Budding archaeologists are being invited to turn their hands to investigating one of the Highlands’ most historic sites.
Families will be invited onto Culloden Battlefield on Saturday to take part in an excavation and other activities.
The open day, which aims to raise awareness of the ongoing conservation work at the site, will feature the Highland ponies which are used to graze the moor as an alternative to lawn mowers.
Visitors will also get the chance to meet the heritage centre’s herd of Highland cattle and take part in a bird survey and bug hunt.
Pupils from Glenurquhart Primary came nose to nose with Highland cow Julie and calf Eva, both from Tordarroch Estate, on a visit to the battlefield yesterday.
Katey Boal, learning manager for the National Trust for Scotland at Culloden, has organised the open day.
She said: “The whole day is going to be about getting families involved with the site and letting people see it in a totally different way.
“We have not tried anything like this at Culloden before, so we are hopeful that it will be a success and we can try other things like it.
“Conservation of the site is an important part of the work that the National Trust does for Culloden so it will be good to open the site up to get people on board.”
The conservation open day will run from 10am until 4pm and is free of charge, although places are limited on the bird survey and bug hunt and must be booked by contacting the visitor centre.