The Outlander Effect: A Virtual Tour of Scotland

Photo credit: Outlander/Starz Image acquired via Starz Media Room
Photo credit: Outlander/Starz Image acquired via Starz Media Room /
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Outlander Effect, noun.

1. The act of travelling to Scotland, especially to those places used as sets in the Starz series Outlander. 2. The predisposition for one to want to throw themselves into anything and everything relating to Outlander in terms of location, dress, language, religion, sexual activities, medical activities, and the like. 3. The effect of Outlander on fans of Outlander.

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A recent BBC article credits Outlander for a boost in tourism to some of Scotland’s historical sites. Specifically, Doune Castle has had a 44% increase in visitors since it’s debut as Castle Leoch in the Starz adaptation of the Outlander novel.

According to the BBC, “The three months from June to August 2015 saw 1,826,047 visitors at Historic Scotland’s 77 ticketed attractions, an increase of more than 34,000 on the previous year.”

Who can blame the touring population? Scotland is beautiful. Simply open up your handy-dandy search engine and look up pictures of Scotland and you’ll see. Who wouldn’t want to visit this magnificent country?

Outlander fans could have told you that long before the show became a reality, though. Fans worldwide have been posting about their Outlander tours for years. Once again, simply Google the phenomenon and you’ll come up with several itineraries- some from official travel agencies, others from loyal, dedicated, and die-hard fans.

But what about those of us that are securely landlocked in the good ole U.S. of A? Or elsewhere? Not everyone can just hop on a jet airliner and skidaddle over to the UK for a lovely little holiday.

Don’t worry. I got you.

Welcome to Claire & Jamie’s virtual tour of Scotland! Grab a hot drink and some snacks, sit back and be prepared to be awed by the power of color photography and the interweb.

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