Travel Your Way Through Droughtlander and Beyond

Written by: Denise Stewart


As we are thoroughly into yet another Droughtlander, I am wondering what many of you are doing to get through.  Starz has yet to send any tidbits out to satiate our hunger and thirst for our most beloved series, so I resort to other means.  I begin browsing the internet for anything and everything Outlander.  I frequent Etsy shops, peruse family tartans, and pick out what could be my Christmas tree this year – a Fraser fir? Why not?  But one thing that has caught my attention is the planned outings and events for the Outlander community for 2017.   I have seen that many of you in so many of the social media groups are making plans to travel. And since there is no definitive release date for Season 3, travel may just be what is needed to capture what is missing in this time of famine. Well, travel is the basis of this story, now. Isn't it?

Maybe you are thinking of making that trip of a lifetime to the Motherland to walk in the glens, scour the lochs, bag a munro, or just tip a pint at a pub. You may be looking into doing something stateside, like a convention, a gathering, an award show or even a book signing by Diana Gabaldon herself.  So it got me thinking – where and when are all of these events? Can I go? Is it logistically possible?  Can I manage a weekend here to meet a star? Or a few weekdays there to gather with some other fans? That lead me to a hot search for all events Outlander.  Here is some of what I have found.  Maybe you will find what fits for you, or suggest some new events that we can add to this calendar of sorts.  Either way, I hope you enjoy perusing these events. And should you find yourself going to any of them, let us here at Outlander Cast know! We love to hear and talk about all things Outlander… or even kinda, slightly related to Outlander! So let's get travelin'...



Thru The Stones, Dec. 2-3, 2016
I’m going to start with an event that is very fast approaching, but tickets are still available. The Thru The Stones event is the “largest Outlander fan convention in the Central United States” and will be in Bettendorf, Iowa, on Dec. 2-3, 2016.  Costume designer Terry Dresbach will be speaking Saturday afternoon about her experiences with Outlander.  And our dear Rupert, Grant O’Rourke, will speak on Saturday evening. Select guests will have a chance to be seated with each of them for dinner.  This looks like a fabulous event with a Scottish themed luncheon and a Parisian themed dinner.  And our very own Mary Larsen will be in attendance.  So be sure to say hi if you see her!



The Gathering, Cologne, Germany,  March 10-12, 2017
If you are looking for some interaction with some of the characters, maybe head over to Cologne, Germany, in March. The Gathering is a TV convention dedicated to the TV show Outlander, based on the books of Diana Gabaldon.  There are several levels of admission tickets that range from a general admission type ticket to a VIP selection.  As per its name, the VIP ticket will have you feeling very special with preferred entrances to events, seating and autograph sessions, among other perks. Why is this event so special, you may ask? Well how about the opportunity to see Andrew Gower (Mr. "Mark me" himself), Steven Cree (Ian Murray), Scott Kyle (Ross), Laurence Dobiesz (Alex Randall), Grant O’Rourke (Angus) and Stephen Walters (Rupert). Talk about a Highlander overload! This looks like an event that promises to curb your longing for missing some of our beloved characters.


Novel Adventures
Novel Adventures is a fascinating group.  In their own words, one can “take an adventure where you become the main character in the story of a lifetime, a tour where your favorite book becomes the basis of your vacation! You will walk in the footsteps of your heroes and villains, and prevail with your own tale to tell. Each tour is customized to please the laidback style or even the most adventurous of travelers. We will customize your trip to travel independently or organize you with a group – whichever is your preference.”  They have had several tours already, and are working on more for 2017, starting in April.  

Voyager Cruise, April 3-8, 2017
How about a cruise? April 3-8 there will be a Voyager-inspired cruise on the Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. It is a five-night cruise that includes stops in Haiti and Jamaica.  They are also advertising the appearance of special guest(s), pending confirmation and scheduling. Wonder who they may be Sounds like current cast members possibly! I guess we will find out.



Magic Con, April 21-23, 2017
The weekend of April 21-23 will be a busy one for Outlander fans, with two events available for fans on either side of the Atlantic. First, Graham McTavish will be in attendance at Magic Con, held in Bonn, Germany.  Magic Con will have appearances by stars from several movies and series, some of which include Lord of The Rings, Outlander and Game of Thrones, to name a few. Although I have never personally been to any of the “Cons,” there are autograph sessions, workshops, panels and other opportunities to meet stars of your favorite shows/movies.  (Graham will be at NYC Comic Con happening October 5-8 as well.)



