It’s not just Outlander fans that brought extra attention to Culloden recently. A real estate development could impact the surrounding battlefield’s area.
Part of what has made Outlander such an overwhelming television success is the authenticity of the areas in which the series is filmed. It is filmed in picturesque parts of Scotland, essentially letting the fans get a really good look at what it might have been like in the area in the late 18th century. This obviously includes Culloden, home to the historic battle in 1746.
Fans have been rabid about visiting locations associated with Outlander for the last few years. Impromptu tours and thousands of fans have overwhelmed areas such as Culloden and Midhope Castle. However, another entity besides Outlander fans could be wreaking havoc on the historic Scottish battlefield.
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Apparently, a home building firm called Kirkwood Homes has acquired some property near the battlefield and wishes to build 16 homes there. Kirkwood is now in part of the development project since taking over for Inverness Properties, who originally sought permission to build there back in 2014.
Turns out, the Highland Council isn’t overly happy about the construction of these buildings. The property near Culloden that Kirkwood has acquired is roughly half a mile from the battlefield itself. This could lead to a major change in the scenery of the area, potentially rupturing the iconic landscape associated with the battlefield.
Kirkwood is making it a point to design homes that will look in place in the area. However, this could be the beginning of the end of the pristine nature of Culloden. Though the building decision has been deferred, we could very well see 16 homes being built less than a mile from the battlefield itself.
This may not be what Highlanders or Outlander fans would want, but it is totally in play. The popular television and book series has brought even more attention to the Scottish Highlands.
Yes, this is a totally different situation from the many tours going on in the area with regards to Highlander. That being said, it is more of a testament of out with the old and in with the new in the Scottish Highlands going forward. The decision has been deferred, but construction has not been ruled out entirely.