"If histories were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten." - Rudyard Kipling
I first became interested in the Jacobites after watching Outlander. Before that I had heard the term 'Jacobite' mentioned before but did not know the story, the history, behind it. One of the reasons why I enjoy watching period dramas and reading historical fiction is that they pique your interest in particular historical periods and events and then encourage you to learn more. _____________________
I had hoped to visit the Culloden Battlefield during my time in Inverness but alas it was not to be. I knew that it would be sad to visit but important I felt, much like my visit to Dachau. I think that often we need to face the uncomfortable and depressing parts of our history so that we can learn from them and do what we can to prevent them from being repeated. _____________________
I was glad that there was a section about Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites in the Inverness Museum, so I still got my hit of history. I also visited Urquhart Castle during my Loch Ness Tour. Even though it was in ruins it still seemed to hum with the stories of its past and you could imagine the people moving about it during its heyday. The Visitor Centre also contained artefacts which helped to tell the story of the castle and its people.