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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


Outlander Season 5 Casting Announcement Mark Barrett

IMG_3107Actor Mark Barrett has been chosen to fill a “featured” role in Season 5 of Outlander. “Featured” usually means recurring character, small role. His agency, International Artists Management, announced his casting on July 31, 2019. However, the character he is playing has not been named.

Warning, spoilers ahead.

Given the story arch of The Regulators and various historical figures involved in that conflict, it is possible he could be playing one of the leaders. However if he is recurring, then we suspect with his features and coloring, he may be playing the character of  William Buccleigh MacKenzie. Who is that? Book readers know that Roger MacKenzie’s ancestors were descended from Geillis Duncan and Dougal MacKenzie. That son is William Buccleigh MacKenzie.

On Rogers trip to America on the Gloriana ship in Season 4 (1769), he defends a woman and her child fearing they will be thrown overboard by Stephan Bonnet as the baby has a rash. Bonnet is throwing anyone with signs of pestilence overboard. Roger finds out that this woman is Morag MacKenzie, and her child Jeremiah is Roger’s several times Great-Grandfather, and name he knows from his family lineage. She is married to William (Buck) Buccleigh MacKenzie. Roger meets Morag again in The Fiery Cross, the book that Season 5 is based on. This time it is during the War of the Regulation. Let’s just say Buck MacKenzie and Roger don’t get along well.


Since this actor looks a lot like Richard Rankin in features, it is possible that he may be playing his father, Jeremiah MacKenzie. Jeremiah MacKenzie was supposedly shot down and killed in WWII, and after Rogers mother dies, he goes to live with his uncle, the Reverend Wakefield. Again, more details on this in future books.

Also announced from the same agency on June 28 2019, Leonard Cook will be joining Outlander Season 5 for a featured role.


Leonard Cook

However this will come out, once Sony Pictures and Starz have announced a new character like this, if they are following suit with prior years, we will get more announcements of casting over the next few months as they wrap up filming for Season 5.



Images ©2019 International Artists Management

Starz Announces Early 2020 Return for Season 5 of Outlander

Starz® announced Friday, July 26 2019, that Outlander will be returning for Season 5 in early 2020. We are nearing the middle of Droughtlander, the term so dreaded by fans as the show has usually taken 11-12 months of filming and production in past seasons.

The speed of filming is down to fewer episodes, and more film teams. While we are used to long series here in the states and Canada, sometimes reaching 18 episodes per season in some shows, with large productions like Game of Thrones and Outlander, longer seasons is both costly and time consuming. Most series that are period or special effects driven in other countries are 6 to 10 episodes.

Starz® announced it was extending the series to season 6 in 2018. Knowing the fanbase history, fans of the show will start campaigning for seasons 7 and 8 by the time season 5 airs. However, given the shorter episode pattern, it is possible that the writers, who are already going in different directions from the book series, may surpass author Diana Gabaldon’s writing. She is currently finishing book 9 and averages 5 to 6 years a book. Let’s hope we make it to the explanation of the ghost of Jaimie in series 1. Although, many of us already know that one.


Outlander Filming in Paisley, Scotland

download.jpgUpdate 14/7/19

Filming took place and included 1960’s cars, Caitriona Balfe was in her 1960s bob wig, driving a classic 1960s vehicle. Interiors in Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church and is rumored that the production made a large donation as the church is in fundraising to stay open, and possible renovations. Let’s hope they can keep the church open so if you plan for season 5 local visits, you can see it. If you wish to help out, see link below.

This looks to be another flashback scene. In Fiery Cross, book 5 of the Outlander series books, Claire Fraser has a waking scene with the ghost of Frank from her dreams. This looks to be another series only scene. images-1.jpg

Filming took place in the High Street/Wellmeadow Street area, between Stories Street to Walker Street.

Outlander Filming in Paisley

100 Days to Save Coats Memorial Fund



Tim Downie is Back With a Quack as Governor Tryon

21-outlander.w700.h700We’ve all been wondering if our second evil annoying villain of season 4 of Outlander will make a return. Well, considering he has asked for Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) to muster men to form a militia and hunt down the outlaw Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser (Duncan Lacroix), he had better stick his head in.

This week Tim Downie posted that he was heading to Glasgow, which is the major Scottish city near Wardpark Studios where Outlander is headquartered. Later in the week, Tim posted his annoyance at fowl creatures not allowing him to say his lines. He did not mention Balfe or Heughan. Rather, a resounding interruption of quacks during lines.IMG_3010

We are assuming that Outlander is filming the Gathering on Mount Helicon Hillsborough Riots scenes and the mustering of men for militias to aid Governor Tryon. This means this usually like-able fiend actor will have us truly annoyed. He’s good at that.

