Outlander star Sam Heughan celebrates his 37th birthday

Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe says Sam Heughan is ‘the best’ as she shares hilarious tribute

She plays the role of Claire Fraser in Starz’s Outlander series, alongside on-screen partner Sam Heughan.

And Caitriona Balfe proved her bond with her co-star is just as strong off-screen as she took to Twitter to share an amusing birthday tribute to the actor, who turned 37 on Monday.

In one hilarious tweet, the Irish actress, 38, penned: ‘Twitter just asked what’s happening…and I can safely say I have no idea!!!! Happy Birthday our kid @SamHeughan’.

Funny: Caitriona Balfe proved her bond with Sam Heughan is just as strong off-screen as she took to Twitter to share an amusing birthday tribute to the actor, who turned 37 on Monday

Funny: Caitriona Balfe proved her bond with Sam Heughan is just as strong off-screen as she took to Twitter to share an amusing birthday tribute to the actor, who turned 37 on Monday

The Super 8 star also shared a hilarious behind-the-scenes snap from their show, which showed the Doctors’ actor sticking his tongue out at an amused Caitriona.

The model also posted a meme of the Island at War actor, who joined thousands to run the 26-mile Stirling marathon on Sunday.

In the snap, the screen star sported a sweaty look, edited with the speech bubble: ‘I like getting my nails done!’

Close pals: In one hilarious tweet, the Irish actress, 38, penned: 'Twitter just asked what's happening...and I can safely say I have no idea!!!! Happy Birthday our kid @SamHeughan'

Close pals: In one hilarious tweet, the Irish actress, 38, penned: ‘Twitter just asked what’s happening…and I can safely say I have no idea!!!! Happy Birthday our kid @SamHeughan’

Alongside the meme, Caitriona penned: ‘Who da best..????? Always pamper yourself on your birthday. Especially if you’ve just crushed a marathon!!! @SamHeughan #ipromisei’llstopnow.’

Sam – who completed the race in three hours and 15 minutes – helped to raise £16,000 for Cahonas Scotland.

They pair been hard at work shooting season four of their critically-acclaimed show for the past few months after a gripping series three finale.

Tribute: The model also posted a meme of the Island at War actor, who joined thousands to run the 26-mile Stirling marathon on Sunday

Tribute: The model also posted a meme of the Island at War actor, who joined thousands to run the 26-mile Stirling marathon on Sunday

Viewers were left on the edge of their seats when Claire and Sam Heughan’s character James landed on the shores of America after battling an epic shipwreck in the season three finale of Outlander.

The season three finale opened with Claire submerged in the water with a rope around her in dramatic scenes.

‘Everything around me was a blinding white. And there was a soft rushing sound like the wings of angels. I felt peaceful and bodyless. Free of terror. Free of rage. Filled with a quiet happiness,’ she said in a voice over.

Hotly-anticipated: Viewers were left on the edge of their seats when Claire and Sam Heughan's character James landed on the shores of America after battling an epic shipwreck in the season three finale of Outlander

Hotly-anticipated: Viewers were left on the edge of their seats when Claire and Sam Heughan’s character James landed on the shores of America after battling an epic shipwreck in the season three finale of Outlander

The nail-biting ending referenced the show’s beginning and saw Claire fighting for her life after nearly drowning in the Caribbean Sea.

But before it is too late James then jumped in and rescued her, with the pair then both washing up on a beach.

Season four is an adaptation of the fourth book in Diana Gabaldon’s series of novels – Drums Of Autumn.

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Outlander star Sam Heughan helps to launch the Glasgow International festival

Outlander star Sam Heughan joined a star-studded guest list to help launch the Glasgow International festival’s opening party this weekend.

More than 1,200 art lovers, artists and revellers joined the celebrations at SWG3, including Britpop legend Jarvis Cocker and fashion designer Pam Hogg.

