Community group bid for 'Outlander church' fails

A community group has announced that its bid to purchase a historic Inverness church has been unsuccessful.

The Church of Scotland closed and sold Old High, a landmark on the banks of the River Ness, last year.

Fans of the Outlander television series, which is set primarily in 18th-century Scotland, are interested in the church because of its connection to the 1746 Battle of Culloden.

Friends of The Old High made an offer after raising funds through a crowdfunding campaign, but another buyer's bid was accepted.

The community group expressed "extreme disappointment." According to the Church of Scotland, a number of bids were received, and after careful consideration by the kirk session, the sale was approved.

According to a spokesperson, "Matters are progressing and given the sale has not yet been concluded and it is a commercially sensitive matter, we are unable to give further details."

Old High Church was constructed using remnants of a medieval kirk that once stood on the site.

The church's mound is thought to be the location where Irish missionary St Columba converted King Brude in 565.

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