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From their faithful camper van to boats, kayaks, bicycles, and motorbikes, join stars of Outlander Sam and Graham on a road trip with a difference, as two Scotsmen explore a land of raw beauty, poetry, feuding, music, history, and warfare. Unlikely friends Sam and Graham begin their journey in the heart of Scotland at Glencoe and travel from there all the way to Inverness a From their faithful camper van to boats, kayaks, bicycles, and motorbikes, join stars of Outlander Sam and Graham on a road trip with a difference, as two Scotsmen explore a land of raw beauty, poetry, feuding, music, history, and warfare. Unlikely friends Sam and Graham begin their journey in the heart of Scotland at Glencoe and travel from there all the way to Inverness and Culloden battlefield, where along the way they experience adventure and a cast of highland characters. In this story of friendship, finding themselves, and whisky, they discover the complexity, rich history and culture of their native country.


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From their faithful camper van to boats, kayaks, bicycles, and motorbikes, join stars of Outlander Sam and Graham on a road trip with a difference, as two Scotsmen explore a land of raw beauty, poetry, feuding, music, history, and warfare. Unlikely friends Sam and Graham begin their journey in the heart of Scotland at Glencoe and travel from there all the way to Inverness a From their faithful camper van to boats, kayaks, bicycles, and motorbikes, join stars of Outlander Sam and Graham on a road trip with a difference, as two Scotsmen explore a land of raw beauty, poetry, feuding, music, history, and warfare. Unlikely friends Sam and Graham begin their journey in the heart of Scotland at Glencoe and travel from there all the way to Inverness and Culloden battlefield, where along the way they experience adventure and a cast of highland characters. In this story of friendship, finding themselves, and whisky, they discover the complexity, rich history and culture of their native country.

30 review for Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Klassert

    Re: negative reviews: GET THE AUDIOBOOK VERSION - it literally makes the entire book, & you feel as though you’re on the road trip with them.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nataliya

    While I don’t care much for Outlander books, I’ve always been partial to Outlander the TV show (the horror of liking the movie more than the book! Book gods are about to smite me!). To borrow the description that this book provides about it, “The show can be best described as tartan and soft porn”. Sam Heughan plays Jamie Fraser on the show, and Graham McTavish is his ferocious uncle Dougal MacKenzie. Apparently they have bonded while filming the show, and eventually took a buddy trip in a While I don’t care much for Outlander books, I’ve always been partial to Outlander the TV show (the horror of liking the movie more than the book! Book gods are about to smite me!). To borrow the description that this book provides about it, “The show can be best described as tartan and soft porn”. Sam Heughan plays Jamie Fraser on the show, and Graham McTavish is his ferocious uncle Dougal MacKenzie. Apparently they have bonded while filming the show, and eventually took a buddy trip in a stick-shift van (poorly driven by Sam) through Scotland while filming their new show “Men in Kilts” (trailer here) with stories of whisky, bromance, Outlander filming anecdotes and general musings on life, universe and everything (but mostly Scotland and whisky). I’m listening to the audio version because, well, Scottish accents. Sam and Graham narrate this book, and it is absolutely lovely and hilarious. I can listen to this duo talk and bicker and fondly mock each other for days. It’s part travelogue, part buddy comedy, part Scottish history lesson, part ode to whisky. Sam Heughan gets a bit of good-natured ribbing for being a hunky Adonis who never misses a chance to peddle his whisky brand and whose driving skills may need a bit of refinement, while Graham McTavish gets mercilessly (yet friendly) mocked for his epicurean, latte-loving tastes. Ruminations about whisky are quickly followed by odes to Macbeth, and then punctuated by stories from Scotland’s quite violent and bloody past. We get a few Outlander filming anecdotes, a few asides about the duo’s acting lives and previous acting projects, and then we are back to talking about this trip. It’s interesting reading the book that in part is the behind-the-scenes of a show that hasn’t been released yet (and I can guarantee I’ll be faithfully watching “Men in Kilts” someday when it hits the screen). I loved it. I loved the back-and-forth teasing, even if at parts things were getting a tad crass, and relentless yet friendly mocking (Sam’s daredevil nature pitted against Graham’s well-justified caution — leading to a near-death incident barely averted), and the outpouring of heartfelt bromance in the end. It’s funny and charming and the silky voice of Graham McTavish is magical to listen to. Love it. 4.5 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sue Russo Rogers

