Outlander star Sam Heughan heads for the hills in Take a Hike on BBC Two Scotland

Outlander star Sam Heughan has headed for the hills in his latest TV appearance.

He explains his love of the great outdoors to Cameron McNeish for Take a Hike on BBC Two Scotland.

The actor, who grew up in Dumfries and Galloway, said it was a passion which had been with him as long as he could remember.

He said that returning to Scotland to film Outlander had rekindled his desire to enjoy its countryside.

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Image captionHeughan said filming for Outlander in Scotland had made him “fall in love” with the country

“I was born and raised in a place called New Galloway, on the grounds of a derelict castle,” he said.

“It was a great childhood.

“I know I am very fortunate but I got to be outdoors all the time with my imagination and play a lot out there – I think that’s probably where my love of acting came from.

“The whole area was kind of my play park where there were really no boundaries and I think that discovery and excitement as a kid definitely has transferred into why I like coming to remote places.”

The return to his homeland for his acting career took him back to those memories.

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Where did Sam Heughan grow up?

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Image captionThe town is on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park

New Galloway lies on the west side of the valley of the Water of Ken a mile north of the end of Loch Ken in Dumfries and Galloway.

It is largely built around a single north-south High Street that climbs up through town and has a location on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park that gives it a “wonderful air of seclusion”.

The town as seen today dates back to planned development by Viscount Kenmure in the early 1600s, followed by the granting of burgh status in 1630.

But settlement in the area goes back much further with nearby Kenmure Castle fought over in the late 1200s.

Source: Undiscovered Scotland

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Image captionThe actor said his childhood in New Galloway had inspired both his acting and his love of the outdoors

“I moved back to Scotland to shoot Outlander and go to all these amazing locations all over Scotland and it made me fall in love with the country that I knew from my childhood,” he said.

His first climbing experience as an adult was not such a success when he slipped and fell on Ben Lomond.

However, he said that was part of the excitement for him

“I think the challenge of climbing is certainly a part of why I do it,” he said.

“It’s like you’re an adventurer, you’re maybe the first person to ever be here and that’s what I love about the mountains.

“You can get to them quite easily and before you know it you feel like you’re the first man to ever climb here.

“To me, it’s something inside you, something inside your bones, it’s a real connection to the land.”

Take A Hike – A History of Scottish Walking is on BBC Two Scotland on 16 May at 19:00.

Outlander filming continues in Dunure , Scotland.

Hit US TV show Outlander has begun filming its latest scenes in Scotland.

Cast and crew of the Starz Network blockbuster are shooting in Dunure, just south of Ayr .

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The tiny village has been transformed into a film set for the show, which stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe.

Scenes for season four of the hugely popular show are currently being shot.

Cast members waved to fans as they filmed scenes today (Tuesday) at Dunure Harbour.

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Stars took selfies in the pretty South Ayrshire village of Dunure (Image: AYRSHIRE POST)
Sophie Skelton on location in Dunure (Image: AYRSHIRE POST)

It marks the third time that Dunure has been the location of shooting for the drama series, which has won numerous accolades.

But this is the first time that Dunure will be added to the official Visit Scotland Outlander map.

The show’s fan club has over 100,000 members – many of whom travel to locations where filming is located, which could mean a big boost to tourism in South Ayrshire.

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You can set your own itinerary and decide exactly where you want to visit . Customers interested should contact us online for a quote

Tours normally start at 9.30 am .

Normal pickup point is Edinburgh or Glasgow city centre or the airport .

Your tour can feature a visit to Outlander film locations ,  the Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel , Edinburgh Castle , Stirling Castle or any other visitor attraction .

Stirling Castle is one of the top tourist attractions in central Scotland . The castle features the Royal Palace , the Great Hall and the castle.

Stirling Castle has been named Scotland’s best visitor attraction at the inaugural 2016 Scottish and Outdoor Leisure Awards. The castle, which attracts about 460,000 visitors per year, beat competitors including Edinburgh Zoo and Dynamic Earth.
If you go into the Great Hall in the castle you can take a seat at the top table and picture yourself as the King or Queen of Scotland .

‘ So let us pass … to the ports of Sterling ; where stands a beautiful and embellished Castle, elevated on the precipice of an impregnable rock , that commands the vallies ( as well as the town ) and all those habitable parts about it … ‘- Richard Franck , Northern Memoirs , 1656

Stirling Castle is built on the volcanic rock high above the town. From the castle you can see Stirling Bridge and the Wallace Monument.

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Edinburgh Airport complains about Air Passenger Duty

Giving control over Air Passenger Duty (APD) to the Scottish Parliament could encourage visitors to come to the country for the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games, transport and tourism bosses say.

The Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup will be held in Scotland next year but some industry leaders believe tourists could be put off from flying to the country because of high APD charges.

Late last year, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh airports commissioned a report that claimed the charge could lead to a drop in both passengers and tourism spending. The tax could cost the Scottish economy £210 milliona year by 2016 and reduce the number of visitors by 2.1 million a year.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “Scotland will welcome the world in 2014 courtesy of the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup, and yet we are in the absurd situation of increasing costs for people who intend to visit Scotland.

“The ‘World Economic Forum, Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013’ shows that the UK has amongst the highest aviation taxes and charges in the world, ranked 139th out of 140.

“I would urge the UK Government to deliver devolution of APD as soon as possible so that we can develop a regime that makes Scotland more competitive.”

Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said airlines are questioning the viability of basing planes in Scotland because of APD.

He said: “This tax has now hit its tipping point where the damage that it is doing to Scotland far outweighs the benefits. It cannot stand and must be reviewed as a matter of urgency.

“Airlines are telling us that they are seeing it have an impact on passenger flows which is ultimately having an impact on their decision making on where to put planes. This means that our country has to work harder to get the connections it requires.

“The evidence lays bare the argument that this tax is assisting with the deficit. Rather, APD is hindering our ability to tackle the economic challenges Scotland faces.”

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