Culloden

In Inverness for the weekend so first place to visit was Culloden visitors centre and battlefield. This was my third visit each time I learn more and I find the battlefield moving.

The centre shows the build up to the battle from the government and Jacobite sides.

The battle of Culloden took place on April 16th 1746.

Towards one o’clock, the Jacobite artillery opened fire on government soldiers. The government responded with their own cannon, and the Battle of Culloden began.

Bombarded by cannon shot and mortar bombs, the Jacobite clans held back, waiting for the order to attack. At last they moved forwards, through hail, smoke, murderous gunfire and grapeshot. Around eighty paces from their enemy they started to fire their muskets and charged. Some fought ferociously. Others never reached their goal. The government troops had finally worked out bayonet tactics to challenge the dreaded Highland charge and broadsword. The Jacobites lost momentum, wavered, then fled.

Hardly an hour had passed between the first shots and the final flight of the Prince’s army. Although a short battle by European standards, it was an exceptionally bloody one. Source – NTS Website

In 1881 Daniel Forbes erected a memorial cairn and headstones for the various clans that fell at Culloden.

 

Of course Jamie and Claire made an appearance.

 

 

 

 

Inverness aka Falkland

Today’s visit was to Falkland which in the series doubled as Inverness. We had lunch at Campbell’s Coffee Shop, outside is featured in the programme. It started to rain so we went around Falkland Palace – worth a visit if your in Falkland especially to see the gardens – check out my blog post about the Falkland Palace.

The sun came out and I was able to take some photos of where they filmed. We saw several marriage stones. A marriage stone is usually a stone lintel carved with the initials of a newly married couple with the date of the marriage. In the tv series these feature as being covered in cocks blood.

A few of the shops and cafes have a pocket Jamie fun to spot!

Mill at Lallybroch (Preston Mill)

Preston Mill was used for the Mill at Lallybroch. Preston Mill is in the village of East Linton in East Lothian. It is a National Trust for Scotland property which is only open Thursday to Monday during the summer. It offers guided tours around the kiln and mill. Next to the shop there is a small exhibition which includes some photos from when Outlander filmed at this location.

A very picturesque place worth visiting.

Culross and West Kirk

The next place I visited – this time with husband – was Culross. The palace gardens were used as Claire’s herb garden and then the town featured as the Cransmuir in the series. The study was Geillis Duncan’s house. It was a gorgeous day so we had a pleasant walk around the palace, gardens and town.

The Royal Burgh of Culross is a unique survival, a town that time has passed by. It is the most complete example in Scotland today of a Burgh of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Town House was built in 1626 and was the administrative centre of Culross with a tollbooth and witches’ prison. The old buildings and cobbled streets create a fascinating time warp for visitors. (NTS website)

Our next stop was West Kirk which is just outside Culross. This was used as the Black Kirk in The Way Out. It was worth the walk, such a peaceful place.

Situated to the northwest of Culross in West Kirk Churchyard and surrounded by agricultural land, this was the former parish church of Culross.   It was replaced by the Abbey Parish Church  by an Act of Parliament of 1633.   However, it appears that the church had been out of use for some time before this, as the Act records that it was already in a ruinous condition.    The church is now roofless and a large tree grows inside the western end of the building and much ivy on the walls.   The graveyard is surrounded by low rubble boundary walls, which are in a poor state of repair in several places, and is entered at the southeast corner, where there are square gatepiers.   In general the graveyard is relatively flat but the church is on a slightly higher area on the northern side.   There is a large variety of headstones and table stones within the graveyard dating from the seventeenth -nineteenth centuries. The earlier monuments display symbols of death and mortality and a number of trades are also depicted, such as farmer, mariner and miner.

A late nineteenth century rectangular mausoleum is just outside the western edge of the graveyard, surrounded by sandstone rubble walls. There are three round arched openings in the northern, eastern and southern faces of the mausoleum, each of which is covered by decorative ironwork, but only those on the eastern face are accessible as gates. Each elevation is flanked by column shafts cut into the quoins. The interior of the mausoleum is largely overgrown but several memorial stones to the Dalgleish family are on the back (western) wall.

Source – www.scottishchurches.org.uk