Culloden & Clava Cairns
Just beyond the western suburbs of Inverness, a single mile separates two historic sites dating over 3,500 years apart. The battlefield at Culloden should be on everyone's shortlist: the final conflict of the 1745 Jacobite uprising against government loyalists and the last hand-to-hand battle fought on British soil. The battlefield itself is free to visit, but you won't get much out of the experience without audio guides included in the admission price for the visitor centre. Inside the latter, a brilliant audio-visual experience results in one of Scotland's most moving visitor attractions - the National Trust for Scotland have really excelled here. Afterwards, escape from the crowds to the peaceful site of three ancient burial cairns at nearby Clava. Crawl inside to get a proper feel for the construction: don't worry, the bodies are long gone.
|[One of the Clava Cairns, surrounded by a stone circle]|
Name: Clava Cairns ★★★☆☆
Description: Three 4,000 year old burial cairns enclosed by stone circles.
Location: Minor road a mile south-east of Culloden Battlefield, G.R.: NH 758445 ///decently.perfect.cleanest
Name: Culloden ★★★★★
Description: Site of the final, 1745 battle between government troops and Jacobites with a wonderful visitor centre.
Location: B9006 2 miles east of Westhill, G.R.: NH 745450 ///folks.attend.fiction
Open (2017): Visitor centre: daily except over Christmas and New Year period; Battlefield: daily
Cost (2018): Visitor centre: £11 (adults), £8.50 (children), free for National Trust for Scotland members. Battlefield: Free, but audio guides only included in visitor centre ticket.
|[Two of the Clava Cairns, seen from the third]|
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