    IMHO, all readers (and fans) MUST have the audio accompaniment in order to fully appreciate the humor, inflections, & accents! I read along whilst listening in order to visually remember the travel locations and track the Gaelic terms, but the narration is the draw of this manly adventure between Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) and Graham McTavish (Dougal MacKenzie), a seemingly unlikely pair of travelers. Gabaldon offers a very witty foreword as well, answering the question that started it all: "Why IMHO, all readers (and fans) MUST have the audio accompaniment in order to fully appreciate the humor, inflections, & accents! I read along whilst listening in order to visually remember the travel locations and track the Gaelic terms, but the narration is the draw of this manly adventure between Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) and Graham McTavish (Dougal MacKenzie), a seemingly unlikely pair of travelers. Gabaldon offers a very witty foreword as well, answering the question that started it all: "Why a man in a kilt?" The colleagues set out to make a video documentary of their Highlands road trip (for upcoming Men in Kilts TV pitch), the idea being they will connect with the Highland culture, see the beauty of Scotland, drink some whisky, and share reminiscences/experiences as "cross-generational" friends. The one-liners and puns and jabs at each other's manhood are quite hilarious, always with references to Outlander episodes (Black Jack Randall's abuse of Jamie liberally sprinkled throughout). Duncan Lacroix (Murtagh) features prominently as a hotel crasher and tipper of the elbow. Readers will enjoy the many references to the Diana Gabaldon novels, historic texts, Scottish poets, muses, and of course, Macbeth. As the story unfolds each man launches litanies of clever epithets for the other: Ginger Nuts, King of Men, Lady McTavish, The Grey Dog. Incessant teasing focuses around Sam's ever-present makeup and wardrobe entourage AND entrepreneurial projects/corporate sponsorships, while Graham is portrayed as a high-maintenance epicurean with a love of lattes, Pinot Noir (more so than whisky) and luxury hotels. Graham's preoccupation with safety (and Sam's inability to drive a stick-shift) emerges often in matters of the camper van, two-man kayak, rickety ski lift, tandem bicycle and 1940s motorcycle w/ sidecar. Readers (those not already Outlander fans) will learn about the complicated history of the Highland Clans, the key landmarks (both real and from the filming locations), subsequent clearances after Culloden, and a bit of the authors' early years in Scotland and their acting careers. The book narration is expressive and genuine (BTW, Graham McTavish's speaking voice is velvety smooth, and I now realize why he's done so much voice-work). Readers will lose something by not hearing the guys tell the story in their own, animated voices. The authors recognize and truly appreciate that Outlander fandom has been instrumental in creating a resurgence in Scotland's tourism, an increase ultimately providing for the financial upkeep of many castle ruins, battle sites, and museums. It's really phenomenal to imagine such an outcome from a romantic historical fiction series! The relationship between Sam & Graham is as sweet and poignant as their love for Scotland.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Forget Jamie and Claire, it’s Sam and Graham that have the real chemistry. These two were clearly having the time of their lives galavanting about the countryside and taking the piss out of each other. It really made for a fun read and has me aching to return to Scotland - the home of my soul, the land of my blood. The descriptions of Graham having a near heart-attack at Sam trying to drive a stick shift were worth it alone 😂 Clanlands by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish is best enjoyed snuggled u Forget Jamie and Claire, it’s Sam and Graham that have the real chemistry. These two were clearly having the time of their lives galavanting about the countryside and taking the piss out of each other. It really made for a fun read and has me aching to return to Scotland - the home of my soul, the land of my blood. The descriptions of Graham having a near heart-attack at Sam trying to drive a stick shift were worth it alone 😂 Clanlands by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish is best enjoyed snuggled under a blanket with a glass of whiskey (Sassenach, anyone?). It’s part-travel-memoir, part-history lesson, all fun and essential reading for any Outlander tragic 🙋‍♀️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Bonus points if you grab the audio...those Scottish accents are always a treat! Thank you to @hachetteaus for the review copy of this book 💕 PS Over on my Youtube Channel I interview bestselling authors LIVE and giveaway free books. Drop by and say hello! I love my Goodreads friends...no one else gets books like we do! AUTHOR QUICK DRAW We know your favourite author can write...but can they draw? In this fun interview series, bestselling novelists reveal the secrets behind their beloved stories…all whilst playing a round of Pictionary with a live audience…YOU! Subscribe now to ensure you don’t miss an episode!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    For starters, get the audiobook. It’s very very enjoyable listening to Graham and Sam tell their stories. Feels like listening in on a conversation between the two and made the stories come to life. If you’re a fan of the TV series Outlander and are new to Scottish history, heritage and culture, this book will be great for you. Not only do Graham and Sam cover the actual story of the Jacobite Risings, they also tell the stories of other famous characters, such as Mary Queen of Scots, William Wal For starters, get the audiobook. It’s very very enjoyable listening to Graham and Sam tell their stories. Feels like listening in on a conversation between the two and made the stories come to life. If you’re a fan of the TV series Outlander and are new to Scottish history, heritage and culture, this book will be great for you. Not only do Graham and Sam cover the actual story of the Jacobite Risings, they also tell the stories of other famous characters, such as Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace and Rob Roy. Interspersed throughout stories of Scotland, they share their own personal journeys as well as stories from the set of Outlander. Personally, having gotten a Masters in Celtic and Scottish Studies, none of the stories of Scotland were new to me. However, they were entertainingly told, and great for anyone unfamiliar with the vast and varied history of Scotland. Aside from one noticeable Gaidhlig error (dualchais does not mean belonging per se, but more cultural heritage) its an entertaining and fairly accurate book. All that being said, I do have to say that I was rubbed the wrong way by two recurring things. 1. Sam constantly referring to Graham as “Lady McTavish” because Graham loves lattes and fine wine and comfort really got on my nerves. The constant need to emasculate Graham for being cautious and liking specific things, and to “put him down” by calling him feminine really really irked me. The unnecessary gendering of likes and dislikes is just plain dumb and any time I heard Sam say “Lady McTavish” I wanted to scream. 2. I also was not a fan of the cavalier way in which both men referred to Jamie’s abuse and rape at the hands of Black Jack Randall in the TV show. I can understand dark humor being a way to cope with unpleasant topics but it felt a little bit tone deaf to me. Other than those two things, I did enjoy listening to this book and it did make me want to go back and watch the show again. Also looking forward to watching the STARZ docu-series Men in Kilts. 3.5 ⭐️

