Culloden, Clava Cairns & Loch Ness
Upon awaking we found ourselves in the mists of a soft rain gently falling around us. It was however, fitting weather for the morning outings for today, a visit to the Culloden where on April 16, 1746 the Jacobite forces fighting for “Bonnie Prince Charlie” In their attempt to restore the Stuarts to the throne, were crushed in a horrific defeat. In less than an hour, hundreds of men loyal to the Stuart’s lost their lives to a bloody massacre that earned the British commander the nickname “Butcher”. It is a solemn place, and the outstanding museum gives a detailed account of this historic battle. In one room, you are surrounded by screens that show a movie enactment of the bloody battle, making you feel as though you were there on the battle ground, experiencing the slaughter. The battlefield itself is now only a large field, where red flags mark British soldiers positions, and blue mark the lines of the doomed Jacobites. As you walk the landscape now covered with heather, thistle, and other wildflowers, you can hardly help but wonder about the carnage that took place here so long ago.
After our visit to Culloden, we set off for the Clava Cairns, which are the remains of three burial chambers surrounded by standing stones that date back to the Early Bronze Age, 2,000 - 1,500 B. Read More>
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Lord of the Glens