Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish show the most emblematic corners and the most deeply rooted traditions of the country in ‘Men in Kilts’
The followers of Outlander, or more specifically its protagonist, Sam Heughan, are in luck. While waiting for the premiere of the sixth season of the famous series (presumably at the end of the year), they can enjoy its main character, the burly Jamie Fraser, who the kilt suits him like no other, in Men in Kilts.
The eight-chapter documentary miniseries that Movistar Series has just released is a roadtrip in which Heughan and his co-star Graham McTavish (Dougal MacKenzie in Outlander) tour the most spectacular places in Scotland, including some of the locations from the filming of the famous series, which begins with a combat nurse from 1945 who mysteriously travels through time to the Scotland of the clans of 1743.
By bicycle, an old motorcycle with a sidecar, by boat, in a caravan and even on foot, Heughan and MacTavish bring viewers closer to the most emblematic corners of the country, from the lakes and mountains of the Highlands to cities like Invernes and the capital Edinburgh. In addition to the magnificent landscapes, the protagonists pay tribute to the Scottish people and traditions, and explain from the importance of the clans and the different tartans with which they weave. kilts , to local sports, gastronomy, folklore or the secrets of the national drink, whiskey. All this including scenes from the series that the two actors comment on. Thus, while touring the beautiful countryside of Glencoe, witnesses of the greatest clash between clans, or the site of the historic battle of Culloden, outside Inverness, the characters share the experiences of the filming of Outlander.
Each of the eight episodes of Men in Kilts, lasting half an hour, is dedicated to a topic. They start with the gastronomic, where lobsters and prawns are celebrated in the fishing village of the Kingdom of Fife, they taste malt whiskey on the small island of Islay, a mecca for lovers of Scotch whiskeys, or end the day in The Kitchin, one of Edinburgh’s Michelin Star restaurants. The other chapters review scottish sports, such as golf, rugby or log throwing, who dare to practice, the musical tradition (with the famous bagpipes) and dance, which they try to learn, without much success, superstitions and witchcraft, the landscapes, the clans and, of course, the story of the country, with its battles and blood.
The docuseries, with touches of humor, show the enormous interest and love that both Heughan and McTavish, both Scots, have for the traditions, historical events and customs of their country.