‘Outlander’ fan moves from US to Scotland to live out Scottish fantasy

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By journalsofus.com

After falling in love with the show “Outlander”, Haley Beaupre decides to give up her life in her small town in Connecticut to live her dream.
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  • After falling in love with the TV show “Outlander”, Hailey Beaupre moved from America to Scotland.
  • The loss of her best friend in 2020 made her realize that life is too short to not follow your dreams.
  • haley says lLiving in Scotland is better than she ever imagined because she’s got her very own Jamie Fraser.

As noted, the story is based on a conversation with 25-year-old Hailey Beaupre, a fan of the Starz series “Outlander” who moved from her small town in Connecticut to Glasgow, Scotland after falling in love with the show, and more. Was. Scotland. The following has been edited for length and clarity.

I discovered for the first time “outlander“More than five years ago. It was 2018, and I was in my second year of college and looking for a bit of an escapism as exam season ended.

My mom told me about this show first and thought I might enjoy it because I’ve always been interested in history, and it’s a historical series mostly set in Scotland. That summer I also planned a trip to Scotland.

But when I clicked play on its first episode Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe series on a Sunday night after a long day of studying, I had no idea my life was about to change.

I stayed up watching it until 4:30 in the morning and took my final exam on barely two hours of sleep (I passed it).

By Wednesday of that week, I had understood every episode. That same day, I started reading the book series that is the show Based on Diana Gabaldon,

This made me even more excited about my vacation to Scotland. My mom helped me plan the trip and, knowing how much I was enjoying the show, went online and asked in a Facebook group if anyone knew of “Outlander” tours. There was one and it happened that a spot became available for a day of my visit and I got the afternoon free.

When I first moved to Scotland at the age of 20, I instantly fell in love with the country’s quaint streets, incredible people and cozy pubs.

On the day of my “Outlander” tour, I was naturally excited but didn’t imagine that in the span of just a few hours, it would change everything for me.

I remember driving the long, beautiful drive up to Midhope Castle, the 15th-century tower that doubles as the home of Jamie Fraser’s family in the TV show, and being overwhelmed with emotion.

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At first I did not understand but then, with complete clarity, I understood.

I realized that I had found my calling. This is where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do. I had only been on the tour for 20 minutes, but I felt something change inside me. To be honest, it felt as if I had been sleeping my whole life and finally woke up.

Once I got home, three things happened: I left my boyfriend at the time, I found a therapist, and I changed my major in school from education to history.

My entire focus, both academically and personally, has been on nothing but Scotland and, by extension, “Outlander.”

Knowing in my heart that Scotland is my spiritual home, I decided to apply to study abroad there. Unfortunately, I could only do this in the last semester of my final year, meaning I had to wait two years to return.

During those two years, I spent my time attending fandom, reading rest of the booksWatching the show over and over again and learning as much as I can about Scottish history.

When the time finally came for me to study abroad, it was January 2020.

Only three months into my program, the world shut down due to COVID-19 and I was asked to return home for my safety. I’ve waited so long to come back to Scotland and it’s sad to leave so soon.

Hallie Beaupre at Midhope Castle, one of the filming locations of “Outlander”.
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Back home, I found myself celebrating my 22nd birthday alone, self-isolating in a campervan in my parents’ backyard, reflecting on how I had come so close to my dreams That they turned away from me. I thought things really couldn’t get worse.

But then he did it.

Just a few days later I found out that my best friend in the whole world had been killed in a car accident.

I had never experienced a loss like this before, and it pushed me into a terrible dark place. When I came out of isolation and the world started opening up again, the last place I wanted to be was my small hometown. On every street corner there were memories of my best friends and our lives together.

I became even more determined to return to Scotland this time for good.

I would never say I’m grateful for what I’ve endured but I can recognize what it resulted in because now, three years later, I’m living in Scotland full-time.

In the autumn of 2020, in the midst of my grief, I pulled myself together to apply for graduate school in Scotland. I knew this was what my best friend would have wanted for me and wanted to make him proud.

Even though the program was completely online, I didn’t care because at the end of the day, my feet were on Scottish soil, and that’s all that mattered to me.

After graduation, I began working as a tour guide at Highlands Castle. It was a wonderful experience. I have now set up my own tour guide company, Sassenach Historian ToursWhich specializes in tours of “Outlander” filming locations.

Hallie Beaupré founded her own tour guide company, Sassenach Historian Tours, which specializes in “Outlander” location tours.
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It was great to see other “Outlander” fans from around the world visit Scotland and fall in love with the country like I did. I absolutely love what I do and I’m very proud of myself.

From the beginning, I knew deep down that “Outlander” meant more to me than the average TV watcher.

It wasn’t just a show or a book – it was everything.

What really got me through my darkest, darkest times was my love for the show and the inspiration I got from Caitriona Balfe, who plays the show’s courageous and compassionate lead character, Claire. I’m very happy to say that I’ve had the privilege of telling her this on more than one occasion.

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So to speak, I’ve even got my own Jamie Fraser.

My fiancé Grant is a Scot through and through and he is the most incredible person. After two years of dating, he proposed to me on the steps of Midhope Castle – the place where my Scottish journey began.

We’re getting married next year, and you’ve probably already guessed that “Outlander” is going to play a role in our wedding.

Our ceremony will take place in the Kirk – a Scottish word for “church” – where Jamie and Claire get married in the show. I’m counting down the days and can’t wait for my family and friends in America to visit and see the incredible life I’ve built for myself here in Scotland.

You can find Haley on Instagram here @sassenachhistorian,

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