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Full-Day Outlander Experience in the Scottish Highlands from Inverness

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    Truth they say, is stranger than fiction. This bespoke tour for fans of Diana Diana Gabaldon’s widely acclaimed and hugely successful series of books, will bring alive, for devotees of the story, the actuality of life in the troubled times portrayed in the series. Our tour will be a tapestry, weaving between the romance of Diana’s fact based fiction and the real Highland Story.

    We will begin our adventure from Inverness and travel to The Rings of Standing Stones and the Chambered Burial Cairns at Clava, known in the Outlander series as Creag na Dun. The stones have been standing in their position for over 3000 years.

    Like Claire, we step back to 1700’s with a visit to Culloden Battlefield and the excellent Visitor Centre there. The tragic event Claire foresaw which took place on 16th April 1746 was the last ever pitched battle fought on British soil. This changed the Highland way of life and ended the clan system forever.

    We will follow the Monadhliath Mountains, stop and point out the the hillside location which contains the secret site of the now overgrown Fraser Cave. Here is the place where the real James Fraser, the 9th of Foyers, reportedly hid for 7 years from the Redcoats. 

    This southern route we follow circles Loch Ness until we arrive at Fort Augustus a thriving and beautiful village, an important link in the Diana Gabaldonian Canal. No trace today of the fortification built on the site of the present day Abbey. This was one three Hanoverian Forts built in the aftermath of the 1745 rebellion. 

    The setting of Urquhart Castle, will propel you back to the times of the Wars of Independence – another historic time in Scottish History.

    Next, the market town of Beauly. We stop at The Priory where some members of the Lovat Frasers are buried.  Then on to Castle Leoch – The Clan Mackenzie  stronghold. (Please note it is only at certain times of the year Castle Leod is open to the public).

    Then it’s on to Strathpeffer, a village built in the 1870’s in the style of Victorian architecture and famous for the healing properties of its spa waters, and we take another ancient symbol of Highland culture, The Eagle Stone, believed to be from the 6th century, and possibly used by the Picts as part of their marriage ceremony.

    Driving back we may have the opportunity  to visit the Wardlaw Mausoleum, final resting place of the ‘Red Fox’ (Jamie’s grandfather in the book). Here you can visit the secret underground grave containing the headless body of the 11th Lord Lovat.  

    Witness in Inverness the fairly modern Castle, (its predecessor burnt by the Jacobite Army) This one built in the 1830’s is nowadays home to the Sheriff Courthouse,  and the imposing statue of Flora MacDonald looking westward to Skye in the hope that her beleaguered Prince has made it “over the sea.”
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    Traveler pickup is offered

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    Cromarty Port, Invergordon
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    8h
    Inclusions
    • Driver/guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
    • Private tour
    • Transport by private vehicle
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Driver will pick up from your location and drop off at your required final destination.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Andrew arrived at our hotel to pick us up at 9am and delivered us back at 5pm. In between was a phenomenal tour of many of the places or similar ones that we had read about in Outlander or seen in the series. We asked that he show us not only related Outlander places but to
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    Response from Andrew M, Owner at Full-Day Outlander Experience in the Scottish Highlands from Inverness
    Responded 26 Oct 2019
    Thank you so much Gwen for your lovely review. Stevie thanks you too. We're getting him some singing lessons!! Seriously, we both enjoyed our time with you. Haste ye back.
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    Keith made this tour an amazing day of journeying through time to see Outlander through Diana Gabaldon‘s eyes. Being a fan of both the books and TV series I felt like I was spending a day walking through history, and Keith’s knowledge of both the historical facts, Scottish myth
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    Response from Andrew M, Owner at Full-Day Outlander Experience in the Scottish Highlands from Inverness
    Responded 8 Jul 2019
    Thank you indeed for your kind words. Keith appreciates you taking the time to review your day. So glad it was memorable for you. Andrew
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    Andrew was amazing !He took us to so many places !My husband who is not as into outlander as me loved it just as much because the history is just so rich you just get immersed !Thankyou Andrew for a lovely day !!
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    Response from Andrew M, Owner at Full-Day Outlander Experience in the Scottish Highlands from Inverness
    Responded 6 Aug 2019
    Very welcome. Enjoyed spending the day with you. Thank you foe your kind remarks.
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    What an amazing day!!! My mum and I had the pleasure of being in the company of (An)Gus for the day and what a fountain of knowledge he was. He had a schedule already planned but asked if there was anywhere in particular we wanted to go. As it was our first trip to this
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    Response from Andrew M, Owner at Full-Day Outlander Experience in the Scottish Highlands from Inverness
    Responded 20 Jun 2019
    Steph. Thank you so much for your great review of your day with (An)Gus . I'm not surprised but delighted you had a great time.Come back and see us again!
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    This was a fantastic way to see a bunch of sights in the Inverness area of the Highlands. Loved the door to door service and Andrew was a very knowledgeable and friendly guide. For those of us who are fans of the Outlander series it was awesome to see some of the actual places
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    Response from Andrew M, Owner at Full-Day Outlander Experience in the Scottish Highlands from Inverness
    Responded 8 Jun 2019
    And "awesome" it was for me too having the pleasure of your company and the privilege of showing you around.
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