The UK is synonymous for its historic battles from the Battle of Waterloo to the bloody Massacre of Glencoe. Here is what you need to know and what some of these Scottish battle sites look like in the 21st century.
Scottish Battle Sites In The 21st Century
Battle of Falkirk
The Battle of Falkirk took place on July 22nd, 1298 between the English Army and the Scots. One of the major battles for Scottish Independence led by none other than William Wallace which ended badly. Today the town of Falkirk is well known for the incredible Falkirk Wheel a feat of engineering! The only one of its kind in the world, the boat lift stands at 35 metres. Linking the Forth Canal, Union Canal that travels to Edinburgh and Cycle Canal that makes its way to Glasgow. While visiting don’t miss a visit onboard the Falkirk Wheel. Have you also heard about The Kelpies? Falkirk is alive with attractions and places to visit.
Battle of Bannockburn
A huge victory in the war for Scottish Independence, the Battle of Bannockburn, a landmark in Scottish history took place on June 24th, 1314. Robert the Bruce raised his standard, assembled the Scottish army and rode into victory. Today you can visit this monumental site, be part of a 3D experience and discover more about the Battle of Bannockburn at the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre. With a free onsite car park, a cafe serving both hot and cold snacks/refreshments it’s a great day out for the family.
Battle of Stirling Bridge
Not far from Bannockburn is the City of Stirling. Where William Wallace defeated the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge, which took place in 1297. Today you can visit the historic bridge, as seen below or explore Stirling Castle with its vaults, royal palace and much more or climb the 246 steps of the 19th century National Wallace Monument commemorating Sir William Wallace. The top of the tower offers incredible 360-degree views of Stirling, Ochil Hills and the surrounding areas. Are you a fan of LEGO? Don’t miss the LEGO: Jacobite Uprising.
Massacre of Glencoe
Known as one of Scotland’s places of pristine natural beauty; Glencoe, was where the bloody massacre of Glencoe took place early morning on 13 February 1692. Four years after the Jacobite uprising, King William of Orange in London sent orders to kill the MacDonalds of Glencoe. The Clan Donald/MacDonalds were a huge force to be reckoned with and with knowingly supporting King Robert the Bruce and then the French King James VII. The soldiers/Campbells had arrived. It was howling a blizzard when the murders took place, some alerted and took to the hills only to be frozen to death in the whiteout. “Still to this day, the old Clachaig Inn at Glen Coe carries the sign on its door, ‘No Campbells'” – BBC/History. Why not hire a car and enjoy the scenery of Glencoe scenic drive on the way to Fort William, in the great Scottish Highlands.
Battle of Culloden
The stark and sinking feeling can still be felt while walking through the moor of the last British battleground. On 16th April 1746, Charles Edward Stuart lead the Jacobite forces against the troops of William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland; 4 miles from Inverness in the Scottish Highlands into battle. It was a sore defeat one that still haunts to this day.Take a walking tour along the old road that once travelled to Inverness, alongside the Scottish Clan headstones marking the graves of hundreds of clansmen, that lost their lives to the Jacobite cause. The modern family-friendly visitor centre Experience Culloden is well equipped with a cafe, restrooms and display area.
I hope you have enjoyed reading and inspired to delve more into Scottish battle sites history at one of the above poignant and enjoyable experiences. Happy Travels:) x