#Outlander stars Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish tour the Highlands in motor home for new TV show about Scottish clans | thescottishsun.co.uk

OUTLANDER pals Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish have travelled back in time AGAIN — touring the Highlands in a motorhome for a new TV show about Scottish clans.

Graham’s character Dougal Mackenzie died in the arms of Sam’s Highland hunk Jamie Fraser three years ago, but the pair have remained best mates since parting ways on the time-travel epic.

After watching Scotland’s tourism figures go through the roof thanks to their global hit TV show, Glasgow-born Graham, 58, decided to revive an idea he had almost 30 years ago.

And he knew he’d hit the jackpot when Galloway-raised Sam agreed to hit the road for Clan Lands.

Preacher star Graham said: “I wrote the idea down in 1991 to do this.

“I wanted to do something about Scottish history and clans in particular but nothing ever came of it and nobody was interested.

“So I bored Sam senseless with the things I know about history, clan life and the feuds and eventually I just wore him down.

“He said it sounded pretty interesting.

“And I told him ‘I know, you couldn’t make up some of the stories!’

“From that conversation, it turned into three cameras plus a drone, full crew and locations all over Scotland.

“We have lots of interesting guests, some surprises and it has taken on a life of its own.

“We are very excited.

“The idea was to do a podcast and then the more we talked we thought, ‘Why not film it?’

“It’s visually incredible so it’s morphed into something that is so much more.”

Earlier this year Outlander author Diana Gabaldon received an award for boosting Scottish tourism through her fantasy saga.

The US writer received an International Contribution to Scottish Tourism gong at the Scottish Thistle awards.

Attractions that appear in the TV series have seen visitor numbers soar by 67 per cent since 2013, from 887,000 to 1.5million.

Graham said: “More people are interested in Scotland than ever before and Sam and I want to share our enthusiasm for it.

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