Diana Gabaldon: On superfans, whisky and the ‘miracle’ of #Outlander | scotsman.com

Snow falls thick and fast on the historic town of Falkland as a group of tourists, wearing puffa jackets and pulling trolley bags through the slush, stop at the Mercat Cross. “We are looking for Diana,” one says.

The group of friends from Barcelona are ‘superfans’ of the hit show Outlander and are in Scotland on a three-day tour of filming location

They are staying at The Convenanter Hotel in the town – which features in the very first episode of the show – and have just come from the 16th Century village of Culross, another filming location.

There, word has spread that Diana Gabaldon, author of the hugely successful Outlander books, is out and about in Fife.

The visitors go silent as she walks towards them arm-in-arm with her husband Doug, who guides her carefully over the slippery cobbles below.

Soon, the biggest superfan of the group, Anna Garcia, 46, who works in mobile phone sales, is gently pushed by her friends into the embrace of the author. The hug, it is certain, is a genuine one and Anna is quickly overwhelmed and starts to cry.

“I feel very emotional at the moment, and very lucky,” says Anna after this extraordinary chance meeting.

“I have read all the Outlander books and I am here to see the locations used in the show. Never did I think I would see Diana too,” she adds.

Soon, a swell of people are out in the streets, having left the warmth of the hotel and their homes to catch glimpse of the visitor in the red cape whose creations have helped to revitalise the town.

One woman has grabbed her old paperback copy of Cross Stitch, the original Outlander novel that was first published 28 years ago, for the author to sign. Another hands her a beer mat to mark.

Falkland doubled as 1940s Inverness in the very first episode of the show. Since then, it has been a favourite stop off of fans on the Outlander trail. It’s impact on the town has been tangible.

“Well, you can’t get parked anymore,” offers resident Anne Rankin.

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