More than 200 Outlander fans due in Highlands this weekend

Picture: Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan in Outlander, contributed
Picture: Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan in Outlander, contributed
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More than 200 Outlander fans from 15 countries are descending on the Highlands this weekend for a three-day celebration of the historical fantasy.

Fans have started to arrive at the Macdonald Aviemore Resort for the Outlandish Gathering, organised by Outlandish UK, a group of enthusiasts of Diana Gabaldon’s creation.

Guided tours of Outlander locations, including Culloden Battlefield and Beauly Priory will be held on Saturday with demonstrations, speakers and performances scheduled for the afternoon. A formal dinner will be held on Saturday night with live music from Whisky Kiss to follow.

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An Outlander themed treasure hunt will take place on Sunday, with funds raised to benefit Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, of which lead actor Sam Heughan is a patron.

Since its inception in 2014, Outlandish UK has raised over £25,000 for the group’s sponsored charities of Bloodwise, World Child Cancer and youth Theatre Arts Scotland.

Jenni Steele, Film and Cultural Tourism Manager at VisitScotland, said: “The Outlandish Gathering is a fantastic way for fans of the books and the show to enjoy all things Jamie and Claire in the land that inspired Outlander. I’m sure the event will be another huge success and will help keep the ‘droughtlander’ pangs at bay until the much-anticipated season three hits our screens later in the year.”