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Outlander star Sam Heughan reveals Men in Kilts start date

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Outlander star Sam Heughan has finally confirmed the news fans have been waiting to hear, his new show Men in Kilts is set to air next month.

A full trailer for the travel series, which sees him and fellow Outlander actor Graham McTavish on an adventure around Scotland, was released for the first time last week.

Much to the delight of fans, Sam posted on his official Twitter account: “Road trip… boatrip…. unicycle. Whatever gets you there! Pack your bags this Valentine’s Day!”

The travel docuseries, which sprang from the pair’s desire to create a podcast exploring Scotland, has already seen a book release and now fans will finally be able to see the stunts and adventures the duo got up to.

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Released as an eight-episode series, which was shot last year in between filming for Outlander, it’s described as a “love letter” to Scotland and will see Sam and Graham speak with Scottish historians, musicians, food producers and crafts people, as they discover all the things that make fans of shows like Outlander fall in love with this incredible wee country.

The hilarious trailer shows the pair travelling in a motorhome, riding a tandem bike, dancing a Highland fling, tossing a caber, and even leading a pipe band through Edinburgh.

Serving as the ideal escape from Droughtlander, both Sam and Graham, who play Jamie Fraser and Dougal MacKenzie in Outlander, were recently spotted filming in places like the East Neuk of Fife, Glenelg and Eilean Donan Castle as they rushed to finish filming.

When speaking about the show previously, Graham described himself as the “history guy” and Sam the “outdoors guy”, explaining that as well as being great friends, he felt they make a “really interesting combination.”

Sam has since joked that in fact, the show is all about him putting Graham in more and more hilarious and scary situations to try and have a little fun with him.

Graham added: “Meeting characters you couldn’t make up. Having experiences I’ll never forget (nor will my therapist) and stretching our poor livers to the limit!

“It’s about us, it’s about Outlander, it’s about history but most importantly it’s about Scotland.”

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New movie role for Jamie ( Sam Heughan )

new movie role for Outlander's Jamie Fraser , Sam Heughan

French-Canadian singer Celine Dion is getting ready to make her acting debut.

Celine Dion will soon be starring alongside Outlander‘s Sam Heughan and Priyanka Chopra Jonas in a new romantic drama temporarily titled Text For You. The movie is an adaptation of German author Sofie Cramer’s novel SMS Fur Dich (which directly translates to “Text For You”), and was previously adapted by German director Karoline Herfurth in 2016.

Set to be directed by Grace Is Gone‘s Jim Strouse and written by Lauryn Kahn, the film will tell the story of a young woman who is still emotionally suffering following the tragic death of her fiance. In order to try and cope, she begins sending text messages to his old number – but then she discovers that the number has been reassigned to a man in her town who happens to be grieving a similar loss. Per the trade, there will be a heavy Celine Dion influence on the story, as the two characters find inspiration in her music (and presumably this means that Dion will be playing herself). And while it’s not specifically stated in the trade report, we can assume that Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Sam Heughan will be playing the male and female leads.

Heughan, who is best known for playing Jamie Fraser on Outlander, has started to take on more feature projects recently, having starred alongside Vin Diesel in Bloodshot earlier this year. In addition to Text For You, his upcoming slate also includes two films that have already completed production: the action movie SAS: Red Notice and John Hay’s An Unquiet Life, which will feature the actor playing Hollywood legend Paul Newman.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas has also continued to expand her big screen presence in recent years, with the most noteworthy upcoming projects being Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix 4 and Robert Rodriguez’s We Can Be Heroes. She is also set to collaborate with directors Joe and Anthony Russo on the developing miniseries Citadel.

Text For You is still in early development, and doesn’t have a release date yet, but to check out what is coming in the immediate future, be sure to check out our 2021 release calendar.

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Outlander house for sale

Outlander house for sale

A cottage featured in the first episode of Outlander has gone on sale . In episode one in series one Frank and Claire visit Inverness . The Fife town of Falkland was the location used as Inverness . The town square features in a number of scenes including the one where Claire notices a vase in a shop window and decides to buy it .

