Ardent fans of soulmates, Jamie and Claire Fraser no longer need to suffer from the acute symptoms of “Droughtlander” until season four begins when they can journey across Scotland‘s spectacular landscapes with Trafalgar. T
ravellers can join a truly exciting journey to 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.
You can trail through the breathtaking Scottish Highlands and the picturesque village of Fife, featured in many scenes on the show. Guests will be thrilled to visit the ancestral home of Clan Fraser and explore Doune Castle, the setting for Clan Mackenzie's Castle Leoch. From the Orkney Isles and Inverness Castle to Edinburgh and Glasgow, travellers will love the literary and historical connections to their favourite series and are sure to take more Instagram worthy photos than ever before.
According to a recently published BBC article, Tourism Scotland has acknowledged a significant increase of travellers visiting their most iconic historical sites due to the incredible popularity of the series and heightened interest in ancestral tourism. This “Outlander Effect” has inspired travellers’ wanderlust to make Scotland a top 2018 bucket list destination and explore these key filming locations.
“Due to the highly successful Outlander series, we recognized that travellers and fans are drawn to these cinematic landscapes and we were inspired to create and showcase our epic Highland Trail adventure,” says Theresa Szejwallo, Managing Director for Trafalgar.
Priced from R38 110 per person sharing, the Highland Trail Inspired by Outlander starts in Edinburgh on 28 May. 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 winding 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 windswept moors, recognized as the location of the battlefield of Culloden, a catalyst that drove Claire and Jamie to part ways.
A truly eye-opening Cultural Insight takes place at the Highland Folk Museum where guests will see what life was really like for an 18th century Highlander, a lesson that guests will appreciate Claire’s devotion to Jamie by time travelling again 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. Between bites of delicious farm-to-table dishes, guests will hear unbelievable tales of Rob Roy, a Scottish outlaw who became a folk hero.
For further details visit www.trafalgar.com or contact your local travel agent.