Glenfinnan Memorial, Loch Shiel, Western Highlands
I have driven to, and past, this Memorial Tower many times, each time I think it has rained …. and a good deal worse, than on this particular occasion.
The Memorial is built to commemorate all those who took part in the Jacobite Rising.
It was here, in 1745, that Prince Charles Edward Stuart symbolically raised his standard on the shore of Loch Shiel. It is also here that many of his followers had gathered for the start of his campaign.
The Prince declared his claim to the British Throne. Enthusiastic and faithful as his followers were, it all ended very badly at the very Bloody Battle of Culloden in 1746.
The Memorial Tower was erected in 1815. On the very top of the 60ft tower, stands a statue of Bonnie Prince Charlie, gazing down the Loch to the Isle beyond (on a clear day of course).
If you visit, and a climb to the top of the tower is well worth it, I do hope you have better luck with the weather. Even if it is no better, it is still an evocative place, an important place in Scottish History