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Did Jamie just give a clue about the standing stones ?

Outlander Actor Sam Heughan has written the foreword to an excellent book “There’s always the hills ” by Cameron Mcneish , in which he gives a little clue about the location of the famous standing stones

” We had been filming Outlander near Loch Rannoch for a few days, among the magical setting of standing stones that the main character Claire travels through, back to Scotland in 1745. I had spent my 35th birthday on the side of a mountain, filming a ‘picnic’ in the driving rain and fog, and even the bannock we had to eat was soggy. Dreich and damp as we were, it felt momentous, remarkable even, the ever-changing summit of Schiehallion standing like an extinct volcano, cloud continuously

masking then briefly revealing her sharp peak, the magical backdrop to our scene. I looked towards where I knew our crew would be working, at least a kilometre down, in the valley. The wind was getting stronger but the snow had eased. As if in answer, the cloud briefly parted allowing me to see down the long sweep of the valley to a silver-grey loch in the distance. I could make out the circle of trees that marked the location of the standing stones, the cherry picker cranes carrying the enormous lights that pretend to be a dim Scottish sun. I even spotted a few black figures, unrecognisable in wet weather gear, moving slowly around. The crew would be cold and wet and only halfway through their day and I felt so fortunate to have the time off. As quickly as they had parted, the clouds closed again and I was alone. It was time to get down, in case the weather got worse and I lost my way.”

 

 

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New Outlander film location in Dunure, Ayrshire

The Outlander film crew are set to descend on Dunure to shoot new scenes for the blockbuster series.

The scenic piece of coast south of Ayr will be transformed into a film set on Monday, March 5 for the smash hit show.

American cable network Starz are currently filming season four in Scotland.

This will be the third time that Dunure has been the location of shooting for the drama series, which has won numerous accolades.

But this is the first time that Dunure will be added to the official Visit Scotland Outlander map.

The show’s fan club has over 100,000 members – plenty of whom travel to locations that filming is done, which could mean a big boost to tourism in South Ayrshire.

And councillor Iain Campbell is delighted with the news.

He said: “I think that it is wonderful for tourism in South Ayrshire.

“We live in a county that seems to be overlooked, despite how much there is here.

“The likes of Ireland and the Highlands can make use of their scenery and attributes like castles, and we don’t seem to do anything.

“But Outlander want to make use of the Harbour and the Castle.

“The good thing about this is that it could lead to more – that’s what we are after.

“When people see these sights, they want to come.

“And if Dunure has this TV exposure again then it can be wonderful.

“It also leads to a lot of revenue for South Ayrshire, as simple as getting more money into tills of the surrounding shops.

(Image: Iain Brown/Ayrshire Post)

“The fact they are coming back shows that Dunure must look good, so we need to tap into that potential.

“There are plenty of other castles and harbours in South Ayrshire, along with Burns’ Cottage that are historic.

“There are even parts of Ayr and the Carrick Hills to look at too, and we are right on the edge of the Galloway Forest.

“And the route connections are good too, we aren’t too far from the likes of Glasgow, with great hotels, facilities and of course a major airport on our doorstep.”

Bill Grant MP said: “I’m delighted to hear that Dunure will once again feature as a location for Outlander.

“It’s a gem of a village, and the arrival of a film crew brings a boost to the whole area.

“I know too that some of my constituents have landed jobs, including as ‘extras’ during filming.”

He added: “This news emphasises that the Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock area has a lot going for it in terms of film locations.

“I remember when Straiton was famously transformed into a Highland village for a film called The Match.

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Ainsley Jordan joins Outlander as Claire Fraser’s rival Judith Wylie

OUTLANDER’S latest addition to the season four cast has been revealed as Ainsley Jordan, who has joined the series as Claire Fraser’s rival Judith Wylie.

Ainsley has been cast for the fourth season of Outlander, which is expected to hit television screens later this year, as the wife of plantation owner Philip Wylie.

Claire (played by Catriona Balfe) and Judith are reported to be become embroiled in a vicious spat and while the reason why has not been revealed, it could be down to Philip’s crush on the time traveller.

The new addition is also rumoured to have something to say about Claire’ fashion sense as she adjusts to life in the American colonies.

Ainsley said that she is very “excited” to be joining the cast of Outlander and took to Twitter to thank the show’s fans for their warm welcome messages following the announcement that she would be taking on the role of Judith.

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Outlander: Claire Fraser will have a new rival in the form of Judith Wylie

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Outlander: Claire and Jamie Fraser will spend season four in the American colonies

“Very strange waking up to literally hundreds of nice messages from #Outlander fans!” she tweeted.

