Outlander author Diana Gabaldon revealed she had attempted to bring the big budget television version of her fantasy romance series to the Inverness area.
The makers of the Outlander show, which proved so popular on its debut on the Starz cable network earlier this month that a second series was immediately announced, have been doing some shooting in the Highlands with the Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore among the locations.
However, Doune Castle near Stirling stands in for the key setting of Highland fortress Castle Leoch, while Falkland in Fife is a substitute for 1940s Inverness.
"I tried to get them to film out of Inverness," Gabaldon said in a public event at The Ironworks in Inverness attended by fans of the bestselling books set against the background of the 1745 uprising.
"What I was told was there was no way you would get a union to agree to film out of Inverness."
There was a little compensation, however. The Arizona based writer promised she would ask VistScotland to promote the settings in the books just as they were doing with the television series and its filming locations.