‘Outlander’ Stars Reveal Their ‘Death-Defying Experience’ In a Brand New Book

Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish are known for their on-screen rivalry as Jamie Fraser and Dougal MacKenzie on Outlander. But the two actors are actually good friends in real-life, and after road-tripping around their home country of Scotland, they’re bringing some of their death-defying experiences to light in a new book. 

'Men in Kilts' Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish
‘Men in Kilts’ Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish | Starz

‘Outlander’ stars Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish started a podcast in 2019

After working together closely on a few seasons of Outlander, Heughan and McTavish were inspired to explore more of Scotland’s rich history and culture. In early 2019, the actors announced they were working on a podcast called Clandlands which would chronicle their road trip around the country.  

“We’d been playing these Highland warriors for years now, faking it, and we thought, ‘you know, it’d be nice to sort of find out a bit more about it,'” Heughan said when talking to Oprah Magazine. “I’ve always been interested in Scotland’s history, the clans, and the culture. We have such huge tourism from Outlander. We just wanted to sort of go on that adventure as well, and bring some of that to people, because it’s part of the show that we don’t get to explore anymore as the show has moved on.”

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They turned their podcast into a Starz series

A few months after Heughan and McTavish announced Clanlands, Starz picked up their idea and turned it into a series. Their new show, called Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham, will follow the actors around Scotland, as they explore the history, food, and culture of their home country. 

“It’s a really fun, light-hearted adventure around Scotland,” Heughan recently revealed on Good Morning America. “We’re really dipping into Scotland as the country that we obviously know through working on Outlander, but actually learning more about the food the drink, the people, the stories.”

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As of now, Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham does not have an official premiere date. But Starz has confirmed it will air eight half-hour episodes of the series sometime this year.

The ‘Outlander’ stars are now chronicling their adventures in a new book

Inspired by their Clanlands podcast and their new Starz series, Heughan and McTavish recently announced they are chronicling their Scottish adventures in a new book. Also titled Clanlands, the book will feature exclusive photos, anecdotes, and maps of their road-trip.

“We’ve written a book!!!” Heughan wrote in an Instagram post. “@grahammctavish and I have written a book about our road trip around Scotland, fuelled by copious amounts of whisky. We reveal the history and culture, our personal lives, Acting, friendship and everything in between. So excited for you to read what we’ve been working on!”

In a chat on Heughan’s Instagram, McTavish described the new book as a “confessional, meets a road trip, meets a death-defying experience.” Clanlands is currently only available for preorder in the UK, New Zealand, and Australia.