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Glenfinnan

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Historic Sites · Hiking Trails · Specialty Museums
Glenfinnan is a hamlet in Lochaber area of the Highlands of Scotland. In 1745 the Jacobite Rising began here when Prince Charles Edward Stuart ("Bonnie Prince Charlie") raised his standard on the shores of Loch Shiel. Seventy years later, the 18 m (60 ft) Glenfinnan Monument, at the head of the loch, was erected to commemorate the historic event.Jacobite risingPrince Charles initially landed from France on Eriskay in the Western Isles. He then travelled to the mainland in a small rowing boat, coming ashore at Loch nan Uamh just west of Glenfinnan. On arrival on the Scottish mainland, he was met by a small number of MacDonalds. Stuart waited at Glenfinnan for a number of days as more MacDonalds, Camerons, Macfies and MacDonnells arrived.On 19 August 1745, after Prince Charles judged he had enough military support, he climbed the hill near Glenfinnan as MacMaster of Glenaladale raised his royal standard. The Young Pretender then announced to all the mustered clans he claimed the Scottish and the English thrones in the name of his father James Stuart ('the Old Pretender'). A MacPhee (Macfie) was one of two pipers with Bonnie Prince Charlie when he raised his banner above Glenfinnan. Afterwards brandy was distributed to the assembled highlanders to celebrate the occasion.
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Popular things to do in Glenfinnan

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Historic Site
Glenfinnan Monument
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Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Site
Glenfinnan Viaduct
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Duration: 30 minutes
Hiking Trail
Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail
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Water Body
Loch Shiel
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Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Glenfinnan

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Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse Kilchoan
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Samalaman Beach Glenuig
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Sanna Bay Kilchoan
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