Posted by: travelrat | February 7, 2021

Clanlands

Clanlands

Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish

Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN 9781529342000

If you have a fanciful mind, you might postulate that ‘Jamie’ and ‘Dougal’, two 18th Century Highland warriors in the TV series Outlander, travelled through the mysterious stones to the 21st Century, to explore their native Scotland. But, if you are of a more prosaic mindset, actors Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish, who play the parts of these characters, set out to do the same thing … at the same time, writing about it, and filming an upcoming TV series called Men in Kilts.

 They set out on a road trip around Scotland, using a tandem bicycle and a motor bike and sidecar, but mainly a much-used Fiat campervan, about which they’re rather uncomplimentary; I can’t see Fiat appointing them ‘brand ambassadors’ any time soon! Accompanied, of course, by the TV crew.

It’s not only about the trip, though. There’s a lot of Scottish history here, some of which we were never taught in school. This is usually related in a light-hearted, but not irreverent manner. There’s a little autobiography and, of course, background stories of the filming of Outlander and Men in Kilts. There’s also a foreword by Diana Gabaldon, who wrote the original Outlander books.

The surprising thing is that the two actors remained friends afterwards … especially since ‘Jamie’ killed ‘Dougal’ in the TV series.  


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