Highland Jacobite Tour inc. Culloden Battlefield
Highland clans, ruined castles, historic battlefields, rebels and uprisings, and of course, a ‘Bonnie’ Prince, all provide a fascinating history of the Jacobites in Scottish Highlands while the stunning backdrop of the Cairngorms provide the breath-taking scenery.
The Jacobites were supporters of the exiled Stuart King James VII of Scotland and II of England. From 1689 to 1746 a number of Jacobite uprisings took place trying to restore the Stuarts to the throne. The final uprising took place in 1745-46 when the deposed King's grandson - Charles Edward Stuart (or Bonnie Prince Charlie as history has remembered him) - mustered a largely Highland army and marched into England. Forced to retreat to the Highlands, the Jacobites made their last stand at Culloden on the 16th April 1746, where they were finally defeated by Government forces.
Our Highland Jacobite tour begins in Inverness where we head south towards Kingussie and the ruined eighteenth-century Ruthven Barracks. Built on the remains of Ruthven Castle (itself destroyed in the first Jacobite rising) these barracks were home to government troops that eventually surrendered to Bonnie Prince Charlie's forces in early 1746. Following the defeat at Culloden, thousands of Jacobites gathered at Ruthven - only to be informed of the Prince's decison to flee.
We then continue to Newtonmore where we visit the Highland Folk Museum. This wonderful open air, living history site stretches over a mile and includes a great example of a 1700s Highland township where you can experience what life was like for Highlanders during the Jacobite period. Heading back to Inverness, the late afternoon is spent at Culloden Battlefield exploring the bloody history surrounding the Jacobites last stand. The excellent interactive visitors centre sets the scene of this decisive battle along with Charles Edward Stuart's campaign through 1745-46 before you embark on a poignant walk through Culloden field.
We end the day with a wonderful visit to the nearby Bronze Age Clava Cairns and Standing Stones. Whilst not connected to the Jacobites these are some of the finest examples of ancient burial cairns that we have in the Scottish Highlands and date back over 4000 years giving us a fascinating glimpse of the ancient past of the Highlands.
Highlights of a Highland Jacobite Tour inc. Culloden Battlefield
Private Tour Price
April to October: £340
Depart Inverness 9am
(approx. 8 hours)