Outlander exhibition opens in North Carolina

Fans of the popular Starz series “Outlander” had a unique experience at Museum of the Albemarle on Saturday.

Artifacts of Outlander,” a traveling exhibit that used “Outlander” as a backdrop, began at 10 a.m. and featured a bagpipe performance and discussion on Scottish Highland history by Tim MacLeod. In the museum lobby, fans took turns taking pictures with a lifesized cardboard cutout of one of the show’s main characters, Jamie MacKenzie Fraser.  Outlander news from Private tours Edinburgh .Phone 07305-294773 for more details or contacts us online .

MacLeod’s discussion included the Argyll Colony, a group of Highland Scots who settled in North Carolina in the Upper Cape Fear around 1739, and the American Revolutionary Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, in what is today Pender County.

By 1774 Highland Scots had settled in parts of North Carolina from the Cape Fear River Basin to as far west as Boone, MacLeod said. Many of them still spoke their native Gaelic and there was even a Gaelic language newspaper at the time.  

“It was great. He was very knowledgable,” said Betsy Sherlock, following MacLeod’s discussion.

Sherlock is an Elizabeth City resident who along with her husband watch the “Outlander” series on the pay TV service Starz.

“I’m new to ‘Outlander,’” she said, with a bright smile. “We have just started the second season.”  

The fourth season of “Outlander” debuted last year. At least two additional seasons are planned.

“Outlander” opens with focus on Claire Randall, a former World War II combat nurse who about six months after the war is swept back in time. She and her husband had been on a second honeymoon in the town of Inverness, Scotland, when she slips through time and winds up in 1743 Scotland. She is taken in by clan MacKenzie, who are Jacobites, Scottish highlanders who were staunch supporters of ousted King James II and his descendants, and were at odds with the English army. The highlanders see Claire as a foreigner, hence the title of the show: “Outlander.” 

On display in the museum lobby were Scottish Highland artifacts from the 18th century. Sarah Hill, of Sunbury, said she had a work-related interest in Saturday’s exhibit.

“I work at the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center and of course the Dismal Swamp is featured in the ‘Outlander’ books,” she said.

The show is based on the book series written by American writer Diane Gabaldon.

“I have read all of the books,” said Tara Ferguson, of South Mills. “I am a huge ‘Outlander’ fan.”

Asked why she likes the series so much, she said: “The adventure!”

“It goes from Scotland to North Carolina to our backyard,” said Ferguson, who was accompanied by Lisa Rayman, of Chesapeake, Virginia. Rayman said she’s just getting familiar with “Outlander.”

“I’m a tag-along and I know nothing about ‘Outlander,’” she said, laughing. However, she was curious to learn more about the series. 

“I am interested, just with the little bit she’s told me,” Rayman said, pointing to Ferguson. 

In between his music, MacLeod, of the St. Andrews Legion Pipes and Drums, in Chester, Virginia, wove in a brief history of the songs themselves, plus a history of the evolution of the bagpipe as an instrument. 

He later led the group of nearly 70 guests into the museum’s auditorium, where he continued his discussion. When MacLeod asked if their family lineage includes Scottish ancestors, a majority of the audience raised their hands that theirs does.

Museum of the Albemarle is exhibiting “Artifacts of Outlander” in partnership with Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in Calvert County, Maryland. The exhibit will remain on display at MoA through March 27.

Jamie feels the Outlander effect

OUTLANDER star Sam Heughan has been making it big since he shot to fame in the hit sci-fi drama.

The Scots heartthrob’s fortune has soared thanks to the global success of the show. Visit Lallybroch , Jamie Fraser’s home , on our Outlander tours . Phone 07305-294773 for details .

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Lallybroch is Jamie Fraser’s ancestral home

The ‘Outlander’ effect has been credited with boosting Scotland’s economy as the number of visitors to historic sites topped five million for the first time in 2017 with fans flocking to see filming locations for the show.