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amelia

    I like a hot Scottish accent as much as the next person & was considering this as a xmas gift for someone so thought I'd give the audiobook a spin. Oh man... these two come off as INSUFFERABLE douchebags. Maybe the smarmy, self-important tone isn't as obvious in print, but I'm currently 2/3 through the audio version and I don't know if I can even finish it. I'm giving it a couple of stars for the historical content (and the accents, which don't disappoint), but oof. Buyer beware. I'm confused ab I like a hot Scottish accent as much as the next person & was considering this as a xmas gift for someone so thought I'd give the audiobook a spin. Oh man... these two come off as INSUFFERABLE douchebags. Maybe the smarmy, self-important tone isn't as obvious in print, but I'm currently 2/3 through the audio version and I don't know if I can even finish it. I'm giving it a couple of stars for the historical content (and the accents, which don't disappoint), but oof. Buyer beware. I'm confused about who intended audience for this is. It can't be women, because they relentlessly call each other women as an insult (women are the reason you have a career, guys. Bros aren't watching your show. Have some goddamn respect) and yammer on about their ultra-typical machismo in the most boring way throughout. With a sprinkling of predictable homophobia, bien sur. It can't be people who are really interested in Scottish history, because they aren't offering any new insights (or any insights, period. "That massacre sounds bad" is not the kind of take people buy books for), and what IS there sounds read off a cue card in bored actor voice. I hope they were nice to whoever researched it for them. The historical bits are interspersed with drinking stories that are very long and not particularly interesting to anyone who had a life in their 20s, and what I guess would be road trip stories if they weren't on a contrived publicity mission with a full crew. I guess that interspersion is supposed to be what is interesting about the book, and maybe it would be with better stories & storytellers. I guess I don't understand why this book happened. Let's be honest, Sam Heughan could read the phonebook and people would pay to listen to it (including me, apparently), and if you set that as your standard, you will probably enjoy this a lot.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicolette MacGregor

    Absolute drivel! This is not about Scotland it’s about the narcissist authors As an ex pat Scot I looked forward to a reading a modern take on the history and cultures of Scotland. Forget it! This book is about the self promotion of the narcissistic authors. They are milking their role in Outlander with the deceitful claim of narrating their wild adventures going through the wild and historic Highlands of Scotland. If you are happy reading about how wonderful each of them were in Outlander, what Absolute drivel! This is not about Scotland it’s about the narcissist authors As an ex pat Scot I looked forward to a reading a modern take on the history and cultures of Scotland. Forget it! This book is about the self promotion of the narcissistic authors. They are milking their role in Outlander with the deceitful claim of narrating their wild adventures going through the wild and historic Highlands of Scotland. If you are happy reading about how wonderful each of them were in Outlander, what horse the rode in which episode and other drivel - read on MacDuff! The best part was the Forward by Diana Abaldon...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brooke — brooklynnnnereads

    This book truly surprised me and I liked it way more than I originally expected. Prior to reading, I really didn't know much about this book and was curious to see how they would integrate the lives of two authors and Scotland. The writing style and organization of this book was wonderfully done in that it read as part memoir, part adventure, and part historical fact. Although that may sound strange, it combined excellently into an enjoyable and balanced read. There's an obvious friendship that This book truly surprised me and I liked it way more than I originally expected. Prior to reading, I really didn't know much about this book and was curious to see how they would integrate the lives of two authors and Scotland. The writing style and organization of this book was wonderfully done in that it read as part memoir, part adventure, and part historical fact. Although that may sound strange, it combined excellently into an enjoyable and balanced read. There's an obvious friendship that comes out through this book and both of these men came across as relatable and down-to-earth in a world where the life of a 'celebrity' is very different compared to the average person. This was a surprise and made the book that much more enjoyable to me. One cautious warning in regards to this book is that if you have not caught up on the Outlander television series to season five, wait to read this book. You will be spoiled for the show if you decide to read this first. After reading this book physically, I can't help but want to listen to the audiobook which I believe is narrated by the authors. This book was hilarious and I think the narration would make it even funnier. As well, I know there is a show coming out based on the adventures in this book called "Men in Kilts" and now I will definitely be watching!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Irritated_pacifist

