Martina was the lucky recipient of a verra generous Gift Basket Raffle, organised by our friends Bonnie Terbush and the fabulous Peak Posse. This was in support of a very worthy cause, World Child Cancer, whose patron is none other than our favourite Sassenach, Ms. Catrionia Balfe! One of the prizes included in the Basket was one of our special Outlander Tours and we had a fun few days travelling the length and breadth of Scotland, taking in many Outlander related locations!
Martina brought two of her close friends, Jutta and Andrea, along for the ride and some of the highlights of our journey together are detailed below!
We headed on to Blackness Castle, which featured as Fort William, where Jamie is brutally flogged by the nefarious (but snappy dressing), Black Jack Randall...luckily there were no floggings scheduled that day, so we were able to enjoy exploring the history of one of Scotland's most notorious Castle prisons!
Our final stop on our way up to Inverness was the lovely heritage village of Culross, which doubled as the small settlement of Cranesmuir. Despite trying hard to located Geillis Duncan, it seems she was out of town that day...or attending (ahem) a BBQ! After posing for some pics at the Mercat Cross (no tortured Tanner's Boys in sight!) we headed north to Inverness to continue our journey the following day.
Despite their best efforts, Martina, Jutta and Andrea weren't able to journey back to the 18th century...which was just as well for us, as we don't have insurance for losses due to time vortices! ;)
We then headed west along the lovely shores of the Beauly Firth to see if we could partake in some 'Fox Hunting' (no, not that kind!). Simon Fraser of Lovat, aka 'The Old Fox', was the Clan Chief of the Frasers of Lovat during the final Jacobite Rising in 1745/46 and was captured after the defeat at Culloden. He was put on trial in London and beheaded (the last man to be publicly beheaded in Britain, incidentally) for his part in the Rebellion. He, along with many of his family, have their final resting place at historic Wardlaw Mausloeum.
We headed back to Inverness for a lovely meal across from Inverness Castle and rested up for our final day together, as we headed south.
We continued south and visited the wonderful Highland Folk Museum, which featured heavily in the 'Rent' episode of Outlander. Chatting with the fantastic historical interpreters, we learned just how hard life in the Highlands in the 18th century could be! Respect!
As the end of our journey approached, we travelled down through the glorious landscape of Highland Perthshire, passing through many earlier Jacobite 'flash-points' such as Dunkeld and Killiecrankie. two locations which featured heavily in the first Rising in the summer of 1689.
We dropped off Martina and her friends safe and sound (and still in the 21st century, to the relief of their husbands!) at Edinburgh Airport, ready for their flight home. We had a fantastically fun time with these lovely ladies and were sad to say farewell!
World Child Cancer and the Peak Posse
World Child Cancer
WWC is a non-profit organization, completely funded by the generosity of donations. Its mission is to improve cancer diagnosis, treatment and care for children across the developing world. WCC's vision is to live in a world where every child with cancer has access to the best possible treatment and care. The organisation has helped 8,500 children since launching their first project in 2009.
WCC is currently supporting 9 Twinning partnerships across 16 developing countries. £50.00 GBP (approximately $75.00 USD) is all it takes for WCC to provide life-saving chemotherapy to a child at their project in Ghana. At WCC's project in Cameroon, 120 new cases of childhood cancer are diagnosed each year. In 2014, 1,000 Healthcare Professionals attended training sponsored by WCX. You can also follow and support their efforts on Twitter @WChildCancer
The Peak Posse
ThePeakPosse has a fundraising page on FB. During the months that there will not be a Gift Basket Raffle, they will be posting various charities and fundraisers to raise awareness. You can follow their Fundraising adventures by 'Liking' the Outlander - ThePeakPosse Charity Funraiser Page https://www.facebook.com/olppfundraiser They can also be found on Twitter @ThePeakPosse :)
We will be continuing to support the Peak Posse in all of their efforts to raise awareness of this and there other worthy causes that they support. We are so looking forward to our next adventure with the latest Gift Basket Raffle winner, who we'll be joining us on their very own Outlandish Journey next year!