Outlander Weekend #1 2017, April 21-23, 2017 
The second event happening on April 21-23 is the Outlander Weekend #1 2017. Heading out to Grover, North Carolina, might make you feel like Claire in the series when she gets to the colonies. This seems to be geared more toward the historical aspect of the series.  Hosted at The Inn of the Patriots Bed and Breakfast, some of the events include an Outlandish reception on Friday night, making and sampling some Scottish cuisine, hiking and a scotch tasting.  What makes this weekend different from some of the others is they have a prayer for the Battle of Culloden, and a rifle and musket shooting demonstration.  A little something for everyone.  

Pure Outlander Tour, May 4-14, 2017
Novel Tours also has a Pure 'Outlander' trip from May 4-14.  This trip will have you traveling from Edinburgh to Inverness to Glasgow with a private guide.  You will visit more than 20 Outlander locations with all entry tickets included.  Other activities are included in this trip, and it actually looks like it’s a trip that is manageable by the average traveler.  While this trip does not advertise meeting any stars, who knows what might be around any given corner or glen. Remember when checking out this deal that air transport is not included in the price listed.

JIBLAND2, May 17-18, 2017
Fancy a trip to Italy? How about Italy AND Sam Heughan? Yes, please! The JIBLAND2 event will run May 17-18 in Rome, and feature Sam Heughan and Stephen Cree (Ian), among stars from other popular shows (for example, Supernatural). The event is hosted by Jus In Bello, a nonprofit organization that "creates gatherings for fans from all over the world to encourage interactions between fans and professionals in the field of arts and show business." Our friends over at OutMander shared with us that while all high-level passes are gone, lower level passes are still available.  You can also leverage all your best bargaining skills starting December 12, as that is when major trading for passes starts.

Outlandish Gathering 2016, Memorial Day Weekend 2017
Let’s move forward to May.  Unfortunately, the Outlandish Gathering 2016 event that was scheduled the for the first weekend of this past October in Savannah, Georgia, had to be postponed due to the arrival of Hurricane Matthew.  So now they have rescheduled it to happen on the 2017 Memorial Day weekend in Boston.  Previous ticket holders, if unable to attend, were able to transfer their tickets to others by November 11, 2016.  But if you are interested in this event, I would keep an eye open on this Facebook page for possible openings.  

Outlander in The City, June 3, 2017
In June, the event to check out is"Outlander in the City" – happening in New York City, Saturday, June 3, from 6-11 pm!  Dinner will be held at the Scottish restaurant, St. Andrews, where guests can rub elbows with some of the big names of our favorite show including, as advertised, Gary Lewis, Nell Hudson (you can tell Laoghaire a thing or two), and several of the Highlanders.  Like so many of the other events, there will be a whisky tasting and Scottish cuisine.  If you are planning on going, be on the lookout for Outlander Cast Blog senior writer, Anne Gavin.  She (and maybe a few more Outlander Cast Blog writers) will be attending... that’s if she doesn’t meet Duncan LaCroix on her return-to-Scotland trip in May. If When he falls in love with her, neither of them will be there... her own words.



2017 Dream Tour of Scotland, June 18-25, 2017
As we move on through the month of June, you might find yourself heading to Scotland. Feel like part of the family as the staff of The Traveling Troubadour explore the essence of this fascinating country. You will be “immersed in the true spirit & charm of Scotland on this unforgettable, customized tour of Scotland's past & present!”  Outlander fans will not be disappointed as this tour takes you to some of the Outlander landmarks that you have read and seen about in the story we have all come to love.  Cities on the tour include Glasgow, Fort William, Inverness, Stirling and Edinburgh.  There are a lot of admissions to museums, historical landmarks and events that are all part of this escorted sightseeing tour.  Also included is daily breakfast, some group dinners, porterage on one suitcase, hotel tips and taxes, and more. Again, with this tour, airfare is the responsibility of the individual traveler. You must visit this webpage to see all of the goodies that owner, Lynette Miller, has in store for you. She has been doing group tours for 15 years and this is her third year hosting an Outlander tour. Being a fan herself, you are sure to be in for a treat!




A Gathering on the Ridge, July 5-9, 2017
Staying with the adventures provided by Novel Tours, we move into July with a stateside event is going on for 5 days and 4 nights (July 5-9).  Held at The Mast Farm Inn in North Carolina, this event concentrates on the Drums of Autumn book in the series. It will include special guest performance by Seven Nations. These guys are great! They are a modern Celtic band that have been hailed as being the band that has taught people that “bagpipes rock.”  A cooking demonstration from the award-winning book Outlander Kitchen will be presented by Alisa Hinton. There will be several events during this outing where there is something for everyone, including, but not limited to, going to the Highland games, hiking and whisky tasting.  



