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Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield

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2,410 Reviews
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
$84.63 per adult
Inverness
great tour guide, local lived his whole life in the Highland area, excellent story teller. rain or shine this a fun day
John_K, Apr 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Inverness

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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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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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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.
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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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Great tour
karenjstraub52, 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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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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Inverness Culloden Battlefield/Loch Ness Tour
Kathy M, Jun 2019
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
This tour was fabulous! Billy (our guide) was so knowledgeable about Culloden Battle that it made the tour. In addition to Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield we also toured a Whiskey Factor and Clava Cairns. Both were excellent additions. It was a miserably cold rainy day but we all made the best of it and so glad we did. Highly Recommend!
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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.
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Super day
tupperkirsten, Oct 2019
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
The headline didn't tell anything about whiskey tasting, so that was a very pleasant surprice :-) We had a really fine day with our guide Rob.
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Awesome
jobsonma, Aug 2019
Tour 2 Cawdor Castle, Inverness, Culloden Battlefield and Loch Ness
This tour was the best on our cruise! We drove past Loch Ness. Having read the Outlander series, I was thrilled to see Culloden and the standing stones. Cawdor Castle was great. Our tour guide was exceptional - so informative and interesting. The price was surprisingly low for the quality!! guide was exceptional. She was so well informed and interesting.

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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