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A charming end-of-terrace house, which featured in the first episode of the popular historical drama, Outlander, is for sale in Fife, Scotland, for £325,000.

Known as Bayne’s House, the property was built circa 1776 and occupies a desirable central position within the historical village of Falkland. Renovated in 2009 by previous owners, it’s now a characterful home awaiting a new family to move in.

Inside you’ll discover two bedrooms, one bathroom flooded with natural light, a spacious sitting room which has an open fireplace, a gorgeous kitchen, small cloakroom, and a practical linen cupboard for all those towels you want no one to see.

While some of the interiors could do with a refresh (notably the interesting blue tartan carpet in the living room), the home still has heaps of traditional features. From the stone surrounding the fireplace to the small cottage-like windows, these add to the home’s uniqueness.

Gardening aficionados will fall head over heels for the outdoor space. There’s a terrace to the rear of the house, plus small steps which lead to the lawn area. With plenty of open space, it’s ideal for those with a vision to bring it back to life. A shed at the top of garden is perfect for tools, while the raised stone boarder is just the spot for plants to flourish.

Situated within the beautiful conservation area on the west side of Falkland, Young’s House really does have it all. As well as shops and restaurants, new owners are sure to enjoy exploring the village square — which also features in the much-loved TV series.

This property is currently for sale for £325,000 via Savills.

Transfers from Edinburgh to Falkland to view the property can be booked online . Appointments are necessary to view the property .

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Sassenach , Outlander series one, episode one

Sassenach

Episode one , series one Sassenach

Outlander was filmed in locations all over Scotland .

The opening sequence features Glencoe in the Highlands of Scotland .

Claire and Frank Randall are on second honeymoon in Inverness after the end of the war .

Claire is seen looking at a vase in a shop window.

These scenes in Inverness and Mrs Baird guest house were filmed in the village of Falkland in Fife . 

Claire and Frank visit Doune Castle which , with a lot of Cgi made it much older and more ruined than it actually is.

Frank mentions his ancestor, and they go down into the cellar and have sex.

Jamie is seen looking at Claire in the window at the guest house . Frank sees Jamie and walks up to him but Jamie walks off.

Frank asks Claire if it might have been one of her patients .

Next day Claire and Frank watch the dance of druids at dawn at the stones . Claire notices the bluebells  and returns in the afternoon.

This is a major turning point in the story for Claire as she touches the stones and is thrown back 2 centuries .Claire finds Black Jack Randall standing at a stream and he grabs her . She is rescued by the Mackenzies and hides from the redcoat soldiers . 

 They all go back to Castle Leoch ( Doune Castle ) where Claire meets Jamie for the first time and fixes Jamie’s arm .

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The success of Outlander needs to be built on

One of Scotland’s leading film producers has warned that the country is missing out on tens of millions of pounds because of its failure to open a proper studio

– as it emerged that a pledge to have one operational by the end of the year will not be met. Outlander news from Outlander tours

Glasgow-born Iain Smith, whose credits include The Fifth Element, Children of Men, Seven Years In Tibet and Cold Mountain, said his home country was missing out on a huge UK industry boom from streaming services like Netflix.

Smith, chair of the British Film Commission, said the government had failed to build on the success of attracting the Sony-Starz series Outlander and warned that developments in CGI meant Scotland could no longer rely on being used for location filming.

Scottish film-makers have been lobbying for decades for the country to have a full-time studio to attract blockbuster film productions and high-quality drama series.

The Scottish Government set up a “film studio delivery group” in May 2013, before production began on Outlander in a converted warehouse in Cumbernauld, in Lanarkshire. Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop said at the time: “There is clearly an appetite for a large-scale film studio in Scotland, particularly for one with an effective sound stage facility.”

Outlander has been credited with more than doubling the value of the industry to £95 million since then, along with films like Avengers: Infinity WarOutlaw King and Mary Queen Of Scots.

