If you’re a fan of Starz’s “Outlander” series, a trip to Scotland, the land that inspired the show, is a must.
Outlander is a British-American television drama series that is based on the series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. The Starz show started three years ago and it is currently in its third season. “Outlander” follows Claire Randall, a nurse who travels back in time to 18th-century Scotland and meets the warrior Jamie.
Those who want to travel to Scotland should start with VisitScotland, an interactive website that includes attractions and historical sites that surround the television series.
Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, said “As well as highlighting real locations that feature in the books, our map and itinerary also reveal the best places for visitors to trace their ancestry, learn about the Jacobite Uprising, and discover the real Scotland — the land that inspired ‘Outlander.’
There are several “Outlander” filming location tours that fans can take and see the filming sites from each of the seasons, including the Capital of the Scottish Highlands – Inverness where Frank and Claire honeymoon and Jamie’s ‘fetch’ appears outside the window. There’s also the beautiful Drummond Castle Gardens. You can visit the kingdom of Fife and Eldridge Manor, and finally medieval Balgonie Castle, a working, living castle. You can see the location of ‘the Mill’, Rosslyn Chapel, the church where Jamie and Claire were married, and Gosford House.
Tours also include the hills and valleys of Glencoe which you can see in the show’s opening credits. Keep in mind that there are things you can see from the television show and you can also see locations from the books that the show was originally based on.
Fans of the show can see Black Jack Randall’s Fort William, the Lallybroch, Castle Leoch ~ the set used by Starz for many of the early episodes and Sandringham’s House.
There are several “Outlander” tours that are already run in Scotland, with a new “Blazing the Jamie and Claire Trail,” tour a themed tour designed especially for the fans of all things Jamie & Claire. The tour is set to launch in October from Edinburgh-based Rabbie’s Small Group Tours.
If you’re an Outlander fan, talk to your travel agent about booking an unforgettable trip to Scotland.
Travel Makers MD