    I feel terrible for leaving this review but I must say it. I could not stand the way the female gender was consistently diminished. The Lady Mactavish bit is not funny. At all. Full stop. Applying femininity to belittle safety, specific beverages, and “insufficient” stamina really turned me off. Also, body shaming and mocking your fans? Geez. On top of that, the blatant self-aggrandizement and product pushing is just...ick. That being said, Good on you two for writing a book. You made the most o I feel terrible for leaving this review but I must say it. I could not stand the way the female gender was consistently diminished. The Lady Mactavish bit is not funny. At all. Full stop. Applying femininity to belittle safety, specific beverages, and “insufficient” stamina really turned me off. Also, body shaming and mocking your fans? Geez. On top of that, the blatant self-aggrandizement and product pushing is just...ick. That being said, Good on you two for writing a book. You made the most of quarantine, and I commend you for it :-) Now quit with the implicit and explicit misogynistic bias.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Something is missing from this book. Cohesiveness. It wanders from history to personal asides to a chronology of the trip through Scotland, but not in a way that is seamless. Imagine a good storyteller always getting interrupted from someone making comments meant to rile up the narration. Then add in someone else interrupting the storyteller to describe people who have no relation to the story. It is like that. I'm sure the tv show will be more enjoyable or maybe the book is enjoyable to those w Something is missing from this book. Cohesiveness. It wanders from history to personal asides to a chronology of the trip through Scotland, but not in a way that is seamless. Imagine a good storyteller always getting interrupted from someone making comments meant to rile up the narration. Then add in someone else interrupting the storyteller to describe people who have no relation to the story. It is like that. I'm sure the tv show will be more enjoyable or maybe the book is enjoyable to those who watch the show. But just picking it up, it is not that enjoyable of a read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    “Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other”, by Outlander stars Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish is a combination of Scottish history (including the history of the country itself, the tartans/kilts, its clans and its whisky), with a little bit of comedy mixed in. Narrated completely by the stars themselves, Heughan and McTavish dictate their journey across the Scottish countryside in an attempt at learning about themselves, and the country they call home. There is a lit “Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other”, by Outlander stars Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish is a combination of Scottish history (including the history of the country itself, the tartans/kilts, its clans and its whisky), with a little bit of comedy mixed in. Narrated completely by the stars themselves, Heughan and McTavish dictate their journey across the Scottish countryside in an attempt at learning about themselves, and the country they call home. There is a little bit of behind-the-scenes “Outlander” stories throughout the novel (mostly about Duncan LaCroix—Murtagh—and his drunken exploits) , but if you are looking to this novel for a deeper look into the “Outlander” world, don’t. This novel is Graham and Sam (not Jamie and Dougal) , and their adventures through the highlands (although some of the places visited by our two narrators have been featured on “Outlander” many times) . Graham and Sam are both starring in an upcoming television show, “Men in Kilts”, which will be broadcast by the Starz Network in February- “Clanlands” is the book version of this show. It is very history rich, and explores (in much detail) , the various feuds and wars that have plagued Scotland since its inception, mostly the feuding families and clashing clans that are so pertinent to its history. It is interesting to learn about Heughan and McTavish as people (apart from their characters) , and their interactions with each other are by far the most entertaining part of the novel. The practical jokes played, and the kindly joking between the two had me literally laughing out loud in a few spots. This novel is perfect for history buffs, especially those with an interest or connection to Scotland. Each chapter features both Sam and Graham as narrators, so you can experience each part of the road trip through the eyes of both participants. My interest and love of Scotland (and my family history therein) is what drew me to this book (and in fact, to the Outlander books and shows themselves) and those who share that connection will find what they are looking for. “Clanlands” is a historical examination of Scotland, through the eyes of two of its citizens, who narrate the story while they drink whisy and share witty banter.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Megan Trainor

