Culloden Moor #ScotsMagOutlander Stop 2


The second stop on our #ScotsMagOutlander tour was the most harrowing

 

I had walked the windswept paths of Culloden Moor a few times, but it never gets easier.

Anyone who has been to the site of the bloody battle will know what I mean when I say that the air is heavy with memory.

On April 16, 1746, the final Jacobite battle was fought here between forces loyal to Prince Charles Stuart, and government troops of King George II. The conflict was a decisive victory for the government troops, and ended the Jacobite rising.

The quick and bloody battle was over in less than an hour with 1,500–2,000 Jacobite troops killed or wounded. Of the 8,000 government soldiers only 300 were killed.

It was to be the last pitched battle fought on British soil, but the effects would be felt for years to come.

Take a look through the gallery from our visit, and find out more about the battle and aftermath in David’s live Periscope video below.

 

 

 

Over the hundreds of years since the battle the land has been drained by farmers and planted with trees, but National Trust for Scotland are slowly turning the land back into the landscape the fighting armies walked on. The trust looks after the site and the Visitor Centre, which has recently been upgraded to include an immersive cinema experience. Click here for visiting information.