Guests were treated to previews of four exhibitions, including jewellery designs by Judy Blame, the legendary artist – known for working with Neneh Cherry and Boy George – who passed away earlier this year.

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A Roomful of Lovers (Glasgow) by Richard Wentworth and Victoria Miguel was shown in the Galvanisers, with strings of heavy steel chains criss crossing across the huge space and dangling sheets of text.

Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey brought their Dancefloor Meditations for some escapist fun, with party goers taken on a ‘mind-altering journey into musical consciousness’ – all in complete darkness, and with music ranging from iconic dance numbers to Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing.

The Pulp frontman’s appearance in Yorkhill was followed by a quick visit to Mono for Record Store Day on Saturday, as reported on Glasgow Live.

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The biggest festival for contemporary visual art in Scotland, Glasgow International runs for three weeks, with 265 artists and 78 venues across the city involved.

It’s on until May 7 and you can find out more over at glasgowinternational.org.

The Outlander love story boosts visitor numbers

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan star in Outlander, which has given historic sites in Scotland a huge boost in visitor numbers
Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan star in Outlander, which has given historic sites in Scotland a huge boost in visitor numbers

Fans of the hit television series Outlander helped to push tourist numbers at Scotland’s historic castles past the five million mark for the first time last year. Our Outlander set locations tour features visits to Doune Castle , Blackness Castle and Linlithgow palace

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Historic Environment Scotland (HES) said that people had come from across the world to see sites associated with the time-travel fantasy starring Sam Heughan and Caitriona BalfeSam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe. It said that the “Outlander effect” had led to a 27 per cent increase in tourists from the US and a 19 per cent increase in those coming from France compared with the previous year.

Visitor numbers to Doune Castle, the location for the fictional Castle Leoch, are up by 227 per cent since 2013, when Outlander was first screened. The 15th-century Blackness Castle in West Lothian, the setting for the Tv series has seen a huge rise in visitor numbers .

Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism at HES, said: “Our record breaking visitor figures, including across all of our top ten sites, are a tremendous achievement for Scotland’s heritage tourism sector, reflecting the continued interest shown by tourists and home-grown visitors to learn more about our rich Scottish heritage.

“The exchange rate, as well as strong airport numbers, have both contributed to the growing figures.

“This rise in visitor numbers at our staffed sites has also been complemented by visitor growth at our unstaffed free access properties, bringing the overall total to an estimated 12 million.”

The top 10 most-visited HES attractions all individually celebrated record-breaking years, with over 2 million people passing over Edinburgh Castle’s drawbridge, an increase of nearly 300,000 visitors in comparison to the previous year.

Outlander fans visitor numbers to the Clan Fraser memorial are up

Historians who maintain the Culloden Battlefield in Scotland are reportedly blaming fans of the novels and TV series for trampling the area around the Clan Fraser memorial .

The property manager of Culloden says more than 180,000 people visited the battlefield last year, up 28 percent from 2016. Some even left behind little cutouts of Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser on the Starz drama.

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The Battle of Culloden was teased at the end of season 2 and depicted in the premiere episode of season 3 on Outlander. It was a brief re-creation of the actual confrontation that took place on April 16, 1745 between British troops and the Jacobite forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie. In the series, it’s where Jamie finally kills Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies).

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“Some of the things I have seen at Culloden have really got my back up,” Alasdair MacNeill of the Circle of Gentlemen, a Jacobite appreciation society, tells the Daily Record. “A lot the visitors are American and seem to think they are on a film set rather than a war grave. They maybe don’t know the history. But how would they feel if I walked my dog across Gettysburg?”

The National Trust for Scotland is reportedly hoping to reseed the area around the monument. In the meantime, Outlander series author Diana Gabaldon weighed in on the phenomenon with a not-so-subtle message to fans to tread lightly on such hallowed ground.

