Landing Back in 1743

Scotland: Outlander

A time travel adventure.

Landing Back in 1743

By Anna Wecel

I'm a huge fan of Outlander and always wanted to visit the locations. Our trip to Scotland was scheduled for a year before the actual departure date. It gave me enough time to prepare the costumes, accessories and to plan the route and places where the photos were to be shot.

Back in 1743? Anna and her family in the Scottish Highlands.

Back in 1743? Anna and her family in the Scottish Highlands.

My irreplaceable mother helped me out with the creation of the costumes and sewed beautiful outfits that looked like dresses worn in 18th century Scotland. Authentic accessories such as period shoes or brooches were purchased in special eBay stores.

Anna created costumes for her 8 year-old daughter Kornelia (centre) as well as her friend's two children.

Anna created costumes for her 8 year-old daughter Kornelia (centre) as well as her friend's two children.

We timed our trip to begin on May 1. This is the date of the Celtic festival of Beltane and the day that the main character Claire Randall journeyed through the stones going 200 years back in time.

Claire at the Standing Stones of Craigh Na Dun.

Claire at the Standing Stones of Craigh Na Dun.

We visited Preston Mill which provides the backdrop for a number of scenes during the Jacobite Risings, and also Glencorse Old Kirk where Claire and Jamie tie the knot.

At Preston Mill.

At Preston Mill.

The mill can be visited by guided tour only.

The mill can be visited by guided tour only.

At Glencorse Old Kirk where...

At Glencorse Old Kirk where...

Claire and Jamie tie the knot.

Claire and Jamie tie the knot.

My favourite location was Midhope Castle (known as Lallybroch) just because I am so into the series, and it is the family home of Jamie Fraser. When I got there I almost cried, because I couldn't believe that I had finally made my dream come true.

At Midhope Castle (Lallybroch).

At Midhope Castle (Lallybroch).

In the show, Lallybroch is Jamie Fraser's family home.

In the show, Lallybroch is Jamie Fraser's family home.

At the standing stones of Clava Cairns, I took pictures of the girls as dancing fairies, trying to capture the atmosphere of the druid dance in the very first episode of the series.

I also took a time travel photograph at Clava Cairns. On one side of the stone we see the 1960s of the 20th century, and on the other the Scottish clan culture in the 18th century.

But the very best part of my trip? That was meeting Sam Heughan who stars as the main character Jamie Fraser.

About our guest author Anna Wecel:

Anna is a family photographer based in Poland. To see more of her stunning work, head to her Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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