Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre



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A cairn recalls this last battle fought on mainland Britain, on 16 April 1746, when the Duke of Cumberland's forces routed 'Bonnie' Prince Charles Edward Stuart's army. Although the battle took less than an hour over 1,500 Jacobites were killed, and many of their graves are on the site. The battlefield has been restored to its state on the day of the battle, and in summer there are 'living history' enactments. This is a most atmospheric evocation of tragic events. The Visitors' Centre has exhibitions, a 'Battle Immersion' film, a viewing platform, and an animated Battle table.

Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre
Culloden Moor,INVERNESS,IV2 5EU


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Wheelchairs & powered scooters, ramps, induction loop, living history presentations
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Battlefield open daily all year. Visitor Centre open daily, Jan-Mar & Nov-Dec, 10-4 (31 Dec, 10-2); Apr-May & Sep-Oct, 9-5.30; Jun-Jul, 9-6; Aug, 9-7. Closed 24-26 Dec & 1-2 Jan

About the area

Discover Highland

Apart from the Orkneys and the Shetlands, Highland is Scotland’s northernmost county. Probably its most famous feature is the mysterious and evocative Loch Ness, allegedly home to an ancient monster that has embedded itself in the world’s modern mythology, and the region’s tourist industry. Monster or no, Loch Ness is beautiful and it contains more water than all the lakes and reservoirs in England and Wales put together. The loch is 24 miles long, one mile wide and 750 feet deep, making it one of the largest bodies of fresh water in Europe. 

At the very tip of the Highlands is John o’ Groats, said to be named after a Dutchman, Jan de Groot, who lived here in the early 16th century and operated a ferry service across the stormy Pentland Firth to Orkney. In fact, the real northernmost point of the British mainland is Dunnet Head, whose great cliffs rise imposingly above the Pentland Firth some two miles further north than John o’ Groats.

The Isle of Skye is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. Its name is Norse, meaning ‘isle of clouds’, and the southwestern part of the island has some of the heaviest rainfall on the whole of the British coast. Despite this, it’s the most visited of all the islands of the Inner Hebrides. It’s dominated from every view by the high peaks of the Cuillins, which were only conquered towards the end of the 19th century. 

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