On October 16th 2013, Twitter erupted with Outlander hashtags.
It seemed that the entire population of Falkland, in Fife, had their camera phones out to capture the excitement in the heart of their town.
Let's face it, we all wished we were there too. I know I looked it up on a map and calculated the distance!
This picturesque location features in the very earliest scenes from Starz's Outlander. This was where Frank and Claire Randall lodged in Mrs Baird's Guesthouse, using it as a base to explore the rest of the Scottish Highlands. (Yes, we know that Fife is in the Lowlands, but Falkland was here pretending to be Inverness.)
The entire center of the town, particularly the area surrounding the Bruce Fountain, was stripped of all traces of the 21st century. For one day, it was Inverness in 1947.
Falkland Parish Church was renamed Dalneigh Parish Church (the real one is still in Inverness).
Across the road, The Covenanter Hotel became practically unrecognizable. The pillars outside its door, plus all of the window and door-frames, were repainted. This included the dining area alongside it, which was cunningly re-imagined as garages, with the help of fake frontages.
The hotel's own signage was removed and its menu boards taken in. In their place was inserted a hanging sign reading Mrs Baird's Guesthouse, est. 1865.
Further along the road, Greenhouse Chinese Restaurant became Farrell's Hardware and Furniture Store. Internal boards concealed the real interior, while its windows were stocked with authentic period merchandise.
Lomond Pharmacy was transformed into Campbell's Cafe. Bizarrely, this appears to have become a permanent fixture. A real life Campbells Coffee House and Eatery opened in the same building, as soon as the Outlander film crew left! Now that's what I call opportunism.
Meanwhile, next door, Violin Shop Falkland was changed into H Allingham's Music Shop. The owner must have been gutted. His name is Bob Beveridge. That could have been the advertising of the century!
As the day drew on, further touches were needed in order to shoot more scenes. There was blood added to the door-jamb over the guesthouse.
By night, the weather had to take a turn for the worse. Unusually for Britain in October, it wasn't actually raining, but since when did that stop a film company? Huge cranes held the sprinklers and lighting rigs necessary to recreate a storm.
Poor Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and her husband Frank (Tobias Menzies) got very wet; and it was a wrap.