'Outlander': A map from Visit Scotland gives fans a guide to the real country

Wondering what's real and what's fiction on 'Outlander'? The tourism organization Visit Scotland has explanations for Gaelic phrases and where to find real buildings featured in the show, among other trivia.

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'Outlander' stars Sam Heughan (l.) and Caitriona Balfe (r.).

“Outlander” fans: Are you struggling to keep all those Scottish locations straight in your mind or puzzling over the meaning of some of those Gaelic phrases?

Visit Scotland, the national tourism organization for the country, has you covered. Visit Scotland has created an interactive map that identifies historical locations that pop up in the show like the Palace of Holyroodhouse, which pops up later in the “Outlander” books. The map also provides links to information about Gaelic phrases and the history of other Scottish cultural norms like kilts and bagpipes. (TV show-only fans, beware – there are some spoilers for later books on the map.)

“Outlander,” which is based on the series of the same name by Diana Gabaldon, airs on Starz and centers on married World War II nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), who finds she has traveled back in time to eighteenth-century Scotland, where she meets warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). “Game of Thrones” actor Tobias Menzies portrays Claire’s husband Frank Randall.

The show has already been renewed for a second season; the first will consist of 16 episodes, with eight airing this year and the rest appearing on TV sometime in 2015, according to E!.

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