Sunday 26 March 2023

Visit to Culloden

Yesterday I had the good fortune to cross another battlefield off my list to visit. Culloden, on 16 April 1746 was where the final Jacobite Rising came to a brutal head in one of the most harrowing battles in British history. It pitched 'Bonnie' Prince Charlie against the Duke of Cumberland.

The visitor centre has some great artefacts of the battle and also tells the story from both perspectives. Unfortunately they do not allow cameras within the centre so couldn't get any pictures. So all I have are of my walk around the battlefield.

Leanach Cottage, used as a field hospital by the Government forces

View from the Government starting postiton towards the Jacobites

Red flag marking the Government lines

Marker for the 'English' dead

A marker stone showing the position of Munroe in the Government line

Close up of a burial marker

Burial marker, loads of headstones to the clans in the area

View from the Jacobite line back towards the Government lines

The Right flank of the Jacobite position

The stone enclosure that the Jacobites failed to occupy

Marker stone for Cobhams dragoons and Government  highlanders

Roof top view towards the Government lines

Blue marker flags in the distance for the Jacobite lines

The centre is well worth a visit, they are trying to keep the battlefield looking like it would have done on the day. Just walking around you can see how boggy the ground is in places. Would have been a nightmare trying to charge over this ground.

I can add this to my list of battlefields visited including Otterburn, Flodden, Blenhiem, Ramilles, Donauworth, Oudenarde, Malplaquet, Gravelotte, Mars le Tour, Froschwiller and Alesia.


  1. Shame about the visitor centre rules on photography, Scotty....I can't really understand why some places still persist with this slightly archaic ban? I have been to Culloden three times I think, but the most recent was over thirty years ago! Did you go to Fort George too,while you were in the area? It was a very impressive Vauban style structure and housed the regimental museum of on of the highland regiments....the Queens Own Highlanders I think?

    1. I think the photography ban is to encourage you to purchase the guide book. Didn't make it to Fort George, after the 5hrs to Banchory where we stayed and a further 2hrs to Culloden.

  2. Nice battlefield tour; the ban on photos inside the visitor center is odd, though!

  3. Oh, beautiful & full o history place!

  4. Nice I visited a few years back 👍 and Fort George as it happens

    1. It's a hood place to visit if a little far

  5. Hope I'll be there one day...with my camera if allowed!