History Walks

Edinburgh Outlander Experience

About this tour

Edinburgh, 1745. The Jacobite rising has reached the city gates, and Bonnie Prince Charlie is met by a cheering crowd, 20,000 strong. Amid the chaos of rebellion, we find Claire and Jamie, two characters entwined in a story that spans centuries. 

Tracing the real events that inspired Diana Gabaldon’s acclaimed novels, this walking tour captures the spirit of the Jacobite rebellion in Edinburgh – the Redcoats, the Highlanders and the smell of gunpowder in the air. 

Edinburgh was a small city – no more than a single high street, with the tiny ill-lit wynds and closes opening off it. Ladywalk Wynd was one of the poorer ones” - Claire Randal,  Dragonfly in Amber,  1992

Behind the scenes of fact and fiction

Your expert tour 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. You will visit some of the sites familiar in Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager and you will hear Diana Gabaldon’s descriptions of Jamie and Claire’s experiences in this historic capital city. If Edinburgh is the setting for the second Outlander novel, you’re going behind the scenes.


 

In Summary

  • Explore the Jacobite Edinburgh of the Outlander novels, with your 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 how Claire and Jamie’s story relates to the real history of Edinburgh
  • Visit Edinburgh locations used in the filming of Outlander TV Series

 

Customer review

"A good history of the Jacobite rebellion, as well as the filming locations used in Outlander. It explorers a lot of "hidden gems" and is really good value for money."

Peter, TripAdvisor

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Dates & times

Saturday: 10:30

Children over 5 years of age are very welcome!
You do need to be over 5 years old to join our tours.

Duration

  • 2 hours

Tour location

  • Start point: Mercat Cross, High Street
  • End point: Holyrood Palace, Canongate

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In Summary

  • Explore the Jacobite Edinburgh of the Outlander novels, with your 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 how Claire and Jamie’s story relates to the real history of Edinburgh
  • Visit Edinburgh locations used in the filming of Outlander TV Series

 

Customer review

"A good history of the Jacobite rebellion, as well as the filming locations used in Outlander. It explorers a lot of "hidden gems" and is really good value for money."

Peter, TripAdvisor

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