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Meet the Guides

Our staff are not only knowledgeable about Scotland's history and landscapes but they all have their own unique way of telling Scotland's story. Please have a look at our TripAdvisor reviews to see what our customers think of us.

Team Awesome!

Catriona Stevenson Slainte Scotland Scottish Tourguide and director Slainte Scotland
Catriona Stevenson
Age: 32

Favourite Place:
The wee island of Staffa (Fingal's Cave)

Favourite Whisky Distillery:
Auchentoshan

Favourite Group Tour:
5 Day Special Guest Outlander Tour

Favourite Castle:
Bothwell Castle (near Glasgow)

Bio:
Catriona set up the company in 2013 and since then has been guiding our guests around the country from the lowlands to the Highlands and the Isles. A history buff, Catriona will showcase Scotland's unique history and culture as you make your way on the tour.

A natural born storyteller, you will not only enjoy your tour but leave having learned something too.

Lights, Camera, Action:
Catriona has been in a number of Film and TV productions, most frequently on Outlander. Catriona has been a supporting artist in both Season 2 and most recently Season 4.

In other credits, Catriona is often in the media and has been interviewed on Outlander's success. She is also frequently interviewed over her role in Scotland's history police.

In September 2017, Catriona worked with My Peak Challenge and assisted in organising the Glasgow event and managed all of the hikes for the event. It was a fantastic thing to be part of and all of the people she met during the event were hugely inspiring!

Languages:
English, Greenockian, French and pigeon German





Helmut Watterott Slainte Scotland Scottish Tourguide and director Slainte ScotlandHelmut Watterott
Age: 43

Favourite Place:
The island of Barra
(it would be better with a whisky distillery though)

Favourite Whisky Distillery:
Bowmore Distillery on Islay

Favourite Group Tour:
Islay Whisky Tour

Favourite Castle:
Kilchurn Castle near Loch Awe, it is a ruin but in a breathtaking setting.

Bio:
Helmut has always loved the outdoors and old architecture. Scotland is the perfect playground for someone who likes to know how we lived hundreds or even thousands of years ago. He is a graphic designer by trade but has taken to tours like a duck to water thanks to the scenery and history Scotland has to offer. He loves whisky, people, and the Highlands.

Helmut also likes to be involved in making the videos for Slainte and also has his own guitar and recording related Youtube channel.

He dedicated his time to Clyde Coast Tourism and Slainte Scotland in 2014 to support Catriona. This has been a life-changing and fulfilling decision.

Lights, Camera, Action:
Helmut studied Graphic Design and spent most of his career in creative roles which included graphics, video and audio. He loves the production on Outlander and is very interested in the technical and location aspect of the production.

Languages:
English, German, Afrikaans (basic Dutch and Flemish)





James McKinlay Slainte Scotland Scottish TourguideJames McKinlay
Age: 37

Favourite Place:
Scotland

Favourite Whisky Distillery:
Glengoyne Distillery near Glasgow

Favourite Group Tour:
Outlander Day Tour

Favourite Castle:
Stirling Castle

Bio:
James is an adventurer at heart, having travelled the world, he has settled back at home and likes nothing better than taking guests around his country of birth. James is also an avid hill walker and likes nothing better than being out in Scotland's hills and mountains, preferably with his camera at the ready.

James has been with us since 2015 and has made quite an impact on all our guests. He is a professional photographer and photography lecturer who runs workshops and also specialises in photography tours.

Lights, Camera, Action:
James has also been on Outlander as a supporting artist in Season 3 and more recently Season 4.

Aside from being on film, James has had the privilege of photographing important Scottish events most famously, James is a photographer for the Burns Supper at none other than Burns Cottage, quite the accolade.

Languages:
English, West Coast Scottish.





Ross Mable Slainte Scotland Scottish TourguideRoss Mable
Age: 44

Favourite Place:
Falkland Village or Portree

Favourite Whisky Distillery:
Tomatin

Favourite Group Tour:
4 Day Skye and Highlands Tour

Favourite Castle:
Eilean Donan Castle

Bio:
Ross is a former Lance Sergeant serving with the Scots Guards, ending his military career in 2014.

Ross can be seen cutting a dash during the summer months in one of his utility camouflage kilts and in a wool Tartan during the winter months. Ross is particularly good at cracking a joke here and there and telling you all about his youth growing up in Scotland's capital, Edinburgh.

Lights, Camera, Action:
Ross has Trooped the Colour on 15occasions:
5 State Opening of Parliament,
Served as Her Majesty The Queens Pony SGT on two occasions (2007&2009)
Marched on the Queen Mother’s Funeral
Was a Street Liner for the Royal Wedding of The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge in 2011

Languages:
English, Edinburgh


Gift Certificates

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Are you struggling to find a gift for that certain someone who is impossible to buy for? Look no further than our gift certificates, as long as they have an interest in Scotland, Whisky or Outlander; you are sure to discover that this is the perfect gift.

