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Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield

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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
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Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
$84.31 per adult
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Fantastic Trip
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
Johnnie_R, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Inverness

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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.
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Highlands Highlights
Siobhan_S, Aug 2021
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
A wonderfully informative and enjoyable trip. Drew really knew his history. Would thoroughly 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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Must do tour in Inverness
Jessalyn_S, Jul 2021
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
Drew was an amazing guide! He knew a lot about Scottish history and made sure that we learned all that we could at each stop on the tour. The scenery was beautiful!!
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Best Day!!!!
Freedom26309, 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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Tailored and warm experience
James_H, Mar 2020
Loch Ness,Culloden Battlefield,Cawdor Castle & Much More From Inverness City
This was a wonderful tour and exactly what we were after when we booked. Mike was a warm, knowledgeable, and energetic guide who always knew the best way to see each site. He was patient and flexible with our toddler's needs. Mike tailored our tour to what we were interested in (and, again, to our toddler's schedule) and made everything as smooth as possible. The sites were well chosen and the tour was a great way to see the Inverness area. In short, it was a wonderful tour and Mike was the type of tour guide you always hope you get! Strongly recommended.
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Excellent educational day.
Craig_P, Jul 2021
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
Never have I had the pleasure to meet such a passionate and knowledgeable tour guide, as I have with Bill. He is an absolute credit to your compay
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Inverness
John_K, Apr 2020
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
great tour guide, local lived his whole life in the Highland area, excellent story teller. rain or shine this a fun day
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Great Highlands tour
Seaside96125, Nov 2019
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
We did this tour with another couple on a cold wintery day. Our guide Bill was a lecturer in Scottish history and wore his clan’s tartan garment during the tour. His tales on the Culloden Battlefield really brought the Jacobite history alive (I wasn’t looking forward to visiting the battlefield, but it turned out to be one of the highlights). The highlands are spectacular and our stop at a Scotch distillery was a plus. All in all, a very worthwhile tour.
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A local’s insight
Ricardo_I, Mar 2020
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
The tour was amazing. Our guide was an amazing person, very nice, very knowledgeable. He wasn’t only the most polite person but also quite informed in all of the subjects. He gave us historic facts, different theories and also many information only a scotsman would know. He even went out of his way to let us take pictures. The sights were very nice and it was a very complete tour.
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Excellent tour
bethyboo9, Feb 2020
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
Great tour! We loved the tour guide Bill. He was like a walking history book. This tour had a little bit of everything
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Terrific!
michael_j_miller, Oct 2019
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
We had a great day with Bill MacDonald on our trip that included a scotch distillery and visit to several places all of you Outlander fans will recognize and love. Bill made the places come alive and was great at giving the ‘story behind the story’. It was well worth it! We left at 9am and we’re back by 6pm.

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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