Dysart buzzing as Outlander filming starts

Dysart harbour has been transformed. Pic by Steven Brown
Dysart harbour has been transformed. Pic by Steven Brown

Dysart has been abuzz with anticipation over the past few weeks since it was announced it was to be used as a location for filming the Outlander series.

And as the cameras are about to roll in the quiet town’s sleepy little harbour, dozens of extras, film crew and cast are set to converge on the set which has been transformed into the French port of Le Harve from the 1740s.

The Phoenix on the Forth. Pic by Steven Brown

The Phoenix on the Forth. Pic by Steven Brown

And it’s rumoured that some local folk are among the extras who may be called to appear as locals in the second series of Outlander, the fantasy adventure series 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 after being a huge hit in America.

Over the past few weeks Dysart harbour has been transformed with new fronts put on some of the buildings and props including barrels, coils of rope, lanterns and fishing creels added.

Left Bank Pictures location manager Hugh Gourlay said: “We have transformed Dysart harbour into an 18th-Century French dock.

“Dysart Sailing Club and the local community have been extremely supportive, and the scenes will look fantastic when the series airs next year.”

At the end of last week the large, two-masted clipper ship the Phoenix from Portsmouth sailed into the harbour, drawing hundreds of visitors keen to find out more about what was going on.

Joleen Carrington, founder of new Dysart events group Dysart Re-born, said the mood in Dysart had been one of excitement.

“It’s all everyone’s talking about at the moment, and nobody can quite believe that our little harbour is to feature in a major television programme,” she said.

Filming is due to begin around 2.00 p.m. today and all the surrounding streets including Hot Pot Wynd and Shore Road from West Quality Street to Rectory Lane and the whole length of Pan Ha’ will be closed to traffic with diversions via West Quality Street and Rectory Lane.