It may not have been shown in this country, but the television adaptation of the first of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels has been screened around the world – and is generating a new tourist industry.
The programmes have been broadcast in the USA, Germany and in Britain. Fans of the books and, now of the TV series, are keen to visit the film locations, and ‘imagine’ where the romantic Scottish story of Jamie and Claire all took place.
Already the series has brought thousands of extra visitors to Fife, with Falkland and Culross featuring in the first series, and Dysart set to join the group after filming for series two was done there earlier this year.
Even more visitors are expected in 2016 who will all need guides, accommodation, food, and will also want to learn more about the real history and culture.
The local tourism association (LTA), supported by Fife Tourism Partnership, has identified that there is potential for many local visitor businesses to reap the benefits from this increased tourism interest.
It has already produced an information leaflet, set up social media accounts, and along with Visit Scotland, produced thousands of postcards, now being distributed in the USA promoting the Fife filming locations.
Next month there is the chance for tourist providers to learn more about the opportunities emerging, at a half day familiarisation event set to take place on November 24 at the Keavil House Hotel, in Crossford.
The half-day event will involve an initial presentation on the potential created by the Outlander series, followed by an escorted coach visit to two of the sites. Further guided information will be provided as you travel.
There is no charge to take part, but priority will be given to existing members of the LTA and registered members of the Fife Tourism Partnership.
There are limited places available, to book yours, email Peter Wilson on firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details, visit www.fifetourismpartnership.org/