlander fans there is a large ‘split stone’ so, if you come here on the Beltane and hear the stones begin to buzz, step back!!
Another popular location associated with Beltane is the Clootie Well, a sight of ancient Celtic pilgrimage. Be sure to bring a ‘cloot’ (rag or item of clothing) so that you can tie it to the branches of the tree, enabling you to partake in a Celtic healing ritual which still holds strong today.
Beauly Priory is a beautiful 13th Century ruin and, according to the Outlander books, it is where the Lovat Frasers are buried. There are certainly lots of Frasers buried here, although we’ll show you where the Lovat Frasers are really buried later in the tour! Afterwards we will enjoy some lunch in the historic town of Beauly, which lies in the heart of Fraser country.
Our next stop is the Wardlaw Mausoleum, the final resting place of the real life ‘Red Fox’ (Jamie Fraser’s grandfather in the books). This really is a gem of a place and we will visit the secret underground chamber that was though tocontain the 11th Lord Lovat’s headless body (it doesn’t and the mystery deepens!), following his execution at the Tower of London!
Beaufort Castle and Hidden Graveyards
Venturing further into Fraser country, we will stop at an ancient ruined church yard which boasts views from afar of Castle Beaufort, the ancestral seat of the Frasers of Lovat . We will follow the course of the River Beauly, passing through beautiful countryside, before arriving at a church that is not only home to the real life burial ground of the Lovat Frasers, but is also the final resting place of John Stuart Sobieski, reputedly a descendent of Bonnie Prince Charlie himself!
Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle should be a ‘must’ on anyone’s itinerary to the Scottish Highlands! Here you will also get fabulous views of Loch Ness and have a chance to go down to it’s banks in the hope of seeing the ‘Water horse’ which so entranced Claire Randall (or Nessie, as she’s better known around these parts!)
When you book onto a private tour with WOW Scotland you are booking the following:
An amazing WOW Scotland tour guide to entertain and look after you on your journey
5 Star VisitScotland rated tour company
Number 1 Inverness tour company, with a 5 star-rating, on TripAdvisor
A company you can trust; member of both Visit Scotland and Visit Loch Ness
Locally owned and operated
Small family run company
Sandy gave us a personal tour of a variety of small distilleries during our trip. We signed up for a Speyside Whiskey Tour but also had a few other places we were interested in that were not on the official list. Sandy took it all in stride and put together an impromptu itinerary for us that included a fantastic lunch spot and tasting experiences that would never have been possible without his expert knowledge. Highlight of our trip!
Private tours that are perfect and personal. Both our guides were very knowledgeable, very personable and great company to make our days enjoyable and tons of fun.