I have heard about this place for years as I am a Mackintosh, various family members have been here and I have seen pictures of the Mackintosh burial stone and always wanted to visit. On a recent trip to Scotland me and my Husband has the opportunity to go and i am so glad we did.
First of all the place is really easy to find and is really well signposted. The place is really well designed including the car park and entrance area. At the kiosk we were greeted by Bob Shanks who too a great deal of time explaining to us the different tours on offer to us and what we could expect to find, he was brilliant even going out of his way to explain a brief history of Charles Stuart to us. Once we had decided to take the full tour he directed us upstairs to see a presentation, this was brilliant we got to see and hold various weapons are learn more about the times and harsh climate the fight would have taken place in.
The exhibition takes you around the building and is split up into two sections the Government story on the left and the Jacobite story to the right....a wonderful idea so you get the perspective of how both sides were feeling before the battle. There are also various museum exhibits on store for you to look at whilst you walk.
Once outside in the actual battlefield we were given audio sets which walk you around the battle site, basically telling you where you are standing, what would have been happening and even extracts from the actual fight.
The moor itself is breathtaking, the different colours amazing, in Summer it must be spectacular. On the day we visited the rain was pouring and the wind howling, it just gives you an idea of the conditions they faced. The highlight of the trip for us was definitely the Mackintosh stones, there were 3 in total. Apparently our Clan was one of the biggest in the area of Culloden which is why so many fell, a very poignant moment standing on the moors.
A brilliant attraction for all ages, a way to learn history without being bored.
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