Inverness and Around the Great Glen Travel Guide

Inverness and Around the Great Glen Sights

Culloden Moor

  • B9006 Map It
  • Culloden
  • Historic District/Site
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

Here, on a cold April day in 1746, the hopelessly outgunned Jacobite forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie were destroyed by King George II's army. The victorious commander, the Duke of Cumberland (George II's son), earned the name of the "Butcher" of Cumberland for the bloody reprisals carried out by his men on Highland families, Jacobite or not, caught in the vicinity. In the battle itself, the duke's army—greatly outnumbering the Jacobites—killed up to 2,000 soldiers. (The victors, by contrast, lost just 50). It was the last battle to be fought on British soil. The National Trust for Scotland has re-created a slightly eerie version of the battlefield as it looked in 1746 that you can explore with a guided audio tour. An innovative visitor center enables you to get closer to the sights and sounds of the battle and to interact with the characters involved. A viewing platform helps (literally) put things into perspective from on high. Academic research and technology have helped re-create the Gaelic dialect, song, and music of the time. There's also a good on-site café.

Sight Information

Address:

B9006, Culloden, Highland, IV2 5EU, Scotland

Map It

Phone:

0844-493–2159

Sight Details:

  • £11
  • Visitor center closed late Dec.–Feb.

Published 05/04/2017

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