What does Broch Tuarach mean?

Named for an old broch on the land, Broch Tuarach means “north-facing tower” in Gaelic. Lallybroch, as the estate is known among those who live there, in turn means “lazy tower”.

Jamie Fraser Outlander tours

Looking for Jamie Fraser tours from Edinburgh ? How about taking a unique tour of three key locations in the life of Jamie Fraser –  Lallybroch  ( Midhope Castle ) , Jamie’s ancestral home , Linlithgow Palace ( Wentworth Prison ) and  Blackness Castle ( Fort William ) .

Lallybroch ( Midhope Castle) Outlander tours, Lallybroch , real life Midhope Castle , is the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser , visit the castle on our Outlander tours
Lallybroch ( Midhope Castle) Outlander tours, Lallybroch , real life Midhope Castle , is the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser , visit the castle on our Outlander tours

Lallybroch is Midhope Castle , a 16th-century tower house of five storeys and a garret, to which has been added a later and lower wing.

Lallybroch Castle tours can be booked on 07305-294773, toll free number 1-866-233-2644 or online .

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Outlander gets a name check on the Simpsons

Outlander has been a big success but now it can finally claim respect from the only thing that really matters: The Simpsons.

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On Monday, series star Sam Heughan, 38, tweeted out a video he’d recorded of a Simpsons episode that joked about the romantic drama.

The episode, which originally aired in November, shows a jury of Springfield residents deliberating Homer Simpson’s career as a TV recap writer and a negative review he wrote for Outlander.

The highest honor: On Monday, Outlander star Sam Heughan, 38, tweeted out a video he'd recorded of a Simpsons episode that joked about the romantic drama


The highest honor: On Monday, Outlander star Sam Heughan, 38, tweeted out a video he’d recorded of a Simpsons episode that joked about the romantic drama

‘This is better than any award…..’ tweeted the Scottish heartthrob.

His co-costar, Caitriona Balfe, 39, replied, ‘Whaaaaaaaaaaat???????? HOOOmer M G ..!!!! Well I can now die happy! @Outlander_STARZ @SamHeughan @TheSimpsons.’

In the episode, number 647, Krusty the Clown is accused of trying to run Homer down in his car after the bumbling cartoon father gave Krusty’s TV show a bad rating.

Sam included a clip of the Simpsons episode recorded from his phone in the tweet.  ‘The celebs are moving in!’ Celebrity Big Brother reveals cast

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Stamp of approval: 'This is better than any award.....' tweeted the Scottish heartthrob; pictured with Caitriona Balfe, 39, on Outlander


Stamp of approval: ‘This is better than any award…..’ tweeted the Scottish heartthrob; pictured with Caitriona Balfe, 39, on Outlander

Barely containing herself: Sam's co-star Caitriona replied, 'Whaaaaaaaaaaat???????? HOOOmer M G ..!!!! Well I can now die happy! @Outlander_STARZ @SamHeughan @TheSimpsons'; pictured in Beverly Hills in January


Barely containing herself: Sam’s co-star Caitriona replied, ‘Whaaaaaaaaaaat???????? HOOOmer M G ..!!!! Well I can now die happy! @Outlander_STARZ @SamHeughan @TheSimpsons’; pictured in Beverly Hills in January

The jury members judging him seem more concerned with Homer’s misjudgment of the time traveling erotic drama than Krusty’s crime. 

‘It was justifiable Homer-cide,’ says Patty Bouvier, Homer’s long-suffering sister-in-law.

‘He gave Outlander a B minus!’ interject her sister Selma.

Another juror pipes in with, ‘That show knows what it wants to be! Come on.’

‘Oo, I’ve heard that gets really good about eight episodes in,’ says Judge Roy Snyder, before finding Krusty not guilty of trying to kill Homer.’Sometimes life takes unexpected turns’: Outlander season

He deserved it: 'It was justifiable Homer-cide,' says Patty Bouvier, Homer's long-suffering sister-in-law. 'He gave Outlander a B minus!' interject her sister Selma


He deserved it: ‘It was justifiable Homer-cide,’ says Patty Bouvier, Homer’s long-suffering sister-in-law. ‘He gave Outlander a B minus!’ interject her sister Selma

Embracing it: Another juror pipes in with, 'That show knows what it wants to be! Come on'

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Embracing it: Another juror pipes in with, ‘That show knows what it wants to be! Come on’

Peak TV: 'Oo, I've heard that gets really good about eight episodes in,' says Judge Roy Snyder, before finding Krusty not guilty of trying to kill Homer


Peak TV: ‘Oo, I’ve heard that gets really good about eight episodes in,’ says Judge Roy Snyder, before finding Krusty not guilty of trying to kill Homer

The Simpsons, which is the longest-running American sitcom, has been on the air since 1989.

Although its episodes aren’t as well-received now as they were in earlier seasons, it’s still a prestigious honor to be mentioned in one.

Outlander isn’t exactly wanting for recognition, though. The Starz original series has repeated been nominated for the Golden Globes, the Saturn Awards and the People’s Choice Awards since its 2014 debut.

Lead actress Caitriona has been nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actress each year since 2016, though she has yet to win. 

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Outlander Season 4, Episode 12

This has been an amazing Outlander season. On top of the usual dramas — two time periods, two countries, two major couples, a villain, an ever-expanding supporting cast — there were the racial issues of colonial America, Brianna’s rape, and the fracturing of the Frasers. No wonder this week’s episode struggled to weave things back together as we near the season finale.

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It’s so busy that we get only one glimpse of Jamie, Claire and Ian. There just isn’t time for more, given everything else. Fergus and Marsali stage a jailbreak to get Murtagh out of enemy hands. Brianna and Lord John take a road trip to confront Stephen Bonnet. And Roger has a rotten time in the Mohawk village, meets two new friends and ends up lighting one of them on fire. Busy week.

Outlander tours feature Blackness Castle , filming location for Fort William
Outlander tours feature Blackness Castle , filming location for Fort William

The most satisfying subplot is Brianna’s. Not the actual encounter with Bonnet — that’s a real casualty of this episode’s rush. Bonnet races from the season’s monster to tearful fatherhood, and Brianna practically pingpongs back and forth from the cell door as they battle for the last word. Sophie Skelton and Ed Speleers do their best to give weight to the rapid-fire confrontation, but given how long Brianna has suffered, there’s just not enough time for her to settle all those ghosts.

No, the most satisfying thing about Brianna’s journey is watching her navigate it with Lord John, who turns out to be a dream co-pilot. He tells her immediately that Bonnet has been caught. When she says she wants to see him, Lord John expresses concern, but he respects her wishes and offers his help. And in the jail, he honors her choice to go in alone but promises he is nearby if she needs him.

“You are impossible not to like,” Brianna marvels. That’s by design. The show is determined to make you love Lord John. He is shot in endlessly warm light and is endlessly accommodating. Even his sharp edges are getting smoothed over. (He has been a champion of British order against the regulators, but he happily covers for Murtagh.)

And he’s quickly building a rapport with Brianna. It might not be passionate, but it is respectful, which is a nice counterpoint to how other men in her life have treated her.

Even Jamie’s loving letter warns her how important it is that she forgive Bonnet and try not to take revenge. That may be well-intentioned, but it is also a little rich coming from a man currently on a road trip to rescue the guy he nearly killed for revenge. And speaking of that guy, Roger resents his life so much right now that it’s weird she can’t feel it 600 miles south.

This episode seems to delight in comparing Brianna’s two marriage options, as the camera cuts from the considerate, informative, respectful Lord John to Roger, getting more grizzled by the minute as he mutters about his heartbreak: “I’ve learned something from my pain … look out for No. 1. Well, from now on, that’s me.” He’s so cynical that he manages to alienate a priest (Yan Tual) who had been in solitary confinement.

It’s hard to fault Roger for being bitter as he sits in prison impossibly far from home. And yet he has been driven to this despair not by any awareness of his own faults, but by the machinations of a subplot that has encapsulated a lot of this season’s problems with race.

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Buachaille Etive Mor photo tour

Buachaille Etive Mor photo tours. Visit the iconic mountain and photograph stunning views . Your photo guide will take you to the best viewpoints and give advice on taking pictures.

 

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