The Real Outlander: In the Footsteps of the Grand Tours

Delve into the inspiration for Outlander and join us on our Real Outlander Tours; archaeology tours 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 Tours are led by Dr Michelle Gamble and Ian Hill of Heritage and Archaeological Research Practice. Our intimate tours 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. 

Depending upon the tour that you choose, accommodation will be provided in a range of historic, luxury country hotels where you can enjoy gourmet meals and exquisite grounds, or in an 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.

The Real Outlander tours are available in 3 Day, 6 Day and 8 Day options, with each tour offering limited capacity (maximum 6 participants) to ensure a bespoke, friendly atmosphere. The tours can also be booked as a group. Given their archaeological nature, the tours include 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.

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