Inverness, United Kingdom is famous for its naturally beautiful landscapes, medieval ruins, prehistoric sites, and quaint towns. It is a great place for travelers wanting to explore the Scottish Highlands. It is also where the Loch Ness lake is located so the place really attracts a lot of tourists.
Another reason why Inverness, United Kingdom is visited by tourists is because of Culloden Moor. According to history, the last battle to take place in mainland Britain happened here. Every year, during the anniversary of the battle, soldiers and rebels are allegedly continued to be seen in the area as if they were battling again.
A depiction of the battle at Culloden Moore. (Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Culloden)
The History Of Culloden Moor
On April 16, 1746, 9,000 troops under the command of the Duke of Cumberland battled the 4, 500 Jacobite rebellion, who were then loyal to Bonnie Prince Charlie. The Duke of Cumberland also had the support of 14, 500 Protestant Highlanders.
The Duke of Cumberland. (Link: https://cullodenbattlefield.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/duke-of-cumberland/)
Because they were outnumbered, the Jacobite rebellion wanted to launch a surprise attack on their enemies. The night before the last battle, the Duke of Cumberland celebrated his 25th birthday so everyone was drunk from the festivities. It would have been a workable plan but the circumstances made it all the more impossible for them to win. The leaders of the Jacobite rebellion decided to march while it was dark and divided the troops into two. They got separated and there was confusion because they were unfamiliar with the woodland. It was also raining that time so the other half decided to call off the plan and returned to Culloden. The other half, however, did not get the message and proceeded.
The Jacobites. (Link: https://juliaherdman.com/2017/07/28/jacobite/)
The Jacobite rebellion was defeated by the House of Hanover as they battled as to who would sit on the British Throne. The result of the battle brought about the repression of Highland customs and traditions.
The Jacobite soldiers, who later became, prisoners were massacred per the order of the Duke of Cumberland. The massacre lasted for less than an hour. There bodied were buried on the site of the battle and the only thing that marks the spot is a giant landmark of stones. In this landmark of stones, many strange and paranormal events reportedly happen yearly.
One of the stones at the Culloden Moore where the dead were buried. (Link: https://www.scotiana.com/on-drumossie-moor-the-sad-echoes-of-culloden-battle/)
A Woman Living Near Culloden Moore Tells Of Her Experiences
A woman claimed that a portion of where her house sits today was one of the places where the Jacobite rebels passed thru when they were supposed to launch a surprise attack on the troops of the Duke of Cumberland.
The woman said that it is where her garden is now and that explains the sounds of marching men she has heard many times in the past decade. She noted that she has heard it at least five times for the past 10 years and it was usually in the early hours of the morning. When she tried to peek outside her window, she did not see anything but the sound of marching men was distinct and clear.
Terrified Visitors At The Culloden Moore
Many visitors who want to see whether or not the reports about the ghosts of the rebels who were slaughtered are true have shared their accounts of what they have seen at the Culloden Moore.
Some claim that they saw a battle-scarred warrior who was lying on the ground. Other say that they saw the bodies of the dead Jacobites covered by tartan cloths.
Birds Do Not Sing At The Culloden Moore
Aside from the alleged yearly supernatural and ghostly apparitions, another fact that makes Culloden Moore eerie is that birds allegedly never sing in the area. They reportedly stay silent because they do not want to feel the wrath of the ghosts that believe they are still in the battle.
Author Is Moved By The Ghosts At The Culloden Moore
Author Diana Gabaldon shared last 2016 that she was moved to tears by the ghosts at the Culloden Moore. During that time, she spoke with BBC’s Gaelic Alba channel and she shared, “I’ve walked a lot of battlefields. Most are not haunted – that one is. Without being metaphysical at all, I can feel all the people there. I can’t talk about them or I’ll cry. You develop a sense of emotional attachment to the people and places that you talk about.”
A sign that could be seen at the Culloden Moore. (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l2_9rUkE_0)
Gabaldon noted that she is not a psychic and that anyone can feel the spirits at Culloden Moore. This could be the reason why she was able to translate into words how the battles happened in her Outlander series.
A cover photo of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. (Link: https://www.amazon.com/Outlander-Novel-Book-1-ebook/dp/B000FC2L1O)
Culloden Moore and the bloody battle is featured in the Outlander series of Gabaldon. She visited the historic site weeks before her interview with BBC and also gave a talk to the fans in the area. The hero in the Outlander series of Gabaldon is actually based on a true figure during the battle. A group of the Jacobite rebels sought shelter in a croft but all of them except one was later killed. That survivor’s name is Clan Fraser so Gabaldon named her hero character Jamie Fraser after him.
The site where Clan Fraser is buried, which a lot of fans of the Outlander series visit. (Link: https://ew.com/tv/2018/04/16/outlander-clan-fraser-grave-culloden-battlefield-scotland/)
The Outlander series is currently on its fourth season. It is unclear when the next season will be out.
Visiting Culloden Moore Today
To those who want to visit Culloden Moore, the National Trust for Scotland built a modern historical center where more details and real stories could be found. Visitors could enjoy an immersion theatre and the artefacts used during the battle.
If you want to know more about what to expect when you visit Culloden Moore, click here: https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/culloden.