JACOBEAN QUEEN: #Outlander author Diana Gabaldon hits the tourist trail and visits Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe’s filming locations ahead of season five | thescottishsun.co.uk
BEST-SELLING author Diana Gabaldon got to experience the Outlander effect for herself when she hit the tourist trail of the show’s top locations.
The US writer stunned fans of the Jacobite telly phenomenon at the weekend as she turned up at Culross in Fife and nearby Falkland Palace.
Diana relaxes in Culross Palace gardens, used as fictional Castle Leoch herb garden in series
It was almost like a surprise royal visit as gobsmacked tourists mobbed the 67-year-old, who happily posed for selfies and signed autographs.
Diana said: “It’s always fun being in Scotland but usually I’m stopping somewhere for research purposes. So it’s been nice to just feel like a tourist for a change.”
The Scottish Sun joined The Outlander creator for the day with tour company Mary’s Meanders, who specialise in the show’s location visits.
First stop was Culross, which doubles, as the fictional village of Cranesmuir in the TV series.
Photographer Graham Harris Graham, who runs The Outlander And Beyond fine art gallery in the town, praised the Arizona-born writer.
The 54-year-old told Diana: “I would like to thank you for paying my mortgage — seriously.”
Next up she visited ancient Falkland Palace, with its famous Bruce Fountain.
Outlander fans will know that’s where the ghost of Sam Heughan’s Jacobite character Jamie Fraser visits time-traveller lover Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe).