Loch Shiel and Glenfinnan Monument

Loch Shiel and Glenfinnan Monument, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Loch Shiel, a 17.5m/28km long freshwater loch (lake) on the west of Scotland roughly equidistant between Fort William ands Mallaig.

Historically, the loch formed a major communications route and as such was a site for two major military endeavours in Scotland’s history:

  1. Defeat of the Vikings by Somerled in 1140 which gave rise to a local power base known as Lord of the Isles.
  2. Raising of the standard of  Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745 in an ultimately doomed attempt by the Prince to win the thrones of Scotland and England by force.

In more recent times, the locale had developed close links with the Harry Potter phenomenon. The loch itself was used as the setting for the ‘Hogwarts Lake’ whilst the nearby Glenfinnan Viaduct has become known as the ‘Harry Potter Bridge’.

Glenfinnan Viaduct wit Jacobite Express

Glenfinnan Viaduct wit Jacobite Express, Scotland

At the head of the loch stands the Glenfinnan Monument which was erected to commemorate the landing of Bonnie Prince Charlie. This is , in fact, a tower with public access. A climb to the top affords superb views across the loch and to the viaduct.

View of Loch Shiel from Glenfinnan Monument

View of Loch Shiel from Glenfinnan Monument, Scotland

As will be evident from the images in this post, the loch sides are mountainous and covered in woodland.

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