Influx of Outlander fans causing wear and tear at Culloden's Clan Fraser memorial

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Apr 17, 2018, 11:22 AM EDT

Outlander has brought the gorgeous cliffs and impressive history of Scotland into the homes of many television viewers, but those fans visiting the show's real-life locations are being advised to step lightly.

According to conservation organization National Trust for Scotland, Culloden battlefield has been host to a lot more visitors since it was depicted in the third season of the hit Starz TV series — and the increased foot traffic is having a deteriorating effect on the ground surrounding the Clan Fraser memorial in particular, which is featured in a memorable scene.

Interim property manager Katey Boal confirmed that the "increase in interest thanks to Outlander" was part of the reason for the weakened area near the war grave, though also cited that "the wet and cold weather this winter" had "exacerbated" the issue. According to Boal, more than 180,000 people visited the battlefield last year, a 28 percent increase from 2016.

Still, Outlander fans are being issued a polite reminder to be careful and treat the ground with the respect that such a sacred place deserves while the organization takes steps to reseed the area to encourage new growth.

Via Twitter, Outlander author Diana Gabaldon commended Boal and the team at National Trust for their efforts in "conserving, curating and presenting this precious part of Scotland's heritage," and called on fans to do their part as well: