Look, there are many tour companies that take you to the Highlands. It's easy to say, "Oh yes, we
give an Outlander tour." But just going to the Highlands and going to some of the major sites
like Culloden, doesn't make it an 'Outlander' Tour. You'll want to look to see whether a generic Highlands
tour has been rebranded an 'Outlander' tour to capitalise on recent increase in interest. You'll want
to find out how long a company has run an actual Outlander tour and whether they go to other non-Outlander
related places as filler. When the Starz Outlander series went live, the number of tour companies
went up (hint, hint). If this is the only trip you'll make to Scotland for a while, go with a company
and guides who are experienced enthusiasts who are particular about the experience that we want you
On the Jamie & Claire Tour you get:
Experience ~ You get a tour that was created over a decade ago by Outlander
enthusiasts as well as a real Highlander who "knows the land".
Real Guiding ~ You get professional guides 'guiding you' in each place, (with
the exception of a couple of self guiding / free to roam places) not just
transporting you from one stop to another and waiting for you at the vehicle.
We take you on hikes, show you hidden places, link the book to actual Highland locations
and history. We're not simply drivers!
Thoughtful Planning ~ You get a well planned, thought out itinerary according
to the book and relevant locations. We don't take you 'off book' to another part of the country
or unrelated castles, etc., then call it an "Outlander Tour". We link our experiences to Jamie
Real Highland Hospitality ~ You get lovely, homey places to stay with fabulous
breakfasts and Highland hospitality through your accommodation hosts. Each place is hand picked.
We don't block book impersonal hotels.
Great Activities ~ You get special activities from boat trips, a Wilderness Skills
event, Highland Storytelling evenings and ale tasting to optional activities and events like
Pony Trekking, (all when available - and they usually are).
The Wow Factor ~ You get a week of "WOW!", at least according to our
Are site entrances included in the cost?
We include all public access castles and boat trips (if scheduled)
in our week long package.
- Q: Have you been running your Outlander tours long?
A: These tours were created over a decade ago, from 2 very enthusiastic
Outlander readers who had already followed the books almost since the first printing.
- Q: How many guests are on the tour?
A: All our pre-scheduled tours are small and have up to 14 guests max.
The transport is not a 'touristy' looking coach but 9 seater vans. We also
have requests for private tours and can cater for larger or smaller groups.
- Q: Does your tour schedule have big gaps where there is no guiding in
the beginning, middle or end?
A: No! If we say we're giving you a tour, we don't leave you waiting
for a day or two before the actual guiding has begun. We start the tour
and guiding from the first day and continue to the last, from morning to late afternoon.
The only exception is when there may be an afternoon of free time about
mid-tour to take care of personal things or explore as you please.
- Q: Do you guide on the last day of the tour or drop us off in the
morning and bid us farewell?
A: If we say it's a 7 day tour, then we don't drop you at the airport
or final destination that morning; we have a full day out and return usually
between 4 & 5 pm on the final day. A 7 day tour IS 7 days!
- Q: What is the quality of the guiding? Does your guide accompany us
around the sites or only wait by the vehicle until we return?
A: We are fans and repeated readers of the books. We guide around most
sites with you except on occasion when there is a site interpreter or that solo
exploration is better.
- Q: How much time is spent in a vehicle per day vs how much at the sites
A: We drive about 90 minutes a day on a majority of days, and just over 3 hours to get to
the Highlands on the first day and just over 2 hours to head south to the more
southerly Highlands on the return. The longer drives are interspersed with
activities including site visits, hiking and exploring time away from the vehicle.
We want you to see Scotland with your feet firmly on terra firma and not
just whipping by you through a vehicle window. The average speed on Scottish roads is about
40mph, so bear that in mind when looking at distances per day.
If another company takes you 'all over the country' and 'covers a lot of ground', then you
have to question how many days are going to be 4 to 6 hours in the vehicle. That's half to
three quarters of your day gone!
- Q: Is the J&C tour based on Outlander or is it a general tour of
A: The tour was created over a decade ago after careful surveying of other
Outlander fans. It follows the first three books. We don't venture off to see
unrelated castles and islands etc., that either did not exist in the time period or
were not depicted in Claire and Jamie's travels. There is more than plenty to see
just sticking to the places depicted in Outlander the books! These are places that
readers and non-readers will enjoy as the history and beauty comes through for everyone.
We have been going to locations all these years that Starz has now filmed at.
We also visit places that are less accessible to most tourists. This is to
help you experience not only the world of Jamie and Claire but of the Scotland
so few get to see.
(Private tours give you the choice to go off-book if you have other places
you wish to include).
- Q: Are your guides Gabaldon readers?
A: Absolutely (one of them from 1997!). J&C Tour is run by fans for fans
of Outlander. We are long time Diana Gabaldon fans (Scot & Sam) 14 & 20 years
respectively who have read the series a few times... do I detect an understatement here?
- Q: What is the age range of the tour guests?
Our travellers have been from age 23 years to 85 years so far on
the scheduled tours. Yes, we've had some pretty robust seniors that have put the rest of us
to shame! We've had families with young children on the private tours.
- Q: Does your guide speak Gàidhlig and give you lessons along the
A: You'll get lessons from Scot as we drive along.
- Q: Is the tour based on the Outlander books or is it based on Starz
A: The Jamie and Claire Tour is primarily based on the books as we bring you
to the places of reality, like Culloden and to the most authentically represented
places like our own Lallybroch as it's described in the book and represents the
home architecture of that era. Again, we've been visiting Outlander book locations that
we found and were the only ones visiting them, that Starz has only just discovered and
used for the filming. We offer a Starz one day extension specifically for the other TV
Outlander locations that are not within easy reach or timing of the book based tour.