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Loch Shiel, Glenfinnan and the Jacobite Railway

Glenfinnan is located in Lochaber, in the central Scottish Highlands. It is best known for it’s monument and viaduct which stand at the eastern end of Loch Shiel. In 1745 ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ (a young Prince with ambitions to overthrow central powers), had gathered enough military support from the Clans of MacDonalds, Camerons, Macfies and MacDonnells, that he was able to challenge for the thrones of Scotland and England. He raised his ‘Stuart’ standard at Glenfinnan to mark the beginning of the ‘Jacobite’ rising, however his ambitions failed. The 18m tall monument was erected in 1835 to commemorate this ambitions uprising, with the statue at the top representing an ‘anonymous highlander’. The viaduct was constructed between 1897 and 1898, forming part of the West Highland Line between Fort William in the south, and Mallaig in the north. It is constructed entirely form concrete and stands 30m tall at its highest point across the valley. The curved viaduct contains 21 arches and is a famous Scottish landmark, featuring in large box-office movies.