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Blackness Castle Tours

Blackness Castle
Often referred to as the “ship that never sailed,” Blackness Castle is a 15th century fortress sitting on the south shore of the Firth of Forth, not far from Edinburgh. With a long, narrow shape resembling a ship, the castle has been used as a residence, prison, artillery fortification and fortress over the centuries. Technological innovations were made in the 16th century and a cast iron pier with a gate and drawbridge was added in 1868. When the castle was restored between 1926 and 1935, most of the 19th century additions were removed and the medieval era features of the castle were restored.

Though most of the buildings are empty today, the castle is open to the public as a historic monument. An exhibition provides insight into the history of the castle, including information about the powerful Crichton family, for whom it was built. Visitors can also climb the towers or the curtain wall of the castle for sweeping views of the Firth of Forth; the best views are from the central tower. The castle has also been featured in the “Outlander” television series and is a stop on many “Outlander” themed tours.

Practical Info

To visit Blackness Castle, take a train or bus from Edinburgh to Linlithgow and from there, catch bus 49 to Blackness. The journey should take between an hour and a half to two hours. A narrow road leads from the village of Blackness to the car park just south of the castle. The more adventurous might instead opt to hike from Falkirk, starting at the Carriden Parish Church and following the edge of the River Forth for about two hours.
Address: Blackness, West Lothian EH49 7NH, Scotland
Hours: April 1 to September 20, daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; October 1 to March 31, Sunday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: 5.50 pounds
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The Outlander, Palaces & Jacobites Experience from Edinburgh

The Outlander, Palaces & Jacobites Experience from Edinburgh

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Discover the palaces and castles of TV’s ‘Outlander’ series on a 9.5-hour tour from Edinburgh. Visit some of the sites that starred in the fictional Jacobite saga, including Blackness Castle, the headquarters of Jack Randall, and Hopetoun House, the Duke of Sandringham’s residence. Explore Wentworth Prison, set in Linlithglow Palace, and see Midhope Castle (Lallybroch), Mercat Cross (Cranesmuir), and more, as you hear trivia on the series and its stars. Entrance fees are excluded.
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  • 9 hours
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$56.06
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Outlander Adventure Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Outlander Adventure Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Attention “Outlander” fans: this tour was created just for you. Leave Edinburgh behind as you embark on an epic adventure to several sites from the popular television show. Visit Culross Palace (the fictional Cranesmuir), Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), Blackness Castle (Fort William), Midhope Castle (Jamie’s home), and Linlithgow Palace, the site of one of the series’ most intense scenes.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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$62.73
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Outlander Day Tour from Glasgow or Edinburgh

Outlander Day Tour from Glasgow or Edinburgh

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See the Scotland of the hit television series 'Outlander' on this full-day tour through the countryside. With a driver-guide, you'll visit sites used for Lallybroch (Midhope Castle), Fort William (Blackness Castle), Crainsmuir (Culross), and Castle Leoch (Doune Castle). When booking, select pickup from Glasgow or just outside Edinburgh.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.76
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Five Scottish Castles Private Tour from Edinburgh

Five Scottish Castles Private Tour from Edinburgh

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Immerse yourself in the Medieval landscape as you embark on a private day tour of five historic Scottish castles. Maximize your time, and leave the crowded tour busses behind, as you venture to Midhope, Doune, Linlithgow, Aberdour, and Blackness Castles. Learn about the fascinating history behind each castle, and get the best viewpoints for taking photos. Your guide provides round trip transportation from Edinburgh for a seamless experience.
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  • 7 hours
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$434.54
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Outlander Tour

Outlander Tour

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Step back in time and enjoy an adventure around some of the spectacular filming locations featured in the hit TV show, set during the 18th Century Jacobite Risings. Knowledgable driver guide. Appropriate music played between attractions. Historical interludes on Jacobites and Scotland.
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  • 10 hours
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$569.44
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4-Day Outlander Trail Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

4-Day Outlander Trail Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Fans of the TV series “Outlander” will be well-catered for during this multi-day specialized tour from Edinburgh, though even non-fans can also appreciate the chance to explore tiny towns, ancient battlefields, and hidden castles. Travel in a small-group for an intimate experience and don’t worry about the logistics: everything is arranged for you, including three nights of accommodation, transportation, and breakfast.
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  • 4 days
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1 day Outlander tour

