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Scotland is the real star of Outlander

Outlander is encouraging more people to live and work in the Highlands thanks to a huge boost in interest created by the hit sci-fi series, a recruitment internet firm claims.

The Outlander tours season is just starting .

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HIJOBS says the time-travelling Jacobean epic – which has made household names of actors Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser and Caitriona Balfe as Claire Fraser – has had major implications for the job market in the area.

Legacy of the Jacobites online course launched by Edinburgh University and National Museums of Scotland

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Arguably one of the biggest stars of the series and the biggest scene-stealer has been Scotland itself with its stunning landscapes and historic buildings, towns and villages.

Outlander has boosted the economy, visitor numbers and now jobs
HIJOBS’ Laura Saunders says: “Things are looking good at the start of the 2018 tourist season. As Visit Scotland has said, the ‘Outlander effect’ continues to benefit many places featured in the cult TV series, as well as others with Jacobite connections.

“The Glenfinnan Monument, just 16 miles from our Fort William office, saw a staggering 58 per cent increase in visitors last year; Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre is up by 28 per cent, year-on-year; Castle Fraser by nearly half, and Glasgow Cathedral by a third.”

The Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions announced that visits to its member sites rose dramatically in 2017 for the fourth year running.

Meanwhile the film company is currently working on the next Outlander series.

At its base – a former Cumbernauld factory – a field nearby was turned into the Culloden battlefield.

Falkland and Culross were also amongst communities experiencing the Outlander magic for themselves.

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Venues used have included Blackness Castle, doubling as the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall, which has seen visitors rise year-on-year by 44 per cent.

 

 

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Doune Castle , doubling as Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan, saw numbers up 42 per cent.

The latest available figures show that spending by tourists in Scotland generates around £12 billion of economic activity for the wider Scottish supply chain and contributes around £6 billion to Scottish GDP, representing about five per cent of total Scottish GDP.

The tourism industry in Scotland supports more than 217,000 jobs accounting for around 8.5 per cent of employment in the country.

Laura added: “We have the two-year Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund due to start in the coming financial year. This is all good news for the Highland economy and job market.”

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said when announcing the project: “The tourist boom that our country is enjoying is great news.

“It means more jobs and investment but it can also mean pressure on transport, services and facilities – especially in rural areas. The Scottish Government is determined to help.”

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Fiona Hyslop Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs added: “Last year was another hugely successful year for our world-class visitor attractions. Tourism is of vital importance to communities throughout Scotland, stimulating economic growth.”

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The Outlander TV series has been a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic ,  with much of the series shot in Scotland . Three castles and the town of Falkland feature heavily. This our selection of unique Outlander gifts featuring the film locations in Scotland .

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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38 different gifts available

 

 

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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