Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander, S1E4 The Gathering, and scenic insider

This week’s installment of Starz TV’s production of Outlander brings us the famous “Gathering” of the Clan MacKenzie where all the men under laird Colum MacKenzie come to the castle to swear their oath of fidelity to him and to the clan (and to pay their rents and proceeds from the farms they tend). The event … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander S1E2 – Wining and dining in 18th century Scotland

In this week’s episode of the Starz series Outlander (S1E2) we get to know Castle Leoch, seat of the clan MacKenzie, and Laird Colum ban Campbell MacKenzie (seen above a dinner with his wife Letitia on the left). Colum has major health issues and his brother Dougal (who brought our heroine Claire to the castle) … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander Ep101 – Ancient Scottish castles

  The premier episode of “Outlander” on Starz has finally aired and it was really, really good and very true to the book. By the end of the first episode, the protagonist Claire Beauchamp Randall has “fallen through time” leaving behind her 20th century husband to wonder what happened to her and falling into the … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander on Starz

For twenty years I’ve been reading, and rereading, Diana Gabaldon’s epic adventure series “Outlander”. They are, as I like to describe them, “bodice ripping, time traveling, romantic historical fictions, filled with warrior poets in a kilt, a take charge heroine, blood, guts, gore and more.” Really, they defy easy description. This is not just chick … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander S1E12 “The Laird Returns” aka Lallybroch

At long last, Lallybroch! In the books and television show, we hear Jamie wax rhapsodic about his home and estate Lallybroch. He hasn’t been home in four years and at long last, bedraggled and anxious, he returns with his bride Claire (who was just on trial for witchcraft). The book describes the house as such: … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander, S1E10 “By The Pricking of My Thumbs”

At long last “Droutlander” is over. Starz network’s production of Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” book 1 took a very long mid-season break (5+ months) and finally returned last week. (hence the term “Droughtlander” to those missing their fix of the tales of Claire Randall Fraser (20th century English nurse) and Jamie Fraser (18th century Scottish warrior). … Read more