Rabun County Outlander –The Scottish Connection

Whatever your connection to Outlander, the series or the novels, you’re sure to love a visit to Rabun County in the highlands of Northeast Georgia,

Rabun County Outlander –The Scottish Connection

For fans of the Starz television series Outlander and the novels by Diana Gabaldon, Rabun County could almost be a replica of the Scottish highlands where much of the storyline occurs. Rabun, is a variation of the Scottish surname Raeburn. Established and named after Former Georgia Governor William Rabun of Scottish-English descent in 1819, the land was parsed out lottery-style to primarily Scottish and Irish pioneers. These settlers were eager to carve out a living in the rugged mountains akin to their homelands. Our many undeveloped mountain peaks, hollows, natural rivers and waterfalls along with Georgia Power lakes and protected state park lands are reminiscent of Scotland’s craigs, lochs and glens.

And for Scottish Heritage enthusiasts, the Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center is a short 20 minute drive from Clayton. Located in Franklin, NC just North of Clayton.The museum is home to over 500 samples of tartans dating back as far as 1725 and other exhibits including Scottish weaponry, weaving and artifacts from Scottish interactions with the Cherokee. The museum also has a Gift Shop that sells everything from authentic Scottish kilts and plaids, to books, jewelry and food items.

The early Scottish settlers also brought their homeland’s whiskey making skills to the region resulting in a strong moonshine history, especially in Rabun County. Read more about Rabun’s moonshine history in White Liquor Legacy by Carol Law Turner and also visit one of our local distilleries, Moonrise Distillery or R.M. Rose Distillers, for a tasting and tour.

Whatever your connection to Outlander, the series or the novels, you’re sure to love a visit to Rabun County in the highlands of Northeast Georgia, and we’d love to welcome you.

Rabun County Outlander –The Scottish Connection

by Vicki de Martinez, Beechwood Inn