Opening Theme for “Outlander” TV Show Is a Visual Treat for Book Fans

Bear McCreary’s haunting rendition of the Scottish folk tune “The Skye Boat Song” is played during the opening credits for STARZ’s new television series Outlander, which is based off of Diana Gabaldon’s popular novels. Interwoven between the soft Celtic music are snippets of 1940s-era Britain and 1740s-era Scotland, along with glimpses of characters Jamie Fraser, Black Jack Randall, Frank Randall, and of course, the heroine herself, Claire Randall. The pagan ceremony at the standing stones is also highlighted, as the scenes jump back and forth through time. The effect is haunting, beautiful, and ethereal—which is reminiscent of the tone of many Irish and Scottish folk stories.

If you’re in the mood for a soothing tune, then make sure you check out “The Skye Boat Song,” which is now available to purchase on iTunes.

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