If you want to experience the vibrant capital of Scotland and immerse yourself in Outlander author Diana Gabaldon’s imagination, made of romantic castles and sweeping scenery that was indeed inspired by real places and heritage, this tour is exactly what you are looking for!
You will be met at the port by a Tour Skye representative who will then guide you to your transportation ready to commence your tour.
These are some of the highlights you will see:
The tour kicks off with the visit of two Outlander settings. We’ll start with Blackness Castle in a rocky promontory jutting into the Firth of Forth from its southern side. Often referred to as ‘the ship that never sailed’ due to its ship-like shape, this 15th century fortress provides the Outlander setting for the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall, as well as featuring in the heart-wrenching scene of Jamie’s incarceration.
This itinerary will then take you to Linlithgow Palace, the magnificent ruins of the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Linlithgow Palace results in a superb Renaissance residence, which entrance and corridors are used as Wentworth Prison where Jamie is imprisoned.
The City of Edinburgh
Last stop is Edinburgh, the bonnie capital of Scotland. Your driver guide will be able to give you as much information about the area of the drop off and they will also be able to assist you with recommendations of places to visit.
With a plethora of world-class visitor attractions, sightseeing in Edinburgh is pretty easy, and you can experience different centuries of history without even moving. Head to the bottom of the famous Royal Mile and you'll find the 17th century Palace of Holyroodhouse, the modern parliament building and the prehistoric extinct volcano famously known as Arthur's Seat standing proudly next to each other. On the top of the Royal Mile you can find the Castle, the world famous Scotch Whisky Experience; and along or near the Royal Mile you’ll find St Giles Cathedral, the National Museum of Scotland, John Knox House and the site of the Old tollbooth. If you wish to enter Edinburgh Castle, we advise to purchase your ticket in advance.
We will be taking a lunch break and there will always be a cafe or shops for you to buy lunch or just bring a packed lunch.
Please bring cash, as some places do not accept cards.
Guests must be able to walk approximately 1 mile over varying uneven terrain with gravel, cobblestone surfaces and wooden floors.
Guests will have to negotiate some steps. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Exterior walking portions of the listed tours will be conducted in all weather conditions (rain or shine).
Guests are advised to take the appropriate weather gear and wear comfortable walking shoes.
Transportation has been obtained for the excursion program; however, all vehicles' air-conditioning systems may not be to North American standards.
These are the ships we will be offering Shore Excursions for:
|3rd June||Royal Princess arriving at South Queensferry|
|6th June||Norwegian Jade arriving at Newhaven|
|8th June||MSC Magnifica arriving at South Queensferry, tour starts at 11am and ends at 7pm|
|15th June||Royal Princess arriving at South Queensferry|
|24th June||Zuiderdam arriving at South Queensferry|
|26th June||MSC Meraviglia arriving at South Queensferry. Tour ends at 4pm, due to ship's early departure.|
|27th June||Royal Princess arriving at South Queensferry|
|9th July||Royal Princess arriving at South Queensferry|
|13th July||Norwegian Jade arriving at Newhaven|
|17th July||Queen Elisabeth arriving at South Queensferry|
|21st July||Royal Princess arriving at South Queensferry|
|23rd July||Royal Princess arriving at South Queensferry|
|29th July||Brilliance of the Seas arriving at South Queensferry|
|2nd August||Royal Princess arriving at South Queensferry|
|3rd August||Zuiderdam arriving at Newhaven|
|7th August||Konnigsdam arriving at South Queensferry. Tour ends at 4pm, due to ship's early departure.|
|14th August||Royal Princess arriving at South Queensferry|
|26th August||Royal Princess arriving at South Queensferry|
|7th September||Royal Princess arriving at South Queensferry|
|15th September||Norwegian Jade arriving at Newhaven|
|26th September||Norwegian Jade arriving at Newhaven|
If yours ship is not in the list above contact us.
All Prices quoted in Pound Stirling (GBP): Adult £59.99
Duration: 7 hrs
Departure Time: Depending on arrival of Ship, however our staff will be on the Pier waiting for you.
Departs at 10.00* from Edinburgh Newhaven or South Queensferry Ports of Call.
Returns at 5pm* to Edinburgh Newhaven or South Queensferry Ports of Call.
Important information: Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes.
Tour inclusions: Transport in a 16 or 9 seat mini-coach, the services of an English-speaking driver guide.
Tour exclusions: Entry fees to visitor attractions, meals, tips.
Shore Excursion Terms & Conditions.
*These are approximate times depending on ship arrival and departure. Our top priority is to get all groups back to the port of departure on time. For this reason TourSkye reserves the right to make changes on the day of the tour (all guests will be notified) in the unfortunate case of: adverse weather, traffic congestion and car accidents on route, as well as any unplanned delays caused at visitor attractions, or unforeseen incidents related to passengers or staff.
The Visitor Attractions in our tour are all Historic Environment Scotland’s, the lead public body set up to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment. We advise to book your entrance tickets in advance. In Historic Environment Scotland website search for each Visitor attraction or use the links below, add the entrance tickets to your basket and then check out :)
Child aged 5–15: £3.60
Child under 5: FREE
Buy your ticket: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/blackness-castle/
Child aged 5–15: £3.60
Child under 5: FREE
Buy your ticket: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/linlithgow-palace/
Adult: £17.00 online (in situ £18.10)
Child aged 5–15: £10.20
Child under 5: FREE
Concession (60 yrs+): £13.60
Buy your ticket: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/edinburgh-castle/
Blackness Castle. VisitScotland / Kenny Lam.
View across Linlithgow Loch to the Palace and St Michael's Parish Church. VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins.
Edinburgh Castle and the Ross Fountain seen from Princes Street Gardens. VisitScotland / Kenny Lam.