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A tour for devotees of the Diana Gabaldon novels.
Diana, was actually touring Scotland with Hugh in 2011. The image shows them during the tour. This is what she had to say:
"Doug and I had the most wonderful time touring with Hugh! Wonderful company in himself, he has a vast fund of fascinating information, and was able to show us things we would never have found by ourselves. We'd go with him again in a heartbeat!"
Begin this Classic day by travelling from Inverness to Clava Cairns, a contender for Craigh na Dun. See the “Split Stone”, through which Claire Randall might have tumbled, into 1743. May 1st (Beltane) and November 1st (Samhain) are the days when the Stones are at their most active. The former is when Claire fell through time in the book, and the latter when it happened in the show!
Next on the agenda is Culloden Battlefield. The award-winning Visitor Centre opened in 2008, providing new insights on the battle. Your guide will also conduct you on a personal tour of the field, including a stop at the Clan Fraser Stone, marking the grave of those clansmen.
Depending on time and daylight we may lunch at Culloden, or we may cross the beautiful Black Isle hearing stories of how the Highlands fared in the aftermath of Culloden. On this option, the next call is a visit to Storehouse of Foulis, a lunchstop dating from the 1740's although their cuisine is the very best of the 21st century!.
After lunch the journey continues, past Castle Leod, by Strathpeffer, (the inspiration for Castle Leoch). This castle is indeed a Mackenzie stronghold, and the home of the Earl of Cromartie, Chief of the Clan MacKenzie.
As a specially organised optional extra the Earl will take an hour and a half to welcome you and personally show you some of the Castle’s interior.
After seeing the castle you travel through the spa village of Strathpeffer to Loch Garve, immortalised in Outlander/Cross-stitch as the home of the water kelpie. Hear the legends of the Water-Horse of Loch Garve. If time and weather permit then walk to the impressive Falls of Rogie, or alternatively perhaps look in on a Mackenzie whisky distillery.
During the summer, afternoon tea will be taken in the house in the vicinity that (in your guide’s opinion) most closely resembles Diana’s own descriptions of Lallybroch in her book “The Outlandish Companion”. During this tea you will also see a demonstration of eighteenth century weaponry, (or in George's case a presentation on whisky-tasting). In winter the afternoon tea is taken in the Lovat Arms Hotel - an establishment with a number of links to Outlander.
The last stop of the day (before returning to Inverness) will be in Beauly, in Clan Fraser lands. There will be a short walk conducted by your guide, around the tranquil ruins of Beauly Priory, another site Claire found herself touched by. There is also brief free time in Beauly to take a quick look at some of the attractive shops, or even to just take a stroll.
If your guide is Hugh Allison, then as well as having read the novels, he used to manage Culloden Battlefield, and so is acquainted with Diana Gabaldon, herself.
Please Note: if the Castle Leod option is the chosen itinerary then the Earl requires reasonable notice of dates, in order to make suitable arrangements in his diary. If you choose this option do bear in mind that the guided visit of the castle is £40 per head extra but with a minimum payment of £120.
Price: £350 for guide and vehicle - check top of calendar for how many passengers each guide can carry. Admissions and food not included.
ALL OUR MAIN GUIDES HAVE READ OUTLANDER AND SEEN THE TV SERIES, AND SO CAN GUIDE THIS TOUR WELL.