    This book came out at just the time when I needed a laugh: America’s election week. i listened to it on Audible and got such a kick out of it - it’s fun, interesting, and heartfelt. Sam and Graham like to poke fun at each other (and are both humble, good sports), but seem to have discovered some really important things about themselves, each other, and life in general. Their travels in the little RV are a hoot, and thanks to Graham’s interest in Scottish history, I learned quite a bit about a be This book came out at just the time when I needed a laugh: America’s election week. i listened to it on Audible and got such a kick out of it - it’s fun, interesting, and heartfelt. Sam and Graham like to poke fun at each other (and are both humble, good sports), but seem to have discovered some really important things about themselves, each other, and life in general. Their travels in the little RV are a hoot, and thanks to Graham’s interest in Scottish history, I learned quite a bit about a beautiful (and previously QUITE violent), amazing land. After re-listening to it, my initial impressions of a great “light read” have moved to seeing a real labor of love and self-discovery in a story told with humor and honesty. There’s a great deal more depth to the book than I initially understood, which is why I listen to my favorite books more than once; I love to discover new bits and the feeling baked into the tale that I missed the first time around. I enjoyed hearing the life lessons these two have experienced thanks to this otherwise awful pandemic. My life has always been slower (and far less exciting) than theirs, but I know a few people who were living life at breakneck speed prior to the pandemic, just as these two seemed to be. It appears to be the only way to do it at the time, but being forced to slow down and contemplate what’s really important is such a blessing in disguise. This fun ride turned out to be not just a journey about discovering Scotland, but also discovering themselves. And that’s a special thing to witness. I’m a big fan of the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon as well as the series that Sam and Graham are/were in on Starz for the same reason I loved this book-there’s greater depth than you might expect at first glance. These are two good guys it’s rather a privilege to get to know better through this read. (I recommend listening to the Audible version as the guys read it themselves; their repartee really adds to it.) I should add that I’m surprised this is a first book for these two- it’s really well done.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Full of history and witty banter between Sam and Graham. I think I'll like this much better as a travel series when Starz finally airs it. Full of history and witty banter between Sam and Graham. I think I'll like this much better as a travel series when Starz finally airs it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    An immensely hilarious book I will buy anything related to Outlander and this is a profound book, along the lines of the Ewan McGregor/Charlie Boorman, Billy Connolly or Bill Bryson books. But at the heart of this is the great friendship between Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish. The endless teasing and snide remarks will have you laughing within the first couple of pages and there was a point where I was laughing so hard, that I was crying. They just take the absolute pee out of each other consta An immensely hilarious book I will buy anything related to Outlander and this is a profound book, along the lines of the Ewan McGregor/Charlie Boorman, Billy Connolly or Bill Bryson books. But at the heart of this is the great friendship between Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish. The endless teasing and snide remarks will have you laughing within the first couple of pages and there was a point where I was laughing so hard, that I was crying. They just take the absolute pee out of each other constantly and other members of the Outlander cast as well. (Duncan Lacroix - Murtagh - being described as Outlander’s answer to Oliver Reed was genius.) This book takes you through different parts of Scotland, via different modes of transport (not all of them Lady McTavish ended up in). Some places I was aware of (they walk on Culloden towards the end of the book) but others I wasn’t, and have definitely made me curious about some of the places they visited. They discuss various clan fights and many famous figures who also ended up between the pages of Outlander and on screen too. There are lots of anecdotes about Outlander itself and many more about each star’s acting career up until this, while not feeling too biographical. It does feel like they try to outdo themselves with name dropping quite frequently (Sylvester Stallone, Brian Blessed, Vin Diesel, Peter Jackson etc) but this may have been the camaraderie between the two. But at the heart of this book, some of which was written during the lockdown/COVID situation that we are currently in the midst of, is a real reflection of their lives. Whether it’s being forced to slow down and not have multiple projects on the go at once, or spending more time with family/friends/children or drinking more, you feel that the two actors, like many others, will come out the other side of this changed. A really excellent book, that has made me want to see more of my home country once all this craziness is over.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lita

    A much-anticipated and much-awaited book for any fan of Outlander books and TV series! Imagine taking your bestie on a pretty unusual road trip across Scotland with all kinds of adventures... and trying to get on each other's nerves at every possibility... and then writing a book about it! That's basically what you get in Clanlands. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it but then again I'm totally biased and subjective on all Outlander-related literature. I laughed out loud more than once because the r A much-anticipated and much-awaited book for any fan of Outlander books and TV series! Imagine taking your bestie on a pretty unusual road trip across Scotland with all kinds of adventures... and trying to get on each other's nerves at every possibility... and then writing a book about it! That's basically what you get in Clanlands. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it but then again I'm totally biased and subjective on all Outlander-related literature. I laughed out loud more than once because the relationship between Graham and Sam was so relatable and genuine (the constant bickering really makes this book lighthearted and entertaining). But above all, the book is full of interesting insights into Scottish history and traditions and Sam's and Graham's life stories, especially their acting careers. We also get quite a lot of references to filming Outlander; therefore, I would say they really are playing into their audience. I honestly cannot wait to see their own series Men in Kilts.  P.S. I have a feeling that Jack Kerouac is somehow stalking me this year (I don't think my review of his book was that bad...). Anyhow, he's been referenced in the introduction of the last two books I've read. I don't know what Herself was thinking but Clanlands was nothing like On the Road, in my humble and biased opinion. 