Starfury: The Highlanders 2, Aug. 25-27, 2017
As the summer winds down – and hopefully we have been indulging in some Outlander Season 3 by this time there will be an event in Blackpool, England, August 25-27.  "Starfury: The Highlanders 2" is a second-year event featuring many of the Highlanders, including Graham McTavish (Dougal), Gary Lewis (Colum), Finn Den Hertog (Willie) and even Lotte Verbeek (Geillis), among others.  It appears that the gold tickets are sold out, but regular tickets are still available.  Check out the web page to see just what the regular admission involves and if it’s right for you!


In September, "The Highlanders Fling Fundraiser," a fundraising event for the Bathgate Regal Community Theatre, will take place in Bath, England on Sept. 16.  Details are yet to be released, but last year there was a Highlander buffet, ceilidh band and an auction. If any of you are familiar with and follow actor Scott Kyle, who played Ross in Season 2, you know this theatre is near and dear to his heart.  Heck, even if you cannot go, check out the main webpage where you can find his signature “Kylander” shirts,“Save Ross” items and more.

So there you have it.  I know there are many more events that will be posted as time goes on. We will try to stay up-to-date and provide some information for you to attend or even creep a little.  If you are planning on attending any of these or other events, let us know! Maybe you can be one of our special event correspondents for the Outlander Cast Blog. Or you can just share with us on our Outlander Cast Clan Gathering.  Like I said, we LOVE all things Outlander!


Are you planning on any adventures in late 2016 or 2017?
Where would you most like to go if you could?
Who would you want to see in person?


20 comments

  1. Thanks. This is a great compilation of what is coming. My cousin, her mother and I are planning a trip to Scotland in Aug.

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    1. NavyGal, a trip to Scotland has become my wish. I believe it will happen. Can't wait to hear about your adventure. Thanks for reading!

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  2. Great ideas Denise. I'd love to go to the Gathering on the Ridge as it sounds just my sort of weekend. Just for info •The New York Tartan Day Parade is usually held the Saturday nearest Tartan Day. The 2017 18th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade will be held on April 8th. They haven't announced a Grand Marshall for 2017 yet. I would think they will try for Andy Murray with his Number 1 World Tennis Ranking at the moment. It will be fun to see who they choose.

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    1. Jayne, thank you for the reminder about the NYC Tartan Day Parade! Yes, Andy Murray might be a great choice!

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  3. Thank you for this.. what a great compilation of events! I am going to Outlander in the City.. And trying for the Gathering in Boston. However, the one in NC in July looks cool too! Would love love the cruise .. but thought it was a wee bit pricy for a 4 night. TY for all the work here! Great resource!

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    1. Thanks Angela! We hope to keep updating as thing stop up. As you read our own Anne Gavin will be at the NYC event in June! The Gathering looks like a great time! Let us know how it all goes! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    2. I must travel to Scotland someday to where my 5th great grandfather was born and immigrated to the U.S.

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  4. Im so incredibly excited to be going to the Thru the Stones event - and am trying to get into the Gathering in beantown as well!

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    1. Sounds like you might have a good turnout if you do a Boston event!

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  5. Hi Denise, I'm one of the owners of Novel Adventures. Thanks so much for including us in your blog! Our events are jam packed with crazy fun events, and we do have a couple fun announcements coming up very soon, so keep an eye on our fb page :)

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    1. Kim, your adventures are just what so many Outlander Fans are looking to do. Thanks for providing the experiences. And by all means, feel free to share this blog post!!
      Thanks for reading and commenting

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  6. Thanks for this great compilation! I'm attending the Inn of the Patriots Outlander weekend in April and hope to attend Novel Adventures' Gathering on the Ridge as well.

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    1. CTS, thanks for reading and commenting. Maybe you can share your fun times.with us on the Outlander Cast Gathering Page!

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  7. Wow, thank you for all your work in amassing these events. Great read.

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    1. Claudia, Thank you for reading!
      Are you planning any adventures?

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    1. Merci pour idées et informations,vous êtes des fans géniaux!!!!

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  9. Awesome list. As it happens, I'm leaving for Scotland in 10 days!! I can't believe it. I'll be doing an 8 day Outlander themed art retreat. And traveling around the country a bit. So combining my three passions,travel, art and Outlander! Trip of a lifetime for sure!

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  10. I am from Canada and I will be attending the Highlanders Fling Fundraiser! Can't wait to be in Scotland again! I met Scott Kyle last October and will see him again and hopefully Stephen Walters and others at the event!

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