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EXCLUSIVE: A series of interview videos with Outlander’s author

She is one of the world’s best-selling and phenomenally successful writers, and her appearances invoke wild hoots and applauses from her fans at sold-out events worldwide, including her recent attendance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August.

In case you need a hint – it’s Diana Gabaldon, the author of the tremendously popular Outlander novels.

We caught up with her to bring you a series of exclusive videos in which Diana reveals, among other fascinating facts, that her award-winning books have not only inspired fans to visit Scotland… but also to stay here.

Watch the videos below to hear about the novels’ origins, standing stones, time travel, Diana’s travels around Scotland, and also her thoughts on the new television adaptation.

* Filmed with kind permission at The Balmoral hotel, Edinburgh


Diana said that there was no doubt that Scotland plays a starring role in the new production. Do you agree?

Let us know in the comments below, on Facebook or by using @VisitScotland, and don’t forget to use #outlanderscotland.

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Outlander follows the story of Claire Randall (played by Caitriona Balfe), a married English combat nurse from 1945 who, while on her honeymoon in Inverness, is mysteriously swept back in time to the 18th-century Scottish Highlands. There she meets Jamie (played by Scottish actor Sam Heughan), a chivalrous young warrior, with whom she becomes romantically entwined.

To find out more about the series and its Scottish connections, go to

Outlander © Sony Pictures Television