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Outlander LA Premiere Today at 5:30 pm PST and Interview Round-Up

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It’s two more sleeps and the Outlander drought is over for this year. Earlier this week, New York had its premiere. And apparently, Sam Heughn let slip that it may be Murtagh’s last stand? Caitriona Balfe tried to save him, or stop him, and Sophie Skelton sought to deflect. But were they successful? There was a gasp in the audience. Was it an intentional slip, meant to tease? Who knows?

Go to the Facebook page for the live broadcast at 5:30 PM.

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Is This The End of…

We have all surmised that it may finally be Murtagh’s end. Historically the Battle of Almanance saw an answer by Governor Tryon (Tim Downie) with the hanging of some of the dissidents. If you are a book reader and history buff, you know about the last stand of the Regulators at Almanance and how it lit the fuel for further rebellion. However, Murtagh has survived before, and possibly he can escape. If Stephen Bonnet can do it, he most certainly can. Or will he sacrifice himself for another? Nail-biting commence. Got that dram handy?

The Low Down

Recent interviews with Matthew B. Roberts, producer, and writer on the series, have revealed what many of us book readers knew, there’s going to be another wedding. I didn’t expect them to be so revealing about it, as they usually like to keep cards close until the first episode has aired.

The costumes and wedding pictures revealed the wedding dress of Brianna very early on this last month. This is a departure from another wedding dress that was kept under wraps for some time. Roberts reveals more details on the season, the conflict as it stands for Jamie and Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix), Godfather and Godson on two opposing sides. Jamie will don the redcoat of the British Army, and the army that has dogged him all of his life, to keep the land grant for Fraser’s Ridge.

Claire will be urging Brianna, Roger, and Jemmy to go back through the stones. The violence is mounting with the heavy taxation by the crown. Both Brianna and Roger, (Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin) know what will happen during the next 5 years. Claire fears for their safety. And everyone has that newspaper clipping about a particular fire on Fraser’s Ridge that is a few years away, in the back of their minds. Jamie is in conflict, he doesn’t want them to leave. He finally has his family around him. He already lost 20 years with Claire after forcing her to go back to their time.

There’s going to be further Murcasta Emo, with ups and downs. Their star crossed love will play out over the season. It will be a bit of a rollercoaster. Not a surprise with two Firey personalities. Will they secretly get married? Or will Jocasta (Maria Doyle Kennedy) be forced to marry a particular naval officer to keep suspicions at bay?

When and Where to Watch Season 5

The drop for Season 5 is at Midnight (ET) Saturday, February 15th on the Starz App, 9 pm PT. It will be 8 pm (ET/PT) on Sunday, 16 February on Starz cable. In Canada, it’s on the W Network premiering at 9pm on Starz.

UK watchers can view Outlander on Monday, February 17 on Amazon. Australian viewers on the same date, on Foxtel.

Watch for Sam Heuhan and Caitriona Balfe on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

The series has been very good at managing its pre-season reveals. Many of the supporting actors must wait until it is official for them to announce they’re even being on the show. Veteran actors of the series have been releasing all sorts of behind the scenes goodies.

The Crew

We’d also like to thank the film crew and everyone else who makes this show great. The cast is very supportive of who makes them look fantastic.

Check the cavalcade of BTS below. And one really great shot of Duncan Lacroix by Richard Rankin, Film-Noir Murtagh.

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Interview on Facebook Live if you missed it!

Matthew B. Roberts Interview on The Hollywood Reporter

Did Sam Heughan Just Spoil That Murtagh Dies in Outlander Season 5?

Outlander season 5: Caitriona Balfe says series won’t face problems like Game of Thrones

Cambusbarron, Stirling Area Night Shoot August 9, 2019

images-5.jpgRumor has it tonight the “Night Shoot” Duncan Lacroix mentioned this week is occurring in Cambusbarron area, near Stirling. The somewhat secret location of where Fraser’s Ridge is staged. These are the same woods areas used for earlier season night shoots with The Regulators. People are waiting for friends who may have been filming BTS. Stay tuned. Hope those of you traveling were lucky enough to get to the Stirling area. Murrays Wood, Mine Woods and Murrayshall Quarry, near Stirling.IMG_3135

Interested in the save Gillies Hill Campaign? The quarry is under threat again and may mean Outlander filming will be impacted in the area.

