Based on the fabulous series of books by Diana Gabaldon which are set in the Highlands. These breaks offer a mixture of riding through the real Highland landscape in which the stories are set, and days spent out of the saddle, visiting the 'must see' places associated with the story that we simply can't get to on horseback! Even if you are not a fan, or have never read these fantastic books, this is still a great ride, visiting some iconic places with stunning scenery in great riding country!
We have a few different options for this ride as we realise that some riders may have already spent a few days in Edinburgh when arriving in the UK and some may have not, so we have an extra day and a half sightseeing including Doune castle (location of Castle Leoch in the Starz TV series) and sites in Edinburgh, as an add on offered in Option 2, which we believe will give you the best Outlander experience possible.
Image courtesy of Starz TV
Outlander Ride - Option 1
6 days total - 5 days riding, 6 nights accommodation, one days sight-seeing
This ride starts just outside Inverness and we will return you to Inverness at the end of the ride.
Leaving Inverness, we ride high above Loch Ness - looking out for Nessie as we go! Riding through Fraser lands on the south side of the loch we climb a high pass for stunning views over the loch, down towards Urquhart castle, then ride on passing below the pine clad crags where the Dunbonnet hid and Fergus lost a hand.
Riding on through Fraser lands with fantastic, far reaching views over the Great Glen, we descend to Fort Augustus, site of the old barracks at the head of Loch Ness.
We head back towards Inverness, for a day of sightseeing, including a visit to Urquhart Castle and Culloden Moor, where we join a tour of the battlefield and visit the clan stones. We also visit the fantastic new exhibition, which is full of interesting memorabilia with interactive characters and an immersion theatre where you can experience first hand what it was like to be in the middle of the action at Culloden. Then we visit the stone circle at Clava Cairns with it's cleft stone and time permitting, as many other interesting lesser known sites associated with the series of books as we can squeeze in, before heading back to Fort Augustus for the night.
Following an old miliatary road built by General Cauldfield, we head over the hills, before joining an old drove road into Glen Affric famous as being one of the most beautiful glens in Scotland. Stunning views over the hills towards Kintail as we ride over the pass.
We spend a day exploring Glen Affric and the trail we ride on was the old road west, linking the Mackenzie lands on the West and the Fraser lands on the East coasts. This road is shown on maps of the 1700's. In Diana's Outlandish Companion, this is the area where Lallybroch would be situated and we see a potential contender!
We ride on the Eskdale road, where Jamie surrendered himself to the redcoats, then past Erchless Castle, seat of the clan Chisholm over the hills on another ancient track part of the network of old drove roads, which takes us to the hills above Muir of Ord and Beauly where we finish the ridden part of our trip, spending the night at the victorian spa town of Strathpeffer - home of Castle Leod the seat of clan Mackenzie.
We spend one last night together, then we return you to Inverness in the morning where there are good onwards transportation links.
You need to be a confident rider, comfortable up to canter.
Price: GBP 1290
Outlander - Option 2 (Doune and Edinburgh add-on)
8 days total - 5 days riding, 7 nights accommodation and 3 days sightseeing
Everything as listed in the Outlander ride option 1 above, but also including visits to the Highland Folk Museum, Ruthven Barracks, Doune Castle. Extra nights accommodation, then final day spent in Edinburgh, with visits to the Castle, Holyrood Palace and the Worlds End and, time permitting, some other interesting locations relating to the tale.....
Image courtesy of Starz TV
This ride will start in Inverness and will finish in Edinburgh (but if you need to get back to Inverness we will be heading that way ourselves and can give you a lift!) - However the June 13th ride will start in Edinburgh and finish in Inverness
Price: GBP 1460
Outlander - Option 3 (add-on to Bonnie Prince Charlie ride)
3 days riding and 1 day of sightseeing 4 nights accommodation including all meals.
It is possible to join the Outlander ride in Inverness to start with the tour of Culloden. This will be a 4 day tour - following the itinerary for Outlander option 1 above for the last 5 days. This can be added to the Bonnie Prince charlie ride to make a 9 day tour, which will take you coast to coast across the Highlands.
Price: GBP 840
Prices based on sharing a twin or double room - single rooms may be available but cannot be guaranteed at an extra cost of 140 GBP for option1, 160 GBP for option 2 or 80 GBP for option 3 - however if you are travelling alone and willing to share a room, we often have other riders doing the same who are happy to keep costs down by sharing with another lone traveller of the same sex and wherever possible we try to match sharers by age etc too.
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