The Outlander, Palaces & Jacobites Experience from Edinburgh

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Outlander Palaces and Jacobites Tour from Edinburgh

From $61.81

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 9 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover the palaces and castles of TV’s ‘Outlander’ series on a 9.5-hour tour from Edinburgh. Visit some of the sites that starred in the fictional Jacobite saga, including Blackness Castle, the headquarters of Jack Randall, and Hopetoun House, the Duke of Sandringham’s residence. Explore Wentworth Prison, set in Linlithglow Palace, and see Midhope Castle (Lallybroch), Mercat Cross (Cranesmuir), and more, as you hear trivia on the series and its stars. Entrance fees are excluded.
  • Delve into 'Outlander' settings Blackness Castle, Linlithgow Castle, Midhope Castle, and Callendar House
  • Explore the village of Culcross, aka Cranesmuir
  • Hear insider stories about characters and filming from your informative guide
  • Round-trip transport from Edinburgh ensures a hassle-free experience

What's Included

  • Driver/guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Food and drinks
  • Attraction Tickets
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 521-523 Lawnmarket
    521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PE, UK

Start time

08:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Depart Edinburgh by comfortable vehicle, and journey along the Firth of Forth.

Learn about Outlander, the historical time-travel TV series based on Diana Gabaldon’s stories, and hear trivia about its characters and Scotland’s history.

Stop for photos at 16th-century Midhope Castle, used as Lallybroch Castle, and visit Blackness Castle, the 15th-century fortress that doubled as Black Jack’s headquarters.

Explore the castle (own expense), seeing why it’s called 'the ship that never sailed,’ before traveling to Linlithgow. Take a stroll around this small town or visit ruined Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, and setting of Wentworth Prison, where Jamie was imprisoned.

Continue to Callendar House, enjoying about 45 minutes to explore this 14th-century mansion-turned-museum, whose kitchen served as the Duke of Sandringham's house. Then, visit the village of Culross whose medieval houses perfectly illustrate 18th-century Scotland, and see Mercat Cross, used as fictional Cranesmuir.

View the Culross Palace gardens, home of Claire’s herb garden, and after refreshments (own expense) at the Biscuit Café, take photos of the Tuileries standing stones (time-dependent).

Finally, visit 17th-century Hopetoun House, admiring its interior and grounds, which starred as the Duke of Sandringham’s residence, before finishing at the start point in Edinburgh.

Please note: Blackness Castle is closed on Fridays from October 1, 2017 through to March 31, 2018. The tour will include a photo stop at the castle during this period.

Midhope Castle

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Linlithgow Palace

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Culross War Memorial

1 hour Admission Ticket Free


1 hour Admission Ticket Free

South Queensferry

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Minimum age is 4 years old.
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or a full refund.
  • Midhope Castle is open Apr-Sept only
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark the bus.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Digital translations in English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian & Mandarin available on request.
  • Please arrive a minimum of 15 minutes before your tour's departure time.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

Some of the sites cost additional money, but you get a cost reduction for being on tour.
If you are an Outlander fan this is a must.


