• Urban in Scotland: Argyll the West Coast

    Rolling out of bed at 8:00am, I putter around my dark hotel room. I’m getting ready for my last full day in Scotland and I’m spending it with Àdhamh Ò’Broin the Gaelic consultant famously known in the Outlander fandom for consulting on the show. He is taking me around Argyll a western county of Scotland.

  • That’s a Wrap on 2017! The Posts, Pics, Tweets, and Squees

      My trip to Scotland and the premiere of Season 3 were my focal points in 2017. The first few months, I geared up for my trip to the Motherland and joined Instagram:   Merrell wins the Which Are Best For Exploring Scotland sneaker? Need the best for my Outlander tour! #scotland #9moredays #Scotlandprep #kicks

  • An Outlandish Chat with Photographer Martin Scott Powell

    Earlier this year before I traveled to Scotland, I got a little help from a native Scot named Martin Scott Powell. We met through Ellen Christine a mutual milliner friend (her interview is here). During Outlander‘s Season 2 promotion, I tweeted how beautiful the Departures magazine photos of Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe were. Ellen responded

  • Urban in Scotland: Glasgow – Am I being punked?

    After horse back riding and searching for food in Oban, I begin driving down to Glasgow along the A82. Loch Lomond quietly extends its long length on my left flanked by sloping hills. Around the bends of the road, my car speeds hugging the curves but eventually slows to a crawl. I’m closer to the

  • Season 3 Ep 8 “First Wife” – First for a Reason

    Ep 8 knocked it outta the park since the Print Shop! Here are a few film making facts about Lallybroch location, Jenny isn’t buying the story, and be honest – if you were Jamie Fraser’s 2nd wife you’d curse Claire out too and grab that gun! 

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  • Urban in Scotland: Mallaig & Oban – Fairies Welcome

      Driving from Edinbane, the northern part of Skye, I wind down the roads to catch the ferry back to the mainland. The sun is out and its rays dance on the lochs, glittering along the shore amidst the deep blue water. My eye catches a wee sign posted on the side of the road

  • Season 3 Episode 2: “Surrender”

    Episode dos!  Brad Pitt reprises his famous Legends of the Fall role! 😉  Jenny is poppin’ those kids out while filing her nails. Frank – You’re not bringing sexy back. Off Outlander Topic: Caitriona Balfe I want your skin but I’m not paying more than $20 for it.    

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  • Isle of Skye: “I Wouldn’t Cross the Street for an Accordion”

    It’s a beautiful clear morning in Glencoe and I begin making my way west to Mallaig to jump on a ferry that heads for Isle of Skye. After driving the previous two days from Edinburgh, I gas up before getting on the ferry because I hear gas stations on Skye are limited (there are a

  • Urban in Scotland: Ghost Stories

    Claire: It looks like you’ve seen a ghost. Frank: I’m not at all sure that I haven’t.             A year and a half ago, I began researching a trip to Scotland and my friend Sarah tells me about the short time she spent in Edinburgh years ago. “It has a

  • Urban in Scotland: A 3 Day Outlander Tour

    Inverness Tours with Hugh Allison I can’t say enough about Hugh Allison! His 2017 tours were largely booked seven months prior to my trip – He’s that good. He’s really wonderful and makes my trip extra special. The depth of his knowledge about Scottish history is bottomless! He’s a tall, avuncular man in his 50s

  • Urban in Scotland: Day 6 – Cranesmuir, Wentworth Prison, Inverness

    It’s my first morning in Edinburgh and I have planned a big day to visit a bunch of Outlander locations. The rain has subsided and resorted itself to overcast and cool weather. The night before I meet Sharon my host at Ramsay’s B&B. I tell her all the places I’m going to hit the next day.            

  • Urban in Scotland Series

      I was surprised and delighted to experience this small country. If you asked me only a few years ago if I’d ever visit, I’d scoff and say “No! What’s there?” Sometimes what you don’t know can keep you from experiencing so much! Say what you will but Outlander on Starz inspired me to visit

  • Urban in Scotland: Day 1 Glasgow & the West End

    When I arrive in Glasgow on a late Wednesday morning, the weather is fine. Hey I didn’t come here for the sun (there is none)! Although on my first day, it’s none of that Scottish “dreich” (Scots word for the wet, cold, gloomy weather) that I hear so much about. Yes it was cloudy but

  • What Would Claire Do?: Traveling Solo

               The hem of my blue skirt flaps in the wind as I bike along a dirt path on a main road that heads back into a small town. I’m beating the sun’s descent below the humid horizon as my legs peddle faster. The dampness of my hair clings to my

  • #VoyagerVirgin: The Voyage up to the 20th Chapter

    Before I embark on my first voyage to Scotland, I’ve been reading “Voyager”, the third book of Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” book series. This is not only the first time I’m reading the book but also reading it before I watch the season on Starz TV. I’m sensing a theme of a lot of firsts! I’m

  • Byee 2016! Hello Outlander Season 3 2017!

    It’s a Special Holiday Edition: Jamie in a stocking (kind of), EW came out with an official Season 3 photo and it sent people into a tizzy – what’s up with the anti-Frank Randall comments? Are you signing up for Sam Heughan’s My Peak Challenge 2017? I salute you from my couch. Also, I’m about

  • How are you dealing with Droughtlander?

    We’re waiting for Season 3 so how are you dealing with Droughtlander? Rereading the books or starting them for the first time? Watching Season 1 and 2 (again)? Are you watching other shows? It’s a long one but lets get through it together! Here’s what I’ve been up to…    

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  • Season 2 – Ep 9 – Pt 2 Claire/Dougal/Dragonflies/Mystery lines

    Did you believe Claire when she claims to have told Jamie about her and Dougal’s previous arrangement? She’s calling Dougal’s bluff! I don’t know who this William Grey is but I guess he’s a big deal. Also what is up with the dragonfly in amber?! I gotta know! There are some mysterious lines in this

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  • Season 2 – Ep 7 – Close Your Eyes and Think of Scotland

    In this episode title “Faith”, how many tissues did you go through? My face is still puffy from crying. Claire and Jamie are tested once more and their Faith carries them through. Catriona Balfe’s performance is nothing short of a tour de force. I don’t need to see anymore from Black Jack Randall. Let’s just

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