You've probably gathered by now that Samantha is a great fan of Diana Gabaldon Outlander series about Claire and Jamie Fraser. She's of Scots descent, via her father (her grandfather was James Alexander Randal MacKenzie, no really!) She's from the northeast corner of the north American continent, near Nova Scotia so the first time Sam came to Scotland, she too was an "Outlander". There, she met and married her own Highlander ("Mmmph").
During the '90s Samantha was a Professional Tour Guide in Alaska under one of the largest international tour companies.
Prior to this she managed country inns and restaurants. Having conducted tours in the Northwest, New England,
Ireland and Scotland, in 2004 she began planning a long-held dream - The Jamie and Claire Tour.
A tour for other fans of Outlander - a Diana Gabaldon tour
to let people experience Scotland as close to that which Claire found, both in the 20th and 18th centuries.
The choice of locations and experiences for the tour has been so successful that it is now frequently copied by newer tour companies, which is partly why the Jamie and Claire Tour is always developing, adding more, going futher into authenticity of experience, but its development is also because we, your guides, live in the Highlands of Scotland and love where we live, so we are always finding places new to us that we want to share.
Scot is a Seanachaidh (Traditional Storyteller) of mainly Scottish history and folk Tale. He is Clan Bard for the Macleans of Duart Castle. He is a qualified trained Highland tour guide and former member of Highlands Of Scotland Tour Guides Association (HOSTGA). As a team, Scot and Samantha have been private providing tours for more than 10 years.
Here is an article by Jean Brittain of interviews with Diana Gabaldon and ourselves about Outlander for Scottish Memories magazine. Reproduced with permission.
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