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    A treat, especially for Outlander fans. So much fun. Check out the audio version if you can!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    Ugh. Really only for Outlander superfans who know every scene of every episode and swoon at the sight of the co-stars. The writing is terrible.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan Johnson

    I have been an Outlander fan for over 20 years and seen Diana Gabaldon speak 3 times so I was excited to read this book by two actors from the series including the handsome Sam Heughan who plays Jamie Fraser. They also made a TV series based on this book that will be on Starz starting in Feb. I think it will be better on TV than in book form. The book and series is about the two actors traveling around Scotland in a variety of transportation including a camper, kayak, motorcycle with side car a I have been an Outlander fan for over 20 years and seen Diana Gabaldon speak 3 times so I was excited to read this book by two actors from the series including the handsome Sam Heughan who plays Jamie Fraser. They also made a TV series based on this book that will be on Starz starting in Feb. I think it will be better on TV than in book form. The book and series is about the two actors traveling around Scotland in a variety of transportation including a camper, kayak, motorcycle with side car and bicycles. I think a visual will be better. Also, Scotland will be served better visually on TV rather than small pictures. The banter between the two actors gets a little tiresome. There are only so many times I need to hear that Graham McTavish drinks lattes and Heughan is a daredevil. Still you can't get too much Jamie Fraser, I mean Sam Heughan. I enjoyed reading about their early acting careers. I liked hearing about how they got their roles. I found their visit to Culloden Battlefield very moving. The history of Scotland told by McTavish was quite interesting. I love the story of the Glencoe Massacre especially fascinating. I also loved the debate over Rob Roy's burial spot captivating. Although an interesting book, I am excited to see the TV series. I think it will be even better if for no other reason than getting to look at Sam Heughan. Oops! Did I say that?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cathrine ☯️

    4 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Not to be missed if you're an Outlander fan or love all things Scot. Definitely go for the audio. Sam & Graham really like each other, and have great chemistry. They were often so funny. I learned much about Scottish highlands and culture and now looking forward to their film series Men In Kilts. 4 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Not to be missed if you're an Outlander fan or love all things Scot. Definitely go for the audio. Sam & Graham really like each other, and have great chemistry. They were often so funny. I learned much about Scottish highlands and culture and now looking forward to their film series Men In Kilts.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cody

    "I have known Sam for a while now. I love him as a dear friend. I admire his work ethic, his passion for charity work, climbing, his enthusiasm, and his ability at lifting heavy things, but the key thing you have to understand about Sam is that he is a nine-year-old masquerading in adult clothes. I have no doubt whatsoever that if I hard agreed to climb into a kayak with him he would have done his very bets to tip me out of the kayak. Probably more than once. He wouldn't have been able to help h "I have known Sam for a while now. I love him as a dear friend. I admire his work ethic, his passion for charity work, climbing, his enthusiasm, and his ability at lifting heavy things, but the key thing you have to understand about Sam is that he is a nine-year-old masquerading in adult clothes. I have no doubt whatsoever that if I hard agreed to climb into a kayak with him he would have done his very bets to tip me out of the kayak. Probably more than once. He wouldn't have been able to help himself, He would have seen it as his duty." (207) -Graham McTavish "I admit, I have a childish obsession with tormenting Graham." - Sam Heughan The charm and glory of Scotland come alive between two friends on a historical journey. Sam and Graham's book Clanlands is such a treasure to read whilst being both equally informative and hysterical. There were so many laugh out loud moments that fans of the show Outlander and general lovers of this wee country will really enjoy as these buddies tour famous and influential places in the Scottish Highlands, showcasing the waring Clans, whiskey tastings, breathtaking views and eccentric Scotsman and Scotswomen they come across. The real highlight, however, is Sam and Graham's friendship. The banter is something to behold and Sam's frequent schemes to make Graham uneasy never get old. Examples include "Lady McTavish" as a moniker meant to speak to the great level of pamper Graham requires or that look of uneasiness he gets whenever Sam cracks his trademark boyish smile continue to delight the more they come up. Knowing a TV show based on these adventures is coming even greater adds to the pleasure of this adventure.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katelin

