Fans flock from afar to watch Outlander filming in Dysart

Onlookers were delighted to see the two main characters ' Claire and Jamie ' at Dysart harbour. Pics: Steven Brown
Onlookers were delighted to see the two main characters ' Claire and Jamie ' at Dysart harbour. Pics: Steven Brown

Dysart was awash with excitement this week as filming for the hugely popular Outlander series began at its historic harbour.

As dozens of visitors flocked to the area trying to catch a glimpse of the drama’s main characters, Sailors Walk in Ravenscraig Park which overlooks the harbour, became a popular tourist destination.

And a party atmosphere prevailed as delighted fans were able to watch stars Sam Heughton, who plays heart-throb Jamie and Catriona Balfe his wife Claire filming a tender scene as they arrive in the French port of Le Havre, which will be shown in the second series of Outlander to be aired next year.

Film fever has gripped Dysart for the past few weeks since Left Bank Pictures moved in to the area to start transforming the picturesque harbour into a film set.

Lamp-posts have been removed or covered by props and the fronts of some of the buildings, including the Harbourmaster’s house have been transformed, while smoke machines were brought in to create an authentic-looking set and lights installed along the clifftop to light up the set for night-time fliming.

And the whole harbour area, including access roads Hot Pot Wynd and Shore Road, was closed off, with security guards patrolling the vicinity since it was reported that some of the props had been stolen over the weekend.

Fans flocked from far and wide, with some coming down from Dundee to watch the filming.

Maureen McKeown (61), from Dundee told the Press she had come across the filming by accident while walking the Fife Coastal Path.

“I am a huge fan of the show and when I realised that it was Outlander they were filming, I abandoned my walking and decided to come along and watch the filming instead.

“It is a fantastic series and it makes it better that it is mainly being filmed in Scotland. It is really authentic and the last two episodes were so powerful – it really deserves to win awards.

“I have been here most of today (Tuesday) and I will be back tomorrow to watch it again. I’ve got sandwiches in my car, so I’m all set!”

Rhona Laing (62) from Glenrothes added: “I first heard about Outlander last year and was desperate to watch it.

“When I retired a few months ago my husband bought Amazon Prime so I could watch it. I’m totally hooked.

“A lot of Scottish things are very cheesey, but in this the acting and accents are authentic and it has a lot of really good Scottish actors in it.

“It is great to actually see it being filmed.”

Outlander, the series

The Outlander series was first shown in America in 2014 where it has attracted a huge following.

Described as the “Scottish Game of Thrones,” the television drama has been adapted from the books by American author Diana Gabaldon and the first series has just come to an end on Amazon Prime in the UK.

The plot focuses on 20th century nurse Claire Randall, who time travels back to 18th century Scotland and finds adventure and romance with the dashing James Fraser.
Filming has also taken place in Aberdour, Falkland and Culross.

Lead actress Caitriona Balfe (Claire) on set

Lead actress Caitriona Balfe (Claire) on set