It’s day 5 for us and we start bright and early to head to one of the places we are most excited and anxious about visiting. It’s the Culloden battlefield.
I think everyone has it in their minds how they’ll feel when they get there. I’m not sure everyone leaves feeling the way they thought they would.
When you enter the visitor center, you are weaved throughout multiple accounts of the Jacobite rebellion leading up the battle. One side is of the British, and the other of the Scottish. At the height of tension, you walk into a big room with giant movie screens on all sides, and a reenactment of the day is being played on those screens, with different angles on each one. 5 minutes in that room will probably leave you crying, overwhelmed, or at the very least with your heart pounding in your chest. I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to these things, and I just wanted to weep. To those of us that have read Outlander, Culloden is deeply important to how we feel about the Scottish. It’s was essentially a slaughter of them, and changed the face of Scottish culture from there on.
I think it’s sufficient to say that Katie and I will be forever changed by Culloden, and what was lost there.
Next up we went to the Clava Cairns, and we gave it the old college try on time traveling. The cleft stone is where Diana Gabaldon took her own picture…
Alas it is safe to say, we did not get transported to the 18th century.
I don’t know what it is, but standing stones have always intrigued me. I’ve climbed over fences to get to them, through fields of scared sheep. I just need to be close to them and touch them, and know their story, their history. Maybe it is because we still know so little about them that makes them so alluring. It’s probably that allure that led our heroin Claire to them in the first place.
Not pictured but worth a note is that Leakey’s Bookshop in Inverness is a must see if you are a book lover.
Day 6 we visit Beauly Priory and go on our Highland riding adventure!
Beauly Priory is another place Outlander fans would love to see. This is in the heart of the Fraser lands and a ton of them are buried here. Besides that it’s just a stunning building and really lovely to see.
We had the most amazing ride with Highland’s Unbridled. Besides getting a guide that was an Outlander fan, we had lovely horses and got to see so much diverse scenery in just 2 short hours. We started along the beach, where seals were out sunning themselves, passed by countless sheep and cows, who paid us no mind. We saw a castle and rode right past it’s grounds, and we were able to trot and canter around the countryside without a care in the world. It was AMAZING.
After that long day it was time to settle in with my first Irn Bru! A delicious drink that apparently is good for hangovers. Not sure about that, but it certainly soothed my exhausted soul and boosted my blood sugar! 🙂
Part 4 to come…