Glen Nevis

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Glennevis, a Lochaber glen in Kilmallie parish, SW Inverness-shire, traversed by the Water of Nevis, a clear and rapid trout stream, which, rising at an altitude of 2750 feet, sweeps 11¾ miles south-westward, westward, north-north-westward, and westward, till at Fort William it falls into Loch Eil. A carriage drive, opened in 1880, leads 7 miles up the glen, objects of interest in which are a vitrified fort, a rocking-stone, Samuel's Cave (a hiding-place of fugitives from Culloden), and the Ben Nevis waterfall, by some deemed finer than the Falls of Foyers. ' High masses of rock towering to the very clouds, and covered here and there with moss, line both sides of the glen; while streams innumerable come rushing down the hillside to increase the volume of the crystal Nevis,'-Ord. Sur., Sh. 53, 1877.

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