September: Outlander & Scotland
I'm so late in getting this blog out due to family obligations, but better late then never. Especially that there's a two week break from episode 5 to 6. A mini droughlander, if you will. So if you read everything and watched the first 5 episodes so many times you've lost count, then maybe you're just about ready to read this now.
My last month has been a whirlwind to say the least. I started off the month with the season 3 red carpet premiere in NYC.
As I wrote about in my previous blog, it was the highlight of my Outlander world... or so I thought.
I was so busy after that fabulous night, to even let the pixie dust settle, getting ready for my first trip to Scotland on the 14th. I began my trip attending the awesome Scott Kyle (of Outlander and social media fame) Highlander Fling in Linlithgow, September 16, not far from Edinburgh, where I was flying in the day before with a friend. It was an awesome night, a combination of Outlander and Scottish music, people and friends. Stephen Walters played his guitar and sang and even had time to chat with us. There also was Adhamh O Broin, the Gaelic consultant. Ross Owen was the MC for the night, he has his own radio show and has interviewed many of the cast. The Highlander extras were also on hand wearing their traditional kilts.
Simon Meacock, our Hugh Munro was on there as well! Amazing to meet and chat with everyone in person. Gillebride MacMillan the fabulous musician from the season 1 Gathering episode was even in attendance! Definitly a night to remember and a fantastic way to start my trip!
The fun continued the next day as we had booked a tour with The Paca highlanders to see Outlander sites. One of the best days of the trip! Amazing to FINALLY get to see all the filming sites from season 1 & 2! In the picture we are hamming it up on the steps of Lallybroch!
These lads were so much fun and informative, telling stories about there time on the set.
The rest of the week went by so fast! Not much sleep and A LOT of walking!! We even got to cram in a road trip all the way up to Culloden. It's such a peaceful and serene place. Next door we saw the inspiration for Diana's Craig Na Dun, Clava Cairns! It was fun pretending we were "going through the stones".
We toured many castles and saw the Bonnie Prince Charlie Exhibit at the Edinburgh museum during our time in Scotland. We ended the week in Glasgow, meeting peakers around the world that were there attending Sam's MPC Event. Exhausted, arrived home on the 25th.
No time to rest when I got home as the NYC Voyage with Sam and Cait was that Saturday, September 30th.
It was an AMAZING NIGHT!! What can I say, meeting Sam and Cait in person is an Outlander fans dream come true!! My Long Island Outlander Fans (LIOF) group made special books for each one of them and I can honestly say they now know LONG ISLAND!!
Stay tuned as I will be doing another blog about my time in Scotland and my experience at the #SamCaitNYC event, as there is SO MUCH more to say!!