- Sam Heughan has teased what to expect from his upcoming memoir Waypoints: My Scottish Journey.
- The book chronicles his solo backpacking journey through Scotland’s West Highland Way and reflects on his personal life.
- It releases on October 25th and is currently available for pre-order.
a foreigner star Sam Heughan is an accomplished actor and writer – he has published two books since 2020. But the 42-year-old is particularly excited to publish his first memoirWaypoints: My Scottish Journeywhich chronicles his solo backpacking trip through Scotland’s West Highland Way and reflects on his personal life.
Heughan has spent the past few weeks promoting the book, and in several recent interviews, he teased the raw and often emotional stories readers will find inside — including one about his upbringing without a father.
“I always thought I never wanted to be like him, never have a family, never leave a family like him,” he said at a launch event in New York with the nonprofit 92n.d St.Y, per She knows. He made that clear in an Oct. 18 interview with WBUR Public Radio Here now.
“It’s been a really interesting journey, and I guess the most interesting part was knowing that he had an impact in my life without even being there,” he explained. “I am the man today, I guess, because of his absence. But also, there are other characteristics that I think I have that he definitely had as well. Having said that, you know, I had an amazing upbringing and obviously a wonderful, very caring mother. So I feel very happy.”
The book also describes what Heughan calls a “mild case” of an eating disorder. “I think way back when I was starting out [acting], there was a lot of pressure to look a certain way,” he told WBUR. “And there was less talk about men. And certainly, as a young actor – an impressionable one – I was trying to fit into what was required.”
This adversity is what eventually inspired his own charity, My Peak Challenge, which inspires others to live a healthy lifestyle and has raised money for a range of causes from hunger relief to cancer research.
And of course, Waypoints it wouldn’t be a memoir without diving into Heughan’s early career. “Looking back at the years I spent in America auditioning for things and in a sense I was left at the door,” he said. “I traveled around Los Angeles by bus. It was hard. But look, I guess we all have our own struggles.
As for the Scottish road trip itself that spawned the books, Heughan documented that as well, admitting that he “went into madness” through isolation. He told WBUR that he found himself reciting Romeo and Juliet and we talk to the mushrooms in the forest.
“I struggled. I almost gave up,” he told WBUR. “I found myself lost on the side of Loch Lomond in the dark. And it wasn’t until I really slowed down and enjoyed the ride that I began to appreciate the trail itself.”
You can read more about Heughan’s intense journey and the rest of his life at Waypointswhich comes out on October 25th and is available for pre-order now.
If you think you are struggling with an eating disorder and need support, call the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline at (800) 931-2237. You can text HOME to 741741 to send a free message to a trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Texting Line.
Kayla Blanton is a freelance writer who reports on all things health and nutrition for Men’s Health, Women’s Health and Prevention. Her hobbies include drinking coffee all the time and pretending to be a contestant on Chopped while cooking.