1 day Outlander tour

I've been in every season of the show, a Jacobite at Prestonpans, a Redcoat at Ardsmuir prison, a clan chief in 1970's North Caroline and much more! Come and explore the filming locations with me and find out how cold it was on set and what fun we had. I promise you it won't be dull. This is a private tour so locations can be discussed and changed in advance if you've already been to some or want somewhere in particular ie The Stones!
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Sightseeing Cruise Blackness Castle, Three Bridges Cruise with Cream Tea

Sightseeing Cruise Blackness Castle, Three Bridges Cruise with Cream Tea

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Blackness Castle, Three Bridges and Cream Tea Cruise - take in views of Blackness Castle, the ship that never sails and featured in Outlander. There are also views of Limekilns village, mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped. It was from Limekilns that David Balfour and Alan Breck were carried across the Forth in a rowing boat. You will also see the Three Bridges as you have never seen them before. For your comfort relax onboard in the observation lounge or on the outside decks and listen to the guided commentary while you enjoy a drink from the bar. The Marine Wildlife, during your tour, you will find plenty of opportunities to see a wide variety of marine wildlife including seabirds, porpoises and seals.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Outlander film locations tour - Blackness, Linlithgow and Culross

Outlander film locations tour - Blackness, Linlithgow and Culross

Get a fascinating glimpse into the world of Outlander with our half day film location tour featuring a visit to Fort William and Wentworth prison in Outlander. Our private group tours take up to four people to three Outlander filming locations in four hours . On this tour we visit various locations used for filming the hit series Outlander , based on the best selling novels by Diana Gabaldon. The first location on this Outlander tour is Linlithgow Palace,  the setting for Wentworth Prison in Outlander. Blackness Castle goes back to 1440 . The castle provides the setting for Fort William, as the original fort no longer exists. Culross in Fife is a historic village used as Cranesmuir in Outlander .  The area around the Mercat cross is the most recognisable. The distinctive yellow Culross Palace is an interesting place to visit . Souvenir photos, t-shirts , phone cases and gifts can be bought
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Linlithgow palace, Blackness&Stirling Castle Private Day Tour from Edinburgh

Linlithgow palace, Blackness&Stirling Castle Private Day Tour from Edinburgh

Blackness castle, Stirling castle, and Linlithgow Palace all played an important role in Scottish history and on this tour you will learn why that is so. Not only are they important historical castles but their architecture is just as fascinating. Join this tour and get lost in the rich history of these castles and learn more about the evolution of their architecture. • Full-day small group tour from Edinburgh • Mercedes V Class • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour (no one apart from you and your family members, friends will attend this tour) • Kids friendly (0+ age) • You have more free time for sightseeing compared to similar bus tours • Small group tour with a maximum of 4 passengers • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour • Tour can be customised • Please note that tours stops and timings are flexible and for reference purposes only
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$427.08
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Blackness & Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument Private Day Tour from Edinburgh

Blackness & Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument Private Day Tour from Edinburgh

- In one day you will visit four most popular historic sites in Scotland - Stop for photos at the Forth Bridge (Queensferry) - Enjoy free time at all 4 locations - See sights such as Blackness Castle, Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument, Linlithgow Palace • Full-day small group tour from Edinburgh • Mercedes V Class • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour (no one apart from you and your family members, friends will attend this tour) • Kids friendly (0+ age) • You have more free time for sightseeing compared to similar bus tours • Small group tour with a maximum of 6 passengers • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour • Tour can be customised • Please note that tours stops and timings are flexible and for reference purposes only
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$640.61
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Blackness & Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument Private Day Tour from Edinburgh

Blackness & Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument Private Day Tour from Edinburgh

