Wednesday, 28 February 2007
Glenfinnan is a village at the mouth of Glen Finnan and at the head of Loch Shiel, on the Road to the Isles from Fort William to Mallaig. It was here that Prince Charles Edward Stewart gathered his supporters and raised his standard at the start of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. A tall column topped with a statue of a clansman stands as a memorial on the lochside, erected by Alexander Macdonald of Glenaladale in 1815. Glenfinnan is also known as one of the most spectacular points on the West Highland Railway line, with an impressive twenty one arch concrete viaduct, built by Sir Robert MacAlpine. Ardgour and Strontian, Glenfinnan, Loch Eil and Loch Shiel (Explorer Maps).