Great Glen  Scotland


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Great Glen like this:

Glenmore-nan-Albin or Great Glen of Scotland, a magnificent Highland valley, chiefly in Inverness-shire, but partly on the mutual border of Inverness and Argyll shires. Commencing in the south-western vicinity of Inverness, it extends 60½ miles south-westward to Loch Eil in the vicinity of Fort-William; forms, with the Upper Moray Firth in the NE, and Loch Eil and Loch Linnhe in the SW, a continuous and straight opening through the mountains from side to side of the Scottish mainland; and is traversed from end to end, within its own proper limits, by the Caledonian Canal navigation. ...

It contains, within these limits, Lochs Dochfour, Ness, Oich, and Lochy, constituting about three-fifths of the entire length of that navigation; is overhung at Loch Ness by Mealfourvonie, at Fort - William by Ben Nevis, and in other parts by other lofty mountains; receives into its waters picturesque streams through the lateral glens of Urquhart, Farigaig, Foyers, Moriston, Garry, Archaig, and Spean; exhibits, almost everywhere, a rich, diversified, picturesque display of Highland scenery; and is noticed in detail in our articles on its various parts and objects.—Ord. Sur.,, sh. 84, 83, 73, 63, 62, 1873-81.

Great Glen through time

Great Glen is now part of Highland district. Click here for graphs and data of how Highland has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Great Glen itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Great Glen, in Highland and Scotland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 25th April 2024

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