GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Culloden Battlefield Walk

1 miles (1.6 km)

This circular walk explores the site of the Battle of Culloden which took place as part of the Jacobite Rising in 1746. It's an atmospheric place with good walking trails, fine views and some fascinating history to enjoy.
You can start your walk from the car park at the excellent Visitor centre at the eastern side of the site. Then pick up the footpaths heading west to explore the battlefield and its historic landmarks. These include The Memorial Cairn, The Well of the Dead and the 18th century Leanach Cottage with its photogenic thatched roof.
After the walk you could explore the fascinating on site museum where you can learn all about the famous confrontation which is notable asthe final battle of theJacobite rising. The outcome was a defeat for the army of Bonnie Prince Charlie by the British. This effectively ended the Stuart quest to regain the throne.
Just to the north of the battlefield you'll also find Culloden Woods and the village of the same name. The woods have some peaceful cycling and walking trails to try.


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There's a good on site cafe selling a decent range of meals, drinks and snacks.

Dog Walking

The battlefield is dog friendly though you are requested to keep them on leads or under close control. Dogs are not allowed inside the visitor centre.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head a short distance south east and you could visit the Clava Cairns and Culloden Viaduct. The ancient Bronze Age site includes prehistoric burial monuments and the remains of a medieval chapel. It's also a short walk from the eye catching Culloden Viaduct which carries the Highland Main Line over theRiver Nairn.
Head west into Inverness and you could pick up the Caledonian Canal and follow it to the famous Loch Ness. Near here there's also some nice trails around Dores Beach, Loch Ashie and Loch Duntelchaig.
The Inverness Canal and Forest Walk will take you along the canal before heading to Craig Phadrig Forest, which lies just to the west of the city. The forest is a peaceful place for walks and includes a viewpoint with an Iron Age Hillfort.
A few miles to the west there's the popular village of Beauly. It's a lovely place to visit with a number of independent shops, cherry blossom trees, a pretty square and the ruins of the 13th century priory to see. The Beauly River Walk will take you along the River Beauly with fine views across the Beauly Firth.
A few miles to the north east there's more interesting local history at Cawdor Castle and Woods. The 15th century castle is surrounded by beautiful grounds and gardens with more trails through the adjacent Cawdor Woods.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Scottish Highlands Walks page.


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Culloden battlefield. The red flag marks the position of the Government troops, and the Leanch cottage and the new visitor centre are in the background.

Old Leanach Cottage (geograph 3014052)

Old Leanach Cottage

The Memorial Cairn on the Culloden Battlefield (geograph 6005809)

The Memorial Cairn

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The Visitor Centre

Isolated Scots pine in fields between Culloden wood and Culloden battlefield - - 1120011

Isolated Scots pine in fields between Culloden wood and Culloden battlefield. Hard frost, freezing fog and extremely still conditions for three or four days over Christmas '08 led to spectacular frost crystal build up on grass, trees etc. When Inverness was shrouded in fog, conditions were beautiful up on the moor.

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Southern Part of Culloden Moor

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Rooftop view of the battlefield. This picture was taken from the roof of the spectacular new National Trust for Scotland visitor centre at Culloden. The cairn is in the centre, with the red flags denoting the British position at the start of the battle.

New visitor centre roof, Culloden - - 1032930

Visitor centre roof. The visitor centre is claimed to be well insulated. The roof is covered with turf. Beinn Bhuidhe is in the background.


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