Glenfinnan Monument, Lochaber © Airborne Lens


Bonnie Prince Charlie

If you like your historical figures to come with a great deal of romance, passion and intrigue, then discovering the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Risings is a must for you.

Bonnie Prince Charlie portrait crop

Also known as 'the Young Pretender', Prince Charles Edward Stuart was the grandson of the deposed Catholic King James VII of Scotland and II of England. He and his followers believed the throne of Great Britain rightfully belonged to the House of Stuart, and led the campaign, known as the Jacobite Risings of 1745, to overthrow King George II.

Although the handsome prince and his troops experienced some successes in battle against the Hanoverian forces, Charles was eventually halted at the Battle of Culloden in 1746 by the Duke of Cumberland and the Red Coats; the bloody clash was to be the last major battle ever fought on the British soil. The tale of the Bonnie Prince Charlie's escape is now legendary and has inspired both song and story.

Speed bonnie boat like a bird on the wing,

Onward, the sailors cry.

Carry the lad that's born to be king

over the sea to Skye.

Skye Boat Song

Jacobite attractions

Isle of Eriskay

Follow the Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail through the Outer Hebrides. The Isle of Eriskay was the first place where he set foot on Scottish soil and is where he started his campaign. The islands are also where he initially fled to after the defeat at Culloden.

Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield stone house Inverness

At Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre, uncover what happened on that fateful day in April 1746. Immerse yourself in the battle experience and examine archaeological evidence from the site.

Culloden House

Stay in the place where Bonnie Prince Charlie took up his battlefield headquarters. Rich in history, the beautiful Culloden House is now a luxurious country house hotel.

Glenfinnan Monument

Glenfinnan Monument closeup

See the Glenfinnan Monument, dramatically set at the head of Loch Shiel in the west Highlands. In the visitor centre, discover the story of the '45, Risings and tour the structure itself. Glenfinnan is the place where Charles rallied the clans loyal to the Stuart cause and started the final Risings.

West Highland Museum

At the West Highland Museum in Fort William, you can see the Bonnie Prince's death mask, sword, and some of his clothing, including his fine silk waistcoat, as well as other Jacobite artefacts.

Museum of Island Life

On the Isle of Skye, just behind the Museum of Island Life, lies a memorial to Flora MacDonald, the Jacobite sympathiser who helped Charles escape Scotland following the defeat at Culloden by disguising him as a maid and smuggling him by boat.