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The Outlander Effect

11/09/17

The hit time-traveling drama, Outlander, returns to screens this September for its third season. While earlier seasons have featured locations such as Preston Mill in East Lothian, the time travelling element of the series brings the action to Edinburgh city.

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Outlander season 3 picks up as Claire (Caitriona Balfe) returns to her life in 1948. Now pregnant with Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) child she struggles to readjust to her previous life that includes her relationship with first husband, Frank. Meanwhile in the 18th century, Jamie deals with the aftermath of the doomed Battle of Culloden.

As the years pass, the pair attempt to make a life apart from each other, however they are haunted by the memory of their lost love. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other, but when they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?

Based on the latest trailer, Bakehouse Close in Edinburgh’s Old Town and Craigmillar Castle will appear in season 3, while the stately homes of Gosford and Hopetoun will also feature.

Craigmillar Castle

These locations will be looking to capitalise on the “Outlander effect” which has seen visitor numbers at historical sites increase massively since the show’s debut in 2014.

Historic Environment Scotland site Blackness Castle, which was also used for Neil Marshal’s Doomsday, saw a 72 per cent increase in visitors at the property between April 1 and June 25 when compared to the same period last year.

The National Trust of Scotland had previously reported a surge in visitor numbers at Preston Mill following its appearance as the mill at Lallybroch during the show’s first season.

Outlander filming at Preston Mill

Outlander recently broadened its reach to UK audiences when More4 began screening the first season on terrestrial TV in June. The series had previously only been available with an Amazon Prime subscription.

Tune in to Outlander season 3 on Amazon Prime, Monday 11th September 2017