- In one day you will visit four most popular historic sites in Scotland - Stop for photos at the Forth Bridge (Queensferry) - Enjoy free time at all 4 locations - See sights such as Blackness Castle, Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument, Linlithgow Palace • Full-day small group tour from Edinburgh • Mercedes V Class • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour (no one apart from you and your family members, friends will attend this tour) • Kids friendly (0+ age) • You have more free time for sightseeing compared to similar bus tours • Small group tour with a maximum of 4 passengers • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour • Tour can be customised • Please note that tours stops and timings are flexible and for reference purposes only
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$427.08
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$427.08
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Linlithgow palace, Blackness&Stirling Castle Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Linlithgow palace, Blackness&Stirling Castle Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Blackness castle, Stirling castle, and Linlithgow Palace all played an important role in Scottish history and on this tour you will learn why that is so. Not only are they important historical castles but their architecture is just as fascinating. Join this tour and get lost in the rich history of these castles and learn more about the evolution of their architecture. • Full-day small group tour from Edinburgh • Mercedes V Class • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour (no one apart from you and your family members, friends will attend this tour) • Kids friendly (0+ age) • You have more free time for sightseeing compared to similar bus tours • Small group tour with a maximum of 6 passengers • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour • Tour can be customised • Please note that tours stops and timings are flexible and for reference purposes only
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$597.91
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Outlander Film Locations tour of Castle Leoch, Fort William and Inverness

Outlander Film Locations tour of Castle Leoch, Fort William and Inverness

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Get a first-hand peek at key settings from the hit TV series Outlander on this specialty-themed private sightseeing tour. Visit three scenic filming locations in central Scotland, including Doune and Blackness castles—two of Scotland’s best-preserved medieval sites—and building exteriors in Falkland. Small-group tours include comfortable transfers in a luxury vehicle plus door-to-door pickup in Edinburgh or Glasgow.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$355.54
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Lallybroch Outlander tour - three castles tour from Private Tours Edinburgh

Lallybroch Outlander tour - three castles tour from Private Tours Edinburgh

Discover the real-life landmarks and fictional locations from Scotland’s hit TV show Outlander. Travel in the comfort of a private vehicle and enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you visit three memorable filming locations. Explore the real-life Lallybroch estate—Midhope Castle—the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser; see Linlithgow Palace, which doubles up as Wentworth Prison on screen; and visit the 15th-century Blackness Castle, where scenes at Fort William were shot.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$289.70
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$289.70
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The Outlaw King tour - full day private tour

The Outlaw King tour - full day private tour

Take a tour of The Outlaw King film locations in Scotland , featuring Blackness Castle and Linlithgow Palace . Phone 07305-294773 for more details. Starring Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce the lavish Netflix production was filmed at 45 different locations across Scotland . • Blackness Castle • Linlithgow Palace • Bannockburn • Dunfermline Abbey • Doune Castle Robert the Bruce was born on the 11th of July 1274 in Turnberry Castle and died in 1329 in Cardross.  The Outlaw King Robert the Bruce was crowned King of Scotland at Scone Palace on the Stone of Destiny.Robert was King of Scotland from 1306 until his death in 1329. Blackness Castle plays a major role in the 120 million dollar movie blockbuster The Outlaw King,
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$395.04
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$395.04
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The Outlaw King tour - half day tour

The Outlaw King tour - half day tour

Take a tour of The Outlaw King film locations in Scotland , featuring Blackness Castle and Linlithgow Palace . Phone 07305-294773 for more details. Starring Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce the lavish Netflix production was filmed at 45 different locations across Scotland . • Blackness Castle • Linlithgow Palace • Bannockburn Robert the Bruce was born on the 11th of July 1274 in Turnberry Castle and died in 1329 in Cardross.  The Outlaw King Robert the Bruce was crowned King of Scotland at Scone Palace on the Stone of Destiny.Robert was King of Scotland from 1306 until his death in 1329. Blackness Castle plays a major role in the 120 million dollar movie blockbuster The Outlaw King,
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$266.93
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$266.93
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Outlander Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

Outlander Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

See the sights that inspired the story of 'Outlander' and tour the places where the series was filmed. This private tour caters to you, keeping your comfort in mind at all times as you are chauffeured from your hotel or the cruise ship port in a Mercedes van. Visit the sets that stood in for Mrs. Baird’s B and B, Castle Leoch, the village of Cransemuir, Wentworth Prison and Fort William. Your guide will share stories of Scotland as you travel.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$803.25
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$803.25
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Game of Thrones and Outlander tours from Private Tours Edinburgh

