This evening, I am focusing on Glen Nevis which is a quiet valley but one full of natural interest and steeped in history. Access is via a narrow road leading from Fort William in the Western Highlands.

This Glen (valley) shows the effects of glaciation. As recently as 10,000 years ago Scotland lay under ice sheets up to one mile thick which have left their mark on the landscape. At the foot of the valley runs the River Nevis which has its source at the top of Ben Nevis. At 4406ft (1344m) Ben Nevis is Britain’s highest mountain. The prefix Ben is Gaelic for mountain. In common with other parts of Scotland, some of the oldest rocks in the world can be found here. At and around Ben Nevis the rocks have eroded to make a good face for climbing which is one of the many outdoor sports and activities available in and around Fort William.

This Glen is synonymous with the Camerons and was used as a set for the filming of the movie ‘Braveheart’.

The image above and video 2 below show Lower Falls which can be found about 2 miles along the valley floor. The other video shows a small herd of Highland Cattle in their natural element.

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