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Outlander Fascinating Facts

Outlander Fascinating Facts

Photo: Steven Brown

‘Outlander’ Season 2, following the books, takes a dramatic turn as the young couple – Jamie and Claire - escape from their troubles in Scotland and sail to France, where they get involved in the burgeoning Jacobite rebellion.  We were lucky to be invited to the Amazon Prime Season 2 Premiere in Ashton Lane, Glasgow on Tuesday night (5th April) and enjoyed the first episode celebrity style complete with cocktails and popcorn!

Here are some fascinating facts for all you fans and some Fife filming insights:

  1. Did you know that 40% of visitors to the UK have been inspired to visit by film or TV they have watched? Culross Palace has seen a 70% increase in footfall since the series aired.
  2. The Outlander TV show is based on a series of eight novels by Diana Gabaldon which sold more than 25 million copies worldwide and has graced the New York Times best-sellers list six times.
  3. The show has higher in-season engagement rates on Facebook than the most recent seasons of competitor shows such as Game of Thrones, Orphan Black and Vikings!
  4. The whole process for Jamie's back scars is 2 hours 30 mins and it takes three make-up artists to do. There are two large prosthetic pieces to apply and some smaller ones, and every single section needs to be glued onto Sam's skin, blended and coloured up. Getting the scars off at the end of the shooting day takes roughly 45 mins with oils and lavender flannels!
  5. Aberdour Castle - this beautiful castle stands in for a monastery in Season 1. The castle’s 12th-century hall house is arguably the oldest standing stone castle in Scotland, featuring a stunning and well-preserved early 17th-century painted ceiling.
  6. Falkland – Did you know there are no fewer than 28 listed buildings in the village, which features as 1940’s Inverness in the drama series? The buildings ooze a deep and genuine history that takes some beating anywhere.  Falkland Palace is also home to the oldest real tennis court in Britain.
  7. Culross – The fictional village of Cranesmuir, Culross is Scotland’s most complete example of a 17th and 18th-Century burgh. Stroll around this royal burgh’s charming cobbled alleyways and feel the centuries peel back. Discover the herb garden that Claire works at in the grounds of the fictional Castle Leoch behind the impressive Culross Palace.
  8. If you’re an Outlander fan, check out the VisitScotland Season 1 Outlander map to inspire your visit!

To find out more about Fife locations used for filming Outlander, read our 'Must Visit Locations for Outlander Fans' blog  Enjoy Season 2!

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