The Real Outlander: In the Footsteps of the Grand Tours

28th May to 4th June 2017


17th to 24th September 2017

Delve into the inspiration for Outlander and join us on our Real Outlander Tour, an archaeology tour of Scotland to retrace the steps of the first intrepid tourists and discover the incredibly rich archaeological and historical landscapes of Scotland’s tumultuous past. The 18th Century was one of the most pivotal in the history of Scotland, with the dramatic twists and turns of the Jacobite Uprisings resulting in irrevocable social and cultural change, and  the opening up of the Highlands to the first waves of Scottish tourism.

Our Real Outlander Tour is led by Dr Michelle Gamble and Ian Hill of Heritage and Archaeological Research Practice, our intimate tour will take you beyond Outlander, through the Jacobite Uprisings and their inevitable consequences, culminating in the beginning of the Highland Clearances. You will take in the sites of strategically important castles and military posts as well as simple homesteads and farmhouses, all in the beautiful backdrop of the Scottish Highlands. As part of the tour you will visit a landscape inhabited from prehistory right through to the  Clearances, and currently the  focus of an ongoing archaeological project. Our expert guides will not only take you through the history of the region, they will help you to understand how to read and interpret the landscape, and identify the more subtle elements of change in the archaeological remains. 

Accommodation will be provided in a range of historic, luxury country hotels where you can enjoy gourmet meals and exquisite grounds, as well as a historic lodge on one of the oldest estates in Scotland where you can relax by the fire and immerse yourself in the history and culture with our expert guides and a local dram. Double, twin or single rooms are all available, with all meals are provided, and the opportunity to sample traditional Scottish culinary delights, as well as more modern takes on Scottish fare.

This tour has limited capacity (maximum 6 participants) to ensure a bespoke, friendly atmosphere but can also be booked as a group. Given its archaeological nature, it includes several walks in uneven and moderately difficult terrain which may not be suitable for everyone, for more details on the types of terrain and walks we will undertake please contact us.

                              Dramatic Scenes in Glen Tilt

Starting and finishing in Edinburgh, the ‘Athens of the North’, this eight day all inclusive* tour costs £2,125 GBP per person (£395 sgl supp) based on two people sharing. Payments can be made via PayPal or bank transfer and full details will be provided on acceptance of your booking. A 25% deposit (non-refundable) is required to secure your booking within two weeks of acceptance (full terms and conditions are available here). To book your place click here or contact us!

*prices do not include flights or alcohol

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Outline Itinerary

Outline Itinerary:

Day 1 – Pick up in Edinburgh before visiting the Jacobites exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland. After lunch, a trip to Bonnie Prince Charlie’s encampment leading into a walking tour of the Battle for Prestonpans.

Day 2 – Understanding the religious backdrop of the Uprisings is essential and precedes a visit to St Andrews Cathedral, the home of the Medieval Scottish Church until the Reformation. After lunch, we continue on to the ancestral crowning place for the King of Scots with a visit to Scone Palace. 

Day 3 – A visit to the Battle of Killiekrankie, site of the first Uprising, before visiting the pivotal Blair Castle. After lunch our expert guides lead you through the archaeological landscape of prehistoric origins, military roads and cleared settlements in Glen Garry.

Day 4 – We head north to Ruthven Barracks, a strategic stronghold - crucial to controlling the Highlands, before a visit to the Highland Folk Museum, where you will experience first hand what it was like to live in the 1700’s. We end the day with a wee dram at the Dalwhinnie Distillery.

Day 5 – Some retail therapy at the House of Bruar, specialising in Scottish produce and products is followed by  a walk over the Drumochter Pass and visit to one of Scotland’s earliest, post-rebellion, planned towns, Grantown-on-Spey. The day will wind down with a visit to one of Scotland’s most evocative prehistoric sites at Clava Cairns.

Day 6 – The day begins at the end of it all - Culloden, with a trip to the battlefield and visitor centre, before heading to Urquhart Castle and a scenic trip on Loch Ness.

Day 7 – A trip to Fort William followed by a walk through the breathtaking Glencoe, site of one of the greatest betrayals in Scottish history.

Day 8 – On our return to Edinburgh we will visit Edinburgh Castle followed by the choice of: a tour of the historic Old Town, or sampling the shops of the Royal Mile.

                                                                                   Abandoned Settlement of Clunes, Perthshire

Harp Archaeology,
Sep 28, 2016, 4:09 PM