Are you here because of “Outlander”?

imageDave and I started off our morning at the harbour at Nairn. After we’d soaked up a little sunshine (and rain and hail), we dined on fish and chips at the Dolphin, then stopped in at the Nickel and Dime, me still clutching a cup of coffee.

“I don’t blame ya,” the shopkeeper said when I apologized. “Ya need somethin’ to keep ya warm.”

Time to head back to Edinburgh. On the way through Cairngorms National Park, we paused to stretch our legs at the Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore.

image“Are ya here because of Outlander?” the exhibit interpreter asked as we entered the 17th century Highland village. She seemed so pleased about this connection I felt embarrassed to tell her not entirely.

Check out the gorgeous vest she’s wearing — the fleece of it was spun, dyed, woven and sewn on site.

imageThis living history museum was a serendipitous joy, real fires burning in the crofts, careful attention to every aspect of the buildings, artifacts, and the grounds, a replica of a village uncovered at an archeological site a few miles away. And also providing Dave and me with the added status of being able to say that, while in Scotland, we visited a genuine film location from the first season of Outlander. Not to mention the gorgeous forest path one takes to access the village. What a treat.

4 responses to “Are you here because of “Outlander”?

  1. Claire,

    I’m loving all this! Feel like you’re taking me along in your luggage or maybe back pocket. Hope you and Dave are having a great time.

    Miss you,
    Jo

    • Thanks, Jo, glad you’re on the journey. I’d say I miss you, too, except my brain is too full for much else, what with all the cool sightseeing stuff, and then navigating roundabouts in the “wrong” direction and hiking suitcases up and down major flights of stairs ;0)
      Back home soon,
      Claire

  2. I fear this trip and your wonderful words are filling me with — envy! Maybe Amsterdam most of all. But you earlier posts did lead me back to my books studied a half century ago but still at hand — Culloden from the definitely English point of view 🙂
    Volumes in the Oxford History of England et al. Only glancing mention of the effects on Scotland itself. — Well, of course if the country was to prosper the structure of the Highland tribes, akin to those of Afghanistan, could not be left undisturbed. Who would be more offended, Scots or Afghans?
    Looking forward to your safe and happy return and more stories!
    Love, Ann

    • Blessings to you, Ann. Good points. Comparisons have also been drawn between the Highlanders and the American indigenous people, how the white European are determined to “civilize” everyone. I hope our group had a good get together in my absence–I look forward to seeing you all again soon. xoxo Claire

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