Gary Rose goes for a spin in the Highlands, taking in the Culloden battlefield, the place that doubles as Cranesmuir and a working medieval village.
It’s early October, but it feels like July, as I hit the road from Inverness’s implausibly wee airport. “I don’t bother to check the weather forecast, it changes by the minute,” says Andy, my kilted driver and tour guide.
Sunshine lights up the heather and gorse. A pair of buzzards flank our route like feathered surveillance drones. The sound of a Red Hot Chilli Pipers CD fills the dead air between historical anecdotes (they’re the most famous bagpipe band on the planet, apparently).
And so begins my tour of locations used in series two of Outlander. Terminating in Edinburgh, it’s a 150-mile road trip slicing through the heart of the Highlands, taking in the Cairngorms National Park and some of the UK’s most dramatic scenery.