How Outlander fans are saving Strathearn’s beautiful Tibbermore Church
Hundreds of fans have come to Perthshire since Tibbermore Church featured in one of Outlander’s most iconic scenes (one where central characters Claire and Geillis are put on trial as witches in season 2).
Fans have visited from all four corners of the globe, with lots of visitors from the US, Germany, France and Belgium in particular.
The donations made by visitors, in addition to money from the company behind the show, has enabled the Scottish Redundant Churches Trust to undertake £70,000 of critical roof repairs and preserve the structure of the building, saving this wonderful church of significant historical importance.
Dating from as far back as 1632, many of Tibbermore Church’s features remain unique.
There are two stained glass windows designed by Oscar Paterson which commemorate women who served in the war. The church’s raked stone flooring, simple wooden pews and decorative elements - as well as being perfect for shooting Outlander - are distinctive and unusual. Strikingly, the addition of a whole additional north aisle in 1810 (privately built to accommodate the cloth-printing workers in the Ruthven Printfield Company) transformed the church into a very remarkable T-plan.
Tibbermore Church remains closed and access to the church can be only be arranged with the local keyholder. Community uses remain limited as the church has no heat, no light, no power and no running water.
However, it is once more benefiting from investment and attention again, thanks to a modern day pilgrimage of Outlander fans delighting in seeing it. Since its closure it has once again become a wedding venue, and it hosted artists Sarah Blackie and Duncan McGregor during this year's Perthshire Open Studios.
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Find out about more about 'The Outlander Effect,' as written by the Dundee Courier here
Find the Visit Scotland interactive Outland location map here.
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