Blood of My Blood Outlander Tour – 1 Day

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Mary's Meanders

For the past 7 years Emma & Anne, and the growing team at Mary’s Meanders, have been welcoming visitors from all over the World to share in our enthusiasm for our local area and enjoy tales of history and local traditions. We particularly love chatting about our specialist subjects Outlander, Mary, Queen of Scots, filming and Ancestry Tours.

  • 8 Hours
  • Max 14 guests per tour
  • Scotland

This is a tour based on, and immersed, in the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon. Although the books are set in the Highlands, the filming of the Starz TV series took place in Central Scotland, with a number of the filming sites on the doorstep of our base in Linlithgow.

We will start our journey in the Royal and Ancient Burgh of Linlithgow where your guide will collect you from Linlithgow train station.

Our first stop of the day is to Craigmillar Castle, built in the 15th century and is one of our favourite castles to explore due to all its nooks and crannies! It is said many times but if the castle walls could talk Craigmillar certainly would have its share of stories. Mary Queen of Scots stayed here after the birth of her son and it is here that nobles (and Mary herself?) hatched the plot to kill Lord Darnley.

Craigmillar though is known to Outlander fans as the location for Ardsmuir Prison. We see where Jamie and his men were brought after Culloden, where we meet Lord John Grey again and of course that surprise character appears!

Then it is on to the most romantic spot on our Outlander Tours, Glencorse Kirk.  You can’t help but feel romance in the air at this beautiful church which is now used for many an Outlander themed wedding. We spend about an hour here, listening to stories about the filming process and seeing some special photographs of the big day!

Next stop is lunch in the peaceful village of Roslin before we visit Rosslyn Chapel. While Rosslyn Chapel is not an Outlander location, the chapel was at the forefront of what is known as “set-jetting”. This stunning 15th century chapel played a big role in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code book and subsequent movie. This gothic-styled church is full of stunning stonemasonry with an abundance of historic tales. It is a real delight to visit.Then our final stop is Hopetoun House, a stately home on the outskirts of West Lothian. Revel in the grandeur of this stunning house which has been home to the Hope family for over 300 years. You will know it as the Duke of Sandringham’s residence in Season 1. It also provided the backdrop for Parisian streets, the spare room in Jamie and Claire’s Paris apartment, and the Hawkins Estate in Season 2 and Ellesmere and the stables at Helwater during Season 3.

The day ends in Linlithgow, where you can choose to either get the train straight away or perhaps enjoy a drink or meal in the Royal Burgh first. 

Tour Details

  • Duration8 hours
  • Meeting PointLinlithgow Train Station, Station Road, Linlithgow
  • Tour DepartsApr – Sept 9.00am, Oct – Mar by request as a Private tour
  • Tour ReturnsBy 17:00 hours Linlithgow Train Station, Station Road, Linlithgow

Visiting

  • Craigmillar Castle (Ardsmuir prison)
  • Glencorse Kirk (Jamie and Claire’s wedding chapel)
  • Rosslyn Village
  • Rosslyn Chapel

Please Note

  • Tours run with a summer (Mar – Sep) and winter (Oct – Feb) itineraryEmail us directly to book in winter
  • The entrance fees listed are for guidance only and can change at any time
  • Itineraries may also change at short notice due to local events
  • Many of the locations on this tour have uneven terrain or cobblestones and are not suitable for those with mobility restrictions

What to Bring

  • Your tour confirmation email
  • Comfortable footwear, such as walking boots, trainers and sneakers
  • Cash, credit card, or Historic Scotland Explorer Pass for entrance fees

Extras

The prices listed here are for guidance only and can change at any time.
  • Entry to Craigmillar Castle £6 (£4.80 conc/senior)
  • Glencorse Kirk £9

* An Historic Scotland Explorer Pass is great value if you are planning to travel in Scotland after your tour. As well as giving you access to these properties, you can also visit any of their 70 properties, including Edinburgh and Stirling Castles, for no additional cost. 

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