Culloden Battlefield near Inverness, Scotland

Welcome to Culloden Battlefield, the site of the last major battle fought on British soil. Here, on April 16, 1746, two armies clashed in a final confrontation over the thrones of Britain. In just one hour the army of the British government under Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland crushed forever the Jacobite army under Prince Charles Edward Stuart. This is a very emotional battle for the Scottish people, as the Clans lost their right to wear their plaid colors, play the bagpipes or publicly meet as a family group. Scotland_Inverness-1100621r

The wild and atmospheric moor where the battle took place is where more than 1500 men are buried as a result of the Battle of Culloden.  Click on the link for more details of this historic event in Scottish history. The Memorial Cairn is in the background of this photo.

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Inscription on the Memorial Cairn.

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Flag marking the start of the Jacobite line. (According to the audio tour guide)

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Placed on either sides of the road driven through the battlefield in 1835, these headstones bear the names of the clans. Erected by Duncan Forbes in 1881, they mark where the battle dead, who amounted to over 1000, were buried by local people. They were identified by their clan badge, a plant sprig worn in their bonnet.

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Old Leanach cottage:  The original farmhouse of Leanach survived the battle and has been restored several times. The roof is heather thatched, a traditional Highland craft.

Following the Battle of Culloden, the way was opened for the Highland Clearances that started some decades later, when vast numbers of Highlanders were cleared off their land by the landowners to make room for more profitable sheep. Surplus tenants were ‘cleared’ off the estates from about 1780. The first mass emigration was in 1792; known as the ‘Year of the Sheep’, when most of the cleared clansmen went to Canada and the Carolinas. Scots left their native soil to live out their lives in America, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. ~ Education Scotland.gov.uk

Prince Charlie eventually made good his escape to France, but the price of his adventure for the Highlands was high.

Final destination for my Scottish ancestors? Minnesota… worked out well for me.

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The Ghosts of Drovers Inn

August 31 – September 1, 2015

It’s 9:30 p.m. and we are the last hikers to check into Drovers Inn. The kilted desk receptionist explains a room change due to wiring issues, so Randy and I now get haunted room #6 at no extra charge.  Lucky us.

Below is a YouTube video I found online that has a section from minute 1:00 to 2:15 showing the creepy hallways and the inside of Drovers Inn. You may want to skip the rest of the video… just sayin’.

The old hallway winds around  through another doorway, we climb more steps and arrive at our home for the night. Ghosts aren’t a scary deal for us, so we are quite content in our quaint little room. It is decorated much like a home 100 plus years ago with old portraits, antique dressers, etc. Kind of reminds me of the bedrooms in my childhood home.

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 Who are these ghosts?

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A little girl who drowned in the burn and was placed in the bed in one of the rooms?  People have reported waking up and feeling a cold body next to them in the bed.  Yikes!

 

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An ancient cattle drover wandering the hallways late at night?

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Click on the following link for more ghoulish history of Drovers Inn:

  http://www.thedroversinn.co.uk/drovers-inn-ghosts.php

After such a strenuous day of hiking and, thanks to our hiking friends who open our eyes to the pleasures of mince & tatties plus haggis, we are too tired to even notice ghosts.

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On the morning of September 1st, 2015, we leave the inn and cross the bridge that takes us back to the trail. A woman from Taiwan is walking in front of me and she stops, turns around and speaks to me;  Do you know what happened to me last night?  Drovers Inn put me in the haunted room.  I tried it, but got SO scared that I refused to stay there all night and had them switch me to a different room.

Hmmmm….that’s interesting.

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The light shines through haunted room #6.