scotland day 5: fort george and culloden battlefield

Fort George, Scotland

As you can tell, we didn’t really stay in Inverness much. It was more our base for exploring the rest of the Highlands. On this beautiful day, we hopped on the coach and explored Fort George and Culloden Battlefield, two very important places in Scottish history.

fort george

Fort George is  a working garrison and museum recreating the lives of Scottish soldiers in the 18th century. It was cool to see soldiers training as we toured their base. It was such a stark contrast to American military bases. I couldn’t believe we were allowed to wander aimlessly without a chaperon or any kind of security checkpoints.

If you haven’t seen my mini tour of Fort George, watch it below.

17th century graffiti

When a soldier got in trouble, he was sent to a dark, one-room cell. One soldier passed his time by leaving his story in the wall. The walls have since been painted white, and the soldier’s words painted black for legibility. I hope you learned your lesson, David Abernethy.

Prison at Fort George, Scotland

Aside from the whole war thing, it’d be a really beautiful place to be stationed.

We didn’t see any, but sometimes you can see dolphins swimming in the firth.

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culloden battlefield

This was the day I almost went crazy because our local Highlands guide (not Sue) talked to us incessantly. I didn’t even hear her breathe between sentences. She just kept going and going like her words were somehow powering everything around her and if she stopped talking, we’d all just die. It wasn’t just that she peppered us like an assault rifle with her words, but she was passionate. about. everything. So she kept getting louder and louder and louder. I bolted from that coach so fast when we finally pulled up to the battlefield.

A brief history: The Battle of Culloden was the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745 and part of a religious civil war in Britain. On April 16, 1746, the Jacobite forces of Charles Edward Stuart were decisively defeated by loyalist troops commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.

The history and pride of Scotland reminded me a lot of Texas.

Culloden Battlefield

I wandered around this place for hours. Pretty sure this was the day I walked 10 miles.

Culloden Battlefield

my ancestors

The grave marker for the Clan Donald. They fought on the side of the Jacobites.

Clan Donald marker at Culloden Battlefield

back to inverness

The group headed back to Inverness. My mom and I wandered the small city and found this cool pub that reminded me of Austin, Scotch and Rye.

Scotch & Rye Inverness

photo by Local Data Company

inside of Scotch & Rye Inverness

It started with a smoked pear cocktail.

Of course, pizza. #pizza4president And my mom got her first mojito!

pizza from Scotch & Rye

You know, it wasn’t exactly authentic Italian, but it was still a much needed break from the hotel food. #h0tgirlseatingpizza

Sam eating pizza at Scotch & Rye



Up Next: We find the Loch Ness monster!





3 thoughts on “scotland day 5: fort george and culloden battlefield

  1. Please keep the stories coming. Such wonderful reminders. I need them, for sure! And the photos are sublime. Nothing like that countryside!

  2. Sam – you have such a way with words, this post made me laugh out loud.

    I’m loving reading your blog 🙂

  3. I wasn’t able to see the vids. 🙁
    But, I did already catch a few of them already. You do a wonderful job of abbreviating the tourist info into a comprehensive journey! I’m loving your sense of humor, Sam! ?

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