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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 June 5, 2014

Anyone visiting Inverness area should make time to travel the few miles out of the town to visit the National Trust for Scotland's new visitor centre at Culloden Battlefield.
The course of the history of Scotland changed here on 16 April, 1746, when the last battle, was fought on British soil. It was here that the Jacobite army fought to reclaim the throne of Britain for a Stuart King, from the Hanovarians..
Twelve hundred died in just one hour at the short but bloody battle of Culloden. It divided families, setting clan against clan!
Visitors to the exhibition can listen to accounts from genuine characters who were involved in the Battle of Culloden. Visit the 360 degree Battle immersion theatre and imagine what it was like to be at the centre of the action as this film relives the horror of the fighting.
Visitors can use the animated Battle table for a bird's eye view of the battlefield and see the tactics employed. As the clouds part a narration helps you see the battle re-enacted before your eyes using the latest graphic technology.
There is a roof-top viewing area. You can walk the battlefield or join a Culloden Battlefield Guided tour of this historic site.

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Reviewed June 4, 2014

This is a powerful story supurbly told. The audio-visual dipiction of the battle is extraordinary. The Audio tour of the battlefield is equally well done. The animated map depicting the battle is another highlight. The information panels that one must read through at the beginning of the visit are informative and the information is clear. This could also lend itself to an audio tour to reduce the amount of ready and retention required of the visitor. The facility is modern and obviously well maintained and run. This is a must see.

Thank Doug H
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Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

It's too bad the folks responsible for the Bannockburn Visitors Centre didn't spend some time at Culloden to see how such things are supposed to be done.

When I first visited in 1978, there was nothing much there except the cairn and the clan stones. It was moving even then — the character of holy ground endures, after all — but the centre does so much to enhance the visitor experience. There are well-thought-out museum-style displays, costumed interpreters, story boards, and a full-surround battle film guaranteed to leave you in tears for the enormity of Highland loss. My daughter fled the theatre after one viewing, but our guide and I stayed for a second, so mesmerizing was the presentation.

If you choose to do so, you can take a satellite-guided tour with headphones, but we opted to walk the battlefield accompanied only by our own thoughts. It was a chilly, inclement day, much as it was in 1746, and we felt we owed it to our ancestors to experience the field as much like they did as we could. We did not regret our decision.

Back inside the center, we visited the gift/book store and picked up a few mementos of our visit. As gift shops go, it was one of (if not the) best we saw during our two-week stay in Scotland. Their stock includes many items we saw nowhere else.

We concluded our visit by posing with the life-size and quite realistic mannequin of Bonnie Prince Charlie, ignoring the accompanying figure of the Duke of Cumberland completely, and stopping in the cafe, where we enjoyed tea and (in my case, at least) some very tasty vegetarian haggis.

In case you missed them on the way in, be sure to look at the memorial stones from which the walkway to and from the car park has been constructed. They're a fitting tribute to the fierce love of Scotland that still exists in the hearts and minds of Scots everywhere, no matter where in the world they may be. If Culloden doesn't move you, you may just be unmovable. A tip of the hat to the National Trust for Scotland for a job brilliantly done.

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Reviewed June 1, 2014

What a visit - oustanding Reception with awesome exhibition. Don't miss the film room showing an enactment of the battle. I won't spoil things but the hairs on my neck really stood-out. Great audio guide with so many extras. We arrived on a bleak windy morning which added to the mood of the battlefield, you could just imagine how the Scots and English felt on the morning on the battle. National Trust property so free to members.

Thank George D
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

The visitor centre is outstanding. The clans' story is portrayed on the left hand wall; the government story on the right. The explanation of the 1745 rebellion and the back story of Bonnie Prince Charlie was told with clarity.

The battlefield tour is explained on a GPS-enabled headset which recognizes your location and provides appropriate commentary.

On re-entering the visitor centre, the aftermath of the battle and the suppression of clan tradition is told in detail. This has to be one of the most informative battlefield museums in Britain. Not to be missed, whatever your loyalties.

Thank David L
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