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7 fun activities to try this World Outlander Day

The well preserved ruins of Craigmillar Castle Edinburgh

Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh, an Outlander Season 3 location.

How will you be spending World Outlander Day? Reading Diana Gabaldon’s thrilling books, binge watching the TV show? Both are good options, but nothing beats really experiencing the land that inspired Outlander. So check out these ideas and spend 1 June planning your own trip around Scotland.

1. Take a road trip

The Highland landscape of Glen Coe from the A82

The A82 road through Glen Coe, The Highlands © Simon Carr.

Experience Scotland like Claire and Frank and tour the Highlands. Explore Inverness, take a boat trip on Loch Ness and visit Urquhart Castle. Visit the Battle of Culloden site to understand the real history behind the Outlander story and the nearby ancient stones of Clava Cairns, a site of possible inspiration for the author. For the ultimate Outlander inspired trip discover the filming locations featured in the series with our 12 Day Outlander Itinerary and film locations map.

2. Cook up a Scottish Dish

Haggis on a bed of heather

One of Scotland’s traditional dishes – the haggis.

Prepare, cook and eat some traditional dishes fit for an 18th century Highlander. Enrol on a cookery course with Courses for Cooks based in Fife and learn how to create traditional Scottish dishes and Outlander inspired recipes.

3. Travel back in time

Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore, Highlands of Scotland

The Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore, The Highlands.

You don’t need to travel back in time to experience 18th century Highland life. Visit the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore and discover a centuries old way of life through the museum’s collection of buildings, domestic and agricultural objects. Visit the museum on Saturday 9 June 2018 and be a part of their special Outlander Day.

4. Pick your tartan

Wrapped up warm

All wrapped up in tartan blankets.

Whether you have Scottish ancestry or not you can still wear tartan. Worn as a traditional kilt, shoes or a scarf there are plenty of ways to incorporate tartan into your outfit. If you are looking for a specific design – perhaps your clan name – then search the Scottish Register of Tartans. This is the official tartan register which holds thousands of designs. Feeling creative? Then why not design your own personal tartan and, for a fee, get it officially registered.

5. Discover more about the Jacobites

Glenfinnan Monument

Glenfinnan Monument, Loch Shiel, The Highlands

Are you fascinated by the history featured in Outlander? Would you like to know more about 18th century Scotland and the Jacobite Risings? Then follow the Jacobite Trail to discover the places in Scotland associated with Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite supporters. Build your own itinerary, including a visit to the Glenfinnan Monument.

6. Have an elegant Afternoon Tea

St Giles Cathedral

St Giles Cathedral and Signet Library (right) on The Royal Mile, Edinburgh.

Have a relaxing afternoon tea in the elegant surroundings of the Colonnades at the Signet Library. Situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, the refined interior of the Signet Library features as a filming location in Outlander season 3. After tea take a walk down the historic Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and discover further locations you may find familiar from the books and TV show.

7. Watch a battle re-enactment

Battle of Culloden reenactment.

Battle of Culloden re-enactment ©National Trust for Scotland.

Join the Scottish Battlefields Trust’s annual East Lothian Battle Weekends (15 – 16 September 2018) to watch the re-enactment of the 1745 Battle of Prestonpans. Walk around a living history camp, enjoy the crafts and stalls as well as the re-enactment. Alternatively visit the Battle of Prestonpans battlefield in East Lothian for yourself, walk to the battlefield viewpoint or the take the longer walking trail and retrace the steps of the Jacobite and British armies.

For more inspiring ideas check out our droughtlander blog and Outlander information.