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Great Glen


(Glen Mor, Glen Albyn)

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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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.

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