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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
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Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
$93.67 per adult
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This tour took me to all the best there is to see in Inverness. My tour guide Chas was incredible. Definitely would recommend to everyone.
Eli_L, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Inverness

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Fantastic day out with an awesome guide toboot
Kate_S, Jun 2022
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
We had an amazing day on the Loch Ness and Culloden battle field tour. Our guide Stuart was one of the best I’ve ever had and I have been on a lot of tours around the UK and Europe! I had been looking forward to revisiting Culloden battlefield and Stuart brought it to life for us whilst also demonstrating the level of respect the site deserved. Thank you for a great day!!
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Great
Larry_O, May 2022
Urquhart Castle and Culloden plus Loch Ness Tour
He answered all questions was a great guy his car was clean the entire tour whent very good had a great time
star-5
Best way to do a whistle stop tour
Scott_M, Jan 2022
Loch Ness,Culloden Battlefield,Cawdor Castle & Much More From Inverness City
This was a lovely tour, Mike, the guide was informative without boring us silly with facts. He was patient and adapted the tour to facilitate us and included a trip to see some Highland Coos for the toddler (and adults). The car was super clean. Thanks Mike!
star-5
Our guide felt like family
Michael_T, Jun 2022
Loch Ness,Culloden Battlefield,Cawdor Castle & Much More From Inverness City
This was a refreshing, relaxing, and engaging tour. Mike makes it look easy, but he balances the itinerary with the passengers and the conditions. He's spent his life in the hospitality industry, and it shows. He turned a quick lunch stop into a memorable picnic. He's also a good person, very helpful and kind.
star-5
Inverness and more
Lynday_S, Jun 2022
Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns & Cawdor Castle
Thank you George! From meeting as scheduled to returning us back to our cruise on time, this was a full day of fun and learning. George's passion and stories made the sightseeing all that much worthwhile.
star-5
David is the best!
Audrey_P, Jun 2022
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
David was tour guide and he was awesome! He was so well informed, funny, and made the tour worthwhile! Honestly, this was one of the best tours my friend and I have ever gone on! Would highly recommend!
star-5
Invaluable
Janet_B, Jun 2022
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
Our guide was so very knowledgeable. My interest in his talks never waned and I definitely felt I got more than my money’s worth. I couldn’t possibly choose my favorite part. Your country is fabulous.
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The Culloden battlefield...
Joyce_G, May 2022
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
The Culloden battlefield was very interesting and our guide was very knowledgeable. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable throughout the tour. We also had a great group in or van . Very enjoyable day.
star-5
Great Day Out
Elizabeth_G, Jun 2022
Urquhart Castle and Culloden plus Loch Ness Tour
George was an excellent guide. We saw some truly beautiful as well as some historically interesting places. He was really informative and we were fascinated by everything he told us. He had an excellent sense of humour too so great company which is always a bonus. I’d recommend this trip to anyone. Thanks for a great day George
star-5
Outstanding!
MelissaWikle, May 2022
Loch Ness,cawdor castle,inverness,Culloden battlefield,& more from invergordon
Outstanding! Great tour. He really crammed a lot into the time. Highly recommend! Very nice new van and he even provided snacks and water
star-5
Excellent trip!
Carmen_V, Jun 2022
Loch Ness,Culloden Battlefield,Cawdor Castle & Much More From Inverness City
Excellent experience! Our tour guide, Gene, was filled with knowledge from start to finish. We were on a time crunch with our cruise and only ported for the day. Was picked up at the port and dropped off at the same location with Gene watching the clock for us the whole time. We easily managed to see 2-3x the number of sites the ship excursions offered. Would recommend!
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History, Science, and Gin
Judith_S, May 2022
Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns & Cawdor Castle
Our guide George M. was fun and knowledgeable. A wonderful tour to Clava Cairns, Culloden, Loch Ness Museum and a sweet little gin distillery! He also whisked us up to Beauly Priory. A very full day with many interesting stops.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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