Travellers can now follow the footsteps of the immensely popular television series Outlander (adapted from the award-winning book series by best-selling author Diana Gabaldon) without having to touch the mysterious standing stones of Craigh na Dun.
According to a recently published BBC article, TourismScotland has acknowledged a significant increase of travellers visiting their most iconic historical sites due to the incredible popularity of the series. This Outlander Effect has inspired travellers’ wanderlust to make Scotland a top 2018 bucket list destination.
“Due to the Outlander series, we recognized that travellers are drawn to these cinematic landscapes and we were inspired to showcase our epic Highland Trail adventure,” says Theresa Szejwallo, Managing Director for Trafalgar.
The Highland Trail Inspired by Outlander starts in Edinburgh on May 28. This 13-day immersive journey begins with a Local Specialist leading guests through the city to Edinburgh Castle perched atop Castle Rock before embarking on an Outlander-specific guided walk through Old Town’s cobblestone streets. From there guests will venture on to the 15th century Blackness Castle – also known as the infamous Fort William prison from season one.
Once in the village of Culross (the fictional site of Cranesmuir), travellers will see Claire’s garden and Geillis Duncan’s home in the 16th-century town centre. Onwards to Falkland, the Outlander location for 1940s Inverness before Claire time travelled back two hundred years. Diehard romantics will revel in an excursion to the moors, recognized as the location of the battlefield of Culloden, a catalyst that drove Claire and Jamie to part ways.
An eye-opening cultural Insight takes place at the Highland Folk Museum where guests will see what life was like for an 18th century Highlander. Guests will appreciate Claire’s devotion to Jamie by time travelling to reunite with him twenty years later.
Before the end of the journey, guests will join the Wood family for a home-cooked Be My Guest farewell lunch at their 15th century historical farm on the shores of Loch Ard.