A Holyrood inquiry into the state of the screen sector in Scotland, which reported in June 2018, warned that there was an “urgent need to deliver new infrastructure – not just plans for new infrastructure” within six months.

By the end of the year a new Screen Scotland agency was up and running and had announced that a former wave power plant in Leith Docks was the preferred site for a permanent studio and that it had to have an operator in place by the spring.

When the deadline passed, Screen Scotland insisted it was in “advanced negotiations” with a preferred bidder and was planning to open the studio by the end of 2019. But there have been no further updates since the end of April, other than to drop the pledge it would be operational this year.

Smith said: “I work at a UK level and if you look at how much inward investment is coming into the industry we’re talking about several billions every year.

“I understand a studio has to be relatively down the list of priorities compared to housing, education and so on.

“But at the same time our world and our nationhood is defined by the presence that we have in the international content business.

“There were warnings quite a few years ago about the need to build proper shooting spaces in Scotland.

“Scotland could be making tens of millions of pounds that it is not making at the moment. Streaming services like Netflix are lining up to land their jumbo jets to land on our airstrips in Britain.” Smith added: “The filming of Outlander in Cumbernauld has proved that there is business there. You’d have thought would have spurred the government into action. It needs to look much more seriously and more purposefully at the issue of shooting space that is fit for purpose.

“If you only get productions that are coming to Scotland to shoot in a fishing village or a Highland glen you’re not going to get very much. You need to have a shooting space and then people will start to marry up a complete production schedule. Scotland has become a location base rather than a shooting base.

“It doesn’t have to be huge or Hollywood or anything like that. But it needs to give all the young talent that is coming through some kind of avenue other than a taxi to the airport. We have to be very careful about relying on locations in Scotland now, with the developments in CGI and other visual effects.”

A spokeswoman for Screen Scotland said: “We are completing due diligence on the necessary technical and legal processes and will have more to say shortly. We’re unable to say anything further at this stage due to commercial confidentiality.”

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James Bond tour of Scotland

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The James Bond tour of the Highlands of Scotland features film locations Eilean Donan Castle , Glencoe and Ardverikie in the Highlands plus a visit to a selection of Bond cars .Phone 07305-294773 for more details . Your guide will take you to the best spots for taking pictures of Eilean Donan Castle and the beautiful scenery of Glencoe and the Highlands . Phone +44+7305-294773 for more details and bookings .

Our promise – your guide will always be friendly , helpful and informative .

  • Glen Etive , Glencoe
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Ardverikie
  • Private tour of the Highlands
  • the birthplace of James Bond Sean Connery in Edinburgh
  • Tour of the Highlands from Edinburgh 

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle is the stunning Highlands castle set on an island in the middle of three lochs. The castle is the most photographed castle in the UK and it featured in the films Highlander and James Bond . Your tour guide will take you to the three best locations for pictures of the castle .

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.

Eilean Donan Castle t-shirts and prints can be bought online . Phone +44-7305-294773 for more details .

James Bond cars

James Bond BMW 750 as used on the set of Tomorrow Never Dies .

Lotus Espirit SI

This is a rare original car from 1976 .

This car was last displayed in public at Southwest Film Studios, Cornwall as the actual road car used in the James Bond Film, “The Spy Who Loved Me”, alongside the Aston Martin Vanquish from “Die Another Day”.

It is autographed by Richard Kiel “JAWS” on dashboard and by Caroline Munro “Naomi” on fuel filler caps.

Glencoe

Glencoe was featured in the James Bond film Skyfall . A large part of the action takes place at Bond’s family home, Skyfall Lodge, which is located in awe-inspiring Glen Coe.See the stunning scenery of the paps of Glencoe , one of the most impressive peaks in Scotland. Glencoe is a beautiful rocky landscape featuring the Paps of Glencoe – giant mountains of solid rock. In the summer you might hear the piper in the car park playing a lament . When it goes quiet the silence is quite eery . Listen carefully and you might hear the wailing of ghosts from the Massacre of Glencoe. Your guide will take to the best viewing points in Glencoe .

