Scottish fans of Outlander got a
chance to quiz the author of the time-travelling adventure
series, Diana Gabaldon, at an exclusive event
held at one of the hit TV series' iconic filming locations.
The event sold out within hours. Among the fans who got tickets
were superfans who came from far and wide (including a couple from
Hamburg in Germany) or dressed in Outlander outfits. One ticketless
fan even turned up on spec from Carlisle and was rewarded with the
only last-minute cancellation ticket of the night.
Organised by national tourism
body, VisitScotland and book publishing
industry body, Publishing Scotland, the
American author took part in an "in conversation" event at Hopetoun
House on Friday 15 March 2019.
The stately home near South Queensferry is a familiar sight for
fans of Outlander, having featured on-screen in the popular TV
series, including season four which concluded in January.
James Crawford, author and chair of Publishing
Scotland - and presenter of the recent BBC TV series, Scotland From
The Sky - chaired the evening in the elegant Red Drawing Room,
which appeared as the home of the Duke of Sandringham in
Outlander's first season.
Guests had the opportunity to hear from Diana about her novels
and their transfer to screen, as well as take part in a Q&A
The "in conversation" event was also supported
by United Airlines, which operates direct
flights from New York to Edinburgh and Glasgow, and Washington DC
The event was one of a series of activities planned to mark
VisitScotland's 50th anniversary. The Development of Tourism Act
came into force in 1969 and an official Scottish Tourist Board was
established with government funding.