We are delighted to announce the Outlander Filming Location Tours for fans of Diana Gabaldon’s novels. You will have the opportunity to not only imagine yourself ‘touching the stone’ and being whirled back in time to pre-Jacobean Scotland, but, to be photographed just before you depart, in one of the stunning film locations, many of which are within an hour or two of Pilrig House!
On booking, you will be sent our specially created Touring guest file and, our tour guide’s contact details, so you can start planning.
A Love Letter to Scotland
I am a huge fan myself. The American film company has done us proud, venturing to a wide range of locations, in differing seasons, and capturing Scotland in a way that has revealed all her magnificence, subtle, soft light, muted hues and sheer beauty. I intend time travelling again soon, by billow and breeze, to properly absorb the beautiful costumes and scenery!
Debbie Martin, Pilrig House
The Skye Boat Song you are listening to tells how Bonnie Prince Charlie, disguised as a serving maid, escaped in a small boat after the defeat of his Jacobite rising of 1745, with the aid of Flora MacDonald. The song is a traditional expression of Jacobitism and its story has also entered Scotland as a national legend.
Skye Boat Song (original lyrics)
[Chorus:] Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing,
Onward! the sailors cry;
Carry the lad that's born to be King
Over the sea to Skye.
Loud the winds howl, loud the waves roar,
Thunderclaps rend the air;
Baffled, our foes stand by the shore,
Follow they will not dare.
Though the waves leap, soft shall ye sleep,
Ocean's a royal bed.
Rocked in the deep, Flora will keep
Watch by your weary head.
Many's the lad fought on that day,
Well the claymore could wield,
When the night came, silently lay
Dead on Culloden's field.
Burned are their homes, exile and death
Scatter the loyal men;
Yet ere the sword cool in the sheath
Charlie will come again.
As you will be staying in Pilrig House, home of Robert Louis Stevenson, you may be interested in the link to the Outlander music
Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1892 poem – a modified version of which is adapted for Outlander as the theme song
[Chorus:] Sing me a song of a lad that is gone,
Say, could that lad be I?
Merry of soul he sailed on a day
Over the sea to Skye.
Mull was astern, Rùm on the port,
Eigg on the starboard bow;
Glory of youth glowed in his soul;
Where is that glory now?
Give me again all that was there,
Give me the sun that shone!
Give me the eyes, give me the soul,
Give me the lad that's gone!
Billow and breeze, islands and seas,
All that was good, all that was fair,
All that was me is gone.