Fans of the television show Outlander will be familiar with characters Jamie Fraser and Dougal MacKenzie—played by actors Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish—and their travels across the 18th-century Scottish countryside. This month, Heughan and McTavish star in the new Starz series Men in Kilts, where they set out on a modern-day tour of Scotland, traversing the country in a fully stocked camper van.
Here, the duo shares a few of their favorite stops. Click through to watch clips of American Way's interview with the actors (conducted despite a complete power outage at Heughan’s home!).
The Laird of Finlarig showed us around his extremely creepy castle near the village of Killin, which is now just a ruin. Judgement Hill was, possibly, even more creepy. If you’d committed some mild indiscretion, you’d be taken up to the mound. You can actually see the steps worn into the hillside today. It was a dark place.
In Islay, we visited some of the finest Scotch distilleries in the world. Most of the whiskies there have a very peaty character to them because they smoke the barley using the local peat. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of whisky, and it was great to learn about the whole process.
We met author Sarah Fraser in Beauly. She took us around Beaufort Castle and told stories of Lord Lovat, who was double-dealing and pretty treacherous. He inherited the castle. He was eventually caught and sentenced to death but—showman that he was—wouldn’t appear for his execution until his wig was perfect.
We met Gillebride MacMillan, a Gaelic poet and singer, in the Highlands at Glen Etive. Every episode of the TV show has a different theme, and he starts off our song and dance episode. He sang a tune commemorating the MacDonald victory at Inverlochy. To hear it sung in the same place it had been performed for hundreds of years was amazing.
Culloden delivered some rain and wind. It was a wonderfully bleak day—an appropriately bleak day. Every time you stand on the historic battlefield you can feel what the soldiers went through. Sam and I recreate the run in the show— the Highland charge. We sprinted 350 yards in boggy terrain. Sam beat me [McTavish]. It was very annoying.