Outlander author Diana Gabaldon has received an award for boosting Scottish tourism

Outlander author Diana Gabaldon has received an award for boosting Scottish tourism through her fantasy saga.

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The US writer, 67, received an International Contribution to Scottish Tourism award at the Scottish Thistle awards.

It comes as VisitScotland published a paper detailing how sites used in the TV adaptation have seen visitors soar.

The report says that set-jetting is a growing trend in Scotland, partly due to the “Outlander Effect”.

Ms Gabaldon has told in many interviews how she was inspired to write the Outlander series after watching an old episode of Doctor Who.

Her lead character Jamie Fraser is based on the kilted companion Jamie McCrimmon, played by Frazer Hines, who appeared during the Patrick Troughton doctor era.

Outlander follows a romance between Jamie, a Highland poacher and Claire Randall, a World War Two nurse who is catapulted through time to the Jacobite era.

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Image captionCaitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan in Outlander

It was adapted for TV in 2014 for US network Starz, with Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe in the lead roles. Filming continues to be based in Scotland, with many Scottish locations doubling as France, the Caribbean and North America.

On receiving the award, Ms Gabaldon said: “It’s fabulous. I hear a great deal from fans of mine who have read the books and seen the TV show, who come to Scotland because they all write to tell me how wonderful it was and they send me souvenirs of their trips.

“I have a stack of postcards as well as a small number of Loch Ness monsters scattered around the house.”

‘Truly extraordinary’

The Outlander Effect and Tourism paper, published on Thursday, reports that attractions that appear in the Outlander TV series have seen visitor numbers soar by 67% since 2013, from 887,000 to 1.5million.

Doune Castle, near Dunblane, which doubles as the programme’s Castle Leoch, has seen the largest surge – 226.5% between 2013 and 2017.

Numbers at Blackness Castle, near Linlithgow, which features as Black Jack Randall’s headquarters, increased by 181.7%.

And Glasgow Cathedral’s visitors increased by 66.8% after it was screened as a French hospital.

Doune Castle, which featured in Outlander, welcomed 142,091 visitors last year

All Scottish visitor attractions were surveyed to discover how screen tourism and Outlander has impacted on their business.

Almost all respondents considered screen tourism as positive for the industry and a fifth of attractions located next to filming locations said they saw an increase in visitors.

Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: “The impact of Outlander on Scotland has been truly extraordinary.

“It has been amazing to see the global reaction to Diana Gabaldon’s stories of adventure, romance and Scottish history – and the subsequent television adaptation – and seeing it translate into visitor growth for Scotland.

“Screen tourism continues to be a growing trend, however it is Outlander which has been the story in recent times, inspiring millions of visitors, from the USA to Europe and even China, to embark on their own Scottish adventure.”

Fiona Hyslop, cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs, added: “Scotland’s wonderful landscapes, rich history and culture continue to captivate visitors from home and abroad, making tourism one of our most important industries.”

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is Shetland the ideal solution to Droughtlander ?

Outlander stars Claire and Jamie are just about to start filming series five . But what are Outlander fans to do in the meantime ? Some fans  need a way to fill the void that the Outlander break has caused. Shetland could be the perfect show for your needs. Outlander news from Private tours Edinburgh

Shetland is on its fifth season already, but there will be many who haven’t heard of it.  The good news is you can easily watch it on Netflix.

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So, should you watch Shetland to get through Droughtlander? Here are some reasons it could be perfect for you.

 It’s got a range of Outlander actors

For those who want something that immediately connects them to their favorite series, Shetland immediately has you covered. Douglas Henshall is in every single season as lead character DI Jimmy Perez.

Outlander fans will remember him as Taran MacQuarrie in four episodes of the first season. He first appeared in “Lallybroch” and his last appearance was in “Wentworth Prison.” Unfortunately, there’s no coming back for Henshall in the time-traveling drama so you’ll want to watch Shetland if you need to see him in action.

Henshall isn’t the only Outlander actor in the series. The likes of Stephen Walters, Clive Russel, and Steven Cree have appeared in the British series.

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Outlander actor Tam Dean Burn

Outlander actor Tam Dean Burn – Alastair in the Rent episode , who has appeared in River City and Outlaw King – is recovering after being attacked in the street in Edinburgh .

The 60-year-old was treated in hospital and is now recovering at home after he was assaulted outside the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh’s Crichton Close, where he had just finished speaking at an event.

Friends with him are believed to have intervened and he was taken back into the centre where staff locked the doors.

Police Scotland said a man had been arrested in connection with the incident, which took place at around 3.30pm on Saturday.

The 42-year-old was arrested outside the city’s Crichton Close at about 4pm, a lspokesman said.

Mr Dean Burn had been speaking at a tribute event to the Scottish poet Tom Leonard, who died last year.

About 60 people – including Liz Lochhead and George Gunn – attended the event, which began at 1,30pm.

Emergency services attended and guests were kept inside for about an hour.

Rebus author Ian Rankin tweeted, “Wishing Tam Dean Burn a speedy and full recovery”, while Trainspotting scribe Irvine Welsh said: “Take care bud.”

And poet Kevin Williamson, who was at the event, said on his Twitter: “Thanks to everyone who’s been in touch concerned over the incident today. Tam Dean’s ok and on his way home and that’s all that matters.”

Mr Dean Burn replied: “Thanks Kev & folks. All ok xx.”

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Outlander untold

Today during a live stream, Outlander executive Producers Toni Graphia and Maril Davis announced that four all-new bonus scenes featuring fan favorite characters will be included along with all of the season’s episodes when Outlander sEASON FOUR comes to Digital May 27 and Blu-ray and DVD May 28. Dive deeper into the story with these extended stories that feature Lord John Grey’s life as a single father to William, Murtagh and Marsali navigating a confrontation with deceitful landlords, Young Ian meeting Rollo for the first time, and Aunt Jocasta teaching Phaedre & Lizzie a lesson about working together.

Also revealed during the live stream were additional details about a limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, which will include exclusive packaging, an excerpt from the ninth book in Diana Gabaldon’s  series and early access to the Season 4 soundtrack. The Outlander sEASON FOUR Collector’s Edition is available for pre-order now on Amazon.

Full details about the OUTLANDER: SEASON FOUR Digital, Blu-ray & DVD release, including additional bonus features, will be announced in April.

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