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Culloden Battlefield
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This battlefield marks the site of the historic 1746 battle between the Duke of Cumberland and Prince Charles.
Reviewed March 27, 2014

The experience of visiting this famous battlefield is enhanced by the attention to detail provided by the Scottish National Trust.

You are guided through the associated building by the receptionists and following their directions become immersed in the history of the battle and the lead up to the day of action.

The theatre in the round puts you in the battle with the action taking place on four screens around you.

There is then a large computer graphic table showing the action on the moor with many displays surrounding it with weapons and artifacts from the battle or contemporary to it.

Before going out to the moor itself pick up an audio guide which is GPS signal activated, so that wherever you roam across the moor you can get a commentary on the action where you are standing.

The moor is bleak and has the battle lines laid out as much as possible where they were, the road now cuts through the moor and prevents the full size of the battle to be appreciated.

Seeinfg the bogs on the route taken by the highlanders and finding out the these are a lot smaller than at the time of the battle brings home to you the determination they had to get to grips.

This is a war grave site and the mass graves of the highlanders in their clans brings home to the visitor the devestation of this battle.

I still find this place to be overwhelmingly sad as any battlefield must be. Any triumph for one side is a loss for the other and mens lives are altered irrevocably by these sites.

If you are near Inverness you have to visit this battlefield.

Thank Graham L
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Reviewed March 20, 2014

A brilliant new visitor centre, sensitively done, with real in depth interpretation of the history. However, frustratingly not open much in winter- make it accessible year round please!!!!!

Thank eamhair
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

A great way to spend an afternoon. Well displayed and interesting enough to even keep the children involved.

Thank ZaraBinx
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Quite often I've gone to visitor centres in Scotland and found them to be lacking. Lacking funding usually.

There are no photocopied info sheets blu-tacked onto crumbling walls here. Mixing artifacts taken from the battlefield with easy to understand text and recorded quotes delivered by actors, you are taken chronologically from the build-up to the battle, to the battle itself and to the aftermath. The info is split into two (Jacobite and Government) making it easy to follow each side's view of the situation. The centre also puts the Jacobite rising into the wider context of Europe.

I took the tour (included in the price) which lasts about half an hour. The guide (John) knew his stuff and answered my questions without hesitation. Had it not been for the deathly cold wind I would have picked his brains for a while longer.

The cafe was nice. Not cheap by any stretch. Prices were much like you'd find at garden centres.

Anyway I was impressed so much with this place that I bought a year's membership. Now to see if their other properties are up to the same standard...

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Reviewed February 25, 2014

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.

Thank Jade2102
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