World Outlander Day: how to celebrate in Scotland
From Outlandish gatherings to walking tours, fans of the series need never be bored
Unless you’ve recently stumbled through some ancient stones and found yourself transported to a land with no Amazon Prime, you’ll have no doubt been hearing all about a certain series named Outlander.
Based on the books by Diana Gabaldon, this typical time-travel-romance-drama tells the story of Claire (Caitriona Balfe) who travels back in time from 1945 to 1743, leaving behind her husband Frank (Tobias Menzies) and falling into the well-toned arms of a handsome young man named Jamie (Sam Heughan).
The books and the series alike have proved to be immensely popular, with all the under-the-kilt action getting fans hot under the Jacobean collar, and the political subplot peaking interest in 18th century Scotland. Thanks to this popularity, there’s now an entire day dedicated to Outlander – June 1 if you’re interested – and we’ve got a few suggestions as to how you can celebrate.
A taste of Outlander
Linlithgow-based tour company Mary’s Meanders have created an immersive Outlander-themed evening, featuring a three-course meal inspired by the series. There’s also traditional Scottish music, a Gaelic Bard in full Jacobean dress, a piper and highland dancing.
The Outlander walking tour
Unlike Jamie and Claire, you’ll have to make do with travelling on foot – there are no highland horses to saddle in Edinburgh. After meeting at the Mercat Cross, guides will whisk you back to the mid-18th century (well, use your imagination, we don’t all have a magical stone circle handy). Participants then visit the Canongate Kirk, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and more places of interest in the books (we won’t explain why just now, we’re not in the business of spoilers).
In case you can’t tell from the title, Outlandish is a group for people that like Outlander. All around the world gatherings are held, (yes just like in the book, except without all the familial tension) where you can meet up with other lovers of the series and do such things as dance, talk and wear character masks. The UK gathering has already happened, but smaller meet-ups take place regularly.
Cook up an 18th century storm
Outlander Kitchen is a blog dedicated to all sorts of food and drink inspired by Gabaldon’s kilt-filled world. There’s a cocktail recipe for Jamie’s Rusty Nail (and you’ll need a strong drink after the Wentworth prison episode), instructions for making barley bannocks (like the ones Claire munches on in the thieves hole) and suggestions for homemade crowdie cheese (which must crop up somewhere, but we’re not going to keep tabs on every single bite of cheese in the series. Be reasonable, guys.
Head out on the Outlander trail
VisitScotland can help you VisitOutlander, as they’ve created a handy printable walking map featuring all the filming locations from the series, taking you everywhere from Fife to the Firth of Forth.
World Outlander Day takes place on Mon 1 Jun.