My obsession with Outlander, as with a lot of people who visit Scotland, started over twenty years ago with the first book in the series, titled here as Cross Stitch. Outlander has had an astonishing impact on the tourism trade in Scotland- with many of the tourists being avid fans of the both the tv series and the books. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to go on an Outlander tour while we were there, and it was amazing visiting the sites the tv series filmed in. Of course, beyond the glitter and romance of Outlander, there's actual, real history in the locations that were used for the fiction storylines and I found this even more interesting than the outlander experience itself.
Excerpt from Take me Home
‘Maybe we’ll find Jamie,’ one woman whispered excitedly to her friend as they waited to board the bright yellow bus.
‘Oh, the things I’d do if I found him,’ her friend sighed, and Elle hid her smile at the thought of these two rather round older women showing the fictional male lead of the Outlander series a thing or two in the romance department.
The driver, a redheaded Scottish woman named Gillian, made Elle smile as she gave a running commentary of Edinburgh’s history as they made their way through the streets and out of the city.
Gillian proved an absolute delight with her droll commentary and the extra bits and pieces of information she dropped into conversation.
Keep an eye out for more blog posts about Scotland and the research for the book, Take me Home, due for release in May 2021.