The Outlander effect

The international time-travelling series Outlander returns tonight (Monday 11 September) for the third season of the multi award winning drama, with the city of Edinburgh taking centre stage for the first time since its burst onto screens in 2014.  

Season 3 sees the cast once again travel through time yet this time it’s Edinburgh’s period and picturesque locations which act as a backdrop to play out the story of past-times. Millions of fans watching Outlander can look out for the ruined and medieval Craigmillar Castle, the cobbled Bakehouse Close within the Old Town and the historic and grand Signet Library, in the heart of the city.

The extensive filming schedule was carried out within September 2016 and January of this year with the Museum of Edinburgh closing to accomodate major scenes to be shot at its front door. 

Film Edinburgh was on side to support the production of Outlander. With extensive knowledge of the city, strong relationships throughout and a vast range of locations, the body facilitated the filming alongside City of Edinburgh Council.

Ahead of its Season 3 premiere, Rosie Ellison, Film Manager at Film Edinburgh said: “It’s great to have another production shine a light on our beautiful and historic city. Edinburgh’s potential as a filming location really has no limits with every street and building offering something completely different and unique which is evident in the locations Outlander has chosen to film in.

“We’re thrilled to have three new locations feature in the new season and anticipate an “Outlander effect” in the capital.  After featuring in Outlander, Blackness Castle’s visitors soared an incredible 72%. We’re hopeful the showcase of Edinburgh’s Craigmillar Castle, Signet Library and Bakehouse Close will have a similar impact. It’s a huge opportunity for us to reach Outlander’s millions of fans across the globe and we imagine Edinburgh will really reap the benefits.

“This year has been a huge for filming in Edinburgh and every day we’re amazed at the productions coming through. After this week’s announcement that the Scottish Government is adding an additional £10m per year to the funding of screen development and production in Scotland we’re excited to see where Edinburgh will go next.” Outlander

Councillor Gavin Barrie, Housing and Economy Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “Edinburgh is one of the most recognisable cities in the world and is becoming increasingly popular as a centre piece for global filmmakers and TV producers. Our cobbled streets, historic properties and beautiful green spaces set the scene for hundreds of productions every year including blockbusters like the Avengers, Trainspotting and now, Outlander.

“The Council helped to facilitate the crew when they were on set late last year, and we fully expect to see a boost in location tourism once Series 3 has aired. Fans will likely flock to the Royal Mile and Bakehouse Close which feature as key locations, but we also hope to see footfall driven to the city’s lesser known spots, such as the stunning Craigmillar Castle where some scenes were shot. The more we can do to showcase our striking city on film and bring new visitors to the city, the better.”

Outlander fans will be able to visit historic Edinburgh buildings featured in series three, including Craigmillar Castle, Hopetoun House and the Museum of Edinburgh. Situated within a series of beautiful 16th to 18th century properties along Bakehouse Close, the popular Council-owned Museum currently features a free to visit exhibition exploring Jacobean Edinburgh - http://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/Venues/Museum-of-Edinburgh.

Outlander Season 3 airs on Amazon Prime in the UK from Monday 11th September 2017. You can view the trailer which features Craigmillar Castle, Hopetoun and Bakehouse Close here: https://youtu.be/V1YrLG2ddQs.

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