Travel & Leisure’s Interview With Sam Heughan   1 comment

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From Travel & Leisure:

What’s been your favorite location to film in Scotland?
We filmed a lot of scenes round and about this small village called Kinloch Rannoch. That’s where we shoot the standing stones—called Craigh na Dun in the show. At the center is Loch Rannoch (that’s Lake Rannoch for non-Gaelic speakers), and at the other end is a mountain called Schiehallion, which they call the mountain of the fairies. It’s this beautiful peak that looks quite iconic.

We shot there last year on my birthday, and I was very lucky to have the following day off. Everyone else was filming, but I managed to sneak off and climb up the top of the mountain. The view was just incredible. It was so dramatic; everything was still covered in snow. There’s lots of wildlife—pheasants, grouse, wild deer, sometimes you see stags. It’s just a very magical place.

More after the jump! 

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You’ve been traveling around on a big press tour. Do you have a favorite new destination?
We were in Toronto a couple of days ago, and that last time I was there was maybe 10 or 14 years ago, so I didn’t really remember much about it. I was only there for one day, but we stayed in an area called Yorkville, at the Hazelton, which is an incredible hotel. The restaurant scene is really buzzing, and the people are relaxed and friendly. I’d love to go back and spend more time there.

How do you feel about the incredible popularity of the show?
It’s really exciting. We’re very much removed from it when we’re in Scotland, which is kind of nice. And the show is only just premiered in the U.K., so people are kind of unaware of it, but that’s building now, which is great. But it’s always odd when you get on a flight to the U.S., and you see a billposter of yourself or your face on the side of a bus. It’s pretty awesome.

What can viewers expect this season?
This second half of the season is a lot darker. The momentum has carried right through. So much happens, even in the first episode. You find out a lot more about Jamie’s character—who he is, where he comes from. His relationship is tested a lot with his uncles, and also with Claire. Their relationship is very much challenged throughout the season, but it climaxes in some pretty intense episodes coming up.

Before you go, any bucket list destinations?
Wow, yea. Well, going on the theme of climbing, I would love to visit the Alps, the Himalayas, certainly Everest. I’m kind of fascinated by these men and women that climb up the highest peaks in the world—there’s a bit of a draw there—so those places are definitely on my bucket list.

Read the full interview here at the source. 

Posted April 4, 2015 by justfp in Interviews, Outlander, Sam Heughan

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