Take a Ride with Claire through History Back to 18th Century Scotland

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Take a Ride with Claire through History Back to 18th Century Scotland


Byline: SARA MALM

FOR any major fan, it is a bucket listmoment to get to visit the sets of your favourite show, so when I had the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Outlander's Claire and Dreamy - I mean Jamie - I put my hand up in a heartbeat.

Based on the book series by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander tells the story of Claire Randall, a nurse in 1940s England who accidentally timetravels to 18th Century Scotland during a trip to the Highlands.

As Claire attempts to return to her own time, she must rely on her wits to survive among the Scottish clans, but she soon finds herself falling for Jamie Fraser, a rugged young warrior and laird-to-be.

Despite being set in the Scottish Highlands, much of the series is filmed in the Lowlands, in locations such as Glasgow, Perthshire, Fife, Edinburgh and West Lothian.

For crazed fans of the show such as myself, VisitScotland has put together a handy guide, enabling us to visit the backdrops of Outlander, the closest to being on the actual show we can get. Aer Lingus flies to Glasgow from [euro]39.98 return, Edinburgh [euro]64.98. Contact discovery.aerlingus.com.

CASTLE LEOCH Outlander has been described as Scotland's Game of Thrones, so it was fitting to discover that they had both been filmed at the same place - Doune Castle.

Doune Castle, located near the village of Doune, in Stirling, 'stars' as Castle Leoch in the TV series: the seat of Clan MacKenzie, Jamie Fraser's relatives.

After being given a tour of the castle, taking in the stunning view, we met Jim Hughes of Caledonian Creations and Armour Class who made the weapons used on Outlander including Jamie's dirk.

To be able to hold the same sword as Sam Heughan (the not entirely unattractive Scottish actor who plays Jamie) was enough to send this fan weak at the knees.

As well as starring as Castle Leoch and as the great hall of Winterfell on Game of Thrones, Doune has also played Swamp Castle, Castle Anthrax and Camelot in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

DUKE OF SANDRINGHAM'S RESIDENCE Located just outside Edinburgh, in South Queensferry, is Hopetoun House, described as 'Scotland's finest stately home'.

In real life it is home of the Marquess of Linlithgow, however, on Outlander it serves as the residence of the Duke of Sandringham. In the series, both Jamie and Claire (Dubliner Caitriona Balfe) visit the Duke in the hopes that he will help gain Jamie a pardon so he can come out of hiding and return to his home in Lallybroch and finally become laird.

LALLYBROCH A hop and a skip down the road, in the grounds of the Hopetoun House estate, lies Midhope Castle, or as Outlander fans know it, Lallybroch. …

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