Swapping broadswords for boots, the self-named ‘Paca’ – Gaelic for ‘The Pack’ – plan to take on the 23-mile Mighty Stride in the Glasgow Kiltwalk on April 30. They doing it in support of six-year-old Holly McLeod from Saltcoats in Ayrshire who desperately needs a life-changing operation in America to help her walk.
Outlander star Scott Kyle joined the four to help promote their fundraising efforts.
The Paca comprises Andy McAlindon from Kilmalcolm, Grant McGregor from Dundee, Jon Dan Duncan from Ayrshire, Jay Graham from Glasgow and Barry Stewart from Inverness.
Andy, a 39-year-old electrician, said: “We worked as extras during series two and three of Outlander and we just clicked. We had so much fun together and forged a strong friendship.
“Working on the Outlander set sparked our interest in Scottish history and we started to look into it in more detail. I took things a step further and acquired the full Jacobite costume including a five yard plaid, basket hilt broadsword, dirk, targe and baldric. After this, the rest of the guys did the same and the Paca was born.”
Grant, a 46-year-old ex-offshore geophysicist turned writer was so inspired by the historical events portrayed in Outlander and the sense of camaraderie, he put pen to paper and drafted a screenplay about the horror of the Battle of Culloden and the aftermath.
He said: “The first draft is now complete and we’re in the process of applying for funding.
“We want to produce it ourselves, in Scotland, using the amazing crew and acting talent that exists here in Scotland.”
Actor Kyle, 34, who plays Ross in the Outlander series – said: “I’m so proud of the guys, getting their Jacobite gear on and walking all that way to raise money for such a worthwhile cause is commendable. .”
To donate to the Paca’s Glasgow Kiltwalk fundraising efforts for Holly McLeod please visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/PACA-for-Holly