This morning we departed our Inverness lodgings and proceeded as follows:

  • First to Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre, about 15 minutes from Inverness. At this site was fought the last battle on British soil where, in 1746,¬†a Hanoverian, British army defeated a Jacobite army of Highlanders led by ‘Bonnie’ Prince Charlie. The battle was an overwhelming victory for the British. The Jacobites suffered high casualties the bodies of which are buried on site in mass graves delineated by respective clan names. The Visitor Centre provides excellent information on pre and post battle events and the battle itself.

Culloden Battlefield, Scotland

Culloden Battlefield, Scotland

  • Next¬†to Balnuran of Clava or Clava Cairns, a prehistoric site comprising two passage-tombs on a NE-SW alignment between which is a ring-cairn. Just to the east of the ring-cairn is a small kerb circle. Both passage tombs are aligned to the mid-winter sunset.

Clava Cairns, Scotland

Clava Cairns, Scotland

Clava Cairns, Scotland

Culloden Viaduct, Scotland

  • Next, we drove down the A9 highway, past interesting sites such as Ruthven Barracks and Dalwhinnie Distillery, to Dunkeld in central Scotland. Here we had lunch at the Atholl Arms, close to the River Tay, and then moved on to our final destination of Edinburgh where the tour terminated with fond farewells in the Royal Mile.

Atholl Arms, Dunkeld, Scotland

River Tay at Dunkeld, Scotland

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