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For the diehard fans waiting for the third season of the hit series, Outlander, to air, KarryOn have comprised a list of must-dos to prove your loyalty for time travel.

For the diehard fans waiting for the third season of the hit series, Outlander, to air, KarryOn have comprised a list of must-dos to prove your loyalty for time travel.

Outlander, a fantasy TV show based on author Diana Gabaldon’s first two novels of the same name, begins in 1945 and follows the story of Claire Randall (played by Caitriona Balfe).

Randall, a married English combat nurse is on her second honeymoon in Inverness, when she is mysteriously swept back in time to the 18th-century Scottish Highlands. There she meets Jamie (played by Scottish actor Sam Heughan), a chivalrous young warrior, with whom she becomes romantically entwined.

From its first episode premiere, the new Starz series has hit the covetable 7 million viewer mark. It has already been approved for its third season and, most importantly, the KarryOn team are hooked!

To join us in our Outlander fever, here is a list of must dos each fan worth their weight should follow to really become Outlandish.

 

Follow the map

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Beautiful Inverness.

VisitScotland have painstakingly created an online, interactive map of Scotland that highlights all the real locations featured in the series.

For those that are lucky enough to be in Scotland, the map also provides numerous visitor attractions and historical sites to visit along your reenactment.

The must-hit zones on the map are Inverness (where all the magic begins), Glasgow, Perthshire, Fife, Edinburgh and West Lothian.

There’s also the Palace of Holyrood House and the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, where protagonists Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser meet with Bonnie Prince Charlie. A little venture into Loch Ness will take you to where the characters go in search of the loch’s most famous resident.

The VisitScotland itinerary also features Clava Cairns, believed to be the inspiration for the fictional Craigh na Dun, or the site where Claire is mysteriously swept back in time.

 

Wear Tartan

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Outlander costume designer, Terry Moore has had a love affair with tartan. Not to be mistaken for plaid, tartan is as much a part of Scotland as bag pipes.

An Outlander romp won’t do without a splash of the historically-laden pattern. What you wear underneath it is certainly optional and possibly best kept to oneself.

 

Drink Whisky

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Not whiskey! If in Scotland, do as the Scottish do. The spelling varies geographically.

Thus, Americans and the Irish prefer ‘whiskey’. While ‘whisky’ is the preferred choice of Scots, Canadians, and single-malt lovers the world over. And make sure you’re drinking the right stuff. Scotch whisky.

With a hint of peat, if possible.

 

Learn to heave

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Phwoar! Jamie has his heave on! Pic courtesy of Starz.

And no, we’re not talking about what you do after one too many malted whiskies. Swoon.

Heave your bosom.

Be gushing in general. It is, after all, a romantic fantasy series.

Have your say: will the popularity of Outlander overshadows Game of Thrones?