 
What is, even more, is that there is no shipping cost and there is no waiting around for it to arrive. Our gift certificates are perfect for those who have left it a little late or are unable to take the time (and possible discovery) of waiting for the courier to arrive. 
 
Lastly, and by no means least, our gift certificates are valid for two years. We understand that there may be the added expense of getting here first and with this gesture, we hope that dreams are fulfilled without the immediate stresses of shorter time limits.
 
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Outlander Day Tour - Vivent Les Frasers

Travel back in time with us on this day tour from both Glasgow and Edinburgh. We visit filming locations from Seasons Two and Three as we explore the visual delights of 18th century French costuming and not forgetting the magnificent gardens of Versailles.

This tour is an excellent addition to our Standard day tour which you can view HERE.

The tour lasts approximately 8 hours.

 

Outlander Online Booking and Cost.

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Book Outlander Season 2 Day Tour From Glasgow

Book Outlander Season 2 Day Tour From Edinburgh

*Please note that there is a £5 booking fee on all online and telephone bookings.*

Prices

£55 per adult.
£50 per concession (student or senior).

Inclusions:
The price includes guided transport as per the itinerary.

Exclusions:
This tour does not include entrance fees, accommodation and meals.

 

Departure Points for the Outlander Season 2 Tour:

Glasgow Tour Pick Up Point: Meet at 266 George Street (Parish Halls Building), Glasgow. View map below:

 

Edinburgh Pick Up Point: Meet at Dalmeny Train Station by the station coffee kiosk or in the train shelter if the weather is unfavourable. Dalmeny is a 15-minute direct train ride outside Edinburgh city centre (skip the traffic). You can purchase your train tickets here: https://www.scotrail.co.uk/ or at the station. View map below:


 

Highlights of the Outlander Season 2 Day Tour:

Linlithgow Palace - Wentworth Prison in Season 1.
Hopetoun House - The Paris Bedrooms in Season 2 and Duke of Sandringham's Residence in Season 1.
Callendar House - Where the Duke of Sandringham loses his head in Season 2.
Drummond Gardens - Gardens of Versailles.

 

Season 2 Outlander Day Tour Itinerary

8.45am Meet at 266 George Street in Glasgow where we aim to leave at 9 am sharp. We will then make our way to Dalmeny Train Station to pick up our Edinburgh guests for 10 am.

We will then make the short journey to Linlithgow Palace which is a fantastic palace ruin, used by the Kings and Queens of Scotland. It was Wentworth Prison in Outlander. We will stay here for 1 hour.

Afterwards, we make our way to nearby Hopetoun House, the location for many of the French scenes and the Duke of Sandringham's residence. We stay here for 1 hour and a half. There is also a fantastic tearoom here where you can enjoy some lunch at your leisure (not included).

We will then make the trip to Callendar House in Falkirk. We visit here for the kitchen area, made famous in Outlander where Murtagh chops off Sandringham's head. The kitchen itself is also fascinating, and there are guides on hand to explain how the kitchen once was in the 18th and 19th centuries. We will only visit for 30 minutes.

Finally, we will make our way to the Drummond Castle Estate where you can enjoy the gardens. For anyone with green fingers a visit here is a real delight, and for Outlander fans, it was the impressive Gardens of Versailles in the show. We will stay here for an hour.

We then make our way back to Glasgow and Edinburgh where we say our goodbye's and haste ye back to Scotland soon!

Call us on +44 (0) 1475 779166 or book online today to reserve your space!

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Q. What should I wear for the tour?

A. You never know what the weather has in store for us, and it is better to be prepared. Our advice would be to wear layers and a waterproof jacket. It is also a good idea to wear closed comfortable footwear. In the Summer (it does happen on occasion) that it can get quite warm, so bring a hat and suncream to make sure you don't get burnt. 

 

Q. Where do we stop for lunch?

A. On this tour, we stop at Hopetoun House which has a fabulous tea room. The average spend is around £10 per person. Lunch is not included in the cost of this tour.

 

Q. What time do we return to Glasgow after the tour?

A. We return to Glasgow for around 6.30 pm depending on traffic

 

Q. What time do we return to Dalmeny Station at after the tour?

A. We return to Dalmeny at around 5 pm depending on traffic

 

Q. Is it possible to have a hotel pick up on this tour?

A. Unfortunately, due to traffic and other factors, we are unable to do a hotel pick up. However, our meeting points are straightforward to find.

 

Q. Is the tour suitable for those with a disability?

A. We can cater for those who have mobility issues, and we can accommodate wheelchairs with prior knowledge. Hopetoun House, Drummond Castle Gardens and Linlithgow Palace are not wheelchair friendly, however, but you can still access sections of each attraction. If you have any disability, please do get in touch and we will advise you on the options.