317 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Great time
Andrea_H, Sep 2023
Great time! Our guide Gary was so nice and had a good sense of humor. We really enjoyed the sights. There was a historical component as well as entertainment.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Hi, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. We will pass on your kind words to Gary- I'm sure he will be delighted ! We hope to welcome you back on tour one day soon! Kind regards, Sophie
Wonderful trip
Svitlana_L, Sep 2023
The trip was amazing. We spent a wonderful day with our great guide Marty. This itineraire is so interesting, especially the visit to Falkland with the gorgeous Falkland Palace and their gardens and also a beautiful square with the Bruce Fountain in the middle of town, which is important for those who admire the Outlander film.
Entertaining tour and guide
Patricia_D, Sep 2023
Marty was an excellent tour guide. Very entertaining. Favorite stops were Midhope and Falkland. Definitely would recommend.
Well done tour
Randolph_S, Sep 2023
Our guide Brian was informative and entertaining he pointed all the Outlander references and allow time for everyone to enjoy
Wonderful experience
David_B, Sep 2023
Great guide, Brian, really knows how to tell a heartfelt story! Beautiful locations rich in history!
Outlander Tour
Carol_D, Sep 2023
Loved this tour. Very relaxing. Only reason I gave a 4 was because I didn't feel that it was made clear that it cost more to get into several of our tour stops. Nominal fees, but the tour itself was not inexpensive. Maybe be clearer on that point for guests. Otherwise, Donald our guide was knowledgeable and humorous. He played music for us a few times that added to the fun. Enjoyed exploring what interested us.
Outlander fun
Melissa_J, Sep 2023
We loved the freedom of doing what we wanted in each of the stops but enjoyed the commentary we got as we drove to each location. David was amazing and very entertaining. Highly recommend the tour.
Andrew T Rocked It !!!
Peter_D, Aug 2023
Our tour guide Andrew T made the whole trip fun and immersive in Scottish history. We certainly enjoyed the “Outlander” entertainment bits but really appreciated so much of the historic and cultural insights that Andrew provided. A lot packed in but adequate time generally to appreciate each of the stops.
Great tour
Ellen_T, Aug 2023
Great tour even though not mad about Outlander great tour great guide Marty. The towns we visited were great in history
Fast paced fun for Outlander Fans
Kayla_M, Aug 2023
I was amazed that we were able to visit and see as much as we did in one day on this trip. Not only were we able to go to three Castles at specific locations but also visit two towns that were recreated to embody fictional settings (and they also had a castle/a palace to visit too). Marty was a great tour guide who helped us make the most of his experience.
A great tour!
Elise_S, Aug 2023
Our guide Badger was knowledgeable, personable, courteous and helpful. I am recovering from a knee injury and he was an arm to lean on a few times. Very enjoyable experience.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Hi there, thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed Badger's commentary and knowledge during the tour. We are glad to hear he was able to support you on tour whilst you were recovering from your knee injury. We will be sure to pass your kind feedback onto him. Best wishes, Kat
Great Tour!
Annabelle_B, Aug 2023
This experience was so much fun! Donald was our guide and he was very knowledgeable and kind. There were a few hiccups in our route out of town but all was fine and Donald was able to navigate that well. The only thing that is misleading from the description is that you do have to purchase tickets to the sights, it’s not free like it says here. It was less than £20 but that is important if you’re on a budget. Overall this was a great experience and I would do it again.
A must see
Mary_H, Aug 2023
Gary was our guide. He had exceptional knowledge of Scottish and UK history. He was friendly and a joy to interact with. If you are an outlander fan, this tour is a must.
Outlander tour
Regina_S, Jul 2023
Our guide Jim was fantastic, knowledgeable, funny and enthusiastic. We left and arrived on time ! The only change, I was not aware of the additional charge of entry for some of the sites. I may have missed it in the email.
Outlander as seen by Americans
Suzanne_B, Jul 2023
Gary was very knowledgeable! It was great seeing in person what we have watched on tv. The time given for each place was great!
Great experience
PG_C, Jun 2023
We had a wonderful time in this tour. We learned not only about the Outlander books and series, but also about Scottish history and traditions. We would definitely recommend for any Outlander fan.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you for your review! We're so glad you enjoyed the tour, as it's exactly what we aim to offer! A mix of information about the book & television series, but the actual history surrounding them as well! Warm regards, Clara
Fun tour for Outlander Fans!
Sharon_M, Jun 2023
Loved visiting the small towns included in the tour - very charming and we would not have gotten to see them otherwise. Our driver/guide was very knowledgeable and had a lovely, lilting voice!
Response from Host, Oct 2023
We're glad you enjoyed the tour! We strive to make it just as you've said, a fun tour for fans of the show! Thank you for taking the time to leave such a kind review!
Cancellation sucks
Katherine_E, Jun 2023
Cancelled the tour without notice. We were already on our way. Ridiculous and very disappointing. Ruined our plans but we made the most of it
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Hi Katherine_E, Thank you for sharing your feedback. Please accept our apologies, again, that we unfortunately had to cancel a tour last minute due to operational reasons. Naturally, we are extremely disappointed when we are forced to cancel tours, especially so last minute. It's great to hear that you were able to make the most of it and I do hope you enjoyed visiting Scotland. Best Wishes, Jodie
Great tour for Outlander fans
Ellen_C, Jun 2023
Had a wonderful experience seeing the spots Outlander was filmed. Our guide Paul B gave us the actual history of the times as well as the tie in to the Outlander story. Great tour.
A Must Do For Outlander Fans
Gail_C, May 2023
Our guide, Gary, was very knowledgeable not only about the sites but also about other historical and important places we saw or drove by. The van was very comfortable and the weather was amazing. On the way back into town he played some wonderful Scottish music classics for us as well. I would recommend this tour for both Outlander fans and those who don't know anything about Outlander.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Thank you for your amazing review. Its always lovely to hear about our drivers providing an excellent tour and giving our guests plenty of information and stories to tell back home! - it is always even better if the sun is shining. We hope to see you again! Kind regards, Ciara

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