NEWARK Castle is tapping into the Jacobite revival stirred up by the hugely successful Outlander drama — with a local actor leading the uprising.

Port Glasgow’s historic landmark, which boars exquisite Jacobean detail, has enjoyed a record year for visitors. 

At the same time Andrew McAlindon, who stars as an extra in the cult series, is taking tourists to locations all over Scotland as part of his Outlander tour.

Andrew, 39, from Kilmacolm, said: “It is great to see the amount of people coming here because of Outlander and it is great that Newark Castle is getting more visitors as well.”

The interest in the Jacobite uprising and 18th century Scotland is enjoying a rebirth with Newark Castle recording

an 11 per cent rise in visitor numbers.

Andrew is keen to do his bit to keep the love affair with the Jacobite period alive.

After realising the huge amount of interest from fans across the world, he decided to take tourists on his own tours wearing full Highland gear.

He added: “People are in floods of tears when you retell the story.

“I get stopped all the time in the street when I am wearing my Outlander costume.”

Andrew is now filming scenes for the new series, season four.

He takes fans from all over the world to locations featured in the series including Doune Castle, Culross Castle, Midhope Castle, Blackness and Falkland.

Andrew added: “Outlander has changed my life.
“It is my passion.

“People come from America, Canada, Australia and even Argentina to see the locations and I have tours booked all through the summer next year.”