The final battle

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Culloden Battlefield (where the Scots were defeated by the English)

This sad site (depending on who you ask; we were with Scots) is the location of the final battle in the war between the Scots and the English.  The Scots are a very strong, proud people who would use the landscape of the Scottish terrain to their advantage.  Picture them setting up on the top of a hill, with their war paint and weapons.  All at once, with a war cry they rush down the hill and literally collide with the enemy soldiers.  The English guns were ineffective at such a short range, and this type of fighting proved very effective for the Scots.

Now, look at the landscape of Culloden in the pictures...can you see what's missing?  The land here is very flat and full of bushes.  This is very similar to the way it looked when the battle took place.

The Clava Cairns
  It's nearly impossible to run through, let alone walk through...and when you can't move fast, you're an easy target for a gun.  So, the Scottish army was defeated on this site, and from that point on they have been subject to the rule of the British Crown.

Near the battle site is another site of interest.  Known as the Clava Cairns, this site has existed some 5,000 years before the battle took place.  These three cairns, laid out similar to that of the stars in Orion's belt, were said to have been built by the same people as those who built Stonehenge.  These people seemed very interested in the sky.  The Clava Cairns are large piles of rock with openings in them for sacred events.  Certain days of the year, light would enter these cairns and strike brightly colored rock.  This rock would disperse the light all over the inside of the cairn, creating an amazing show of light.  What exactly this meant I have no idea.  Similar to Stonehenge, this place (among others) holds several mysteries and leaves several questions about the people that made them.

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Culloden Battlefield (where the Sc…
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The Clava Cairns
The Clava Cairns
The Clava Cairns
The Clava Cairns
The Clava Cairns
The Clava Cairns
Culloden Battlefield (where the Sc…
Culloden Battlefield (where the S…
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