We arrived just a few weeks into shooting Season Three and were treated to a set visit that you need to see! From the rolling hills of Scotland to the historic places of some of your favorite Outlander locations to freezing cold studios, Starz showed us everything… and yes, by everything we mean the Printshop! And the cave! And the stones! And Terry’s office! And Jamie’s sword! OK, OK, it was a real sword but still, it was exciting to hold it myself. Ahem.
On The Set
As part of this unforgettable visit, we were whisked away to the studio Outlander uses for all its interior shots and is home base for all operations: props, wardrobe, hair, makeup, carpentry and of course offices for the folks who make Outlander run on a day to day basis. As we walked probably the length of several football fields to visit the various departments and sets, it’s easy to see how the studio has grown in leaps and bounds according to the set publicist, producer Matt Roberts, and others we visited. The costume department, led by Terry Dresbach, is HUGE.
We started in Terry’s office complete with cute pups and mostly white decor; she walked us from area to area showing off the latest costumes we would be seeing this season including: Bree’s 60’s outfits to racks and racks of costumes for extras and battle scenes. Along the way we met the huge team of artisans who make the designs come to life – from hand smocking to dyeing, mud-splattering, custom jewelry makers, milliners and more. It was a dizzying process.
While the first season’s costumes were marked by plaid and wool, the second season is best remembered by the red dress Claire wears in France. The crazy and impressive part of the season three costumes is the incredibly broad range they will cover: from Jamie and the Scotlanders in the 18th century all the way through the 40s, 50s and ultimately 60s when Claire will travel back through the stones to Jamie.
You’ll see plenty of exterior locations in the gallery below, but while at the Outlander studios, we toured through Claire and Frank’s house in Boston. Fun fact: the exteriors were actually shot in Glasgow. Who knew New England was actually located in Scotland? We also toured through the beginnings of the much ballyhooed Print Shop, Jamie’s Cave (it’s SO small!), the interior of Lallybroch during Hogmanay, and we sat in Jamie’s Aurdsmuir prison cell and watched the day’s filming with Sam Heughan.
The Hair and Makeup
How are they going to age Jamie and Claire 20+ years? Well, we got to see some of the test pieces the hair and makeup department were fabricating and testing including: under eye bags, gray hairs, wrinkles and of course, Jamie’s back scar piece. It’s quite massive and sounds like it takes forever to be applied to his back. Sorry Sam… and makeup ladies!
During our time with the Outlander crew, we also ventured outside into the real Outlander world of Scotland taking in the historic locations they use for fictional places within the story. You’ll see all of them in the gallery below. One very special location was Lallybroch. We were warned that it was incredibly muddy and wet as they had been filming there leading up to us arriving. As we bumped along an old road on our way to Midhope Castle (Lallybroch’s name in real life), the car pulled over, we jumped out and walked down an, indeed, muddy road and as the trees began to clear, there she was. Jamie and Claire’s home. It was pretty magical.
One of the best parts of being invited on this set visit to Scotland is that any time we arrived to historic locations, most of which were not open to the public, doors would open. Historians, care takers and neighbors would pop out to welcome the production team, lead us up the rickety path to Castle Doune and turn off their chainsaws to let us film at Midhope. You can see in the images below the doors are open behind me at Lallybroch. It was almost like Jenny was home, and Claire and Jamie might come riding under that arch.
Because this is what you do at Lallybroch, obvi.
Click on the gallery below to see all the sites and hear more from our Outlander set visit! Seriously, I spent time on these captions!
A HUGE thank you to Starz for inviting That’s Normal to visit the Outlander set and see everything we’ve been obsessing over for years, up close and personal.
Here’s a teaser of the interview footage we’ll be rolling out over the next few weeks as we prepare for season 3:
Watch Outlander season 3, September 10 on Starz!
All images via Starz or personally taken by us.