Loch Shiel in the Scottish Highlands: A historic and scenic location

This evening, I am posting information on Loch Shiel which is situated about 12 miles west of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.

Although located close the coast, Loch Shiel is comprised of  fresh water, and 11.3 miles long.
The loch is easily accessed via the A830 ‘Road to the Isles’ which runs between Fort William and Mallaig.

A scenic stretch of water in its own right, the loch and its immediate environs are noted  for the following:
  • Landing place of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745 at start of an, ultimately doomed, attempt to take over the thrones of England and Scotland by military force. A tall monument stands at the head of the loch in memorial to this endeavour.
  • About one mile away is the Glenfinnan Viaduct, manufactured of concrete, which carries the railway line to Mallaig. In summer the Jacobite Express  aka ‘Harry Potter Train’ crosses the viaduct and attracts large volumes of observers and photographers.
  • Close by is the small village of Glenfinnan which has a railway station and a few hotels.
  • Wildlife and historical cruises are available on the loch itself.
  •  On the local estate can be rented holiday cottages (vacation rentals). Visitors can also engage in fishing and deer stalking.
  • There is a Visitor Centre close to the loch with emphasis on Bonnie Prince Charlie’s military adventure.
  • Good opportunities for photography with the hill behind the Visitor Centre providing a good platform for photographing the loch and viaduct.
  • The loch is suitable for kayaking and similar water sports.


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