Outlander Art Experience 2021

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    Wild At Art

    Our love of Scotland and passion for art and everything creative are the starting points for the Wild at Art experiences we plan for you. For years we’ve been exploring Scotland’s vibrant art, crafts and culture so we can package things we like, to bring you up close and personal with them.

    • ActivitiesArtist-led sketchbook journaling tour of Outlander locations in Scotland
    • Dates27 June – 8 July 2021
    • Locationvarious locations, with Linlithgow (by Edinburgh) and Inverness as accommodation bases

    There’s only one thing that’s better than a tour of Outlander filming locations in Scotland…our Outlander Art Experience! Join us on this 12-day Outlander-themed art and history tour of Scotland and really connect with the land where Jamie and Claire travelled through centuries and lived their love that knew no time nor borders.

    With your sketchbook journal in hand, feel the creative flow as we visit Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), Culross (Cranesmuir), the Battlefield of Culloden, Jamie’s Printshop in Edinburgh and much, much more.

    Drawing and painting facilitate contact with reality and create a strong bond with places – something that’s more difficult to experience during conventional travel. The stronger the emotion, the deeper it will be remembered in your mind. We work with watercolours, charcoal, graphite and other materials, and integrate treasures we find on our journey, such as oak leaves or feathers.

    The tour includes a printmaking workshop with Jan Baxandall at Highland Print Studio in Inverness and we’ve built in elements of creative writing which will help you turn your sketchbook into your own personal Outlander-inspired story. To enrich your creative time-travel experience further, you’ll also get the opportunity to learn about herbal remedies used by Claire and Geillis in a session with Scottish herbalist Anna Canning in Culross (Cranesmuir). A truly authentic experience from which you will leave inspired and refreshed!

    Accommodation

    We’ll have two accommodation bases for this tour:

    Linlithgow, by Edinburgh (days 1-8 & day 11) – Champany Inn

    The Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, where we also have our office base, is a beautiful historic town and the ideal base location for exploring most Outlander locations. Our accommodation Champany Inn is a small family-run hotel with an award winning restaurant.

    The elegant bedrooms at Champany are based on the French concept of a restaurant-with-rooms. Decorated in deep homely colours and hung with hunting tartan curtains they offer space to relax and unwind. Ample space, a super comfortable bed, and a large bay window overlooking the garden that offers the perfect seat for a drink to relax before dinner. The spacious bathrooms offer a large bath and separate rain shower. The cooked-to-order Scottish breakfast offers bacon smoked in the Champany smokehouse, fresh farm eggs, homemade Boerewors Lorne sausage, Brechin black pudding and plenty of toast and locally made jams and marmalades. For those looking for a lighter option cereals, Scottish yoghurts and fresh fruits should satisfy all.

    Inverness (days 9 and 10) – Glenmoriston Town House Hotel

    This wouldn’t be a real Outlander tour without spending some of our time in and near Inverness. It is here where the adventures of Claire and Jamie begin in the series. Where hearts are broken, tragedy is imminent and one of the greatest love stories unfolds. The ties between Inverness and the Outlander series are endless.

    Our accommodation in Inverness is the luxury boutique Glenmoriston Town House Hotel. Built in 1895, it was once an affluent family home on the sprawling, exclusive banks of the River Ness.

    Price & inclusions

    • Artist-guided tour of Outlander filming locations (sketchbook journaling, variety of media)
    • 11 nights in luxury accommodation(9 nights at Champany Inn in Linlithgow; 2 nights at Glenmoriston Townhouse hotel in Inverness)
    • 11 full Scottish breakfasts(different dietary requests catered for)
    • Welcome reception with Prosecco
    • Welcome three course evening meal at the Champany Inn, with coffee/tea and wine, on arrival night
    • Farewell three course evening meal at the Champany Inn, with coffee/tea and wine, on the last night(from and to Stornoway)
    • Half-day Printmaking workshop at Highland Print Studio in Inverness, including all materials
    • Herbal walk at Culross Palace Gardens followed by herbalist session, led by Scottish herbalist Anna Canning, including all materials
    • Group transport(combination of minibus transport and public transport, in line with our Responsible Travel policy)
    • Entry fees to most properties visited as part of the tour
    • Custom-made sketchbook and some art materials
    • Workshop venue hire
    • Pre-travel information pack (by email)
    • Wild at Art canvas bag for carrying art materials
    • Some surprises!!
    • A member of the Wild at Art team will accompany the group to ensure you’re well looked after

