‘Twas the night before Scotland…

Actually, our first stop is Dublin.  As my 50th year draws to a close, Julia and I are headed for our first cruise, to be followed by adventures in Edinburgh.

We will begin by sailing from Dublin, Ireland to Edinburgh, Scotland on this yacht:

Wind Surf
Olivia Cruises: Windstar Wind Surf

Our cruise itinerary is as follows:

Day Description Arrive Depart
Mon
July 4, 2016 –
Dublin, Ireland
6PM
Tue
July 5, 2016 – Douglas, Isle of Man
8AM 4PM
Wed
July 6, 2016 – Portrush, Northern Ireland
8AM 9PM
Thu
July 7, 2016 – Tobermory, UK
8AM 4PM
Fri
July 8, 2016 – Stornoway, UK
8AM 4PM
Sat
July 9, 2016 – Kirkwall, UK
9AM 6PM
Sun
July 10, 2016 – Invergordon, Scotland
8AM 9PM
Mon
July 11, 2016 – At Sea
Tue
July 12, 2016 – Edinburgh/Leith, Scotland

After arriving in Edinburgh, we will stay for an additional week, exploring the city and taking day trips, including a full-day tour of Outlander sites.

The Outlander tour itinerary:

We will start our journey in the Royal and Ancient Burgh of Linlithgow. We will see Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, and Outlander filming site for Wentworth Prison.

linlithgow-palace

During the drive to our next destination, Doune, we will pass the Kelpies, Scotland’s latest tourist attraction. Doune is home of the 14th Century castle used in as the Outlander filming site for Castle Leoch, the home of The MacKenzie Clan.

kelpies1

Castle Leoch

From here we go on to Falkland, where we can see where Jamie’s ghost appeared and see Mrs Baird’s B&B too. We will stop for lunch here just near where Claire looked at that blue vase.

falkland-450

On to Culross, a perfectly preserved example of a 17th century town. This is the setting for the fictional town of Cranesmuir. Many of the buildings are featured in the show: the witch trial takes place at the Mercat Cross, and Claire’s herb garden is the beautiful stepped garden behind Culross Palace.

We will visit Lallybroch, also known as Midhope Castle.

Lallybroch

Our final stop, Blackness Castle is a formidable fortress sitting on the banks of the River Forth and is the filming site for Fort William, the stronghold of the infamous Black Jack Randall.

 

 

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4 thoughts on “‘Twas the night before Scotland…

  1. So good to hear from you and see photos of all the wonderful places you’ll be visiting. Looking forward to a daily report. 😉

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