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One of the top places to visit in Inverness area is Culloden battlefield. It's the scene of a harrowing battle fought on 16th of April 1746. Contrary to popular belief the battle was not between England and Scotland but between the Jacobites and the Hanoverians. The Jacobites were led by the infamous Charles Edward Stuart, Bonnie Prince Charlie. The main aim of the Jacobites was to reinstate the Stuart line to the British throne.

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Memorial Cairn on Culloden Moor

Culloden Battlefield

Culloden battlefield is an eerie place, especially in the early morning before the crowds arrive or off season. Flags mark out the battle lines and it's possible to walk around and try and imagine the battle unfolding with the help of strategically placed noticeboards. Memorial stones to the Scottish clans are dispatched throughout the battlefield.

Visitor Centre

A new state of the art visitor centre was opened at Culloden battlefield in 2007 and is run by the National trust. It's set in the landscape to be as an obtrusive as possible and it is possible to walk up to the top of it and view the battlefield. The exhibition itself gives a detailed account of the prelude to the battle, the battle itself and the aftermath. The entrance fee includes an audio-visual handset guide, which you can use to inform your walk around the battlefield. That is a large car park and the visitor centre has toilets and cafe facilities.

Memorial Cairn at Culloden

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