Mercat tour

Edinburgh Outlander Experience

In Summary

  • Explore the Jacobite Edinburgh of the Outlander novels, with your expert Storyteller
  • See Canongate Kirk, the Tolbooth Jail, 18th Century taverns that are still open today and numerous other perfectly preserved historical locations
  • Visit the historical Edinburgh locations that were used in the filming of the Outlander TV Series
  • Hear stories of witchcraft, the Jacobites, Royal Stuarts, curses, clans and more
  • Learn how Claire and Jamie’s story relates to the real history of Edinburgh
  • Mercat exclusive audio devices - get immersed and lost in the stories...


About this tour

Walking tour

Edinburgh, 1745. The Jacobite rising has reached the city gates, and Bonnie Prince Charlie is met by a cheering crowd of 20,000 people. 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 Outlander 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 Storyteller 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, as well as hearing Diana Gabaldon’s descriptions of Jamie and Claire’s experiences in this historic capital city.

With Edinburgh being the atmospheric setting for the second Outlander novel, our superb Edinburgh Outlander Experience takes you behind the scenes, where the magic happens!

Please Note: To give a fully immersive experience, we'll provide a personal audio device. Your Storyteller will use a headset with microphone to ensure you hear every word over the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh's lively Old Town. Please do bring your own headphones/earphones - it's a standard 3.5mm audio jack.

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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Tours details

Dates & times

Saturday: 10:30,13:30


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  • Small groups mean tickets are limited – we recommend booking in advance to guarantee your place and get the best price
  • Everyone has a warm welcome from us at the Mercat Cross.  Read more about how we look after you and what to expect on tour on our Accessibility page and Euan's Guide Review.
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  • 2 hours

Step Count

  • 1800

Tour location

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

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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

Edinburgh Outlander Experience

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