The cottage is the first edifice to greet visitors. It was built in the early 1700’s and still stands today. The header of the door is about five feet high. Unfortunately, due to the time of year, I was unable to take a peek inside.
I love moss and this wall had such a beautiful display of different species. It also marks a portion of the battlefield that allowed the English soldiers to flank the Jacobites.
Much of Culloden Moor looks like this. Tufts of grass give way to the prevailing wind and hide a precariously boggy surface below. If the surface didn’t pose a problem for the opposing armies, then the Scottish Gorse did. The dense evergreen shrub possesses thorns, much like the mesquite of the desert southwest, in the United States.
Placards, like this one, could be found at significant locations across the battlefield. It was interesting to read the history and make note of archeological discoveries.
The inscription states, “The Battle of Culloden was fought on this moor, 16 April 1746. The graves of the gallant Highlanders, who fought for Scotland and Prince Charlie, are marked by the names of their clans.”
A portion of the battlefield was sectioned off for the graves of fallen Jacobite soldiers and memorial stones were erected to mark the burial sites of individual clans. One thing I noticed, of all the stones in the field, the grass up to Clan Fraser’s stone was the most trodden. I imagine that many fans of Outlander, a popular television series based on novels written by Diana Gabaldon, have traveled far and wide to get a picture of this particular stone!
Words conveying ultimate loyalty to their Prince, and their cause. Caveat: the translation may not be exact. I failed to write it down, in the field. Translation is a mix of Google and what I can remember.
Closeup of Leanach Cottage
Everything about the construction of this cottage is remarkable. Before coming to Scotland, I’ve only ever seen palm thatch. Here, though, it is made from heather. Heather!!! On the website naturalhomes.org, they remark that heather thatch can last up to thirty years! Be still, my heart. I’ve fallen deeper in love!
Sinking low against the horizon, the sun provided the perfect lighting to capture the tree’s silhouette and cast a golden glow, on the cobbled path, in front of Leannach cottage.