Culloden – The Battle that Shaped Great Britain

The 275th anniversary of the last Jacobite Rebellion

The Battle of Culloden on 16th April 1746 shaped the future of Great Britain, with the post Culloden ‘pacification’ of the Highlands, the clan system eviscerated, disarming, the banning of highland dress, and far-reaching shifts in land ownership resulting in the Clearances. In this tour, we’ll explore the short period from Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s hopeful arrival in the Highlands in August 1745, until the crushing of Jacobite hopes at Culloden eight months later. It could be argued that this ultimately freed Scotland, laying open the way for the Enlightenment, economic improvement and population growth. That said, here ended all hope of the Catholic Stuarts reclaiming the throne, while cementing George II’s Hanoverian rule and the development of the British Empire. The dream of a Scotland, sovereign and free, died and was trampled into the heather of the Culloden battlefield, along with the 2000 dead clansmen who had worn the white cockade of the Jacobite cause.

Itinerary 2021

Day 1

Today we make our way to Edinburgh to embark on a historical journey, retracing the steps of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s 8-month sojourn in Scotland which saw all his hopes of replacing the Hannoverians end on that fateful April day in 1746 in Culloden. After checking into our hotel in Edinburgh, we will have an evening lecture on the Jacobite rebellions and the significance of the Battle of Culloden.

Day 2

Starting in Edinburgh’s Holyroodhouse, we shall experience the Great Gallery used by the Prince Charles Edward Stuart as his audience chamber, along with the chamber where he dined witnessed by admiring crowds. By contrast, we will explore the brutal reality of 18th century conflict in the weaponry and stories of Redcoats and Highlanders at the War Museum in Edinburgh Castle. Much of the Castle we see today, built in fine Georgian style by William Adam, resulted from the military need of Hanoverian times in response to the Jacobite threat.

Day 3

The journey following Bonnie Prince Charlie takes us on one of the main military routes north, charting Jacobite success and failure and experiencing General Wade’s military road system and fine bridge over the Tay at Aberfeldy, also an Adam design. Nearby, we shall witness life in a Highland chief’s fine residence at Castle Menzies in the heart of highland Perthshire. The bleak realities of military life will be revealed at the redcoat barracks at Ruthven, besieged and captured by the Jacobite army early in 1746.

Day 4

Today, we arrive with the Prince and his army at Culloden Moor, where the new museum allows a thrilling 360 degree immersion in the reality of this most brutal battle, of redcoat artillery pitted against the broadswords of the clans – the last pitched battle on British soil. Fort George, constructed close to the battlefield, demonstrates Hanoverian military might, one of a small network of impregnable Government fortresses, and one of the finest in Europe. Still an active military base, we might just be able to spot dolphins from the ramparts above the Moray Firth.

Day 5

Embittered old Jacobites could always take solace in a glass of uisge-beatha, the water of life, and so shall we with a visit to the fine whisky distillery at Tomatin. We’ll complete our tour experiencing everyday rural life at the time of Culloden at the Highland Folk Museum, before our return to Edinburgh.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Andante Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - All meals included with water (wine with dinners)
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in program; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels - Accommodation in hand-picked hotels.

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2021 Tour Details

  • 5 Days
  • 13th Apr - 17th Apr 2021
  • Code: ACUL210413
  • Available
  • without flights
  • sgl supp: $660