Maps Murrays Wood

Mine Woods

Quarry

Outlander Touring is in Full Swing

downloadMany of you lucky fans are hopping the Atlantic and exploring Scotland to follow in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire. There are a great many locations for seasons 1-4 and if you went solidly to just see all locations, it would take more than three weeks of travel. You may have to make some choices and come back again. That wouldn’t be so terrible.

Having gone to Scotland twice since the filming began, and relying on public transport for most of my stay, I found it very limiting in some cases when on public transit to try to get every day filled with locations. There are Outlander Tours a plenty if you have it in your budget, and knowing which ones are good can be difficult, as all of the commercial touring companies have set up tours. Not all tour companies have quality tours, for any of their tours. Check out trip reviews before you use one. Large tour buses to sites are highly annoying, difficult to get around to sites, and you will be limited to where  these monsters can go. Keep in mind that some tours may cancel or skip some locations due to time constraints. If you want a smaller intimate tour, which I do recommend van tours, check out my Tours Page. I am collecting information and feedback from people who have taken tours, and so far the ones listed have had favorable reviews.

Check out Traveling Savage’s Scotland article:

Traveling Savage Hire Cars Know Before You Go

Obtaining a hire car with several travel friends can be managed,  however familiarize yourself with the driving laws, and the driver cannot have access to a phone for navigation. There are heavy fines for phone use while driving. Many companies will take a huge deposit and not return it if there is even the smallest of scratches on the car. Check out hire car reviews!

I have created a resource after my last visit. This and a good map should help you to plan. It is a Google Docs Document:

Outlander Locations: Access by Public Transport Access or Vehicle Only

PDF Download Outlander Locations Table

 

 

 

Outlander Season 5 Bridge of Allan Night Shoot May 6, 2019

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@Stewart9395 Duncan Lacroix arrives 

Great catches by both @Stewart9395 and Outlandish Journeys, one of the tour groups listed on our Outlander Tours page, of some BTS pictures and video on the late afternoon setup and evening shoot for the show’s season 5 first block of shooting in Bridge of Allen, just north of Stirling. The filming took place in the quarry by the golf course, in Mine Woods.

Filming was with Duncan Lacroix (Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser) and the Regulators extras.

I want to thank both Stewart and Outlandish Journeys for taking the time and patience to wait and film, and as always, not film the filming process. If you are lucky and stumble upon filming in your travels, we appreciate it if you do the same. Let’s give everyone the creative space they need.

Video on Outlander Journeys. Check them out at the link below. Give them a like and subscribe.

Video filmed by Outlandish Journeys on May 6, 2019. https://www.outlandishjourneys.com/

Photography by @Stewart9395

And some Regulators.

Duncan Lacroix and Regulators Night Shoot May 6, 2019

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Bridge of Allan Facebook Page

Night shoot spotted on May 6, 2019 by @stewart9395 at Mine Woods, Bridge of Allan, a small town near Stirling, Scotland. None other than Duncan Lacroix was spotted going in and reconnoitering the area, and what looks to be the Regulators forming up. Production area is a camp scene and small crossroads or trading area in the wooded area around the quarry. The Movie Makers equipment trailers and lorries are up and in position.

Check out the Bridge of Allan Facebook page @bridgeofallan for all the up to dates as locals snap shots.

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photo by @stewart9395

If you are fortunate to be in Scotland for the next few days, May 6-8, you may catch some of the filming. Maybe even give a Regulator a hug. They will need it.

Mine Woods Walk Map and Access Guide

Wolf’s Hole Quarry Guide

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Photos @Stewart9395 and @bridgeofallan Facebook Page

The Hunt for Fraser’s Ridge

IMG_2876Looks like some Outlander Hunters have spotted some well guarded buildings near Doune Castle. Must be filming. If you are traveling near Stirling, Scotland, you should make a visit to Doune Castle by all means, as it has been used for filming not only Season 1 of Outlander, but Monty Python’s Holy Grail, and some bits for GOT. Close by is David Stirling Memorial, and past that a bit in the wooded area you may find that an area is blocked off and guarded. There are buildings there. They look suspiciously like Fraser’s Ridge to us all right. From Stewart on Twitter. It is still rumored that Cumbernauld Glen is  continuing to be used for parts of Fraser’s Ridge.

