At the weekend I was able to be a local tourist courtesy of NTS Scotland, and visited their nearest property to Inverness – Culloden Battlefield! Having recently been to Brodie Castle, I was excited to spend some time getting immersed in such a infamous period of Scottish history.
We chose a day that was thankfully nice and bright for a walk around the Battlefield, but this was not before we had been truly introduced to the history of Culloden within the warm Visitor Centre.
The interpretive exhibition detailing the history of the political and social environment leading up to the Battle of Culloden in 1746 is extensive, with many items to read, listen and touch.
The exhibition space details events both from the Jacobite and Government perspectives, using accounts from eye-witnesses and key figures from that period.
My favourite part of the visitor experience was the four minute Battle immersion film. While standing in the middle of a white walled room, a 360 degree film is played reenacting the battle so you truly feel that you are in the middle of war. While not suitable for young children as there are some gory scenes, it’s absolutely fantastic.
There are also huge muskets and bayonets which I can’t even begin to imagine how you could hold them. There have also been archeological digs carried out and many musket balls have been found which have built a picture of how the short battle developed. In just an hour 1,200 soldiers were killed.
By the time we got round the exhibition it was definitely time to experience the battlefield in the fresh Highland air.
The battlefield has been restored to appear as how it did to the opposing forces all those years ago, marked out by red and blue lines. The paths are excellent so you don’t have to worry about getting your footwear muddy and they are suitable for wheelchairs, prams etc. It’s also a popular dog walking route for locals too! There’s also a viewing platform next to the visitor centre, which gives a unique aerial perspective of the battlefield.
After exploring the battlefield, it was time to warm up with a little something in the spacious cafe, which is perfect for light lunches or coffee and cake. We enjoyed our afternoon at Culloden Battlefield and were ashamed that it had taken us almost 4 years of living in Inverness to get there!
Thanks to NT Scotland for providing two complimentary tickets for us to visit Culloden Battlefield, and the interior visitor centre photos. All other photography is my own.