Tibbermore Church in Perthshire

A Visit to Tibbermore Church, Perthshire

Today I want to introduce you to a wondrous little local building that you can visit on an English language holiday.

We like a good news story – and this is one. Find out how Outlander fans are resurrecting it.

As usual, this blog is written for ESL English learners – and especially anyone building up their English for Creative Careers – or internationals who love Scottish culture. 

For a bonus, in this blog you can discover how two local artists made use of this remarkable space during Perthshire Open Studios.


Tibbermore Church in Perthshire

About Tibbermore Church Architecture

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 stained glass window (with fisheye filter)

Outlander | Fever & Fortune

In recent years, hundreds of fans have come to Perthshire since Tibbermore Church featured in one of Outlander’s most iconic scenes.

If you are a fan, it is the place where central characters Claire and Geillis are put on trial as witches ( Season 1, Episode 11).

Here’s a clip for anyone who’d like a reminder.

Thank You International Fans!

These visitors come from all four corners of the globe, particularly from the US, Germany, France and Belgium.

Outlander Fever must burn bright in these lands!

Most remarkably, the financial 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.
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“[I think churches are] precious arks that have come down to us in the past, from the past, and which contain within them important seeds of learning for our civilisation and communities.”

Geoffrey Cox, Conservative politician, 2019

English Language School Trip | How to Arrange a Visit

Tibbermore Church remains closed and access to the church can be only be arranged with the local keyholder. 

Of course, we arrange this for our English language School guests!

The future of the church remains uncertain as its community usefulness remains limited due to the church having no heating,  lighting, power and running water.

Still, Tibbermore Church is once more benefiting from investment and attention again, thanks to a modern-day pilgrimage of Outlander fans delighting in seeing it.

Recently, it has once again become a wedding venue.


Tibbermore Church interior

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Perthshire Open Studios

This year, Tibbermore Church is also a venue for Perthshire Open Studios and Perthshire Open Doors festivals, hosting ceramicist Sarah Blackie and silversmith Duncan McGregor.

Read on for more information about their work. 

Artists Show their Artworks 

“At Blue Noun, we’re busy touring Perthshire Open Studios.

Not only do we get to chat to lots of artists about their work, but we also get to visit and explore new parts of Perthshire and get access to buildings not usually open to the public.

Duncan McGregor (silversmith) and Sarah Blackie (ceramicist) are exhibiting in Strathearn’s wonderful Tibbermore Church.

Both these artists are worth seeing in their own right – but this gorgeous wee church was an unexpected bonus.

For Perthshire’s Opens Studios and Open Doors Festival collaboration, as well as seeing some the usual quality art on the art tour, you can explore this lovely old church and many other historic buildings.”

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Duncan McGregor exhibiting in Tibbermore Church and demonstrating some simple silversmithing techniques.


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Sarah Blackie’s installation in Tibbermore Church.

Further Reading

Find out more about Tibbermore church here:
Learn 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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We have a whole sample English class around repurposing churches.

It’s written for ESL English learners and ESL English teachers, again, particularly anyone learning English for art and design.



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