Culloden Battlefield and Museum, Culloden, Scotland

This museum is truly emotional and very moving. I found it so well curated. I would wager that a fair number of people attend this area due to interest sparked by Outlander, a book and television series. However, I would recommend coming here regardless as it is an important museum dedicated to Scottish history worth paying respects to.

The museum recounts the events leading up to the Battle of Culloden, and the aftermath, the human loss, the impact on history. Both sides, the Jacobite and the Redcoats have their story told on either side of the museum as you walk through, step by step. There’s an immersive room where you can stand in the battle, and I don’t recommend it to the faint of heart.

Once you pass through the museum, you come out to the actual battlefield. It’s eerie. I got quite emotional. It can get quite busy, especially with tour buses, so keep that in mind. There’s a cafe and giftshop, WiFi and bathrooms and free parking.

 

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The Heritage Cafe and Bistro, Galle, SRI LANKA

To me, the most striking aspect of the Heritage Cafe in Galle is the decor and atmosphere. The furnishings harken back to an earlier time, steeped in history and local culture.

The food is tasty, but pretty standard. I remember I ordered a burger and they came back to me saying they had run out. I also remember being a little underwhelmed by the wrap, as I didn’t find it value for money. I wouldn’t write home about the bistro part of this establishment

I would go back, however to sit in the cafe, drink in the ambience and sip Ceylonese tea. I had an iced tea and sat for a long while, used the WiFi, had access to clean bathrooms and wrote post cards. I would definitely return to the cafe again, to stave off the afternoon heat over a refreshing iced tea.

 

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Chinatown Heritage Centre, Chinatown, SINGAPORE

The Chinatown Heritage Centre in Singapore is a fantastic interactive museum, one of the most detailed, comprehensive and accessible museums I’ve been to. Definitely worth the entry fee, this centre is engaging with rooms dedicated to following the life of a family and tenants who lived in the shop there in the 1950s. This personalisation of history was highly engaging, as were the still life exhibits. If anything, there’s so much detail and information that by the end of it you may leave feeling overwhelmed. You could easily spend two hours or more here, and it’s worth visiting just to get out of the Singaporean humidity. The audio guide was very informative, otherwise wander at your own pace. I’d recommend to anyone wanting to learn a little bit about life in post-war Singapore.

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Staircases to evoke curiosity.

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Clava Cairns, Scottish Highlands, SCOTLAND

Visiting Clava Cairns is a really humbling experience. Driving through the lush hills of Scotland, through the little villages with all the mod-cons, we see history all around us. However, Clava Cairns offers us a different level of history. Deep, mystical, Bronze Age and alive. The origins of the Clava Cairns aren’t exactly known, but archaeologists have speculated that they are neolithic burial grounds akin to Stonehenge. They’re a stone’s throw from Culloden Moor which make them easily accessible to a tourist in the Scottish Highlands. For those interested in Óutlander’, they’re not the exact stones as in the TV series, but they’ll do.

Definitely worth seeing on your way somewhere. Oh, and it’s free. Careful though- if you hear them hum you may get transported back in time!

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Catch you in either the Bronze Age or 1940, who knows.

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He's probably summoning something from the Bronze Age.

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