KilliecrAnkie1689 is a group that was established in January 2018 to campaign for a more sensitive road plan for the Killiecrankie battlefield than the scheme proposed by Transport Scotland. Two years later, we passed an important milestone after participating in a Public Local Inquiry that was held to examine Transport Scotland’s proposal.

There were 164 objections still unresolved at the time of the Inquiry. They focused on just 2 miles of road that bisects the Killiecrankie Battlefield. This small stretch forms part of a bigger section to upgrade the existing A9 trunk road from Killiecrankie to Glen Garry.

At the end of the Inquiry, the Reporter indicated that he hoped to give his recommendation to the Scottish Ministers during the summer of 2020. However, as he had to assume the role of Interim Chief Reporter while the incumbent was redeployed on Covid work, the report on Killiecrankie will not be finalised until the first few months of 2021.

The Ministers will then decide to accept or reject his report.

The Inquiry exposed the central dispute at Killiecrankie. Our case was – and remains – that Transport Scotland’s plan has an unnecessarily adverse impact on the battlefield. We maintain that the proposed route will damage or destroy important features of the battlefield because the road will be built exactly where the two sides engaged in the Battle of Killiecrankie. The proposed alignment will cover the strip of land where the fighting was concentrated and most lives were lost.

Transport Scotland says the area of mortal combat is not special. Pre-inquiry it said to statutory consultees and to the local community that building on either side of the existing road would be equally damaging. After the removal of objections from statutory consultees, Transport Scotland changed its analysis of the proposed alignment. Now Transport Scotland maintains that the proposed construction on the northbound side of the road - where the combatants clashed and fell - would be less damaging than building on the southbound.

In our opinion, Transport Scotland’s analysis is wrong, conveniently so, and fails to interpret the information gathered from the latest investigations.

Transport Scotland claims that its analysis complies with the Inventory of Historic Battlefields, the list of Scotland’s most important battle sites. However, the planners have ignored the fundamental reason for creating the Inventory: to protect and enhance the historic character of our environment so that we understand who we are.

This is the first time that Scotland’s ambition and policy to protect important battlefields has been tested. Please help protect this internationally important heritage asset. Sign the petition. (See right panel)