GreatScot! Rents, Rocks and Reverence – 2nd Outlandish Adventure Day 14

Slept in until the grand late hour of 8 am before heading north for the day’s touring. Unfortunately we miscalculated just a bit and arrive at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore about half an hour before they actually opened. We took the opportunity to catch a couple of more winks in the car.

Refreshed, we made our donation at the entry gate and made our way through the woods to the 18th century reconstructed village used in Outlander episode 105 – Rent. We were so quick getting to it that the costumed interpreter hadn’t even had time to get all the peat fires going. We spent our time investigating all the different houses, barns and sheds. Unlike my last trip though, there were no redcoats to be seen.

After concluding our visit, we headed further north on the A9 towards Culloden. I had made my first visit there last October but Drumossie Moor was just as powerful the second time, although at least it was a bit warmer this go round. I also still cried in the Battlefield Experience.

After our reverent time at Culloden, we made our way over the short distance to Clava Cairns to ramble among the stones and cairns. We took the requisite reenactment photos, but now we can create two versions. One with the cleft stone that matches the description in the Outlander novel and one of the flat stones to reenact the show version of Craig Na Dun.

All attempts to use the stones to find Jamie Fraser unsuccessful, we headed to Inverness City Centre, stopping at Tesco’s along the way to top off the petrol. So happy that fuel is much cheaper this time than it was when I was here last October. Even at 700+ miles to a tank, the cost adds up. We arrived in at city centre to discover that flood works had streets all messed up, so I chose to park in the one lot I knew about near the Cathedral and then we walked back down the riverfront to The Waterside Restaurant to dine with a selection of the Inverness Outlanders. It was awesome to see Sinead, Julie, Angie and Lisa and much fun and conversation was had.

The final stop of the evening was to stop in at Tesco’s for some essentials and I took the opportunity to buy a lottery ticket. It’s all part of my retire to Scotland plan, and I had these numbers given to me by a lad. On the way back to the car, we spied a rainbow! Surely that’s a good sign.


At the end of a long day, we drove back to Pitlochry to rest up for the next day’s adventure. Stay tuned!

Slàn leat an-dràsta!

GreatScot! How Much Is That Jamie in the Window? – 2nd Outlandish Adventure Day 11

Hit the ground running for our first of several days of racing from one Outlander filming location to another. We started the day however at the local Co-op. A great benefit of having a house is that we can save some money by making some of our own food and keeping provisions in the car in case we don’t have time to stop and eat. Summer even got a haggis that she plans to cook in the oven (more on that later).

Shopping done, we headed south to Aberdour Castle.  This was one of my favorite stop last October and I couldn’t wait to show it off to the girls. I’m pretty sure that Summer must be related to Candida, because no sooner had I stopped the car than she was out and off. G and I stopped to buy her an entry ticket in hopes of keeping her out of the clink! The super friendly person working confirmed my memories from last year regarding the locations that were used by the Outlander production: the stable block, Long Gallery and Old Kitchen.

We haven’t yet seen Aberdour on any of the episodes that have aired, so our suspicions that Aberdour is being used for the Abbey are likely correct. I think I may have even spied the Stable Block in the preview for episode 116. Will find out next weekend for sure!

After Aberdour, we headed over to Falkland to immerse ourselves in make-believe Inverness. It was there we noticed a trend developing. There were PocketJamie’s in several windows. Believing it might be some kind of Outlander fan distress call, we popped in to make sure all was well. Much relieved, we took the required photos in GhostJamie pose and then popped in to Campbell’s for a spot of lunch. G and I were unable to make up our minds, so we split everything we ordered while S looked on smugly drinking her cappuccino.

Next, we headed to Culross, where in a time honored tradition of traveling with me, we arrive 6 minutes past last entry for the Culross Palace and Gardens (where outside Castle Leoch scenes were filmed between Claire and Geillis). We contented ourselves with a few peeks over the wall and up the hill and then vowed to find time to come back later in the week. We did walk up to Mercat Cross and I was finally able to snap a few pics of the Duncan house without all the scaffolding that was on it last October. We then made our way out-of-town to the West Kirk, my absolutely favorite Outlander film location so far. I wasn’t brave enough to try to drive the car quite all the way to the Kirk this time though after hearing a story of someone dislodging their gas tank. Braving the whipping winds, we walked the last quarter-mile or so.

