Fans of the hugely popular Outlander books and TV series are creating a tourism boom, visiting local sites such as Blackness Castle, Linlithgow Palace and Beecraigs woods.
The books, partly set in 18th century Scotland around the time of the Battle of Culloden, have also led to a surge in interest in Scottish history, clans, tartan, traditional Sottish food and music and Gaelic, which is used throughout the books.
Two innovative Linlithgow businesses have got together to launch a themed evening of food and entertainment, based on the series. Mary’s Meanders and The Star and Garter Hotel have launched the “Outlander Experience”.
Set in Jacobean surroundings, it will include a three-course meal along with wine from the Outlander-inspired blog, Outlander Kitchen, with traditional Scottish music and entertainment, including a resident Gaelic bard.
Emma Chalmers, of Mary’s Meanders, said: “We are holding auditions to find cast for the experience on November 22 and would love local people, aged over 16, to get in touch and be part of it.
“The Outlander publicity is a wonderful tourism opportunity for the area and we are pleased to be playing our part in developing the area’s night-time economy.”
The meal and show experience, costing £55 per person, will run from April to September at the Star and Garter Hotel.
Mary’s Meanders has been supported in its endeavours by a Transmit Start-Up loan.
Robert Webb, of Transmit Start-Ups, said: “Emma is doing a great job using the link to the Outlander series.”
The evening will start with a tour of sites used in the series.
To find out how to book, or for an audition spot at the Star and Garter, email firstname.lastname@example.org.