Day 2 -- Part One
Day 2 -- Part Two
I left you on a bit of a cliffhanger Friday... And now I'm ready to tell you about walking Culloden Battlefield at night. We pulled into the parking lot and the last person was pulling out, leaving the lot empty. At first, we were disappointed, thinking that we'd have to wait another day. We hit the ground in Edinburgh running, and our list was so jam-packed full of things we wanted to see, we actually weren't sure when we'd be able to come back.
The sky was turning pinkish grey. Within twenty minutes it would be dark.
I've always loved grave yards. I like to walk through them, look at the names, the dates, the stones. In Ireland, I put my camera in a crypt and took a picture (profusely apologizing to the dead, who happened to be my ancestors). But all of my previous trips had been during the day. Its a battlefield you say--and yes it is, but it is also a mass graveyard.
But, when in Scotland... We knew we were crazy. Prayed we'd make it through before it was pitch black. Were pretty sure our husbands would think we were insane.
We stepped out of the car.
|The first sign we came across.|
|Here is the first grave I saw. It says: "Field of the English. They were buried here."|
|"Well of the dead. Here the Chief of the MacGillivray Fell"|
|"Clans MacGillivray, MacLean, MacLachlan, Athol Highlanders"|
|You can't really see it too well in the picture, but the grass had three circular, linked indentations. Just thought it was neat.|
|And the sun started to set as we encountered the Well of the Dead. Look at all the spots on my camera? There was no debris. I checked... Do you think they were spirits?|
|The plaque on the well.|
|A view of the field as the sun set -- more white dots...|
|A view of the well in the dark -- more white dots...|
|Another view of the battlefield -- which is MASSIVE. Would take hours to walk. We only spent about 45 minutes there, before we thought we'd overstayed our welcome.|
|A view of the marsh.|
|Looking toward where we'd come from -- another white globe.|
|A flag in the distance. See it?|
|The path we walked on.|
|Heading back toward where we'd come on the path. More globes.|
|It is REALLY dark. I think its time to go...|
|Didn't come out. Flash didn't help at this point, but it was a little cottage that had been there since the battle.|
Have you ever been to the battlefield? Want to go at night? Do you think those white globes are spirits?
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