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Culloden House

Culloden House

This impressive country manor has a wow factor even as you approach on the grand, sweeping driveway. There has been a residence here for centuries, and notably Culloden House was requisitioned by Bonnie Prince Charlie as the battle headquarters before the disastrous final Jacobite uprising in 1745. Today’s house has been tastefully decorated to reflect its historic origins. Public rooms are spacious, with high ceilings, large open fireplaces and ornate stuccoed ceilings. The restaurant serves an exquisite fine-dining menu and the Library Bar has an extensive array of whiskies. Each of the rooms is different, but all have the same lavish decor, which is in keeping with the house’s history.

Our rating: Deluxe

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Rooms vary by size and view, with some overlooking the lawns to the rear of the property. The decor of patterned wallpaper, curtains and carpets is at times quite busy, but not unattractive and very much in keeping with the history of the hotel. Some rooms have features such as a marble fireplace or a crystal chandelier, and all are spacious. All rooms have en suite bathrooms, a TV and complimentary Wi-Fi.


Culloden House is located to the east of Inverness, just a 15-minute drive from the heart of the city and a short drive from the Cairngorms National Park. It’s right on the edge of Culloden Moor, around a five-minute drive from the Culloden Battlefield visitor building. The hotel is set within leafy gardens and grounds.

Food and drink

Breakfast is served in the Adam’s Dining Room, an à la carte menu with a choice of hot and cold dishes. In the evening, a fine-dining menu featuring local Scottish ingredients and dishes is served in this same room, which has a dress code of no jeans, trainers or collarless shirts.  Afternoon tea can be served either in the library bar or the lounge, and an impressive selection of whiskies is on offer from the bar.

Facilities and activities

The hotel’s concierge service is excellent and the team can suggest or arrange a number of different activities in and around Inverness. The hotel has a sauna and a massage and beauty therapist, who gives treatments in your room. In front of the hotel is a croquet lawn, and there’s a tennis court in the grounds. Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout the hotel.

Our opinion

Although we find the decor a little old-fashioned, the hotel’s sense of history and grandeur makes it a really special property.

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