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Katey Boal and her team do a wonderful job in conserving, curating and presenting this precious part of Scotland’s heritage, and I’m sure that all Outlander fans are more than grateful and appreciative of their efforts, and I am sure they will make every effort to support them. https://twitter.com/ScotlandNow/status/985868066021142528 

 

 

 

 

Could Frank return in Outlander series 4 ?

Despite his death, Frank remains an important character in Outlander Season 4. After all, he played a huge role in Brianna’s upbringing, and there are going to be comparisons she’ll make between him and her biological father. It’s just human to make comparisons.

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Since the closing of Season 3, the showrunners have been clear that they would like to bring Tobias Menzies back into the series. How is that possible when both his characters are dead? And yes, Black Jack Randall certainly died at Culloden as Claire told him. Now the showrunners have said that Frank will hopefully come back into the series.

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Jack Randall was in command of the garrison at Fort William ( Blackness Castle ) for four years.

In 1740, Jamie Fraser is arrested at Lallybroch while trying to defend Jenny, taken to Fort William and brutally flogged by Jack Randall.

 

It’s all about the flashbacks

Outlander Season 4 could always use flashbacks for Brianna. She’ll still have stories to tell Roger and she’ll continue to watch out for her mother by reading the historical documents to track them. After all, she’ll want to know where her mother is and when she dies.

As she’s going through the documents, Brianna could find something her dad knew or mentioned. She could find paperwork that belonged to him. This would allow her to delve more into stories about him, using flashbacks to tell the stories for the audience.

While we’ve seen some of the scenes from Claire and Frank’s points of view, is it possible that Brianna actually heard some of the arguments? Could she have watched them and those are moments that stand out for her? The flashbacks could be of her side of those arguments.

Filling in the gaps

There are still elements to the story that Outlander hasn’t told yet. Frank wouldn’t have been able to just forget about Jamie. Brianna’s red hair would have prevented that. He had to know done his research, known where he was and what had happened to him. He may have even learned that Claire would eventually go back to the past.

In fact, is it possible that when Frank wanted to take Brianna to England it was to allow Claire to journey back to the past? Did he want to give her the chance to make the decision she wished she could have made years ago?

Outlander Season 4 could fill in some of the gaps, using flashes of Frank to make it easier on the audience.

Would you like to see Frank return to Outlander? What do you think of the idea of bringing Tobias Menzies back? How could you see it working? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Outlander series five confirmed

Before Sunday’s For Your Consideration: Outlander panel in Los Angeles, Ronald D. Moore said while the “usual negotiations and conversations” have been holding up a more official announcement from Starz, “we are certainly going to do it. I have no doubt we are doing a season 5.”

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Moore, who joined stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan as well as executive producers Maril Davis, Matt B. Roberts, Toni Graphia, and Production Designer Jon Gary Steele for the Sunday panel, also hinted at the possibility that the writers might change up how they adapt Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling books for future seasons.

“Every year we approach it fresh,” he told EW. “Should we keep it a book a season? We’ve done that up until now. But we’ve talked about splitting books, and we’ve talked about combining them. We want to be free in the writers’ room to pick and choose and do what feels most comfortable that year.”

And what about Moore’s future involvement on the show? The executive producer of Amazon’s new Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams says he continues to read all scripts and give notes on them, and is involved in editing. That said, “At the beginning of season 3, I delegated the day to day show-running duties to Matt [B. Roberts] and Toni [Graphia].”

Production on the fourth season of Outlander is currently underway in Scotland.

 

Outlander cast heads for Glasgow

Outlander will shut down several Glasgow city centre streets as filming for the upcoming series continues.

Fans hoping to get a glimpse of stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan will flock to the Saltmarket area of the city.

Turnbull Street and James Morrison Street at St Andrews Square will be closed along their full length on March 14 and 15 from 12pm until midnight.

Diversions will start at London Road to Saltmarket and then end at Steel Street.

On our Outlander tour we visit various locations used for filming the hit series Outlander. Based on the best selling novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is filmed in a number of locations in castles and towns in  central Scotland.