“But what a nice surprise! Excited for Judith to dip her toe into the Outlander gang.”

Ainsley has previously starred in a number of plays and movies as well as narrating her own radio show “Kidnapped”.

It comes after it was revealed that Jaime Fraser (Sam Heughan) could also have a rival as Scottish actor Craig McKinley has joined the cast.

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Outlander: Jaime and Claire washed up on the shores of Georgia in season three

The 31-year-old is set to take on the role of Andrew MacNeil, a plantation owner near Cape Fear.

It is believed that he will lead Jaime and Claire to the sawmill where a lynching takes place in the fourth run of the time-travelling series.

The Glaswegian star has previously appeared as Sir Percival in King Arthur: Knights of the Round Table as well as television series Nightfall and short film Blood Loss.

Outlander cast spotted filming in park near Glasgow

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Outlander: How will the couple cope in the American colonies?

The fourth series of Outlander is set to see a significant new development for Claire and Jaime Fraser.

After surviving a storm and ship wreck, the couple have found themselves washed up on the shores of the American Colonies.

Outlander season four is expected to return to Starz later this year, and will follow on Amazon Prime Video shortly after.

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Behind-the-scenes picture from the production set of Starz TV series “Outlander.”

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A behind-the-scenes picture from the production set of Starz TV series “Outlander.” Facebook/ Outlander

The filming of “Outlander” season 4 is going well so far. Co-executive Producer Matthew B. Roberts shared a brief production update online, along with a picture of the magical stones of Craigh na Dun. Meanwhile, the TV series and cast member Sam Heughan (Jamie) have won another online poll, thanks to the fans.

“Stoned,” Roberts jokingly wrote about the picture of Craigh na Dun set [see below]. It’s not clear if there will be another jump through time for Claire (Caitriona Balfe), but the producer said that the filming is “coming along nicely.”

“Can you hear the drum beats,” the producer asked in a hashtag. The plot of the next season is based on Diana Gabaldon’s book “Drums of Autumn.”

Co-executive Producer Maril Davis is also in Scotland currently. She recently shared a picture of some majestic snow-capped mountains [see below] that she saw while driving to work.

The next season will show Jamie and Claire in the American colonies. However, the production team hasn’t shifted base to the US, and all the filming will take place in Scotland. Scenes of Boston were previously filmed in Glasgow, and this time the Scottish wilderness will stand in for American forests and other locations. The Frasers will live in small cottage in the woods.

Meanwhile, there was another online poll that the TV series and Heughan have won. The results posted on Spoiler TV show the TV series wining in the best drama series category, and Heughan winning in the best actor category. Balfe, however, lost out in the best actress category to Elisabeth Moss from “The Handmaid’s Tale” by just over 60 votes.

There will be 13 episodes in “Outlander” season 4. About half the episodes may have been filmed already. The show will premiere sometime later this year, and the producers are yet to announce an exact release date.

Credit: Matthew B. Roberts/ Twitter

Credit: Maril Davis/ Twitter

 
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Diana Gabaldon to dish on ‘Outlander’ at Savannah Book Fest

Savannah Book Fest: Scientist-turned-novelist Diana Gabaldon to dish on ‘Outlander’ at sold-out opening address

 

In the late 1980s, Diana Gabaldon was a research scientist working in the field of behavioral ecology when she set out to explore a new hobby that would transform her career rather drastically.

What became the New York Times bestselling series “Outlander” began as a piece of historical fiction and a challenge Gabaldon gave herself. She wanted to write a novel, just for practice. While watching the science-fiction television series “Doctor Who,” a Scottish character from the 18th century caught her attention. He became the foundation for one of the “Outlander” main characters, Jamie Fraser.

“That was an accident,” Gabaldon said in an interview with January Magazine. “I mean, everything was an accident, amazingly. I wanted to write a book for practice to learn how to write novels. And I was thinking what would be the easiest possible kind of thing to write, and I thought maybe a mystery, because I read more of those than anything.

“And then I thought, ‘Well, mysteries have plots. I’m not sure I can do that.’ And I thought perhaps that would be a historical novel because I was a research professor. Well, I was a scientist, but I did know how to use the library and it’s easier to look things up than to make them up entirely. So I said, ‘OK. I’ll write a historical novel.”

Gabaldon had joined an online message board, an early precursor to chat rooms, on the subject of literature. In the group, a man asked for a description of what it was like to be pregnant. Having three children already, Gabaldon understood the experience, but she had also written about it. At the time, she had kept her novel writing a secret. She shared a portion of the manuscript with the online message board, which reacted to it well. She decided to share more, and to write more.

