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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Culloden July 15th 2019

Nach einer Woche Wandermodus gewöhnt sich der Körper langsam an den sehr anderen Touristenmodus. Erster Stop des Tages: Culloden Battlefield, wo 1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie den Krieg gegen die Britischen Regierungstruppen verlor. Es gibt ein Visitor Centre, das auf gegenüberliegenden Wänden die Geschichte vor, während und nach der Schlacht aus beiden Perspektiven erzählt. Das ist eine tolle Idee! Zudem gibt es einen Videoraum, indem man die Schlacht erleben kann. Film läuft auf allen Wänden und man steht praktisch zwischen den Fronten. Auf dem Feld selbst gibt es Gedenksteine der unterschiedlichen Clans und die Truppenpositionen sind mit roten und blauen Farben markiert. Es ist erstaunlich, wie weit die Armeen zuerst auseinander standen und wie weit die halb verhungerten Jacobites nach einem Marsch in Regen und Kälte,... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Culloden September 10th 2017

A week in Inverness. Sounds like I've won fifth prize in the local primary school raffle! But no, Inverness is quite a delightful place despite the very Scottish weather. It has rained every day for the last week but it only lasts a few minutes (but then again so does the sunshine!) which means it really hasn't stopped us doing anything or we have been a little wet but never soaked. I've walked the streets following the Inverness Town Walk which was really informative and really quite interesting. The Sanderson 'free walking' tours had finished the previous week and that probably would have been my preferred option but me as a 'tour guide' is only scary to others! Things appear to be closing down quite quickly now that Summer (?) is officially over. It hasn't impacted ... read more
Across the Ness.
Ad for the Inverness Military Tattoo.
Ad for the Inverness Military Tattoo.

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Culloden May 3rd 2017

Todays trip takes us up the Great Glen. 2 lochs split Scotland diagonally from Fort William to Inverness. Another beautiful day. First stop is the Urquhart Castle ruin on the side of Loch Ness. Massive visitor center here now. Large museum and theatre display the long history. Site dates back to 12th century with the current building starting in the 13th. After being destroyed by retreating Government forces in the late 1700's the castle was left in ruins. We are off to the Culloden Battlefield maintained as a war cemetery. 4 or 5 hours to properly view all of the presentations and museum artifacts. It takes a lot of reading to understand the root causes of this confilct. It was a lot more than just a group trying to put a King (James) back on the ... read more
Breakfast #1
Breakfast #2
Urquart Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Culloden June 18th 2013

scotland seems to make romanticism out of defeat.. whilst i despite my scottish ancestry tend only to create defeat out of my best attempts to be romantic! now on a cold april day in 1746 the highland clans (u know kilts + big red beards + stuff) nobly led by charlie boy pretender stuart (prince charles edward stuart) lined up for the last time on the battle fields of culloden moor. on a cold may day in 2013, the kangakilts stood out in the buckets of rain on the colloden moor getting soaked to the bone. now the clans never had much respect for authorities in either london or edinburgh + were hence a perpetual threat to the establishment. they were a separate proud people with their own loyalties, language + ancient ceremonies. so the fight ... read more
loz n her book
ben on fields of culloden
middle of culloden

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Culloden September 14th 2011

The sun came out today and brightened our spirits considerably. Our first visit was an interpretive centre near the site of the Last battle between the Jacobites and the Government Forces. Here is where Bonnie Prince Charlie and his army of Clansman that he gathered up from the Scottish highlands met the Government forces for their last battle after an exhausting march and a lack of food had already made them weak. It was a bloody battle and the Jacobites fought valiantly but exhaustion and bad conditions on the battlefield split their forces and the government forces were victorious, though many were lost. The government forces chased down every one of them who could still flee and killed the ones laying wounded on the field. Next we headed to Pitlochery for lunch, then up out of ... read more
Church with rear in ruins

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Culloden July 12th 2010

Photos of Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns ...... read more
Culloden Battlefield
Culloden Battlefield
Culloden Battlefield

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Culloden June 29th 2010

DAY 4, JUNE 25, 2010, FRIDAY After a wonderful breakfast of eggs, bacon, sauasage, scones with homemade marmalade, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms ( standard English breakfast) we left by car for Cairngorms, Britians largest national park. it is a living, working landscape with the wild tundra of the high mountain tops at its heart. We stopped many times on our way to the railroad to take amazing pictures of wildlife, birds, the reindeer centre (Santa was not there) and scenery. It is famous as Scotland's top winter destination for skiing. We took the CairnGorm Mountain Railway to the top of the hill for viewing and pictures. It is a paradise for hikers but we were unabler to do thisd activity. Kirk bought himself a fancy cane. Always raising cane! We left a 4pm for our 1/2 ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Culloden May 15th 2009

Getting in touch with Scottish heritage, or, The English are All Bastard-People! In contrast to yesterday’s stunning sunshiny weather, today was drab, dreary and wet. Rain rolled into the UK with a vengeance. Jer and I aren’t strangers to rain. We live in Seattle, for crying out loud! We KNOW rain. We know rain like true Northwesterners, so much so that we can discern between a drizzle and a shower, a mist and a sprinkle. Despite our familiarity on the subject, we learned today that there exists such a thing as Highland Rain. There is normal rain and Scottish Rain. They are related to each other but they are totally different. Scottish Rain is frigid. I remember, years ago, visiting my friend Cyndy in Alabama and marveling over the warm rain that washed over me in ... read more
Jer and Hollie in Culloden
'nuff said
Castle Ruins

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Culloden November 20th 2006

Monday November 20, 2006 - Today Steve and I drove to Culloden after he made breakfast. This boy is domestic! Last year I read a series of book that took place in Scotland, in the Highlands, that my friend Kari gave me to borrow. I absolutely fell in love with the books and the characters, gave them to my friend Lynn for Christmas, and ever since we have been wanting to go to Scotland. The main character fights in the war that took place in Culloden against the English, when Bonnie Prince Charlie was trying to reclaim the Scottish throne. Well, the English won out but at least I got to visit the battlefield where my fictional character fought a fierce battle. We walked around the visitor's center while it was raining, and I did some ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Culloden July 23rd 2006

We got up today, bid farewell to Pat at Ivor Villa, got in one last Yahoo Messenger session with our hubbies, and went on our way. Our first stop today was Culloden. Now, I really get into the history of Scotland...Ali didn't know much about it except what I'd told her but, lucky for me, Ali's major at Uni was archeology so she LIKES learning about old stuff. So we spent a few hours at Culloden walking the battlefield. My Grandma who is 79 also is a bit of a Scottish history buff so I called her from the battlefield (from the Jacobite side, of course). I also picked her some heather...which is absolutely gorgeous by the way. It's not in full bloom for a few weeks yet but the purple among the green makes Scotland ... read more

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