Tours are exclusive, but some people have offered the spare seats on their tour as shown in green below. For a full list of dates see the calendar page. Any other date can still be booked exclusively or for you to offer to share with others.
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 to Clava Cairns, a contender for Craigh na Dun. See the “Split Stone”, through which Claire Randall might have tumbled, into 1743. If your visit is near May 1st (Beltane) then best not to go too close to the stone, lest you follow Claire!!
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.
As you travel across the beautiful Black Isle you will hear stories of how the Highlands fared in the aftermath of Culloden. The next call is a visit to the Clanlands Centre at Storehouse of Foulis. The exhibition here gives a good understanding of clan life in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, and includes a short but excellent film. This outlines the importance of the past; where we come from; and talks of bridges between the past and the present!
with a range of choices of delicious local produce, is booked in the Restaurant
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 permits then walk to the impressive Falls of Rogie.
No Outlander day would be complete without a visit to Lallybroch, and so 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. Note that this option is only available at certain times of year.
The last stop of the day 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.
Your guide, Hugh Allison, as well as having read the novels, 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 £30 per head extra and is for a minimum of £120 (four people).
Price: £350 for up to six/seven passengers. Admissions and food not included. NOTE THAT THIS TOUR IS USUALLY CONDUCTED BY HUGH SO YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK HUGH'S DATES ARE CLEAR BEFORE BOOKING. ALTERNATIVELY WE CAN SUPPLY ONE OF THE OTHER GUIDES.THEY HAVE ALL READ THE BOOKS, AND JOHN AND IAN BOTH WORKED AT CULLODEN WITH HUGH.