    I cried with laughter in this book! I listened and read it and the audiobook was definitely worth it! It has history with humorous situations thrown in as Sam and Graham attempt to make a book, podcast, and tv show all at once. Traveling through Scotland in these pages is worth it if you can't get there. But one day I will! Now I have to wait until 2021 for the tv show. I cried with laughter in this book! I listened and read it and the audiobook was definitely worth it! It has history with humorous situations thrown in as Sam and Graham attempt to make a book, podcast, and tv show all at once. Traveling through Scotland in these pages is worth it if you can't get there. But one day I will! Now I have to wait until 2021 for the tv show.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I went into this book with not terribly high expectations, but I like both of the authors as actors, so I figured if nothing else, it would have some good pictures and look good on my shelf. So, I splurged and pre-ordered a signed copy back when the book was first announced. I was incredibly surprised by this book. Not only was it remarkably cohesive for having 2 authors and an editor, but it was informative and educational. It wasn't just a "I saw this in Scotland, on to the next thing", but ra I went into this book with not terribly high expectations, but I like both of the authors as actors, so I figured if nothing else, it would have some good pictures and look good on my shelf. So, I splurged and pre-ordered a signed copy back when the book was first announced. I was incredibly surprised by this book. Not only was it remarkably cohesive for having 2 authors and an editor, but it was informative and educational. It wasn't just a "I saw this in Scotland, on to the next thing", but rather gave in-depth analysis of Scottish history, culture, and landscapes. Having these two particular actors who deeply respect and love Scotland made all the difference, I believe. It made me laugh so much. Some of the jokes are definitely Scottish, or more precisely Glaswegian. While I'm sure their show will be great, this book is definitely one I can recommend to people who love and appreciate Scotland, and not just for Outlander. The banter lightens the tone, but it never leaves the seriousness of the history and landscape they're in. Some language, but they're also Scottish so what do you expect? 4/5 stars.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    I love Outlander and for this reason I enjoyed this. If you're not an Outlander fan, then I don't think you'll like it. There is a lot of back and forth banter, some of which is fun. Some parts are boring. There is some history which I really loved and would've loved to have more of that. There were Outlander filming anecdotes and I enjoyed those too. I love Outlander and for this reason I enjoyed this. If you're not an Outlander fan, then I don't think you'll like it. There is a lot of back and forth banter, some of which is fun. Some parts are boring. There is some history which I really loved and would've loved to have more of that. There were Outlander filming anecdotes and I enjoyed those too.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    I guess, I have to take it back. I thought this would be fun and cute, but alas I "cringed" way too much. It will be a TV show too and I shall watch that when it comes out. That's better. I guess, I have to take it back. I thought this would be fun and cute, but alas I "cringed" way too much. It will be a TV show too and I shall watch that when it comes out. That's better.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Luke Johnson

    "Clanlands", a brief synopsis: Two actors from the tv show "Outlander" set out to make a mini-documentary about the history of the clans and historical battles of the Scottish Highlands. Sounds interesting, I'm not a fan of the tv show but I don't have anything against it either. Romantic historical fiction isn't my genre, and thus I know it's not for me. However, the subtitle suggests it's full of whisky, warfare, and adventure and those things do interest me. But instead of that, the book is f "Clanlands", a brief synopsis: Two actors from the tv show "Outlander" set out to make a mini-documentary about the history of the clans and historical battles of the Scottish Highlands. Sounds interesting, I'm not a fan of the tv show but I don't have anything against it either. Romantic historical fiction isn't my genre, and thus I know it's not for me. However, the subtitle suggests it's full of whisky, warfare, and adventure and those things do interest me. But instead of that, the book is full of an arguably comedic formula that gets old, and gets there very fast. I would describe that formula as something like the following: -Sam devises a plan for the sake of the show that is really just to torment Graham -Graham, the elder of the two, has an ego that won't let him say no to Sam -Sam teases Graham for needing a latte -Graham teases Sam about being a ginger -Sam teases Graham about being bald -Graham teases Sam about the constant promotion of his (in name alone) whisky -Sam talks about a movie he was in once -Graham talks about a play he was in once -There's a bunch of pictures of Sam and not the beautiful Scottish landscape all around them -There's a bunch of pictures of Graham and not the beautiful Scottish landscape all around them -Graham teases Sam about the amount of time he spends with his bare bum on camera -Finally, something of interest like a battle or a castle or some Scottish history -Start back at top of the list and repeat ad nauseam As a "buddy road trip" book it scratches the surface of enjoyability. But it didn't take me long to realize I wouldn't be getting much more than an advertisement for The Sassenach - a Scotch blend - curated by Sam Heughan, our co-author. I was already highly dubious when on page 22, Heughan lists the regions of Scottish whiskey as, "the Lowlands, Campbeltown, Highland, Isle and Speyside." Umm, you totally forgot Islay - home to such amazing, peaty whiskies as Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Lagavulin, and more. In that same paragraph, just a few sentences before, one reads "It's [scotch whisky] a huge part of Scottish culture and has been produced all over the world for hundreds of years." Umm, no it hasn't. Scotch can ONLY be produced in Scotland, and not from "all over the world" and to compare Scotch to say Irish Whiskey or Bourbon would be incorrect to all, and downright offensive to many, namely the Scottish themselves. Heughan may be an enjoyable actor to watch on the screen, with enough money to put out his own blend, but I wouldn't take his words on Scotch as gospel any more than I would take Ryan Reynold's advice on gin, or Geroge Clooney's on tequila though each man has his own brand. Maybe I'm being too harsh. Heughan is an actor, not a writer or master blender. But to me, the real problem of the book can be boiled down to the overuse of one word, "I". Everything of interest in the book about Scotland is quickly diverted into something about one of the actors. The people the two men meet in their adventure are nothing more than flits on the page before they're gone in another round of jabbing at each other. The book reads like a compilation of two men's vacation diaries and I'd say is about 2/3 about them, 1/3 or likely less about Scotland. If you love Outlander, if you're a "Heughligan" (yes he even name drops his own fans) you'll probably love this book. But if you're looking for a book full of "Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other" I think you'll be pretty disappointed.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Beth VC