Glen Etive and Buachaille Etive Mor

Buachaille Etive Mor is the iconic mountain in the heart of the Highlands. Glen Etive is in the heart of the Highlands.

Visitors coming to the area to seek out the famous James Bond’s Skyfall and Braveheart film location . Your guide will take you to the best viewpoints for capturing great pictures of Etive Mor and the waterfall on the River Coupall in front of the mountain .

Ardverikie

Ardverikie Estate is featured in Bond 25 starring Daniel Craig , filmed in Scotland . It also had starring roles in Outlander, Mrs Brown and Monarch of the Glen and takes centre stage in the new season of The Crown.

This tour starts at 10 am and costs £350 .

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Our James Bond tours of Scotland set off from Edinburgh and feature visits to the top film locations in the Highlands of Scotland.

For more details about availability phone 0131 549 9785 / 07305-294773 .

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NEW Sam Heughan’s movie, Bloodshot, with Vin Diesel, is coming out in 2020

Sam Heughan‘s new movie, Bloodshot, with Vin Diesel, is coming out in 2020

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During an interview with Parade, Heughan shared that the movie with Vin Diesel will be out in 2020. He didn’t give an exact date and that’s not all that surprising. The studio probably hasn’t decided on a date just yet. After all, we’ve only just found out that Caitriona Balfe’s Ford v Ferrari movie will be out in November.

What we do get is a little more information about the role Heughan is playing. This was something kept under wraps during the casting announcement so it’s fun to learn more about the character.

Based on the comic book of the same name, Sam Heughan will play a Navy SEAL, who has been changed with technology after something traumatic happened. This makes him a better soldier, sure, but it also changes part of who the character is. The good thing for Heughan is that it’s completely different to Outlander’s Jamie Fraser and that gives him a new range to his acting abilities.

There are plenty of actions scenes for him by the sounds of things. Heughan admits that he had to train because it is a physical role. At the same time, it sounds like comic book fans will see a slight twist, as he explains it’s an iconic character that plays a new superhero (or maybe a supervillain) in the movie.Private tours Edinburgh 0131-549-9785 . Looking for day trips Edinburgh ? How about taking an Outlander tour from Edinburgh to visit Jamie Fraser’s home in Scotland’s amazing Outlander film locations ?Private tours of Scotland 0131-549-9785 seven days a weekPrivate tours Edinburgh 0131-549-9785 . Looking for day trips Edinburgh ? How about taking an Outlander tour from Edinburgh to visit Jamie Fraser’s home in Scotland’s amazing Outlander film locations ? For tour information call +44131-549-9785 now *** check availability now for our unique tours of Scotland +44131-549-9785 seven days a week

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NEW for 2019 – the Kelpies and castles tour

Looking for things to do in Edinburgh ? How about taking a tour from Edinburgh of two ancient castles and the Kelpies  ?

Our  Kelpies and castles tour features a visit to the amazing Kelpies  in Falkirk and two ancient Scottish castles in Stirling and Doune .  

 The Kelpies and castles tours are available daily seven days a week   .The tour spends up to an hour at each location .

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Normal pickup point is Edinburgh city centre . Five hour private tour around Falkirk for up to four passengers. Tours start at 10 am weekdays . Explore the famous Kelpies  in Falkirk .

Itinerary

  • 5 hour private tour group day trip around Falkirk and Stirling
  • Explore the world famous Kelpies , a unique tribute to the Clydesdale horses that used to pull barges along the canals of Scotland
  • visit Doune Castle and find out about its five claims to movie fame
  • visit Stirling Castle , home of Mary Queen of Scots and the Stewart kings of Scotland
  • Take in unique views of the historic Stirling and Doune Castle
  • Small private group tour with a maximum of 4 people

 

The world famous Kelpies

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The Kelpies sculptures are the largest works of art in Scotland, and the largest equine sculptures in the world, designed by Andy Scott. 

