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12 Apr 2019

Looking ahead to Culloden at 300

Culloden Battlefield
Culloden Battlefield
At number 51 on our 100 Ways list we’re looking ahead to ensure that Culloden is protected from the threat of development.

Culloden Battlefield is the site of one of the most pivotal moments in Scotland’s history, where the 1745 Jacobite Rising came to a tragic and brutal end. A place of great cultural significance, this site is now facing another conflict, as developers push forward plans that encroach on the landscape.

To protect Culloden for the future, the Trust is inviting members of the community to get involved in a public consultation.

“The reality is that there are pressures for land in this area and what we want to achieve is a planned and positive approach that protects Culloden and what it represents to so many people.”
Raoul Machin-Curtis, Operations Manager for Culloden

The current legal safeguards do not protect the area, and the fear is that unsympathetic development with plans for housing and businesses will ruin the historic landscape forever.

By engaging a wide and diverse audience, the outcome will give a clear recommendation of what would be acceptable and appropriate development for the area – one which takes account of the place’s importance to Scotland and beyond, as well as the needs of the local and wider community and economy.

Raoul continues:

‘We know what getting this wrong means – we just need to look at Bannockburn to see how a piecemeal approach to planning can harm our important historical sites. That’s why we’re acting now and seeking the input and expertise from everyone who feels a connection with Culloden and its story.’ 

The Culloden 300 consultation runs until 31 August 2019. To share your views, visit

The National Trust for Scotland works every day to protect Scotland’s national and natural treasures. From coastlines to castles, art to architecture, wildlife to wilderness, we protect all of this For the Love of Scotland.