The Daily Telegraph

High­land glen ‘at risk’ from del­uge of Out­lander fans

- By He­lena Hor­ton David Young, Baron Young of Graffham · Netflix · Disneyland

A HIGH­LAND glen that fea­tures in the tele­vi­sion show Out­lander risks be­com­ing “a fag end in the ash­tray of the Scot­tish en­vi­ron­ment”, the farmer who owns the land has warned af­ter plans f or a vis­i­tor cen­tre nearby were re­jected.

David Young, who farms the land, was used to some vis­i­tors com­ing each year to ad­mire the strik­ing land­scape at Fin­nich Glen, Stir­ling­shire. How­ever, af­ter so­cial me­dia users dis­cov­ered where the Net­flix show was filmed, num­bers have swollen to 70,000 a year.

The farmer ar­gues that the land­scape is too frag­ile for all those tramp­ing feet, and says lit­ter has be­come a scourge with peo­ple bring­ing their own pic­nics.

To rem­edy this, he of­fered to build safe view­ing plat­forms, a vis­i­tor’s cen­tre and a car park, for a cost of £2 mil­lion. How­ever, af­ter lo­cals com­plained this would make the farm into “Dis­ney­land”, his plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion was re­jected.

Mr Young told BBC Farm­ing To­day he was wor­ried about the fu­ture of the 27 acres of wood­land and dra­matic sand­stone gorge. He pointed out the lit­ter and mess, say­ing: “What we’ve got here is an ac­cu­mu­la­tion of rub­bish just un­der a me­tre high, it’s got soiled tow­els, nap­pies, lots of al­co­hol con­tain­ers.

“If we don’t get plan­ning per­mis­sion, the glen will con­tinue to de­grade and will end up as a fag end in the ash­tray of the Scot­tish en­vi­ron­ment.”

He has sup­port from some lo­cal com­mu­nity lead­ers, who worry the gorge is a “death trap” with­out proper view­ing plat­forms.

Peter Lloyd, who runs the lo­cal com­mu­nity coun­cil, said: “It’s an ab­so­lute death trap with peo­ple walk­ing down the road and along the gorge it­self.”

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