The Scottish Highlands have a rich history, and The Battle of Culloden holds a special place in that history as one of the most intense battles fought on Scottish soil. On April 16th 1746, the last battle to be held in British came to a quick and bloody end as Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites fell to the Redcoats. Culloden Moor is just a short drive from Inverness allowing you to learn exactly what happened in the lead up to this famous battle.
The Battle of Culloden
Scottish Highlanders, known as Jacobites, were campaigning to return James VII of Scotland and II of England to the throne of Great Britain. Spearheaded by “Bonnie Prince Charlie”, the Battle of Culloden was the final uprising of their plans, which ultimately ended their plight. With 1,500 men killed or wounded in just one hour, the Jacobites were unable to use their highly effective strategies on this boggy ground and were overpowered. On this account, Bonnie Prince Charlie fled to France and left the Scottish Highlanders to deal with the consequences.
Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre
Visitors to Inverness can now experience what conditions were like on that fateful day. Culloden Battlefield has now been restored to a condition as close as possible to what the Jacobites would have experienced, giving visitors a real understanding of their struggle. You can even watch the battlefield come to life with live demonstrations throughout the day. The visitor centre and interactive exhibition lets the whole family learn of the events that led up to this battle and the experiences of the Scots following defeat. The kids will love the immersive battle film and interactive exhibitions whilst the adults can learn more about the intricate elements of Scottish life during this era.
The battlefield is open daily all year round but the visitor centre opening times vary depending on the time of year so check their website for more information.
Enjoy a history break in Inverness
After a day immersing yourself in Scottish history, head back to our hotel to put your feet up. Enjoy a delicious Scottish meal in one of our two restaurants and then sample one of our most famous exports in our Whisky Bar. Get in touch below to choose your perfect room or give our friendly team a call on 01463 257 100 for more information.