If you are a keen Outlander filming local hunter this spring and summer, send us you snaps and info. We’d love to share the fun.

Outlander Filming Locations News

Outlander Season 4 Collector’s Edition

90fa0b66-667b-4ea0-81ba-57710f394964._CR0,0,300,300_PT0_SX300__Official release date is May 28, 2019. But some of the features have already leaked out on the internet. I highly recommend the Collector’s Edition. The packaging has been great for previous seasons, and this season they are adding even more features.

To get the deluxe  collector’s edition or not, is the question. I will tell you that I did not for Season 2 and regretted it as the packaging for the Blue-ray makes you jumble and shuffle the discs in storage. The price has officially dropped in Season 4 Collector’s Edition, averaging $44.98 US from the original $68.99. UK £20.00 to £30.00 . UK Amazon not offering the collectors edition at this time. As promised this boxed set includes some features including:

  1. 28 page book featuring exclusive photography (this means it’s probably already leaked on the internet so keep a look out for more BTS and exclusive photos in the next two months for your Pinterest collecting and your own blogging obsessions.
  2. Exclusive sneak peaks from Diana Gabaldon’s New Book, Go Tell the Bees That I am Gone, book 9
  3. Season 4 soundtrack. I will still wait for this to be released by Bear McCreary on vinyl, but nice to have. The music this season can be read in detail in his website posting. However out of all the seasons, it’s the one that didn’t grab me much.
  4. Outlander Untold 4 Bonus Scenes that are already leaking on YouTube. It may be worth it for these left out stories that help cement characters relationships
  5.  4 Featurettes on making of the season and and Season 4 relationships
  6. Deleted and extended scenes, starting to leak out already but good to have your own clean copy.
  7. Gag reel

In the UK, it is  being packaged as an “Untold Edition” at Amazon, running at about £27.00 for the Blu-ray.

‘Outlander Untold’

In ‘Outlander Untold’ found on the ‘Outlander’ Season 4 Blu-ray and DVD, dive deeper into the season with four all-new bonus scenes featuring fan-favorite characters. These extended stories dive into Lord John Grey’s life as a single father to William, Murtagh and Marsali navigating a confrontation with deceitful landlords, Young Ian meeting Rollo for the first time, and Aunt Jocasta teaching Phaedre & Lizzie a lesson about working together.

Available on www.Amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com,  www.amazon.co.uk

 

 

Outlander Season 5 Production Heats Up, Actors and Set Designers Tease

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This morning we awoke to Duncan Lacroix staring over his own shoulder. The offices are filling up with not only production crew, but the actors are coming in to get ready for read throughs and fittings.

Production: Jon Gary Steele has been busy on his Instagram account helping everyone survive along with Matt Roberts. Jon has been featuring BTS of builds both on site and in the studios at Wardpark Film and Television studios. We are left guessing which scene, which episode, and the identity of some items not quite finished. Jon has been showing some great pre build bones on the set of the cabins, and one this week that may be S5’s Big House. Fans of the Outlander Books are waiting for representation of their favorite parts of Fraser’s Ridge. We were hoping for a cabin build for Murtagh, but with the cliff hanger in Season 4, were’s hoping that Jamie and Claire may still build it in the hope someday he can live out his days there. Perhaps a very deep basement to hide in with access to the outside with escape tunnels. What, Jon can do that.

Link to Caitriona’s Back Stage tour

Looking at the set builds both at the studios with Caitriona Balfe’s live action B&W set building tour was a blast this week, she even caught a dodging Jon Gary Steele, not one for the limelight, but who is kind to share the magnificent work his crew does daily.

For those of you lucky enough to start chasing the film crews as they start up in the next few months, here are the locales for River Run and the Indian Village, Frasers Ridge.

River Run was filmed here last year

Abercairny Estates, Crieff

Frasers Ridge was filmed in parts of  these two areas. You will have to hunt for the various places filmed:

Cumbernauld House Park and Glen

https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=6769

Calderglen County Park

Do you know where? Kept a huge secret because of roaming laws in Scotland, as well as landowners in the area. Places where outdoor scenes have been filmed are in

Indian Villages were created in:

Faskally Wood

https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/faskally-wood-p249271