Outlander and Sam Heughan

Outlander is the new hit TV series based on the best-selling books worldwide by Diana Gabaldon, some 26 million copies at last count. Its hero Jamie Fraser is played by Sam Heughan who was born in 1980 in the conservation village of New Galloway, the smallest burgh in Scotland, situated in the scenically stunning Glenkens, Dumfries and Galloway, South-West Scotland. He’s the clean handsome one among the rest of the Highland scruffs. His fandom includes the Heughliverse and the Heughligans. Heughan is an old Galloway name. Although many viewers pronounce it ‘Hyoo-Han’ the ‘gh’ sounds like ‘ch’ in loch. He is a true Galloway man. It is said of him that ‘when it comes to gleaning any personal details he’s about as forthcoming as his onscreen alter ego under interrogation from the Redcoats’!

His stage and film credits, going back to 2004, are impressive. Sam grew up playing around nearby Loch Ken. He has confided that as a child ‘I spent a lot of time running about outdoors with a wooden stick pretending it was a sword. I was obsessed with King Arthur legends and Robert the Bruce.’ Glenkens remains a paradise for anyone smitten by history. The Romans passed through. Arthurian traditions are preserved the twelfth-century romance ‘Fergus of Galloway’. One of the most important Viking hoards ever discovered anywhere was recently found at nearby Balmaghie. The Lords of Galloway hunted in the great Galloway Forest. There are many stories in the area of the exploits of Robert Bruce who fought Scotland’s way to independence. There were well-recorded conflicts between covenanters and the Stewart kings. The haunting ruins of Kenmure Castle, where Sam also no doubt developed his historical imagination, stand at the head of Loch Ken. The last Earl of Kenmure was executed for his part in the Jacobite Rising of 1715. Outlander is set during the last Jacobite rebellion of 1745-6. Until Diana Gabaldon came along nobody in the 1740s suspected that a beautiful woman from 1945 was about to appear, sweeping Sam out of his kilt. The series is pretty full on but so too is the unrivaled scenery of our glen.

Explore the area while staying at The Ken Bridge or Rowan Cottage

The Ken Bridge Hotel and Rowan Cottage are ideally situated enabling you to explore the whole of Dumfries and Galloway.

Dumfries and Galloway has so much to offer from Castles and Historic attractions to numerous outdoor activities. Here are just a few to help you choose when planning your holiday.

Castles and Historic Attractions

Dumfries & Galloway

 

Gardens in Dumfries and Galloway

Blessed by beautiful gardens.

 

Museums & Visitor Centres

In Dumfries & Galloway

 

Outlander and
Sam Heughan

Sam's Homeland

 

Walking

In Dumfries & Galloway

 

Bird Watching

in Dumfries & Galloway

 

Cycling

Dumfries & Galloway is great for cycling

 

Golf

Golf in Dumfries & Galloway

 

Fishing

Fishing near The Ken Bridge

 

Horse riding

In Dumfries & Galloway

 

Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities not too far from the Ken Bridge Hotel

 

Shooting

Shooting, Stalking & Clay Pigeon in Dumfries & Galloway

 

10 en-suite bedrooms offering single, twin, double, triple or family accommodation.

Campsite is featured on the Cool Camping website & received the highest rating by the Tiny Campsites Book

The Ken Bridge kitchen prides itself in providing chef created meals using local produce wherever possible.

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The Ken Bridge Hotel

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“ Really enjoyed our meal. Proper pub food was just what we needed and this didn't disappoint. The staff went out of their way to open doors and get a highchair for our little one. The place was clean and reasonably priced.”


Rachael MacLeod

"Everything was really good from the staff, facilities, atmosphere & mostly the good. The children's ice cream with miniature smarties, wafer & chocolate sauce went down a treat with our daughter.
Definitely will return in the future if over in that direction."


David Harkness

"Stopped by on the off chance of food and were blown away! We are lactose intolerant and the menu was very easy to navigate for all allergies, the owners even went the extra mile to make sure we had a desert,
not something we are used to!"


Ben Jones

"Had a Sunday roast there today, it was first class and would recommend, welcome and service was really good and coffee by the river (about ten yards from the restaurant) was so peaceful and beautiful."

Freddy Matthews
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