Photographer's Note


Though you can climb a stair inside the monument and look over Loch Shiel from the top of it, the best way to get this full view on it is to wander a quite easy path behind the visitor centre. The view from the hill on the loch, the monument below at the south and up the glen to the viaduct at the north.

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The Glenfinnan Monument was built in 1815 by Alexander Macdonald of Glenaladale, a local landowner, whose father's cousin was the chief with whom the prince stayed the night before the standard was raised.
Macdonald himself died the same year the Monument was built, after a life given to pleasurable pursuits and too much drinking. Much of his life seems to have been given over to the grand, theatrical gesture - much like the prince he sought to commemorate.

The column is entered by a porticoed doorway in the base, which gives onto an internal spiral stair. The stair leads to a platform surmounted by a huge statue of a man in Highland dress. Though the statue may represent Bonnie Prince Charlie, it may equally be meant to represent a generic Highland chief.


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