The Kelpies sculptures are the largest equine sculptures in the world and they have become Scotland’s best known cultural landmark with over one million visitors .

The Kelpies are 30 metre high sculptures of Clydesdale horses , a unique tribute to the work horses of Scottish industry and economy, pulling the freight barges and coalships along the canals of Scotland in the nineteenth century . Canals shaped the geographical layout of the Falkirk area. The Kelpies are the centrepiece of the Helix Park in Falkirk .

The Kelpies have become the most famous equine sculptures in the world . But now they have been given another name to make them more attractive to Chinese tourists.

VisitBritain, which markets the UK abroad, has dubbed them ‘Kai Po Ju Ma’ in promotional literature in China – which translates as “glorious armoured giant horses”.

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s most impressive castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture. The castle was the home of Mary, Queen of Scots and the Stewart kings of Scotland .

Stirling castle tours
Stirling castle tours

From Stirling Castle’s ramparts, visitors can take in views of the Forth Valley and Ben Lomond , as well as two of Scotland’s most important battle sites – Stirling Bridge (1297) and Bannockburn (1314). The castle is at the head of Stirling’s historic old town.Like Edinburgh Castle , Stirling sits on a volcanic rock dominating the city skyline .

Stirling Castle is not only one of Scotland’s grandest and most imposing castles, it was also a real favourite with Scotland’s kings and queens. And their investment in it demonstrated just how much they loved to use it, as well as their desire to ensure it both impressed all who visited it, and represented a statement of their power and wealth. James IV created the Great Hall, the largest medieval banqueting hall ever built in Scotland, and James V’s Royal Palace, with its lavishly decorated Renaissance façades, was a masterpiece of the period.

Major conservation work has been carried out at Stirling Castle over many years to preserve the attraction as a major national and international monument. The refurbishment of the Great Hall was completed ten years ago . A particular feature of the Great Hall is stained glass windows featuring clan crests . A number of banquets and concerts are held in the Hall throughout the year .

Phone 07305-294773 for availability and bookings or contact us  online .

Doune Castle – featured in Game of Thrones and Monty Python

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Game of Thrones castle tours

  • Doune Castle is unique in that it actually has five claims to movie fame
  • Game of Thrones ( Winterfell )
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  •  Outlander ( Castle Leoch )
  • the Outlaw King
  • Mary Queen of Scots

Your guide will give details of the history of the castle , information about the Game of Thrones filming plus all the other films made at Doune Castle including Monty Python and the Holy Grail .

Behind the scenes access

Visitors to the castle can get details about Game of Thrones filming in the Great Hall and courtyard of the castle .

Insider access

Take the audio tour of Doune Castle , narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones and Outlander’s Jamie Fraser ( Sam Heughan ) .

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The castle was used as the set for Winterfell in the TV series Game of Thrones (2011–present), an adaptation of the A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels by George R. R. Martin. The castle was also used as  “Castle Leoch” in the TV adaption of the Outlander series of novels.

The Great Hall is 20 metres by 8 metres , and 12 metres high to its timber roof, again a 19th-century replacement.The hall has no fireplace, and was presumably heated by a central fire, and ventilated by means of a louvre like the one in the modern roof. No details of the original roof construction are known, however, and the restoration is conjectural.Large windows light the hall, and stairs lead down to the three cellars on ground level.

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The hall is accessed from the courtyard via a stair up to a triangular lobby, which in turn links the hall and kitchens by means of two large serving hatches with elliptical arches, unusual for this period.

The kitchen tower, virtually a tower house in its own right, is 17 metres (56 ft) by 8 metres (26 ft). The vaulted kitchen is on the hall level, above a cellar. One of the best-appointed castle kitchens in Scotland of its date, it has an oven and a 5.5-metre (18 ft) wide fireplace. A stair turret, added in 1581 and possibly replacing a timber stair, leads up from the lobby to two storeys of guest rooms. These include the “Royal Apartments”, a suite of two bedrooms plus an audience chamber, suitable for royal visitors.