And it seems its popularity has also boosted Heughan’s bank balance after his company posted an impressive set of results.


Accounts filed for his firm Cairn Mor Creative show it had total shareholder funds of £1.3 million .

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Blackness Castle is Fort William in Outlander

Heughan, 38, set up the company, which is based in Surrey, in April, 2015, after he finished filming the first season of Outlander.

The Scots star plays Highlander Jamie Fraser in the hit show – which is currently airing its fourth season.Last month, fans celebrated the show’s 50th episode as the stars thanked fans for their support.


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We previously told how Sam sent support to she headed to the Golden Globes last week.

And Sam celebrated with as it won big at the RadioTimes Readers Awards in December.

Outlander star Sam Heughan reveals he DID audition for James Bond before Daniel Craig landed the role

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Eilean Donan has made several appearances in films, beginning with Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1948 and The Master of Ballantrae in 1953.The castle was the setting for the 1980 short film Black Angel, filmed to accompany screenings of The Empire Strikes Back in cinemas. It featured prominently in Highlander (1986) as the home of Clan MacLeod, was backdrop to a dance scene in the Bollywood movie Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in 1998, and served as the Scottish headquarters of MI6 in The World Is Not Enough in 1999. In Elizabeth: The Golden Age Eilean Donan stood in for Fotheringhay Castle in England. In the movie Made of Honor Eilean Donan can be seen as home of the groom’s family.

Eilean Donan means Island of Donan (a religious figure from the 12th century). Eilean Donan was Clan MacKenzie’s most important stronghold from the 13th Century until it was destroyed in 1719. Robert the Bruce was given refuge in Eilean Donan Castle by John MacKenzie, Second of Kintail when he was being hunted by the English at the beginning of the fourteenth century.


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GuestReady, an Airbnb management company, is expands to Edinburgh

GuestReady, an Airbnb management company, is expanding its UK services to Edinburgh, in response to rising demand for accommodation as more visitors come to the Scottish capital. Private tours from Edinburgh can be booked on 07305-294773 or contact us online .

Private Outlander tours Edinburgh offers professional tours of Outlander film locations , castles , distilleries,  Falkirk and the Highlands with an expert guide on hand to give advice, information and assistance .

Our Outlander tours feature visits to film locations around Scotland , including the Bruce Fountain in Falkland , Doune Castle ( Castle Leoch ) , Linlithgow Palace ( Wentworth prison )  and Blackness Castle ( Fort William ) . Lallybroch castle is the ancestral home of Outlander star Jamie Fraser , real life Midhope Castle is just 25 minutes from Edinburgh .

The firm, launched in 2016, is also adding Manchester to its operations which means it now offers its services in 10 cities across six countries.

It said the tourism industry is booming in Edinburgh and Manchester. Last year both cities were included in VisitBritain’s top towns for ‘staying visits’, occupying second and third places on the list, respectively. 

The company said properties listed on vacation rental platforms, such as Airbnb , are becoming increasingly popular by offering competitive prices to travellers looking to have a different holiday experience and immerse themselves in the local culture.

GuestReady has a property value calculator on its website to help potential hosts in find out how much their home is worth on these platforms. According to data released by the company, a two-bedroom apartment listed in Edinburgh can earn up to £3,400 per month.

In the Old Town, such a property can reach £3,380 a month; £3,315 in the New Town; £3,060 in the West End; £2805 in Leith; £2,422 in Tollcross and £2,295 in Newington

Dale Hornidge, city manager Edinburgh at GuestReady, said: “Being north of the border, Edinburgh often gets over-looked but Scotland’s tourism industry is booming and nowhere is that more evident than Edinburgh.

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“With 12 festivals throughout the year, there is always something on and bringing in tourists from all over the globe. Edinburgh has become a super popular destination for tourists meaning that homeowners are able to make the most out of their property when listing it in a vacation rental platform, bringing in several thousand pounds per month.

“We at GuestReady hope to become the go-to management agency for hosts looking for a truly personalised management experience.”

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