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Outlander actors Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish enjoy an out of this world trip with their new Clanlands book


By Gregor White

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Outlander fans are sure to know what they want most for Christmas this year already – if they can wait that long.

Two of the stars of the hit TV series, adapted from the novels of Diana Gabaldon, have published a book of their adventures exploring the country that has helped make the time-travel adventure drama so popular across the world.

Clanlands sees Sam Heughan, who plays leading man Jamie Fraser in Outlander, and Graham McTavish who plays Dougal MacKenzie, travel across Scotland by camper van, boat, kayak, motorbikes and even a tandem bicycle in a road trip with a difference, exploring the country’s poetry, music and rich history.

Starting at Glencoe their journey, of course, brings them to Inverness and Culloden battlefield, while they also take in such sights as Loch Ness and Cawdor Castle.

Along the way they share the odd whisky and plenty of laughs.

As Sam says: “I admit, I have a childish obsession with tormenting Graham.”

And Graham adds: “My tomb will bear the inscription ‘Blame Sam Heughan’.”

The pair’s adventure into literature has already won the seal of approval from Ms Gabaldon herself – at least the boys assume she was impressed with her reading of their work!

Asked to write the foreword for the title she announced it would be her pleasure to do so “as soon as I stop laughing at the manuscript”.

As an added treat for fans, if their adventures in print are not enough for you then make a date for the TV version of the book as well.

Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham is set to come to the small screen in 2021.

Truly Outlander fans are going to be spoiled for choice over the next few months.

• Clanlands, by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish is published by Hodder and Staughton, priced £20.



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