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Outlander season four filming starts in Falkland, Fife this week

The cast and crew of Outlander will return to a Fife village this week to shoot scenes for season four of the hugely successful time travelling fantasy. Falkland High Street will be closed to traffic as filming gets underway with East Port, Cross Wynd and Mill Wynd also to be used by producers. The village has already replicated Inverness during the 1940s and the mid 18th Century in earlier episodes. Outlander tours can be booked online .

Falkland features some familiar sights from the TV series , including Mrs Baird’s Guesthouses ( pictured here , actually the Covenanter Hotel), the Bruce Fountain where Claire comes across the ghost of Jamie, and the building that doubles as Farrell’s Hardware and Furniture Store.

Filming for the fourth season of the Outlander TV series has started in Falkland ,Scotland
Filming for the fourth season of the Outlander TV series has started in Scotland . One of Outlander’s first scenes was filmed in the picturesque town of Falkland, which stands in for Inverness in the 1940s . The show is based on American author Diana Gabaldon’s series of historical novels, which sees nurse Claire Beauchamp Randell mysteriously swept back from 1945 to 1743 Highland Scotland
 .  Falkland features some familiar sights from the TV series , including  Mrs Baird’s Guesthouses ( pictures here , actually the Covenanter Hotel), the Bruce Fountain where Claire comes across the ghost of Jamie, and the building that doubles as Farrell’s Hardware and Furniture Store.
Most of the filming will take place in Scotland,  according to the show’s executive producer Ron Moore . 
Scotland’s stunning landscape, with its rolling hills, rugged mountains, picturesque towns and villages, castles and sprawling beaches has provided the perfect backdrop for the world of cinema.
The show is based on American author Diana Gabaldon’s series of historical novels, which sees nurse Claire Beauchamp Randell mysteriously swept back from 1945 to 1743 Highland Scotland where rebellion and romance are afoot.  Executive Producer Ron Moore has commented on Scotland : “The landscape itself is a character in the show. There’s a particular quality to the light in Scotland, even to the grass and the trees.” 
Outlander season 4 is expected to premiere sometime in  2018.

The village’s Convenanter Hotel, which doubled as Mrs Baird’s bed and breakfast in season one, will remain closed this week as shooting gets underway. Meanwhile, claims that the set for Fraser’s Ridge, where the show’s lead characters settle after arriving in North Carolina, has been built in woods near Cumbernauld have been denied.

The appearance of the couple’s rustic cabin is eagerly anticipated by Outlander fans.

A simple, wooden building has appeared in Cumbernauld Glen close to the Outlander studios. But John Gary Steel, the production manager in charge of set design, confirmed on Twitter that it is not the cabin being used in the show. The Outlander production team earlier sought permission to build a temporary set in woods outside Cambusbarron, near Stirling. However, this plan is no longer going ahead.

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Linlithgow Palace – Wentworth Prison in Outlander

Linlithgow Palace featured as Wentworth Prison in #Outlander.
This royal pleasure palace and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots became the backdrop for some of the most harrowing scenes of the show.
Depicted as Wentworth Prison, the prison corridors and entrance were used in episode 15 of the first series when Jamie Fraser was brutally incarcerated by his adversary, Black Jack Randall.
Built in the 1400s and 1500s, the now-ruined palace is set among the spectacular surrounds of Linlithgow Loch and Peel.
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Why does Jamie call Claire a “Sassenach” ?

If you’ve watched/read Outlander from the beginning, you know that Claire has been called many things, both derogatory and endearing. While most people have referred to her as a witch because of her healing powers, the one nickname that stands out most is “Sassenach.” Over 50 photo gifts are available from this picture of Linlithgow Palace , featured as Wentworth Prison in Outlander , including cards, prints, t-shirts, phone cases and lots more.
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A sassenach typically refers to an English person or a foreigner, deriving from the Gaelic sasunnach “Saxon” as it was used by Gaelic speakers to refer to Scottish Lowlanders who had Anglo-Saxon descent as a way of setting boundaries and divisions. In the first episode of the show, the Highlanders label her as such because she’s an Englishwoman, but Jamie adopts that as a form of endearment, calling her the term lovingly and generally using her name when he’s peeved or thinks she’s being too defiant. While sassenach started as a way to distinguish her from the Highlanders, it now demonstrates feelings of familiarity between Jamie and Claire, which is why it’s particularly important that Jamie doesn’t stop calling her that, even 20 years later.

