Outlander birthday with Storm Frank

Happy Hogmanay everyone!

It was my birthday and I usually like to explore somewhere new in Scotland on that day. Walking, hiking, running, anything to get me outdoors after Christmas festivities!

So … despite Storm Frank causing chaos, Alan and I headed up north for the day to Perthshire, the heart of Scotland.

It was watching the Outlander TV series that inspired me to visit this area. Season 1 was filmed in our bonnie Scotland. Also, a brilliant blogger had already visited some of the filming locations and shared her adventures which made me want to visit even more. Thanks Susanne!

I was hoping to find the filming location for Craigh Na Dun, a small cluster of Scots Pine trees with a mysterious circle of standing stones. The standing stones are not real sadly, but the location is.

The journey

It was wet and wild when we left home, but when we reached Glasgow it was clearer and I could see the mountains. It looked promising!

But then it totally changed … as you would expect in Scotland. Storm Frank was upon us as we got nearer to Perthshire with rivers and lochs flooded.

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~ Flooded lochs and rivers ~

This part of Scotland was so beautiful! The autumn colours were vibrant and when I was in the car I kept seeing photos I wanted to capture, but we had nowhere to stop. To really explore and photograph this area we would need to be on foot.

Ironically, there was a camper type van in front of us for a wee while with the Fraser clan moto ‘Je suis prest’ on the back. It means ‘I am ready’. This was significant as the Outlander series includes characters who are from clan Fraser!

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~ Je suis prest ~

Kinloch Rannoch was our first place to explore but the road was getting worse.  We’d driven through what we thought was deep water before but further ahead it got deeper and more dangerous. Following the car in front was our decision whether to go through the water or not. When eventually the other car turned around so did we.

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~ Risky water ~

Tummel Bridge

So we headed back to Tummel Bridge and took photos of the raging River Tummel.

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~ Storm clouds ~
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~ Bride over troubled water ~

Wow, what a lot of very fast running water. The noise was so loud I could hardly hear Alan speak. It was very dangerous looking but impressive too.

 

I was lucky I wasn’t driving so admired the scenery along the way. All Alan could hear from me was “wow, look at that, it’s so beautiful, watch that huge puddle!”

Schiehallion mountain

We stopped to admire the Schiehallion mountain which is a Munro (a mountain over 3000 feet). One of my challenges next year is to climb a Munro, so this might be the one.

Update: I finally completed my challenge in May 2016 and climbed the beautiful Schiehallion mountain.

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~ Schiehallion mountain challenge ~
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~ Schiehallion ~

The fictional Craigh Na Dun

Craigh Na Dun Sign
~ Fictional Craigh Na Dun ~

I was so happy when Alan found the filming location. We waited until the rain went off a bit and headed up to the trees.

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~ Craigh Na Dun ~

The mounts for the fake standing stones were still there from the filming! Either that or they’d mysteriously shrunk into the ground! Mmm …

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~ Craigh Na Dun ~

The scenery was just so beautiful though, even on a dull, stormy day.

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~ Craigh Na Dun ~

I wanted to take lots of photos and stay longer but after about five minutes Storm Frank popped by unexpectedly with a squall of wind. The rain was hammering down in all directions and we were soaked to the skin.

 

Sorry about the shakiness of the video but you can understand why! Did you see the strange beam of light striking down on the ground, possibly lightning?

Frank almost below me off my feet at one point. He wasn’t happy at all! It was like a sign for us to leave now, even though they were not real standing stones.

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~ Craigh Na Dun ~

I had to get one more photo before I left though. This was the hardest photo ever. The wind kept blowing Jamie and Claire down and I could hardly stay standing sometimes with the gusts.

Jamie and Claire were soaked to the skin too, but they kindly stayed to pose for a photo, only just!

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~ Jamie and Claire Fraser ~

We headed back to the car soaked to the skin, then after about five minutes it calmed down and we seen blue sky! What was that all about? Spooky!

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~ Touching Craigh Na Dun ~

I really didn’t want to leave, but it was going to get dark in an hour so for safety reasons we needed to start our journey home.

Another strange thing was our satellite navigation in the car suddenly stopped working … we really depended on this to get back out. After about ten minutes of trying to turn it on, eventually it worked.

The way out

The flooding was getting worse with almost every road back out being closed.

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~ No way out ~

We must have tried about four ways out. It eventually got really dark and we were driving through small windy roads not being able to see the deep water in places.

We really thought we were going be to stranded and was thinking of parking in a car park overnight, sleeping in the car. We had some food, our camping stove and a sleeping bag, so we did come prepared.

It would have been an experience, but we really needed to get back home for my children and our two cats.

After a few hours we eventually we found a way out to the A9 and was on our way home. Phew!

It was a great adventure to say the least and I will visit again as the scenery is stunning.

I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year!

Thanks for reading.

~ Dawn~Marie ~

29 thoughts on “Outlander birthday with Storm Frank

  1. Hello Dawn-Marie,

    I plan to go to Scotland this summer and maybe going to see some of Outlander’s filming location. Thank you for the pictures ! Not like the others, with a bit of Google Map searching, I was able to find the two Craigh Na Dun location (the crossing and the hill).

    Thank you for sharing this.
    Best regards 😀

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  2. Hello Dawn-Marie,
    many thanks for your blog and that you share your experiences with us!
    I will come to Scotland in April this year and I hope to have time for visiting the fil location of Craigh Na Dun.
    Would you be so kind to give me the “adress” or the exactly direction of the set?
    Many thanks for your reply.

    Yvonne

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  3. Hello!! I’m planning to go to Scotland in July. Would you be so kind to give me the direction to get to “Craig Na Dum” set.
    Very appreciated!

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  4. Hello,
    I am Kati from Germany and I am a big fan of “Outlander”. I knew the standing stones are made of Styrofoam and Craigh Na Dun is just a fictional hill. But I know the filming location is somewhere at Loch Rannoch / Kinloch Rannoch. Can you tell me where I exactly could find this location? Thank you.
    Kind regards from Germany, Kat

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      1. I started in mid May and was slow with it until mid September. I have over 16000 hits now and a lot of content and am ready to publish several books on several topics. I am trying to do free lance blogging but one site I tried was a disaster. I kind of need to do the writing and get paid for it due to a lot of reasons:)

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      2. Wow, great number of hits! Sounds like it takes up a lot of your time. I’m just doing this as a hobby at the moment and hope to encourage people to go out and walk and explore. I’m slow at reading and writing but hoping by doing this it will help me get better! Fingers crossed! Thanks 🙂

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      3. I started off slow at first as well and only had one form of writing then I went back to old school roots and added a couple and I took off

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      1. You’re welcome and thanks to u too for the follow. It’s my eternal wish to visit your country someday. I’ve heard mant stories and myths about the highlands and their scenic beauty

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