The time-travelling adventures of Claire Randall and Highland warrior James Fraser have captured the hearts of many millions worldwide. The award-winning British-American TV drama, drawn from the novels of Diana Gabaldon, drew inspiration from events surrounding the Jacobite Rising. Where better, then, to evoke and become immersed in the myth and drama than around the real-life locations of those turbulent times?
The Fraser stone commemorates where the fictional lead characters fell in battle.
Clava Cairns, an ancient Bronze Age burial site of ringed cairns and chambered tombs, bears a striking similarity to the fictional Craigh na Dun formation that forms the time-travel portal in the Outlander series.
Culloden Battlefield*, is home to a stunning multi-media exhibition on events surrounding the Jacobite Rebellion. When creating the series, Outlander researchers visited the battlefield and were conscientious, if not meticulous, in the quest for accuracy in portraying events that come to life particularly in series 2.
Fort George* played an integral part in events surrounding the Rising. One of the most outstanding fortifications in Europe, it was built in the wake of the Battle of Culloden as an impregnable base for King George II’s army. There is a museum to the Scottish Regiments including the Lovat Scouts.
Completing the experience, attractions such as Beauly Priory – a beautiful 13th century ruin – features in the series as burial ground to the Lovat Frasers. The historic town of Beauly is a worthwhile stop in its own right. Magnificent Castle Leod, near the spa village of Strathpeffer, is the seat of Clan Mackenzie, and reputedly the inspiration behind Outlander’s Castle Leoch.
Avid fans of Outlander may well have additional destinations in mind and Heilan Tours can tailor the trip accordingly.
*Admission fees for exhibitions is extra.