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Visitor boost for Fife as Outlander TV series launches in UK this month

Fri 13 Mar 15

Excitement is mounting as the huge and growing following for time travel romance ‘Outlander’ gets set to see the series this month (26th March) on Amazon Prime. The series is currently going out on the Starz channel in the USA and is hugely popular in countries like Germany. It’s been such a hit that fans are now beating a path to the Kingdom of Fife to see the original locations.

Hotels and all kinds of tourism services in Fife are gearing up to make the most of the ‘Outlander effect’ in the same way that “Games of thrones has brought a surge in tourists to Northern Ireland. In Dunfermline, the Local Tourist Association members have set up an Outlander group with support from FifeScreen and VisitScotland. Alistair Bruce, Fife Tourism Partnership Chair, said: “Tourism businesses and visitor attractions value the benefit of working together and Outlander presents a new and exciting opportunity, with tour, hotel and restaurant bookings already growing in 2015. Since the launch of our Outlander Facebook and Twitter pages, interest has been fantastic.” The Kingdom of Fife has been attracting filmmakers for decades going back to directors like Alfred Hitchcock. All kinds of film and TV production have found the iconic locations they needed to turn each of them into a unique and dramatic screen experience. Based on the book by Diana Gabaldon, the series stars new screen talent Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan (Young Alexander the Great, Rebus, A Very British Sex Scandal). The serieshas a host of great directors like Richard Clark (The Musketeers, Silent Witness, Dr Who) and Brian Kelly (Dracula, Lewis, Downton Abbey).

Outlander follows the story of Claire Randall (Balfe), a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser (Heughan), a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. The series has used all kinds of locations in Fife including Culross, Falkland and Aberdour.

The Amazon Prime trailer can be viewed at this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Tmu8wUHW-Q 

Julie Craik, FifeScreen Manager, said: “It’s so fantastic that Outlander found the locations they were looking for in Fife and it’s been great having the opportunity to help the production team. Showrunner Ronald D. Moore did a special session at the Edinburgh International TV Festival last year and I am delighted that he sang the praises of working in the region and Scotland. “Fife is especially attractive for its unique coastal and historic locations and this gave the area huge appeal for the production. But it’s not just locations that get projects to come here. Fife Council is film-crew friendly. It’s a huge team effort when a production of this scale is filming, so a special thank you to the transport services and building services teams and the community councils.”

Councillor Lesley Laird, Fife Council’s Depute Leader, added: “The popularity behind this Outlander series is phenomenal and it’s so exciting that Fife will be showcased to a worldwide audience. We are so lucky to have such beautiful landscape and historic buildings which have attracted screen producers here for years. The FifeScreen partnership works hard to secure around 70 projects annually injecting around £1.5 million to the local economy.” To see film locations for Outlander and many other films in Fife, there’s now a movie map on the FifeScreen website with pictures, posters and trailers - www.tayscreen.com/moviemap.cfm

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