Hi, Emma and Andrew,
Can we call a truce here? This a travel forum, not a forum for airing past grievances.
To quote Ian Richardson (not the late actor) in his song ("Scotland Will Flourish") made popular by The Corries,
"Forget the old battles, those days are over.
Hatred corrupts and friendship refines."
As far as "Outlander" goes, I really think that it's more popular in the U.S. than in Britain. I have several friends who are absolutely besotted with the programme, and have read all eight novels. Personally, I enjoy the programme for the scenes filmed in Scotland, but basically, because it's science fiction (time-travel), I don't take it too seriously.
What I do like, however, is Gabaldon's debunking of the Charles Edward Stuart myth. And introducing us to facts like bolts of cloth being soaked in urine to tighten the weave and make it colorfast. I've been telling people about that for years, and no one believed me.
To quote the late Rodney King, "I just want to say - you know - Can we all get along?
p.s.: I'm looking forward to seeing Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth. I really liked her in "Broadchurch."