Game of Thrones and Outlander tours from Private Tours Edinburgh

Our new Outlander and Game of Thrones tour is perfect for fans of the two most popular TV shows on screen this year . See Jamie Fraser's ancestral home Lallybroch. Hear Jamie as he guides you around Castle Leoch ( Doune Castle ). On our unique tour we visit three key locations in the life of Outlander’s Jamie Fraser – Lallybroch ( Midhope Castle ) , Jamie’s ancestral home , Linlithgow Palace ( Wentworth Prison ) and Blackness Castle ( Fort William ) . Then we visit Doune Castle , heavily featured in Game of Thrones , and also Castle Leoch In Outlander .
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$440.42
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Private Day Trip Outlander Filming Locations from Edinburgh

Private Day Trip Outlander Filming Locations from Edinburgh

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Travel from Edinburgh with your private group of up to seven travelers to visit many of the locations used filming the Outlander series. See the spots that will already feel familiar: Castle Leoch, Lallybroch, Wentworth Prison, even Fort William. See too the Scottish stand-ins for the Duke of Sandringham’s French home, the Palace of Versailles, and the Le Havre Wine Warehouse.  Sassenach and Highlander alike will enjoy the tour.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$660.62
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$660.62
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2-Day Outlander Filming Locations from Edinburgh

2-Day Outlander Filming Locations from Edinburgh

Calling all fans of the British-American sci-fi drama, Outlander, this 2-day tour from Edinburgh takes you to the series’ most significant Scottish filming locations. In a small group limited to four people, you’ll visit on-screen locales such as Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), Fort William, and the buildings that serve as Wentworth Prison and Mrs Baird’s Guesthouse. At the end of each day, you’ll be returned to your Edinburgh accommodation, not included in the tour price.
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  • 2 days
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$1,606.49
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$1,606.49
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Mary Queen of Scots and the Royal Family in Scotland

Mary Queen of Scots and the Royal Family in Scotland

Begin your tour with a visit to Mary's birthplace, Linlithgow Palace. Head to Holyrood Palace to see where Mary lived and used to hunt and ride in the adjacent park. See the extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat, and enjoy some of the most breathtaking views the city has to offer. Afterwards, head to John Knox's House where John Knox planned and schemed to overthrow the queen. Notice that just underneath the house was where Mary’s favourite jeweller lived. Visit another location of tumultuous history where the queen's husband, Lord Darnley was murdered, now the New College if Edinburgh. Depending on the time of year, visit Falkland Palace to see where Mary used to play tennis. Go to Craigmillar Castle, where the queen was housed when she was unwell and may have plotted to have her husband murdered. Visit Blackness Castle and learn how it was used as a filming location in the movie of Mary’s life. During your tour, take the opportunity to have lunch at a pub that dates back to 1316.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$660.62
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$660.62
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Private Outlander Day Tour from Edinburgh

Private Outlander Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Tour the Scottish highlands and visit several of the areas featured in the popular Outlander series on a full-day private tour from Edinburgh. Journey to the real-life settings of Castle Leoch, Fort William, Lallybroch, Culross, and more. Along the way, you’ll enjoy insider stories about the series and learn about Scotland's storied history. Since you’re guaranteed to be the only group on this private tour, the tour can be customized to your liking.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$498.25
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$498.25
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3 Day Outlander Tour

3 Day Outlander Tour

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Immerse yourself in the world of Jamie and Claire and the harrowing times on the Scottish Highlands in this extensive three-day tour. Visit filming locations featured in the Outlander television series and important Scottish landmarks as you tour the county-side with your small group. You’ll see the spots that “acted” as Castle Leoch, the Duke of Sandringham’s French residence, Cranesmuir and Inverness. Touch the standing stones (if you dare) and stand at Culloden.  
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$263.36
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What are Blackness Castle hours of operation?
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Blackness Castle hours of operation: April 1 to September 20, daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; October 1 to March 31, Sunday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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