Yesterday the battleground of a history-shaping conflict between Scotland and the English, now a site and culture centre managed by the National Trust for Scotland, Culloden is an essential stop on your way to or from Inverness.
You'll get to learn more about the battle in the visitors' centre and then make your way on the fields, walking better the clans' gravestones up to the Memorial Cairn.
The town is dominated by its red sandstone castle. Built in 1834, this Victorian edifice is very much the new kid on the block in terms of Scottish castles. Don't come here expecting your classic Scottish castle - there are plenty better nearby. the castle now houses the Magistrates Court, but there is also a free museum I believe.
The original castle dates from the 12th century and was built on a ridge to the east of the present structure. Nothing remains of the old castle.
Fort George was a revelation after the dissapoinment with Urquhart castle. We spent hours here and came away very satisfied with our visit of the place.
After the 1746 defeat at Culloden of Bonnie Prince Charlie, George II created the ultimate defence against further Jacobite unrest. The result, Fort George, is the mightiest artillery fortification in Britain, if not Europe.
Its garrison buildings, artillery defences bristling with cannon, and superb collection of arms – including bayoneted muskets, pikes, swords and ammunition pouches – provide a fascinating insight into 18th century military life.
Positioned strategically on a promontory jutting into the Moray Firth, Fort George was intended as an impregnable army base – designed on a monumental scale using sophisticated defence standards. Today, it would cost nearly £1 billion. Within almost a mile of boundary walls was accommodation for a governor, officers, artillery detachment, and a 1600-strong infantry garrison. It also housed a magazine for 2,500 gunpowder barrels, ordnance and provision stores, a brewhouse and chapel.
In the care of Historic Scotland -
Admission charge - Adults £6.50
"Landfall in Scotland"
In July 2002, a friend and I sailed across the North Sea from Bergen (Norway) to Inverness. The trip took over 3 days and was the beginning of our attempt to Circumnavigate Scotland by sailboat.
Picture above is from the locks of the Caledonian Canal through Inverness. If you look closely at the right of the picture, you will notice a seagull. This seagull is a smart guy.... Read more about him in my "general tips"
Some of my pictures have some red patches in them. This is sadly due to a fault on my old camera and false light....