In “A. Malcolm,” upon seeing Claire after regaining consciousness, Jamie calls her by her name, although he goes right back to calling her Sassenach, especially when they’re getting reacquainted in the bedroom. “It’s always been forever for me, Sassenach,” Jamie exclaims, reassuring Claire that he never stopped loving her. It’s an interesting contrast to Laoghaire calling her a “Sassenach witch” in the episode “First Wife” when she learns that Claire’s back. It’s a reminder that the term still has a negative connotation, even though it has come to be more meaningful for Jamie and Claire, and, for Jamie, describes Claire as less of a foreigner and something more ethereal.

In the latest episode, “Uncharted,” Jamie yelling out “Sassenach!” when he spots Claire on the beach through his spy glass is instinctual and lets viewers know that while they haven’t been reunited for long and still have a lot to learn about each other, they’re still Jamie and Claire down to their cores and will always find their way back to each other, regardless of the circumstances.

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5 Scottish castles featured in Outlander tours

The smash hit series Outlander hits UK TV screens this week . Most of the first 2 series were shot in Scotland with 5 castles in particular featuring heavily.

1  Midhope Castle – Lallybroch
Those seeking a glimpse of the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser won’t find the real Lallybroch deep in the Highlands.
Scenes were shot at Midhope Castle on the fringes of the Hopetoun Estate near South Queensferry.
Midhope was built in the 15th Century and was built by John Martyne, laird of Medhope. It was rebuilt in the mid 1600s and remains much the same today.
Visitors are asked to admire Midhope from a distance as the interior remains largely derelict.

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Doune Castle – Castle Leoch

doune castle , outlanderOriginally dating to the 13th Century, Doune Castle near Stirling plays Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan.
It also features in the 20th century episode when Claire and Frank Randall visit the castle on a day trip.
Once a Royal residence, Doune Castle was rebuilt by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany in the late 14th Century.
Doune has appeared several times on screen and was widely used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It also represented the castle Winterfell in Game of Thrones.

 

 

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Linlithgow Palace – Wentworth Prison

Linlithgow Palace photos , 44 printThis royal pleasure palace and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots became the backdrop for some of the most harrowing scenes of the show.
Depicted as Wentworth Prison, the prison corridors and entrance were used in episode 15 of the first series when Jamie Fraser was brutally incarcerated by his adversary, Black Jack Randall.
Built in the 1400s and 1500s, the now-ruined palace is set among the spectacular surrounds of Linlithgow Loch and Peel.

 

 

 

 

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Aberdour Castle – Sainte Anne de Beaupré’s monastery

The Kingdom of Fife posed as the north of France in Season One when Aberdour – possibly Scotland’s oldest standing castle, was depicted as The Abbey of Ste. Anne de Beaupré.
The fictional Benedictine monastery is where Jamie Fraser was taken to recover from his ordeal at Wentworth Prison, Happily, one of his six uncles was an abbot there.
The Old Kitchen and Long Gallery at Aberdour, in the village of Easter Aberdour, feature in the show.
The original hall house of Aberdour was built around 1200 by Alan de Mortimer with the castle largely the creation of the Douglas Earls of Morton, who held Aberdour from the 14th century.

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Blackness Castle – Fort William army headquarters

outlander , blackness castleOne of Scotland’s most impressive strongholds, Blackness Castle near Linlithgow was used as the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall.
The 15th-century ex-artillery fortress overlooks the Firth of Forth and is known as “the ship that never sailed” due to its unusual shape.
It was built in the 15th century by one of Scotland’s most powerful families, the Crichtons.

 

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