The celebrations for Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology are in full swing and what better time to join the festivities.
With a wealth of impressive landmarks and sites immersed in fascinating histories, the Highland capital of Inverness is an ideal place to start.
Caledonian Sleeper has created a list of some of Inverness' finest historical gems and heritage sites this year.
Home to one of Scotland’s most riotous events in history, the Jacobite Risings, visitors can retrace the footsteps of fallen soldiers and find out where the last battle on British soil played out. The Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre offers a unique insight in to the events leading up to, during and after the bloody battle on 16th April 1746. The hands-on experience includes an interactive exhibition, tour of the battlefield and the chance to meet iconic figures of the past. The visitor centre provides a range of family friendly facilities and a restaurant serving a variety of meal options.
Continue the military tour by visiting nearby 18th century military garrison, Fort George. One of the largest artillery forts in Britain, the fort is home to a vast collection of garrison buildings, military attire and arms. With a full programme of activities and trails, it’s the perfect place for children to enjoy.
Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, located on the shore of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle played an important role during the Jacobite Risings. Now its iconic ruins remain as evidence of its dramatic past. Wander through its remains and peer into the once Great Hall and gloomy prison cell, while discovering a collection of medieval artefacts left by the castles’ former residents.
Unearth one of the city’s oldest structures, the Prehistoric Burial Cairns of Bulnuaran of Clava or Clava Cairns. Marvel at the well-preserved Bronze Age cemetery complex consisting of three cairns and standing stones. The prehistoric site offers a glimpse into Highland life over 4,000 years.
Visit one of the city's latest additions at Inverness Castle. A new viewpoint has recently opened on the castle's north tower offering panoramic views of the city and many of its spectacular landmarks. To book tickets in advance, visit the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.
Join the festivities this year and delve into Inverness’ remarkable past with Caledonian Sleeper.