Discover the real history behind the popular TV show, 'Outlander', in this virtual tour that explores Scotland in the 18th Century. Learn who the Jacobites were, what they were fighting for and why Scotland was so full of discontent. Walk the streets of Edinburgh's Old Town, where our local guide will let you follow in the footsteps of the Jacobite soldiers, before you visit some of the locations where the TV show was filmed.
This is a private live virtual tour. Our professional, local guide will be showing you Edinburgh’s most fascinating sights in real time, directly from the streets of Edinburgh. You will be connected via video call and you can then explore the city together. With your experienced guide you will see more than just the Edinburgh of today, you’ll also get a glimpse back in time because each tour is complemented with an excellent selection of multimedia. You will be shown historic photographs and videos to help with explanations, stories and the historical context of Edinburgh's incredible and turbulent past. You can’t get any closer to history without a time machine!
The entire tour is designed to be as interactive as you desire. You can ask questions, you can request to go back and look at something again, you have all the freedom and participation of a private walking tour, all from the comfort of your own home.
The video calling software used for the tour is called Zoom. You will need to have it downloaded on your laptop, tablet or cellphone – with a connection to speakers or headphones – in order to participate in the tour. Also, remember to keep an eye on the time difference when choosing a time for your private virtual experience, as all times stated are in Edinburgh time!
We begin the tour on the famous, Royal Mile, where your local guide will give you an introduction, explaining who the Jacobites were.
Now, the official residence of the Queen in Scotland, during the Jacobite Rebellion, after the Jacobites took Edinburgh, it was here that Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed. In Outlander, Jamie and Claire live in this beautiful palace for five weeks as guests of the Prince.
Whilst admiring the Church, built in 1688, in the Dutch style that was popular at the time, your guide will walk you through the history of the Glorious Revolution.
In season three of Outlander, Claire moves back in time again and is transported to Edinburgh, where after twenty years apart she is finally reunited with Jamie. It is through Bakehouse close (called Carfax close in the program) that she walks, and you can even see the steps here that lead to the Print Shop, where inside, she finally finds Jamie.
After learning all about the Jacobite cause, you will arrive at Tweeddale Court. In season three this is used as the 18th Century marketplace, and it is where Claire is reunited with Fergus.
We continue our exploration of Scotland's Jacobite history, arriving at the beautiful St. Giles Cathedral. Built during the 14th Century, the Church is closely associated with many events and figures in Scottish history, including John Knox. See the Old Toolbooth Prison, which is referenced throughout the Outlander series.
See the Scott Monument, the world's largest monument dedicated to an author. Sir Walter Scott, is one of the most important figures for modern day Scotland, portraying the Jacobites as heroes, and changing the way people viewed the highlanders.
- For groups of 1-6 people: free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance.
- For groups of 7+ people: free cancellation up to up to 7 days ahead. From 6 days in advance to 48 hours in advance, a 50% fee will apply.
- Cancellations less than 48 hours ahead or no-shows result in no refund.
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