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It comes after the cast and crew of the Starz Network blockbuster descended on the small Ayrshire village of Dunure.

The tiny village was transformed into a film set for the show, which stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe.

Cast members waved to fans as they filmed scenes on Tuesday at Dunure Harbour.

The 13-episode of the show’s fourth season is due to premiere this autumn.

Outlander tourism boom in Scotland continues

We all know that Outlander has boosted the tourism in Scotland. More and more people book holidays to see the filming spots. While this has caused problems due to the few, Scotland is definitely not complaining about the benefits to the country because of the Outlander tours. Individuals have also found ways to boost their family income and do a job they love, such as Andy the Highlander.

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Glencoe t-shirt – Outlander Glencoe features in the opening sequence to Outlander. 

 It’s not just about tourism. There’s an employment boom happening thanks to the time-traveling love story. More people are moving to the Scottish Highlands to live and work.

The Insider states that there’s a new Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, which is in place for two years and will start in the next financial year (the tax year in the UK runs April 6-April 5 each year). More than 200,000 jobs have been created thanks to the tourism boom, which is excellent for those in Scotland. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has hinted that the new fund is due to the Outlander tourism, so people need to keep it up to continue supporting the people.

 

It’s not surprising, as the series continues to film around Scotland. Despite Season 4 largely being based in the American Colonies of the 18th century, the crew remains in Scotland for filming. The Highlands give a look of the American Colonies, and it also means sights like Craig na Dun and Lallybroch are still in reaching distance for the Scottish storylines.

Just recently, filming has taken place in Falkland, Cumbernauld Glen, and Culross. The filming is most recently been in Dunure.

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Exciting new photos of the Outlander cast filming Season 4

Exciting new photos of the Outlander cast filming Season 4 of the Starz drama, look away now. For those Sassenachs who need to know every detail, read on.

Over the last few months, the cast of Outlander has been hard at work on the fourth season, with the crew transforming Scotland into colonial America. And it hasn’t been easy: The night shoots have been long and cold, according to series stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan.

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Glencoe t-shirt – Outlander – Glencoe features in the opening sequence of the show

WATCH: Caitriona Balfe's First 'Outlander' Chemistry Test With Sam HeughanThe passion is palpable.

Sophie Skelton, who plays Brianna Randall, was recently spotted on the Outlander set in Dunure, Scotland. Not really out of the ordinary—except she was in period costume!

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This means, at some point in Season 4, Brianna travels through the stones back to the 18th century. And who’s in the 18th century? Her parents, Jamie (Heughan) and Claire (Balfe)!

A Randall-Fraser family reunion in looking very possible. Of course, if you’ve read the books, this piece of information comes at no surprise.

It’s getting Scot in here.

Also spotted in the photos is Steven Cree, who plays Ian Murray Sr.. In other words, the setting is likely Scotland instead of America, as his character owns and runs the Fraser estate Lallybroch.

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Outlander filming continues in Dunure , Scotland.

Hit US TV show Outlander has begun filming its latest scenes in Scotland.

Cast and crew of the Starz Network blockbuster are shooting in Dunure, just south of Ayr .

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Glencoe t-shirt – Outlander

The tiny village has been transformed into a film set for the show, which stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe.

Scenes for season four of the hugely popular show are currently being shot.

Cast members waved to fans as they filmed scenes today (Tuesday) at Dunure Harbour.

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Stars took selfies in the pretty South Ayrshire village of Dunure (Image: AYRSHIRE POST)
Sophie Skelton on location in Dunure (Image: AYRSHIRE POST)

It marks the third time that Dunure has been the location of shooting for the drama series, which has won numerous accolades.

But this is the first time that Dunure will be added to the official Visit Scotland Outlander map.

The show’s fan club has over 100,000 members – many of whom travel to locations where filming is located, which could mean a big boost to tourism in South Ayrshire.