Tim is very busy and has just finished production and getting ready for the film version of Horrible Histories to premier. Yes, the series is available on Brit Box since many countries have really bad history bits and comedians like Downie must populate them. He has also starred in the UK version of Drunk History. He has also been in several really silly productions such as The Upstart Crow, which is now available on Amazon Prime.

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Horrible Histories

Catching up with Colin McFarlane

Catching upimages.jpg with Colin McFarlane, the well built man who plays Ulysses in Outlander season 4. Not only is he tall and quite built, but he fills out every inch of his frame to fill his roles. Theres been no BTS yet on McFarlane filming for season 5 of the hit show yet, and we have been keeping an eye on his Twitter feed for any hints.

Ulysses as a character was not going to be an easy task. Aunt Jocasta’s right hand man, the one who guides her in every aspect of running River Run, a huge and profitable plantation in North Carolina. A man with great fortitude and presence, Ulysses is the real man behind the running of River Run. Spoilers, if the writers keep up with the books, theres some really interesting bits about his background and upcoming reveals.  Keep a look out, it may just rock your boat.

Colin has been busy since season 4 filming stopped. He has been doing voice acting for an animated feature, The Queen’s Corgi. A film Crawl a horror flick in production involving alligators, produced by Sam Raimi, to be released in July 2019. Currently he is filming in Legado en los huesos. Not to meantion his video games work for Castlevania and Lego Marvel Superheros 2. Ans on stage, he’s swept the floor with Pinter 5 and 6. 


Update! Colin posted this week that he was going back in for Season 5 filming in Glasgow. So we get to se Ulysses this coming season. Now, for book readers, we are in great anticipation of what will happen in season 6 or 7 if we get it. We’ll see what happens.


Laura Donnelly Commands The Red Carpet at The Tony’s

IMG_2960Fans of Jenny (Janet) Fraser, Jamie Fraser’s sister, we a bit disappointed in season 4 when the long awaited Lallybroch scene where Jenny and Ian meet Brianna Randall for the first time after she travels through the stones, wash missing Jenny. That’s because Laura Donnelly, the actress who had played the gutsy and forthright Jenny Fraser, was busy on a very personal project, staring in the play The Ferryman on both London and New York stages. Donnelly was nominated as Best Leading Actress of the 2019 Tony Awards.

The play was written by Jez Butterworth, Donnelly’s partner. Donnelly plays Caitlin Carney, whose husband has been missing for 10 years. The story was inspired by her uncle’s “disappearance” at the hands of the IRA on New Year’s Day in 1981. The play has garnered acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, with performances in the East and West End of London stages, and then New York. The play won Best Play at the Tony Awards. And Laura killed it on the red carpet in a gown flowing gown by Marchesa in rich plum.

Will Jenny surface again in season 5 or 6 of Outlander? Book readers know that Jenny does eventually make the trip to the new world, breaking her record of never leaving Lallybroch. Hopefully we will get to see her in Lallybroch in the coming seasons as it is a fan favorite local.

The Ferryman continues with new cast at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater in New York.


Duncan Lacroix and Snap Chat Shenanigans


Who wears it better, Berry or Lacroix?

Fans of actor Duncan Lacroix woke to some shenanigans on his Instagram account today. Duncan has discovered filters on Snap Chat. And we now see his not so secret desires, or musings. A grand salute to the ten year old in us all. Looks like maybe he has a man crush on David Berry.


Included: Two shots of the feminine side of Lacroix and Berry, as well as two baby shots. Look out!

Don’t walk across intersections while on Snap Chat, just a hint.




For those of you who wondered, yes, Murtagh was born with that beard. 

Outlander Season 5: Will This Be Murtagh’s Last Stand?

season4MurtaghJamie.jpgIt is with heavy dread and trepidation if you will, that we consider the fact that it may be the final season for one of our favorite Outlander characters. Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser as a character has been living on borrowed time. He should have died at Culloden. He survived Ardsmuir and was shipped to the Colonies. Does the man have nine lives?Spoilers ahead.

