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Culloden Battlefield
Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield

Battlefield open daily, visitor center hours vary
Culloden Moor, Inverness, Culloden IV2 5EU

The Basics

The Culloden Battlefield is a must-see site for any history buff hoping to untangle the story of the British Isles. Visitors can purchase entrance tickets to find themselves on the frontlines of one of the most important battles in British history and explore the popular site at their own pace. The battlefield is also often a stop on guided day tours from Inverness and Invergordon, most of which include round-trip transportation and visits to other famous attractions, such as Loch Ness. Entry to Culloden is included in National Trust for Scotland Discover Tickets, 3- or 7-day sightseeing passes that grant visitors entry to a number of Scottish sights, including Culzean Castle, the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, and the Preston Mill. Many travelers combine a visit here with a trip to the nearby Clava Cairns, a Bronze Age site located just 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) away.

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Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
$94.83 per adult
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Great taste of the Highlands
We had an excellent time on our tour! There’s a little bit of everything to give you a great taste of the Highlands. Our guide, Drew, was friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!
Melissa_H, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Inverness

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Superb day in Inverness
Lorie_K, Nov 2021
Loch Ness,Culloden Battlefield,Cawdor Castle & Much More From Inverness City
We had a marvelous day with our tour guide Mike. From pick up to drop off he was kind, informative and helpful. The sights were incredible - some of the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen.
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Lovely day out learning about Scottish history
Irene_B, Oct 2021
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
Lovely day out exploring some landmarks in and around Inverness and Lochness. Really enjoyed Drew’s tour, especially his perspective on the visit to the Culloden Battlefield. Highly recommended especially if you are not hiring a car.
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Wonderful day out!
Keeley_L, Nov 2021
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
Drew, our guide was exceptional! His knowledge was great and it was lovely how he spoke with pride about the places we visited. The tour itself allowed us to see so many sites - all of which I was hoping to see. Highly recommend this tour!
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Friendly and knowledgable guide Drew.
Gina_M, Oct 2021
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
Enjoyable, well planned and value for money trip. Drew the guide was friendly and very knowledgeable about all the sites visited. Would highly recommend.
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Great way to start our family holiday
Catherine_J, Sep 2021
Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns & Cawdor Castle
This tour was an amazing start to our holiday in the Highlands. We got to see Clava Cairns, Culloden battlefield, Cawdor Castle and Beauly Priory and some friendly Highland Cows into the bargain. The weather was sunny and hot for the most part and the beautiful Cawdor Castle gardens were a highlight for me. We all enjoyed the reenactment of the battlefield at Culloden and the kids were fascinated by the video demonstrations of the old cannons firing. These are all amazing places and we would never have managed all this on our own on public transport. The best thing about the tour though is George who is a mine of interesting information that you would not find in a guidebook. For the whole of the rest of our tour of the Highlands someone would pipe up at least once a day ‘remember what George said about that’ (clans, salmon fishing and even Jimmy Page!) I would highly recommend starting your Highland adventure with a tour with George.
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Best Day!!!!
Rita_V, Jan 2020
Loch Ness,Culloden Battlefield,Cawdor Castle & Much More From Inverness City
Best day!!! Our tour guide brought us to all wonderful locations and was very educational. I never thought we would see so many places in one day.
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Great tour!
Sandra_A, Sep 2021
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
Our guide was amazing! He was so knowledgeable and made the tour fun! The trip to the Cairns was especially nice!
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Wonderful tour
Pleasealert, Aug 2019
Tour 2 Cawdor Castle, Inverness, Culloden Battlefield and Loch Ness
We enjoyed the tour. Only complaint is about the communication of the starting time. We failed to receive the text message about the starting time and ended up having to wait for the bus for one and half hour. They should let us know how they are going tom inform us the starting time. Better yet, why not starting the tour half hour after the cruise ship starts letting passengers get off the ship. This is what the tours of other ports did.
star-5
Great tour
Wolfgang_S, Aug 2019
Tour 2 Cawdor Castle, Inverness, Culloden Battlefield and Loch Ness
Enjoyed our tour. Pick up by ship was great. Driver was very informative. Went to many places of interest.
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Excellent excursion
Brian_S, Sep 2021
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
Craig made the day great from start to finish. Excellent knowledge and commentary. Highly recommended.
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Fantastic Trip
Johnnie_R, Aug 2021
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
5 star trip from start to finish Bill was fantastic gave us tons of information facts and figures. We can not recommend you highly enough and Miaris shortbread was delicious a very moving and uplifting trip all at the one time. So glad it was Happy Tours. Many thanks
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Another Great Day
Malcolm_J, Aug 2021
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
With Robbie for the second time in a week, so quite familiar with each other. The first hour was seeing and hearing as previous, such as Urquhart Castle. Another interesting day, with the highlight being. Culloden. Robbie is very passionate about this subject, as his ancestors were very much involved. A nice touch when the rains came down, having Happy Tours umbrellas distributed.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • To ensure entry, it’s best to book tickets in advance.

  • The center and the battlefield are both wheelchair accessible.

  • Audio guides are available, so visitors can take a self-guided tour of the outdoor battle site.

  • It’s best to wear warm clothing to walk around the windswept moor where the battle took place.

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How to Get There

Culloden is about five miles (eight kilometers) east of Inverness. Buses travel from Inverness’ city center to the site, though schedules change seasonally. If traveling without a car, the easiest way to get there is via organized day trip tour from Inverness, most of which include pickup and drop-off.

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When to Get There

The battlefield is open daily, and most visitors go during summer, when mild weather makes for pleasant strolling around the open-air battlefield site. The visitor center is open daily from 10am to 4pm from January 3 to March 31; from 9am to 5:30pm in April, May, September, and October; from 9am to 6pm in June and July; from 9am to 7pm in August; and from 10am to 4pm from November 1 to December 23, with varying seasonal hours in late December. It’s best to visit in early morning to get in before the crowds.

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Things to See at the Culloden Battlefield

Visitors can amble around the battlefield in Culloden Moor, where headstones memorialize fallen soldiers and the Memorial Cairn pays homage to those who died for the Jacobite cause. The battlefield is also the setting for Leanach Cottage, a thatched residence that’s one of the few remaining examples of a common building type in the area during the early 18th century.

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