The Kelpies and Castles tour costs £195 .

Check availability by phoning us now on 07305-294773 or contact us online Toll free number 1-866-233-2644


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Diana Gabaldon takes her own Outlander tour

BEST-SELLING author Diana Gabaldon got to experience the Outlander effect for herself when she hit the tourist trail of the show’s top locations.

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The US writer stunned fans of the Jacobite telly phenomenon at the weekend as she turned up at Culross in Fife and nearby Falkland Palace.

Diana relaxes in Culross Palace gardens, used as fictional Castle Leoch herb garden in series

It was almost like a surprise royal visit as gobsmacked tourists mobbed the 67-year-old, who happily posed for selfies and signed autographs.

Diana said: “It’s always fun being in Scotland but usually I’m stopping somewhere for research purposes. So it’s been nice to just feel like a tourist for a change.”

The Scottish Sun joined The Outlander creator for the day with tour company Mary’s Meanders, who specialise in the show’s location visits.

First stop was Culross, which doubles, as the fictional village of Cranesmuir in the TV series.



Photographer Graham Harris Graham, who runs The Outlander And Beyond fine art gallery in the town, praised the Arizona-born writer.

The 54-year-old told Diana: “I would like to thank you for paying my mortgage — seriously.”

Next up she visited ancient Falkland Palace, with its famous Bruce Fountain.

Outlander fans will know that’s where the ghost of Sam Heughan’s Jacobite character Jamie Fraser visits time-traveller lover Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe).

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Spanish fan Ana Garcia was completely overwhelmed when she spotted her idol.

The tearful 46-year-old from Barcelona, who works for a mobile phone company, said: “I came here to visit Outlander locations but never expected to see the woman who made it all happen. I will never forget this moment.”

The show has seen a huge boom in Scottish tourism

Victoria Arias was also delighted to meet the woman whose books have sold 35million copies and been translated into 40 languages.

The 30-year-old French blogger said: “This is my third time in Scotland to visit Outlander locations but the first time I’ve met Diana.

“It was fantastic to see the person who started it all in a place where it is actually filmed.”

Diana’s visit came after tourist chiefs announced visitor numbers continue to rocket — up 67 per cent from 887,000 to 1.5million a year — on the back of the TV smash which is shown in 87 countries around the world.

But humble Diana said: “The Outlander effect is sort of a miracle — I had nothing to do with it other than writing the books.”

The mum of three was working as a professor at Arizona State University when she first began writing her story “for practice” — after famously seeing actor Frazer Hines play a Jacobite warrior in a 1969 repeat of Doctor Who.

It has since spawned nine books — with the latest, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, out later this year. And the fifth TV series — which is shown on Amazon Prime in the UK — will start filming around Scotland from next month.

We joined Diana on a scouting mission

But aside from all the official stats, Diana also receives personal testimonies about how Outlander has changed people’s lives.

She explained: “When we were filming an episode from the first series in Culross there was a little shop up the back street where myself and another writer went for a sandwich.

“But all we had on us were £20 notes and the owner didn’t have any change.

“I said ‘”We’re with the film thing and he said he knew because we had our cans — headphones — over our arms. He told us he’d trust us to come back and settle up later.

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“But just as we left he came rushing after us and said, ‘I saw your name on your headphones and I’ve just realised you’re Diana Gabaldon — for you everything is free. Take anything you want’.”

She added: “Then there are people who make crafts and do art — there are thousands of Facebook pages that sell Outlander gear.

“One woman wrote to me saying she has a business doing stencils to go on bedroom walls of Outlander erotica and asked if she could use some of the more romantic quotes from my books.

“So there are these spin-offs all around the world, although Scotland is where you can see the direct financial impact it has had.”


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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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