(First posted at outlandercast January 2019)
It’s over for another year! (sob!) The now famous #Droughtlander is upon us, but not until numerous people, including me, have their final two cents‘ worth on OutlanderSeason 4. This week’s post will be a mash-up of sorts as there were no new locations in “Man of Worth.” I have a few ‘orphans’ left, behind-the-scenes pictures that didn’t really fit anywhere. I wasn’t able to place them, so they were either scenes that were cut or scenes that were never made.
Who knows? It’s interesting when you hear the actors and producers talk, and when you see the “deleted scenes” that start to appear, just how much stuff never makes it to in the final show.
First up for me was this little structure, which we saw when we visited Cumbernauld Glen in mid-January 2018. This was the setting for the little cabin that we now know was the Muellers’ cabin. Being a book reader, of course I imagined the story line of the time when Jamie hurts his back, is immobilised with pain, and Claire ventures out into a snowstorm to rescue him (reckless woman!). She constructs a little shelter over the top of him with hemlock boughs to keep them from freezing, and luckily Jamie discovers that he is able to attempt certain rhythmic warming activities.
Alas, that was one of the gorgeous, sexy, romantic, funny and adventurous scenes they chose not to show. But, maybe they were thinking about it? Or maybe they shot it and discarded it. We may never know. Maybe it will come up in deleted scenes? It also made me realise that we never saw Fraser’s Ridge in the snow. Perhaps next season?
In January 2018, I was in Falkland to watch the Inverness scenes where Roger searches for Brianna and discovers she has gone through the stones. Later that same day there was some Outlander action at a big barn near Falkland. I met intrepid fan Tanya Geekie and her daughter Caitlyn there, and they waited patiently (I wasn’t so patient) for Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe to appear after the filming.
Tanya and I have waited the whole series to figure out what was going on there that day, where we could fit the pictures into my posts. But we never figured it out. It was absolutely freezing cold and Caitriona made a funny tweet at the time.
I asked Sam about it on his #asksam twitter Q & A after the finale but didn’t get a reply. Again, a mystery. But Tanya and Caitlyn were happy to meet up with the stars, who were friendly and gracious as usual.
Tanya was also on the spot at another location down a country lane in Crieff. Her eagle eyes spotted a notice about a car park closure and she took a chance and found the locality. Again, Sam and Caitriona generously hopped out of their cars for a meet and greet, some selfies and some autographs. Tanya is hoping for a hat trick of pics with Sam Heughan during Season 5 filming.
Looking back over my Outlandish year a few things that stand out. The lovely fans I met and friends I made — Outlander seems to have that effect on people. Even though, in the end, it is just books and a TV show people seem to rally round and have a sense of camaraderie in their response to this wonderful saga that touches us all in different ways.
My dear friend Morag and her husband Sandy, gave me the royal treatment and took me to so many Outlander locations, traipsing around the countryside with me. We went to World Outlander day in Falkland pretty soon after I arrived in Scotland.
Gary Dempster was introduced to me by fellow Outlander Cast writer Anne Gavin. Gary accompanied me on Outlander expeditions in all weathers and took the most amazing pictures. We landed in Dunure for a reccie ahead of the filming.
Crafty Christine Lewis who I first met at the Outlander convention in Blackpool England and who now helps me so much from across the seas. A relentless researcher with her finger on the Outlander pulse, she has sent me (us) on more than one wild goose chase but they’ve always been fun.
Linda Reynolds and her husband Brian were such a fun couple of Outlander fans who I met a few times and still keep in touch with as they gear up to follow the Outlander trail in 2019. Linda got up close and personal with Sam Heughan in Glasgow, a dream come true.
I don’t have photos of my other contributors but they are:
Matthew Fairley who I met at Cumbernauld Glen and who shared so many great pics with me.
Kevin who was a relentless Outlander tracker and shared some great pics and videos with me.
Papa Bob, a pseudonym, but she knows who she is (wink!). Papa Bob was the first to see Murtagh on location … scoop!!
and Susanne Evans who sent me those great pics of the Mohawk Village.
Snaphammy photography shared some great close-up pics of Fraser’s Ridge and the Highland gathering at Pollok Park.
Nicole Boyle was on the spot when River Run was under construction.
Carol Murray happened to be passing by when the riverboat scenes were being shot in the car park at the Outlander studios in Cumbernauld.
Kevin Ashe noticed some strange goings-on at his local park in Polmont and got some great pics of the preparation and the filming of the graveyard scene … and a night time sighting of Rollo on set.
Cynthia Shultz and Annika Neumann were there at Newhailes House when the scenes with Sam Heughan and Tim Downie aka Governor Tryon were being filmed.
Chloe Christine Toye was at Cumbernauld Glen and captured a great picture showing the detail of John Bell’s costume while he was coming up for a break.
For their wonderful images of the filming at Culross, Julie Windmill, Lee Jenkins and local photographer Graham Harris Graham. When visiting Culross you can call in at Grahams studio where you’ll see many images with an Outlander twist.
Fiona Hendrie was on the spot when the Quincy Myers camp was being set up at Beecraigs Country Park, and we had a habit of bumping into each other at several filming locations – a keen fan there!
And finally, the four women who can give you your own Outlander experiences when you visit Scotland. Each of them shared really great pictures of Outlander filming with me.
Sam Thomson and her husband run Edinburgh Tour Guides and they provide all sorts of great Outlander-related tours.
Angela Gourlay runs the delightful B & B Parkhead House inside the grounds of Hopetoun House. She was there when the grounds of Abercorn Church were being prepared for the scene where Bree kneels at Frank’s grave.
Pauline Duncan runs the Northlands B&B at Pitlochry, the ideal place to stay when you’re checking out Faskally Forest, the location of the Mohawk Village.
And last but not least Mary Mackay of River Edge Lodges near Perth, where you may be able to stay in the lodge where Bree and Roger didn’t have sex.
And thanks to you for reading throughout the series. Hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed going to the locations, meeting all those lovely people and putting together the posts.
What was your favourite location in Outlander Season 4?