Event description

Trip Dates: April 29-May 7, 2022

A journey inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s series Outlander. Join Our State as we bask in some of Scotland’s most sweeping scenic landscapes and iconic historical sites, many of which served as filming locations for Outlander.

Package Includes:

  • • Round-trip airfare — Raleigh/Durham International Airport
  • • Seven nights accommodations
  • • 13 meals: seven breakfasts, two lunches, four dinners
  • • All sightseeing per itinerary
  • • Airport transfers
  • • Professional travel director and driver
  • Our State host
  • • Luxury air-conditioned motor coach with Wi-Fi, reclining seats, and onboard restroom
  • • All hotel service charges and gratuities, baggage handling fees, and local taxes

Itinerary Highlights:

  • • Select Outlander filming locations, including: Hopetoun House and Estate – Duke of Sandringham’s home; Midhope Castle – Jamie Fraser’s beloved Lallybroch; Blackness Castle — Black Jack Randall’s Fort William headquarters; Doune Castle — the MacKenzie’s Castle Leoch; and Linlithgow Palace — Wentworth Prison
  • • Culross — Cranesmuir, Geillis Duncan’s village
  • • Stirling Castle
  • • Culloden Battlefield
  • • Clava Cairns, inspiration for Craig n Dun time travel stones
  • • The Spirit of Scotland’s Dinner and Show

Itinerary:

Saturday
Depart RDU for Edinburgh

Sunday
Welcome to Scotland! Meet your Driver and Tour Director at the Edinburgh Airport to begin our sightseeing. Our first destination is Hopetoun House and Estate, a place of outstanding natural beauty, which has one of Scotland’s finest stately homes at its heart. We will tour this magnificent location as numerous parts of the house and grounds have played large roles in Outlander, including: The Duke of Sandringham’s stately home, the spare room in Jamie and Claire’s Paris apartment, the Hawkins Estate, the backdrop for Parisian streets, the stables at Helwater, and the exterior of Ellesnere. Another key filming location on the Hopetoun Estate is Midhope Castle, which Outlander fans will recognize as Jamie’s beloved Lallybroch. While no filming took place inside the castle, the exterior is instantly recognizable. Next, we visit Blackness Castle, dating from the 15th century and nicknamed “the ship that never sailed”. In Outlander, the castle is featured as Black Jack Randall’s headquarters in Fort William. Its internal courtyard is shown in the heart-wrenching scenes from Jamie’s incarceration.

Hotel: Hotel Colessio – Our home for the next three nights is located in the heart of historic Stirling and is one of the most exclusive small hotels in Scotland. This luxury boutique hotel brings modern 21st century style and comfort to a grand building that dates back to 1825. Here we will host a Welcome Dinner for Our State guests. | Dinner included

Monday
Today we visit Stirling Castle – a symbol of Scottish independence and a source of national pride. Knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors once flocked to the Royal Court at Stirling to revel in the castle’s grandeur. Then, we travel to marvel at the splendor of Doune Castle, built as the home of Regent Albany, “Scotland’s uncrowned King.” Outlander fans will recognize Doune Castle as Castle Leoch, home of the MacKenzie’s and where Jamie first brought Claire. We will also explore the magnificent ruins of the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots,Linlithgow Palace. In Outlander, the majestic entrance and corridors feature as Wentworth Prison where Jamie was imprisoned.

Hotel: Hotel Colessio – Stirling | Full breakfast is included at your hotel

Tuesday
Today, we visit one of the most picturesque villages in Scotland, Culross. We’ll see brightly colored houses that line the cobbled streets and the ochre colored palace. In Outlander the Mercat Cross area in the center of the town becomes the fictional village of Cranesmuir, where Geillis lives, while the garden behind Culross Palace stands in for Claire’s herb garden at Castle Leoch. Tonight we will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Culross.

Hotel: Hotel Colessio – Stirling | Full breakfast is included in your hotel, Dinner included

Wednesday | Full Breakfast is included at your hotel. Then, we travel through Glencoe, one of Scotland’s most famous and most scenic Highland glens. We will visit Fort William, located at the foot of the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis, and explore the impressive mountains and glens, forests, and sea lochs that surround the town. We will enjoy lunch in town today in Fort William.

Hotel: Kingsmill Hotel – Inverness | B, L, D

Thursday
Today we visit the Battlefields of Culloden, where in 1746 the Jacobite cause, with Bonnie Price Charlie’s leadership, came to a tragic end. We’ll visit the exciting visitor center and interactive exhibition. You will see the moor where Jamie fights in the 1746 Battle of Culloden. Located just a short distance from Inverness, we will visit the Clava Cairns. It is a well preserved Bronze Age cemetery consisting of ring cairns, kerb cairns, passage graves, and standing stones. This site is hugely insightful into a way of life dating back as far as 4,000 years. The Clava Cairns are said to have provided the inspiration for Outlander’s mysterious Craigh n Dun – the standing standing stones which sweep Clair back in time. Enjoy a short cruise Loch Ness taking in the spectacular Scottish scenery.You may even be lucky enough to spot the infamous Loch Ness Monster, Nessie! Dinner will be on your own this evening.

Hotel: Kingsmill Hotel – Inverness | Breadkfast is included in your hotel, Dinner on your own

Friday
We will visit the Highland Folk Museum showing how Highland people lived and worked from the 1700s up until the 1960s. There is a display of more than 30 historical buildings. In Outlander, the museum’s replica 18th century Highland crofts are shown when Claire joins Dougal and his followers on their task to collect rent from the clan’s tenants. The onto Kinloch Rannoch, a small village in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, at the eastern end of Loch Rannoch. It serves as the gateway to the Highlands. Next, is Pitlochry, a town situated in the heart of the stunning scenery of Highland Perthsire. It has been a tourist destination since the railway arrived here 150 years ago. We will have a lunch break in this quaint city – Lunch is included for Our State guests. Dinner will be on your own this evening.

Hotel: Hilton Edinburgh Carlton | Full breakfast is included at your hotel, Lunch included

Saturday
On our final day of touring, first up is Edinburgh Castle, a fortress which dominates the skyline of the City of Edinburgh. The castle houses the Honors of Scotland, the Scottish National War Memorial and the National War Museum of Scotland.

You’ll see the Canongate Tolbooth – a highly distinctive building, and its clock is often photographed by passing tourists. As well as being an interesting and important building, the Tolbooth is a reminder that at one time the Canongate was separate from the Royal Burgh of Edinburgh.

As your complimentary AAA Member Benefit, tonight is a chance to put on that tartan and join an evening of traditional singing, dancing and cuisine at The Spirit of Scotland’s Dinner and Show. It will be a grand night and a wonderful way to celebrate your last evening in Edinburgh.

Hotel: Hilton Edinburgh Carlton | Full breakfast is included at your hotel, Dinner included

Sunday
Bid farewell to Scotland (flight time permitting) as we begin our journey home.

Full breakfast is included at your hotel

Register

$4,299 per person, Land & Air Pricing based on double occupancy

For reservations or more information, contact Beth Rackham, AAA Vacations
2301 Blue Ridge Road • Raleigh, NC 27607
919-832-0543 ext. 16012
barackham@aaacarolinas.com

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What to expect on an Our State trip: 

Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful.

We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State.

You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day.

Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided.

Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops.

One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people.

Physical requirements:

Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous.

Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you.

Most days are moderately paced with approximately two to three total miles of walking, possibly including some hills and stairs.

We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.

If you have additional questions, please call Our State’s Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email apasquini@ourstate.com.