    This book is fairly chaotic. For every page of actual discussion of Scottish history/culture, there are 5 pages of disconnected personal anecdotes and teasing banter. As a fan of Outlander and Sam/Graham, that was still fairly entertaining, though I imagine those not going in as existing fans would find the book fairly unreadable, to be honest. It was generally enjoyable but I kind of expected.. I don’t feel like I actually learned much about Scotland aside from a few intriguing factoids. This book is fairly chaotic. For every page of actual discussion of Scottish history/culture, there are 5 pages of disconnected personal anecdotes and teasing banter. As a fan of Outlander and Sam/Graham, that was still fairly entertaining, though I imagine those not going in as existing fans would find the book fairly unreadable, to be honest. It was generally enjoyable but I kind of expected.. I don’t feel like I actually learned much about Scotland aside from a few intriguing factoids. I also really didn’t appreciate the *numerous* references to Black Jack Randall which, while I’m sure were meant as humorous, were really off-putting and uncomfortable. Rape isn’t the best punchline IMO. I’m really hoping that the actual show will surpass the book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Beth Mowbray Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish. You likely know these names and faces from the phenomenally popular television series Outlander, adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling book series of the same name. Heughan plays everyone’s favourite fictional husband, Jamie Fraser, and McTavish his prickly uncle, Dougal MacKenzie. The relationship between these two extends well beyond the screen, however. Over the past few years Heughan and McTav Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Beth Mowbray Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish. You likely know these names and faces from the phenomenally popular television series Outlander, adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling book series of the same name. Heughan plays everyone’s favourite fictional husband, Jamie Fraser, and McTavish his prickly uncle, Dougal MacKenzie. The relationship between these two extends well beyond the screen, however. Over the past few years Heughan and McTavish have taken an idea to explore the culture of the Scottish Highlands and expanded it from the initial concept of a podcast into a full-blown television show, Men in Kilts, which fans hope to see air in 2021. As if this were not enough, while confined during the COVID-19 pandemic, Heughan and McTavish took on another new challenge — writing their first book! Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other is exactly what the title suggests and exactly what you would expect from these two bantering buddies. Along with recounting their rollicking journey through the Scottish Highlands, the book shares tales from Heughan and McTavish’s personal histories, a peek behind the scenes of Outlander, and many a night full of whisky and shenanigans among close friends. Read the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily

  28. 4 out of 5

    _kirsebaer_

    I loved it, but mostly because of the bickering between Sam Heughan and Grahan McTavish during the audiobook. I think this wouldn't be such a terrific experience if I had to read it all by myself. I loved it, but mostly because of the bickering between Sam Heughan and Grahan McTavish during the audiobook. I think this wouldn't be such a terrific experience if I had to read it all by myself.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brian Willis

    I read this because I am of Scottish descendancy, have always loved Scotland, and have enjoyed Outlander as a show, in that order. What fun! It's informative, it's full of interesting tidbits and history, and Sam and Graham are absolutely taking the piss out of each other the whole time. The audiobook is worth a listen as well as it enhances the book. It's a travelogue that is purely Aristotelian, diverting and informative. Bravo fellas! 5 stars because it absolutely achieves its purpose splendidly I read this because I am of Scottish descendancy, have always loved Scotland, and have enjoyed Outlander as a show, in that order. What fun! It's informative, it's full of interesting tidbits and history, and Sam and Graham are absolutely taking the piss out of each other the whole time. The audiobook is worth a listen as well as it enhances the book. It's a travelogue that is purely Aristotelian, diverting and informative. Bravo fellas! 5 stars because it absolutely achieves its purpose splendidly.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Scotland, Whisky, and Kilts! What else do you need? Where do I begin to say how much I enjoyed this book. I have been to Scotland. It was almost 20 years ago. I wanted to experience the land from which my grandfather migrated in the late 1800s. While I am new to the Outlander series, and enjoy the performances of both Mr. McTavish, and Mr. Heughan, I wanted to learn more about the Highlands from their perspective. What a great choice I made. Not only is the book a great journey into the countrysi Scotland, Whisky, and Kilts! What else do you need? Where do I begin to say how much I enjoyed this book. I have been to Scotland. It was almost 20 years ago. I wanted to experience the land from which my grandfather migrated in the late 1800s. While I am new to the Outlander series, and enjoy the performances of both Mr. McTavish, and Mr. Heughan, I wanted to learn more about the Highlands from their perspective. What a great choice I made. Not only is the book a great journey into the countryside, but it is also a marvelous history lesson. Mr. McTavish is quite well versed in the history of various clans. The humorous bantering between the grey one and the ginger was an unexpected bonus. I caught myself laughing out loud more times than I can say. I really felt the soulfulness while they were at Culloden. The descriptions were beautifully done. What a great journey we were invited on with this book. I hope they will invite us along another time.

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