Beginning to fade, we made our way back home for the evening. We need to rest up a bit for a full day of chasing Outlander locations with our favorite medieval PhD student and Outlandish Baker, Steph, especially since goodies have been promised! We made a couple of pit stops to fill up the car with petrol and get the ingredients for a special something to celebrate our success with tomorrow evening. Wonder which Outlander Kitchen recipe it could possibly be? Stay tuned!


Slàn leat an-dràsta!


Another Outlandishly beautiful day – Scotland Day 13

Sorry for the delay in today’s post but didn’t get in from Inverness until very late last night and after concentrating on driving very dark roads for 50 miles driving on the left, I was beat! Woke up extra early this morning to get it done though. Sitting here writing and listening to the rain patter on the roof and trying not to think about having to pack back up and head to Glasgow and then leave for home on Saturday.

Yesterday was beautiful though. At several points there weren’t even any clouds in the sky, so we had a beautiful drive down to the village of Falkland. We ended up doing some shuffling of our plans for the day as we realized that Aberdour Castle was going to be closed on Thursday and Friday, so we decided to do that today and hold off on Newtonmore until Thursday. We made the hour or so drive south to Falkland in good time, even lucking into a parking place right in town. Judging from the signs around town, parking is really restricted until the end of September but in October nobody cares!

My Outlander friends will recognize Falkland as the filming location used for 1940’s Inverness. Of course Candida and I did just a tiny bit of squeeing as we saw the house used for Mrs. Baird’s and the memorial in the street where ghost Jamie stands. We walked all around taking pictures, only occasionally remembering that we were mostly standing in a public street. Luckily traffic was a minimum. We also had a great time shopping in Earth Fayre, which was the shop front used for the scene where Claire looks at the blue vases.  We didn’t find any blue vases there, but I did pick up a bag full of great stuff for people back home and the owner even gave Candida and I a little free key-chain shaped like a sporran. She also told us a bit about how interesting it was to have her shop front turned into a film set. Continue reading

Reverence and Remembrance… Scotland Day 11

Woke up early this morning and had a brief Skype with Mom as she was up way too late. I captured a beautiful view of the light dawning over the loch next to the house. I eventually wandered downstairs to make myself some tea and eat breakfast. It’s so wonderful to be staying somewhere with a kitchen. Thanks Susan!

WP_20141013_08_33_23_ProBefore too long, Candida and I were ready to hit the road. On today’s agenda was Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns. We also had plans to meet up with Lisa, one of the Inverness Outlanders I wasn’t able to meet last week. On the A9 north, we drove through periods of sun, clouds and mist—you know, typical Scottish weather whiplash. By the time we reached Culloden though, the weather seemed to have settled into a period of sun. It was however the coldest day of the trip so far.

At Culloden, we paid our parking and admission fees and headed into the exhibition area of the Visitors’ Centre. The displays of artifacts and explanations of events were very good. I was also glad to have the chance to practice my Gàidhlig comprehension a bit more. (I even managed to try some pronunciations under my breath.) The most moving of the exhibits by far though was the Battlefield Experience. Continue reading

From partly cloudy Skye to rainy Inverness to sunny smiles in Glasgow – Scotland Days 5 and 6

Woke up to vastly improved weather conditions in Skye on Tuesday. But if I have learned anything in my time in Scotland, it is that you can’t judge the next 5 minute’s weather by the last five minute’s weather! A side effect of the clearer weather though was chillier temperatures and the morning air had a decided nip to it.  After a breakfast of scrambled eggs and tea, I hopped in the car to begin the day’s adventure. The plan was pretty ambitious: drive round the Trotternish peninsula, find the Fairy Glen and the Fairy pools, and then head back over to the mainland and arrive in Inverness in time for dinner and drinks with some of the Inverness Outlanders group.

With no time for dilly dallying, I settled the tariff at the B&B and set out. (Don’t you love the way I’m starting to talk like a native? 😉 I’m telling you, another week and no one will know I’m from Georgia!) I made it at least a few hundred yards before stopping to take some photos. With all the rain of the last few days, there were waterfalls absolutely everywhere. I snapped a few and then also got a photo of the rock formation known as the Old Man of Storr in the distance. I also stopped to take some photos of Kilt Rock, which reminded me very much of the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland with the addition of a lovely waterfall into the sea. Continue reading