 

 

 

4 Day Isle of Skye and Highland's Tour

Join us on this magical tour to the land of the faeries passing through some of the most majestic scenery in the whole of Scotland. 

We offer a small group guaranteed tour (no larger than 16 persons). This trip allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of city life as we embark on a spectacular journey through the Scottish wilderness learning about the area's unique culture and history along the way.

It is also a fantastic tour for those interested in the Outlander series and the Jacobite era of Scottish history as we visit significant landmarks associated with this time such as Culloden Battlefield and Glenfinnan. You can add a 1-day Outlander Filming Locations tour with us if you are fans of the show.


Highlights

  • Glencoe
  • Loch Ness
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • the beautiful Isle of Skye
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • And more

Itinerary

Day 1

Pick up from outside the Parish Halls Building on 266 George Street in Glasgow at 7 am. We will then make our way to the Fort William Train Station for those taking the Jacobite Steam Train (only available on the summer timetable). On the journey to Fort William, we will pass some beautiful sites such as Loch Lomond, Loch Tulla and Glencoe. There will be rest stop opportunities on the route and fantastic to get some great photographs too. 

Once at Fort William, we will drop our guests taking the train ride off at the station and depart with our guests who are not taking the train ride along the same journey to Mallaig. All of our guests will accompany us during the winter months unless the Jacobite is operating on the date of travel in the winter (they have some festive timetables).  On this journey both the train guests and those who wish to stay with us will see the Glenfinnan Viaduct and Monument in the distance as well as the impressive Loch Nam Uamh. Once in Mallaig, we will meet up with everyone once again and have some free time to enjoy a spot of lunch and have a stroll around this picturesque seaside town (lunch not included) before taking the ferry to Skye. 

Once on Skye, we will make our way to your accommodation. We prefer to stay in the Portree area but Skye books up very quickly, so an early booking is advisable. (accommodation not included but we can assist in booking this for you, please inquire and remember to give us your room requirements, i.e. twin room / double and ensuite preferences.) Once we have dropped you off at your accommodation, this day will end, and it is a perfect chance to relax and prepare yourself for the rest of the trip.

 

Day 2

We will depart the accommodation early. The pickup times will be announced the day before as we may have to do several pickups due to the group most likely being scattered at various establishments. We will then make our way to Dunvegan Castle (entrance fee not included and only available during the Summer timetable) and enjoy a visit to this impressive castle and gardens, the ancestral home to the Chiefs of the Clan MacLeod. 

We will then make our way for the Talisker Whisky Distillery where you will have time for a tasting and a walk around their exhibition centre and shop (not included in the tour). We will then have some lunch at the famous Oyster Shack nearby, or you are free to pick up a sandwich or similar if seafood does not appeal to you (lunch not included). After lunch, we will continue to Neist Point, one of the most scenic viewpoints on the island and on a sunny day you can enjoy views over to the isles. On the return journey, we will stop at the Fairy Pools which does require an element of walking (around 20 minutes down and then again on the way back). If mobility is an issue, you are welcome to stay with the vehicle and have a walk to the first waterfall with beautiful views of Glenbrittle and the Black Cuillins.

We will then return back to your accommodation where the day will end. 

 

Day 3   

Check out of your accommodation at a time to be defined and enjoy a morning tour of Skye. On this trip, you will see delights such as the Old Man of Storr, Lealt Falls, Kilt Rock, and the Quiraing. If there is time, we will also make a trip to the Fairy Glen and Uig where you will have the opportunity to visit the brewery. 

We will then make our way into Portree where you can have some free time to explore this harbour town and enjoy some lunch (not included). 

After Portree, we will continue our journey towards Inverness going over the Skye Bridge. On this journey, we will make photo and rest stops at Eilean Donan Castle, Glen Shiel and Loch Ness at Fort Augustus. 

You will then check into your Inverness accommodation at which point this day of touring will end. 

 

Day 4

Check out of accommodation and pick up at a time to be defined beforehand. We will then make our way for the Clansman Pontoon where you will catch a Loch Ness Cruise to Urquhart Castle. The boat trip is a 30-minute loch cruise which includes full commentary on board. You will arrive at the pier at Urquhart Castle where you can enjoy an hour visit at this ruin of a once formidable fortress in the Highlands. (Loch cruise and entrance to castle not included however you purchase both together at the cruise ticket booth).

After our visit to the Loch, we will make the journey to the Culloden Battlefield, where you can enjoy a light lunch (not included) and a tour of the battlefield provided by ourselves. Afterwards, we will visit the nearby Clava Cairns - a group of 3 - 4000-year-old burial cairns and standing stones.

We will then continue our journey back to Glasgow, making a stop at the Highland Perthshire town of Pitlochry for a comfort break and refreshments.

We will arrive back at 266 George Street in Glasgow at around 8 pm where the tour will end.

We will say our goodbyes, toast your honour and haste ye back again!

Islay Whisky tour Video


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