Culloden, Clava Cairns, and Cawdor Castle

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Visit some Highland history with a visit to Culloden, Clava Cairns and Cawdor Castle.

Culloden Battlefield Find out more about the events leading up to, during and after the Battle of Culloden at the new and award-winning visitor centre. The battle lines have been redrawn at the new Culloden battlefield experience. With the site restored to as close as possible to that seen by the forces on that fateful day in April 1746, Culloden now welcomes visitors with an impressive new visitor centre and exciting interactive exhibition. With over 1,200 dead in just one hour, Culloden was a short but bloody battle - the last to be fought on British soil. Now all the family can experience and understand so much more about the events leading up to, during and after the battle. Follow characters involved in the struggle around the interactive exhibition, experience the true horror of the battle in an immersive film, take a battlefield tour and watch the daily Living History presentations which bring the war to life.

Clava Cairns Discover one of Scotland's most evocative prehistoric sites, the exceptional remains of an ancient cemetery set on a terrace above the River Nairn. The Clava Cairns are about 4,000 years old and were built to house the dead. However, the cemetery remained a sacred place in the landscape for millennia and provided many clues to the beliefs of Bronze Age society. What remains today would have once been part of a larger complex. Two aspects of the complex, Balnuaran of Clava and Milton of Clava, are open to the public. The sites contain a range of prehistoric burial monuments and the remains of a medieval chapel.

Cawdor Castle Discover the romantic Highland castle, the 14th-century home of the Thanes of Cawdor. Located about 5 miles southwest of Nairn, Cawdor Castle was built around a 15th-century tower house that originally belonged to Clan Cawdor before passing into the hands of Campbells in the 16th century. Although famed for its literary connection to Shakespeare'™s Macbeth, the actual 11th-century events upon which the play is based to place many years before the castle was built. However, the castle does boast its unique tale surrounding its construction. According to legend, the castle is built around a thorn tree, which has since been identified as a holly dating from 1372, which visitors can still see today in the dungeon.