"Loch Shiel" Scotland Things to Do Tip by Niekie

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  Loch Shiel
by Niekie

It was here at Glenfinnan, Loch Shiel, that Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard, signifying the start of the Jacobite uprising in 1745. In his effort to restore the throne for the house of Stewart, the prince made a spectacular advance into England. When against all odds the Jacobites came as far south as Derby, they felt unable to hold their position and retreated to Scotland. But in persuit came the large army of the Duke of Cumberland (afterwards nicknamed the butcher) and the two armies met on the fields of Culloden. The battle that followed left the Jacobites crushed and their dreams shattered; Bonnie Prince Charlie fled to France a broken man. After that black day Scotland was put under military occupancy, the rights of its people were confined and the clan system sabotaged, thereby altering the way of life in the Highlands forever.

The raising of the banner of Bonnie Prince Charlie is now commemorated by a monument erected in 1815. Although the events that followed were catastrophic to Highland life, Glenfinnan and Loch Shiel still bear that sense of posibility, opportunity and hope that must have been present at the start of the rebellion.

Also to be found at Glenfinnan is the railway bridge that was featured in the Harry Potter movie. It is part of the famous West Highland Railway, that passes through this glen.

Address: Glenfinnan
Directions: 30 km west of Fort William along the A82.
Website: http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/glenfinnan/monument/index.html

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  • Written Dec 20, 2004
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