In season 4 episode 05 Savages, Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Murtagh were reunited. It was one of the most anticipated moments since the #SaveMurtagh campaigns of Season 2 and 3 began, and Duncan Lacroix‘s loyal, forthright, blunt, and darkly decisive character Murtagh, was saved from his fate on the battle field of Culloden. Audiences jumped higher, filled Twitter live feeds with insane glee and whoops, more so than when he first turned up in Ardsmuir Prison in season 3.  A brief return tease only to be shipped off to the American Colonies for 12 years of indentured servitude. When Young Ian (John Bell) comes across Murtagh as a blacksmith in Wilmington, NC while they desperately search for takers to settle Governor Tryon’s land grant, he has an encounter with a jaded smithy. He and Jamie discover after heartfelt, teary eyed reunion that Murtagh, as per usual, is in the thick of it. They soon learn he is involved in The Regulators cause, and is one of their leaders. To find one so loved again, and in such danger is a common thread in Outlander’s Universe. You should be used to it by now.

Murtagh is a leader of men, taking up a cause that echoes Dougal MacKenzie’s money gathering for the Jacobite cause, a cause that is just as doomed. When Jamie and Ian remark on his being their leader, Murtagh informs them that there is no one leader, but many. There are factions of the cause, and they are growing in numbers. He explains the cause is about fairness in excessive taxation. He also informs Jamie that two of the members are set to petition their demands, in writing. Note: They are trying to be taken seriously and be heard. Jamie cautions Murtagh throughout the episode, his concerns being that Murtagh will be sent to prison, or worse. In the colonies, hanging is swift justice. Jamie only just found him again.

Looking at the storyline coming up for the new season, it may be heading for an end for our beloved Godfather. The Regulator’s story runs deep in The Fiery Cross, book five in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. It is the main conflict for Jamie and Claire as Claire’s foreknowledge of the War of Independence tells them that they will be on the losing side if they take up the order to muster against the Regulators. The conflict is not the only one plaguing them, Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers) will resurface. While Jamie’s militia will help put down the rebellion, being in support of the crown means they will possibly lose when the bigger conflict arises, and they may lose the lands regardless. Deeper than that, Jamie’s reluctance to be involved, putting his family and land to the front, will drive he and Murtagh farther apart. Can Jamie bring the men of Fraser’s Ridge to fight against The Regulators, many of whom are Scotsmen that fought and survived Culloden and the following clearances after the battle? And if they stamp out the Regulators, what will happen with the build up to the War of Independence? Will they in turn be seen as Loyalists, as Claire points out, and forfeit lands when the Patriots win?

Spoiler Alert, again.

Things That Could Happen in Season 5

Depending on how long they want to drag out the Regulator Uprising, or War of the Regulation, concludes in 1771 in the Battle of Alamance. The Regulators do not win. Several men are hung and the others left to swear loyalty. Shades of Culloden. Murtagh is in the thick of it as an organizer and leader. Could Murtagh be captured again, and this time truly head for the noose? We’re already shaking. The writers have taken great care to take Murtagh’s character away and bring him back in to the story line at just the right time to pull heart strings. Will they break hearts this time? Could Murtagh escape, find a way to fake his death? Live to fight another day? Recent previews of filming show actor Duncan Lacroix in fully brown hair again. Was this an attempt at disguise, or a flashback in time? We want Murtagh to continue on and fight by Jamie’s side when the American War for Independence sets off in Boston.

How will the militia forming and fighting affect those on Fraser’s Ridge? Jamie asks Roger to be his right hand in the mustering of militia and finding those willing to put down the rebellion. It will later backfire. In the book, The Fiery Cross, the Battle of Alamance is won by Governor Tryon. It ends with several Regulators being hung. Unfortunately, one of the people hung is Roger MacKenzie, after being falsely identified as a Regulator by his distant relation William Buccleigh MacKenzie. Will Murtagh make a sacrifice, knowing that Roger is Brianna’s husband and what it will do to her if she loses him?

What if Murtagh fakes his death? Can he escape to another state, or make it as far as the colony of New York and find the cairns and stones that Roger found? Would he be able to go through? We have not seen him anywhere near the Craigh Na Dun stones. We don’t know if he can hear the buzz or feel the pull, it’s possible he has time travel abilities in his blood. I don’t know about you, but I could see him coming through the stones and standing in New York in 1972 as a finale ending. I really hope so.

What are your Murtagh hashtags for the coming season? #MurtaghLivesOn

Murtagh’s on Borrowed Time Article

Images ©2019 Starz® and Sony Pictures Digital Productions


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


@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.

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Video filmed by Outlandish Journeys on May 6, 2019.

Photography by @Stewart9395

And some Regulators.