Outlander author Diana Gabaldon to star on Love Scotland podcast

Her novels have brought the romance and drama of Scottish history to life for more than 50 million readers worldwide.

And now Outlander author Diana Gabaldon is set to feature on the upcoming season of Jackie Bird’s podcast.

Series six of Love Scotland will kick off with Gabaldon, bestselling author of the iconic Outlander series – which begins its new season on the same day.

Broadcaster Jackie sits down for an emotional interview with the American author as they unwrap the origins of Outlander and Diana’s connections to Scotland.

Gabaldon will talk about the Outlander effect which has seen hoard of tourists flock to popular Scottish spots in the hit TV series.

‘The only thing I like more than talking about Scotland is being there,’ Gabaldon said.

‘When I was writing Outlander I read everything I could get my hands on that was written by Scottish authors to get a feeling for the speech.

‘The Outlander effect is quite incredible, things happen that you never think of or expect.’

Her commitment to Scottish heritage saw her honoured as the 2022 Great Scot, awarded by the NTS USA Foundation, an independent charity who support the work of the National Trust for Scotland.

Launching on 16 June, the upcoming season of Love Scotland is packed with fascinating stories from Scotland’s history.

With help from trusted experts Jackie will uncover more of Scotland’s lesser-known stories.

Highlights including a deep dive into the unknown early years of James VI, and a captivating conversation at Edinburgh’s Gladstone’s Land.

With more than 60 episodes recorded,  Love Scotland has already explored world-famous National Trust for Scotland locations such as Glencoe and Robert Burns Birthplace, as well as uncovering some of the fascinating and obscure stories of Scotland’s history, such as the life of Flora MacDonald.

National Trust for Scotland president Jackie said: Bringing the incredible stories of Scotland’s heritage to new audiences and sharing the rich history of the people and places of the National Trust for Scotland is a huge joy and privilege.

‘There is so much nature, beauty and heritage to enjoy and explore.

‘I’m thrilled to kickstart the sixth season of Love Scotland with none other than Diana Gabaldon to hear the in-depth story of her ties to Scotland, and how it inspired her world-famous Outlander book series.

‘It is an episode filled with emotion and Diana’s sentimentality for Scotland.

‘It has been fantastic to see the podcast grow and develop, and I hope listeners are as thrilled as I am with the new series.

‘From James VI to Raeburn, we are exploring some of Scotland’s most famous people and places, resulting in a fascinating line up of episodes to come.’

You can listen and subscribe to Love Scotland on all the usual podcast channels, including Apple and Spotify.

Season six of Love Scotland begins on 16 June.

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