Friday, 8 February 2013

The Forests of Inverness - 12

The entrance to Culloden Forest is just 2 minutes walk from my front door.

The Prisoners' Stone, now hidden amongst the trees remains a grim reminder of the Battle of Culloden. Victorious Government troops shot 17 Jacobite prisoners here on 17 April 1746, the day after the battle. Nearer to the car park, the Lord President's Seat is dedicated to the local laird Duncan Forbes who helped the Government side.

Pagan and Christian traditions merge at St Mary's Well - it's the local 'clootie well'. Visit on the first Sunday in May to dip your clot (rag) in the well and tie it to the tree to bring good luck, cure ailments, or ward off evil spirits!

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