"What if your future was the past?"
Are you a fan of this historical romance novel and ongoing television series? Diana Gabaldon's fictional Outlander series, Claire Randall, on her second honeymoon with her husband in Scotland after World War II, visits Craigh na Dun, a make-believe prehistoric stone circle near Inverness, and falls through the stones—and into the 18th century! Although Craigh na Dun is a fictional stone circle, installed on location in Kinloch Rannoch, Perthshire, there are other similar locations which exist in Scotland said to have inspired those used in Outlander. The Callanish standing stones, or Calanais (Scottish Gaelic), located on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland's Outer Hebrides archipelago, are 5000 years old and associated with ritualistic activity for at least 2000 years. While the reason for erecting the Callanish standing stones has always been a mystery, in December of 2019 a group of archeologists shared a new theory that the circle's pattern may have been inspired by a massive lightning strike!
Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. The show premiered in 2014 with Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a married World War II nurse in 1945 who finds herself transported back to Scotland in 1743, where she encounters the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite risings.
This tartan was inspired by the scenery and characters.
In the first novel, in the spring of 1945, Claire and Frank Randall take a second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands in Inverness. While there, Claire takes an interest in botany, and a local gentleman named Mr. Crook gives her a tour of the plant life. He also shows her an ancient standing stone circle on a hill called Craigh na Dun where local druids still observe rituals on the old Celtic feast days. Curious, in the predawn light of Beltane, Frank and Claire watch the women dance while another local, the Reverend Wakefield's housekeeper calls out a chant in a strange language. After the ritual is complete and the women leave, Frank inspects the circle and a particular blue flower catches Claire's eye, but before she can analyze it properly, one of the druids returns and she and Frank make haste to leave before getting caught.
When Claire returns later, alone, to take a specimen of the flower, she begins to hear and feel a strange buzzing, as of bees, and in a disoriented state she steps through the cleft stone, and ends up in 1743.
The Cumbernauld studios were used for on set filming, with location shoots taking place at Doune Castle, Stirling; mills in East Linton, East Lothian; Newtonmore in the Scottish Highlands; Rothiemurchus Forest, Aviemore; quarries near Bathgate, West Lothian and Aberfoyle, Stirling. Other locations include Loch Rannoch in the Highlands and Falkland and Culross in Fife.
For more about on site locations filmed in this series, click the fictional Craigh na Dun stone circle filmed around Rannoch Moor.