Day Out­lander ac­tor Sam met some REAL High­land hard­men

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Kirsten John­son

HE plays the world’s most fa­mous fic­tional High­lander.

Now, Out­lander star Sam Heughan has tried his hand at be­com­ing the real deal.

The 40-year-old ac­tor, best known as Jamie Fraser in the pop­u­lar TV drama, was given a mas­ter­class in toss­ing the caber by Scot­land’s top heavy­weight ath­lete, Kyle Ran­dalls last week.

Heughan trav­elled to Brae­mar – the spir­i­tual home of the High­land Games – with Out­lander co-star Gra­ham McTav­ish to film scenes for their new travel se­ries Men in Kilts: A Road­trip.

Dressed in a red kilt and a white sin­glet, Heughan was pic­tured strain­ing as he lifted the caber.

He was also spot­ted nurs­ing a crushed hand af­ter a par­tic­u­larly firm hand­shake from the pro­fes­sional strong­man.

The ac­tors were given the chance to try out a num­ber of heavy­weight events in the arena where the Brae­mar Gath­er­ing usu­ally takes place each Septem­ber. They were greeted by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both the Brae­mar Royal High­land So­ci­ety and the Scot­tish High­land Games As­so­ci­a­tion.

The eight-part se­ries, which will air on US TV net­work Starz – which also broad­casts Out­lander – will see the pair travel around their home coun­try in a camper­van, ex­plor­ing Scot­tish his­tory and cul­ture. Heughan first an­nounced the idea on his In­sta­gram ac­count dur­ing the sum­mer of 2019.

PHEW: Out­lander star takes a break dur­ing his heavy­weight work­out

STRAIN: Sam Heughan strug­gles to lift the caber at Brae­mar SWING: Heavy­weight Kyle Ran­dalls comes to his aid as caber top­ples SQUEEZE: Sam feels the grip of a High­land hand­shake

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