MONDAY: DAY 11: Got a couple shirts and pants laundered by the hotel. (couple pounds a shirt & I think a pound more for pants) We toured FORT GEORGE which was built between 1748 and 1769 because of the BATTLE of CULLODEN. It is built on a peninsula that goes out in the MORAY FIRTH and it looks flat from the outside and is almost a mile around. It is still used as an ARMY BARRACKS and the men did not talk to the civilians. I was expecting things to be very strict but it wasn't. Pictures were allowed and no one went through our belongings. It was interesting to actually be on the site of a barracks. There was also a chapel, interior ditches, brewhouse, provision stores, Grand Magazine for gunpowder barrels and a multi-level Regimental Museum of the Queen's Own Highlanders that was very interesting and took about an hour just to go through.
Part of the Barracks Fort George
Our last tour for the day was CULLODEN BATTLEFIELD where the last military battle fought on British soil on 16 April 1746 took place. The Battle was over in <1 hour with 750 Jacobites led by BONNIE PRINCE CHARLIE killed. The last time we were here was with a tour group and we had only seen part of the field and we felt rushed. It is a morr field marked with stones and markers where Jacobites and Government forces stood. There was a herd of sheep grazing in one area of the back lines. When we approached, they would run from us. The NTS is building a new visitor center to open in 2007. We had a beautiful windy day and no rain.
We attempted to see the CLAVA CAIRNS since it was supposed to be free access but the gate to it was locked so we never got to be inside them.
Clan Donald marker & memorial at Culloden Battlefield
We had dinner at an ITALIAN Restaurant down the road from our hotel and the waitress sat us by ourselves while other people were seated in the next room. We just laughed it off. I had pasta that was really good and we both had CHOCOLATE MOUSE with Cherries soaked in BRANDY! It was Wonderful! Went back to HOOTANANNY'S BAR because they had a band playing Scottish Music. Some guy that liked to read palms sat & talked to us most of the night. He read Suzi's palm but we were not impressed with his "psychic" abilities so we left. lol We were walking past JOHNNY FOX'S debating on whether to go in but it looked dead so we went back to our hotel.