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Friday, 22 May 2015

Starz Tour a hit


We ran our first one day extension - Starz locations - on the end of our recent Jamie and Claire Tour.  It was a big hit with the thirteen guests.  Here's a few photos to remind you of the TV series.

Ahh, Fort William.  Scene of Jamie's flogging.

Remember this?  Quiet now, since the public punishment.

Patty and Arlyn at Lallybroch

Sandringham's Belhurst
 When we were at "Sandringham's Mansion", Starz crew were in, doing some recon for the next series. 
 
Claire looks out and sees poor Hugh Munro's body beneath the trees.

Far too jolly, considering poor Jamie is recovering inside - St Anne de Beaupre.

Recognise this?  You should do soon.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Waterhorse on Loch Ness


Today Randi read the chapter "Water horse" on the side of Loch Ness.   A cool spring day with the sun warming the smell of the yellow gorse around us.

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Friday, 1 May 2015

Spring Garden of Leoch


These are some photos of the early summer/ late spring garden at "the castle".  That being the castle most similar to the the description of Leoch, that is still extant today.
Taken today, day 3 of the tour, with "The Lost Boys" who misplaced gloves (again), feet (woops!), money, and in the bar last night, all sense of decorum.
 





Thursday, 30 April 2015

2015 Tour begins.


Here we are, trying to build a wee house, with the traditional roof and walls timbers known as crupan, or couples.  This is also a location where Starz used to film Ep 5 "Rent".

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We are into day two now and we've "arrived through the stones",  "got married", "met a witch" and "met the wolves by night".

The name of the tour is yet to be determined, but I (Scot) am all for calling it The Lost Boys tour.  So far our Outlandish Spirits have lost, in order of appearance, one i-Phone, two gloves and a scarf (found again), an earring,  another glove (not found yet). 
It's only day two.


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Friday, 6 March 2015

Tattoo Time!


It's Tattoo Time! I've added a new tour date (by request) and it is timed to allow you, our guests, to attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
 



A night of pipes and drums



Music, Military displays and fireworks...



Followed by the Jamie and Claire week-long tour of purple heather, for the romping within...   Attention!  By The Left Fooo-ut, Quick Romp!





Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Meet Susan and Joe




Susan and Joe are planning a trip of a lifetime: two weeks, private tour, around Scotland, guided by us.

So, calling all Jamie and Claire Tour Alumni, Outlandish Spirits and other travellers familiar with Scotland,  where shall we take them?  We'd love to hear your contributions.

Here is what Susan said when I asked "why?" of this trip.

"My mother was born a Moncreiff. After she passed away last May at the ripe old age of 92, I found my heretofore intermittent interest in my heritage unexpectedly rekindled. At the same time, I was making repeated trips across the breadth of the United States to deal with her estate, and a friend suggested carrying along the Outlander series to while away the hours on the journeys. Aside from the gripping nature of the stories themselves,  I found that in many ways these books told my own ‘back story’ with an immediacy that names and dates on a family tree never could.  Diana Gabaldon’s website mentioned the Jamie and Claire Tour, and I was off and running with the idea of a trip to Scotland.

"Meanwhile, my husband enjoyed the first book of the Outlander series but was not as taken with the sequels as I was. However, he is a passionate photographer and was intrigued with the idea of photographing the Highlands. He is an Ian Rankin [Inspector Rebus] enthusiast as well and has always wanted to see Edinburgh. Enter Scot and Samantha MacKenzie, and a marvelous tour of the Highlands began its incubation."

I ask again, expert travellers, where shall we take them?  Two weeks with a very open wish-list is an amazing opportunity for both Susan and Joe and also ourselves as guides, eager to show them Scotland's hidden gems, so tell us where YOU think are the not-to-be-missed locations.

Here are just a few photos of some places they have requested.

Edinburgh - city of Inspector Rebus and Jamie and Claire

Sandringham's Belhurst (Starz location) and other Outlander locations

Standing stones and the Western Isles

Where else?  Add your ideas through comments on this page or on FaceAche Scotland For Outlanders.