1. United Kingdom
  2. Scotland
  3. Edinburgh
  4. St. Giles' Cathedral

Edinburgh: Outlander Walking Tour

Product ID: 66543
Bring Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books to life in 18th-century Edinburgh, where Claire and Jamie are in the midst of the Jacobite uprising. Visit their Old Town haunts, from St. Giles Cathedral to the palace and the closes that lie in between.
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Duration: 2 hours
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  • Discover the Jacobite Edinburgh of the Outlander novels with an expert guide
  • See Canongate Kirk, the Tolbooth Jail, World’s End Tavern and the 18th century taverns still open today
  • Hear stories of witchcraft, the Jacobites, Royal Stuarts, curses, clans and more
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The year is 1745 and the Jacobite rising has reached the city gates of Edinburgh. Bonnie Prince Charlie is met by a cheering crowd of 20,000 strong. Amid the chaos of rebellion are Claire and Jamie, the Outlander characters entwined in a story that spans centuries.

On this 2-hour walking tour your guide will trace the real events that inspired Diana Gabaldon’s acclaimed novels. The story captures the spirit of the Jacobite rebellion in Edinburgh: The Redcoats, the Highlanders and the smell of gunpowder in the air.

Your expert guide will take you deep into the Old Town, to the places where history was made: Tolbooth Jail, Canongate Kirkyard and the World’s End Tavern. If Edinburgh is the setting for the second Outlander novel, you’ll be going behind the scenes!
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Meeting point

The Mercat Cross, High Street, by St. Giles High Kirk, opposite the City Chambers

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 22 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.8 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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Our guide was very history knowledgeable about the area as well as the Outlander series. The tour did not end at the same place the tour started so we had scheduled another tour close to the beginning start place and did not have enough time to eat lunch between the two walking tours as we had to book it to the starting point of the second tour. A mile all uphill with an 88 year old. It was a bit challenging. If this had been known when we booked the tour, we could have adjusted the timing of one of the tours to give us more time.

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September 29, 2019

Did the Outlander Walking Tour with Fred and she was just wonderful. Even for non-Outlander fans, the tour was very informative, as Fred had many historical background information. Of course, the filming locations were not too short. We saw everything we wanted. Even the occasional rain could not take the fun. Would definitely make this tour again and also recommend it to friends. Thanks to Fred for this great morning.

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July 28, 2019

Good job combing real history with the books and the series.

July 21, 2019

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Mercat Tours

Product ID: 66543