RESIDENTS of a tiny village where raunchy TV show Outlander was filmed say the area is loved by rich Americans – and overrun by tourists.
Culross, a rural town in Fife, Scotland, is home to only 400 people.
8The TV romp Outlander has brought curious Americans to a pub in rural ScotlandCredit: Alamy8The Red Lion pub serves Culross’ population of 400 villagersCredit: SWNS8Proud Landlord Mike Brown runs the 600-year-old pubBut since the saucy period drama was filmed there, the village has been inundated by a “huge number” of visitors.
Rich Americans have even snapped up shares in 600-year-old village pub the Red Lion.
The historical drama stars Caitríona Balfe as Claire Randall – a former Second World War military nurse in Scotland.
In 1945 she finds herself transported back in time to 1743.
There she encounters, falls in love with and marries a dashing Highland warrior named Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Heughan.
Red Lion Landlord Mike Brown, 51, said: “The Outlander cast are in and out of the village quite a lot.
“The village itself dates back to 1510 and there’s around 400 people living here.
“We are very busy for tourists – even in December, January, February.
“A lot of shareholders are Americans, they love Outlander.
“We get a lot of people who want to stand at the bar and take photos.
“We are quite a big success story, I don’t know why.
“People are coming from all over Britain to ask how we have done it.
He added: “The TV link does help. The tourist interest in Outlander is massive.
“We get a huge amount of tourists all year round.”
The Red Lion had previously been at risk after it piled up debt and its owners decided to sell up.
But the local community took over the pub before leasing it to Mike, who has worked there for 24 years.
He said: “When it was decided to do the buyout, I was asked if I would be interested in leasing it as I’d worked there 24 years.
“We managed to secure the funding and took over on July 4.
“We raised around £6,000 or £7,000 out of £950,000.
“There’s still more to do but we have professional fundraisers on board.
“There’s 28 staff and they’re all local. We are very busy, there are tour groups coming in four or five times a week.
“There was another pub that closed and became a B&B so we needed to make sure it always remains a pub.
“One of the main things was to keep it open for the community.
“It has been an inn for nearly 600 years.
“What we pay in rent goes back into the community.
“We put it back into the village, whether for seniors or for toddlers, if there’s things the council won’t pay for.
Mike’s wife has worked at the Red Lion for decades and his daughter began working there 13 years ago, when she was 14 years old.
8The saucy period drama was filmed in the town8The pub’s interior is decorated with Caledonian memorabiliaCredit: SWNS8Mike’s family has been pulling pints at the pub for decadesCredit: SWNS8The village of Culross dates back to 1510, when Scotland was an independent countryCredit: SWNS8The pub’s fetching white-and-green exteriorCredit: SWNS
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