Outlander actor surprises staff at Wallace Monument

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Sam Heughan took a trip at one of Scotland’s oldest monuments, surprising staff and visitors.

What would you do if you saw Sam Heughan at a national monument? The staff at the Wallace Monument had to answer that question when the Outlander actor took time off after finishing filming for the day to see it. He turned up shortly before closing and happily took a photo with one of the staff members, who just has to be a fan of the 18th century-set books and series.

Heughan, who will be taking part in the Stirling Marathon on Sunday, decided to pay a visit to the Wallace Monument while he could. It’s one of the oldest monuments in Scotland, standing in memory of William Wallace. Those who have watched Braveheart will have an idea who the legend was, but the Wallace Monument goes into far more detail and is definitely something to see if you ever get the chance–I speak from experience!

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While it’s not a direct connection to Outlander, the monument is a reminder of an important part of Scottish history. William Wallace is one of the 13th-century heroes and was hung, drawn, and quartered for his efforts against the English. Yes, it’s another case of Scottish against English, which has really always been the case!

There’s a viewing point at the top, where you can see Stirling Castle from. While Stirling Castle hasn’t been used in filming, another nearby castle has, Doune Castle. The Devil’s Pulpit is another Stirling location that’s been used in filming, so you can create a perfect mini-Outlander trip during your visit.

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Have you visited the Wallace Monument? What would you do if you saw Sam Heughan (or any of the other actors) there? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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