Outlander stars' side hustles from boozy ventures, authors, photographer and yoga instructor

The Outlander cast are already filming season 7.
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Outlander may be coming to an end in due course, but we don't think it'll be the last we see of our favourite stars.

Away from the cameras, when their not donning their 17th century outfits, the cast have other projects to work on.

The talented bunch spend their spare time doing lots of cool things, from poetry, podcasts and yoga teaching.

We take a look at the cast and all their side hustles...


Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish have released two books, Clanlands and Clanlands Almanac. The book follows their adventures around Scotland.

The pair of Scottish actors wrote their original book Clanlands as a companion to their hit show Men in Kilts, during the first lockdown after their were forced to take a break in filming.

The new Clanlands Almanac
The new Clanlands Almanac -Credit:Sam Heughan/Twitter

It proved to be incredibly popular when it was released ahead of the first series of their adventure travel show.

Another author in the cast is Nell Hudson, who plays Laoghaire MacKenzie.

Nell Hudson with her novel, Just For Today -Credit:Instagram/Nell.Hudson
Nell Hudson with her novel, Just For Today -Credit:Instagram/Nell.Hudson

Last year, Nell released her debut novel Just For Today, which is also being turned into a TV show, according to her Instagram.

Her book is about friendship, falling in love and being young in the noughties.

Boozy ventures

Main characters Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe have both delved into a boozy venture away from Outlander but hinted to their characters Jamie and Claire Fraser.

Sam released his own brand of blended Scotch whisky named Sassenach in 2020 and since then, fans have gone wild for it.

Sam launched his Sassenach whisky back in 2020.
Sam launched his Sassenach whisky back in 2020. -Credit:Sam Heughan/Twitter

Since its release, the liquor, which he sells for £79.95 a bottle, has been inundated with five-star reviews, also bagging a Gold at the 2022 International Spirits Challenge. He also released a range of tequila too.

Sassenach is the pet name that Jamie Fraser gives his with Claire in Outlander.

Caitriona also released her own brand of booze, Forget-Me-Not Gin. Caitriona created the spirit to support the arts and "acknowledge the positive contribution creative industries make to society".

When it was released in 2020, Caitriona wrote: "This is a very special product that has combined my love of collaborating with friends, drinking and finding ways to support our beleaguered artistic community.

"So I hope you enjoy and feel the love that has gone into Forget Me Not."

The special spirit is described as a "smooth botanical gin" distilled in the Highlands of Scotland - though the distillery hasn't been named.

It's created using botanicals including the Forget Me Not flower (which holds special significance on the show), rosehip, elderflower and interestingly beetroot.

A portion of the profits from sales of the new expression will go to support a number of charities and projects involved with the arts.

In Outlander, Claire is searching for Forget Me Not flowers when she accidentally makes her way through the time travelling stones.

Yoga teacher

As well as being an author, Nell Hudson is also a yoga instructor. She got her yoga teacher training certificate during lockdown and during that time, she offered free live classes on Instagram.

She often shares videos of various showing off different positions and talking about meditation.


Richard Rankin, who plays Roger MacKenzie in the show is also a budding photographer. On his Instagram page he often shares stunning scenic snaps he's taken in beautiful Scotland and also head shots.

He even sells prints of his stunning photographs. He has over 60,000 followers on his Instagram @RRankinPhoto.

Podcast hosts

Lauren Lyle, who plays Marsali Fraser, hosts her own podcast called She's a Rec. The podcast talks about album, book and film recommendations.

Caitlin O'Ryan, who plays Lizzie Wemyss, also has a podcast named Have You Got Your Sh*t Together? which is an antidote to Instagram culture and features different guests every episode.

Fitness charity

In 2017, Sam Heughan launched My Peak Challenge (MPC) - a movement "dedicated to educating and inspiring its members to live healthier, happier, and more balanced lives while raising funds to change lives".

In 2022, Sam raised whopping £590,000 for charity with the help of his organisation MPC. Fellow members - known as Peakers - set themselves a challenge, physical or otherwise, in a bid to raise cash.


As well as her podcast, Caitlin O'Ryan often hosts poetry gigs and tours all over the country with her clever pieces about life, nature and other important topics, she often shares videos on her Instagram page of her on stage performing.

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