In a stroke of luck, she found a literary agent and and sold the first unfinished manuscript for “Outlander.” Although it began as a piece of historical fiction, Gabaldon’s female protagonist did not fit well into 18th-century Scotland. So the book took a turn into science fiction with the introduction of 20th-century British nurse Claire Randall, who time travels from 1945 to 1743.

Originally marketed as a romance novel, “Outlander’s” popularity later allowed the publishing company to transition the series into the fiction section. Described as part historical fiction (based around the true story of Scotland’s Charles Edward Stuart), part romance novel and part science-fiction, “Outlander” has been hard to categorize, but that has rarely defeated its popularity.

“Whenever you’re dealing with something that’s difficult to describe, that you can’t get across to someone in a sound bite, it sounds like the normal default is to pick what’s easiest, and in the case of fiction written by women, fiction involving women, fiction involving any sort of relationship, the word that comes to mind is romance,” Gabaldon said in an interview with Vulture. “It’s canned stuff: ‘It’s steamy, it’s stirring, it’s sizzling, it’s a bodice ripper.’ And as I say, in romance novels, those are courtship stories. Once the couple is married, that’s the end of the story. And in our story, that means we would have stopped at episode seven.

“I’ve never seen anyone deal in a literary way with what it takes to stay married for more than 50 years, and that seemed like a worthy goal. On one level, this series is telling the story of how people stay married for a long time.”

The original “Outlander” book was published in 1991. Since then, Gabaldon has finished seven more books in the series, with a forthcoming ninth in the works. The “Outlander” series has been published in 26 countries and 23 languages and now includes several companion series. It has sold more 28 million copies in print.

In 2013, Starz revealed a television adaption of 16 episodes. It premiered in 2014 and was renewed for a fourth season in 2016. The third season aired in September and the fourth season is now being filmed. The television adaption has been nominated for several awards, including multiple Emmys and Golden Globes.

Soon after the second book, Gabaldon retired from her science career to focus on writing. She holds degrees in zoology, marine biology and a doctorate in quantitative behavioral ecology.

Tickets for her opening address at the 2018 Savannah Book Festival sold out in minutes.

“Diana Gabaldon, like Oprah, could run for president,” said Kim Bockius-Suwyn, executive director the festival. “I have to remind people we’re a literary festival. Diana’s fans are hysterical. They crashed our website.”

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What: Savannah Book Festival opening address

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 15

Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St.

Cost: Sold out

Info: savannahbookfestival.org

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Outlander Valentine’s Day gifts

“Outlander” is on hiatus, but a Sassenach’s love for the Starz drama never fades. Surprise your lovely lass with one of these “Outlander”-themed Valentine’s Day gifts on February  14, and you’ll be able to say you’re the Jamie to her Claire.

Our collection of these “Outlander”-themed Valentine’s Day gifts include t-shirts, mugs, phone cases, prints, posters and throw pillows.

 

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Jamie and Claire fans will love an “Outlander”-inspired Valentine’s Day 

Ideally, an “Outlander” gift will make the hiatus easier to deal with. Season 3 ended in December with Jamie and Claire landing on the shores of the U.S. They’ll make the colonies their home in Season 4, but “Outlander” fans know that the Frasers won’t be able to avoid trouble for long. Find out more about Season 4 filming has started in Scotland .

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Is Jamie’s life in danger ?

Because dramatic behind-the-scenes footage may leave fans questioning the fate of one of the show’s main characters.

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Sam Heughan’s character Jamie can be seen in the middle of a heated exchange

Outlander star Sam Heughan’s character, Jamie, can be seen in a tense exchange with Native Americans while filming in Cumbernauld.

The footage comes after Season 4 filming revealed Caitriona Balfe‘s Clare could be in serious danger after being spotted on set.

Scots fans went wild when the show’s most recent Scottish filming locations were revealed.


Heughan can be seen in the clip surrounded by Native Americans brandishing spears and guns as the camera crew take up position.

It looks like a dangerous stand off with the natives as a rifle is pointed at his head in the middle of the woodland.

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A rifle can be seen being pointed towards Sam Heughan’s head

Production rolled into Cumbernauld Glen last month with viewers spotting a sign posted announcing the filming.

One glam fan even turned up on set in a bid to catch the Scots hunk’s eye with her racy get-up.

Last month, Richard Rankin, who plays Roger Wakefield in the hit series, was spotted in Falkland, Fife, where the village was given a retro makeover

New Outlander episodes have been rumoured to be set to air later this year.

And telly chiefs have also admitted they’re in talks over the future of the hit drama.