    This art holiday starts and finishes in Linlithgow (20 mins from Edinburgh Airport). If you’d like to arrive a bit earlier or stay some extra nights after the Wild at Art vacation we can assist you with finding accommodation. Our hotel Champany Inn and other local hotels are extremely busy at that time of year, so please let us know your requirements as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

    Not included: flights to and from Scotland; meals other than those listed above. Airport transfers can be arranged at an additional cost (approx. £60 return from Edinburgh Airport, contact us for quote from Glasgow). Guests are required to take out personal travel insurance. A non-refundable deposit of £500 secures your space.

    Itinerary
    *This is an outline itinerary and subject to change. This means we may add additional items nearer the time or change things round a bit. But you can be assured that the richness and value of the package will only increase and never decrease.

    Day 1Arrival in Linlithgow (by Edinburgh)

    Arrival at hotel in Linlithgow. Welcome reception, introduction to the tour, 3-course welcome dinner. Introduction to creative writing.

    Day 2West Lothian and nearby area

    Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison in Outlander and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots in real life), overlooking Linlithgow Loch.  Hopetoun House (stately home of the Duke of Sandringham (S1); backdrop for Parisian streets, the spare room in Jamie and Claire’s Paris apartment, and the Hawkins Estate (S2)). Midhope (Lallybroch). Blackness Castle (Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall).

    Day 3Edinburgh

    Jacobites Exhibition at National Museum of Scotland, Bakehouse Close (Carfax Close, home to Alexander Malcolm’s print shop). Greyfriar’s Bobby. National Portrait Gallery.

    Day 4Stirling area

    Doune Castle (Castle Leoch). Drummond Castle Gardens (ornate park and orchard of the Palace of Versailles in France). Deanston Distillery as indoor alternative (Jamie’s cousin’s wine warehouse on the docks of Le Havre). Possibly Tibbermore Church (Cranesmuir Church, hosts the scene of the infamous witch trial)

    Day 5Glasgow

    George Square (location of Frank’s spontaneous proposal to Claire). Glasgow Cathedral (L’Hopital Des Anges in Paris where Claire volunteers to work). Charles Rennie Mackintosh Centre at The Lighthouse. Willow Tea Rooms.

    Day 6Free Day

    A day to rest, relax and explore Linlithgow a bit more. Or you could hop on a train to nearby Stirling, or visit Edinburgh or Glasgow again – both have lots to see and do, and the shopping is great too.

    Day 7East Fife

    Culross (Cranesmuir where Geillis lives. The town also lends its backdrop to the Jacobite encampment and makeshift hospital scenes). Culross Palace Gardens (Claire’s herb garden at Castle Leoch).  Garden tour and herbalist workshop led by Scottish herbalist Anna Canning. She will teach us how to make infused oils, herbal balms and creams and you get to take home products created by you – and a handout with recipes for making more once you’re back home.

    Day 8 Making our way to Inverness

    Falkland (substitutes for 1940s (S1) and 1960s (S2) Inverness. Covenanter Hotel stands in for Mrs. Baird’s Guesthouse; Bruce Fountain is where the ghost of Jamie looks up at Claire’s room; Fayre Earth Gift Shop doubles as Farrell’s Hardware and Furniture Store; and Campbell’s Coffee House and Eatery is Campbell’s Coffee Shop). Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore (replicas of 18th century turf-roofed Highland crofts; scenes include when Dougal collects the rent. Visit to learn how Scottish Highlanders lived, built their homes, dressed and more). Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns near Inverness. Overnight stay in Inverness.

    Day 9 Inverness

    Drypoint printmaking workshop at Highland Print Studio with Jan Baxandall. Develop one of your sketches, or a new design, into a print using this ancient technique which would have been used in the 1700s. Free afternoon. Overnight stay in Inverness.

    Day 10 Heading back south

    Loch Ness. Fort Augustus. Glencoe. Arrive back in Linlithgow.

    Day 11Studio day in Linlithgow

    An opportunity to develop your artwork further in a studio setting. Artist Nicky Sanderson will be available for guidance and advice. Farewell dinner at the Champany Inn.

    Day 12Departure

    We say goodbye, but you’ll be taking back a precious sketchbook journal, filled with your artwork, and no doubt you’ll want to come back to Scotland soon!

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