Glen Spean

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Glenspean, a Lochaber glen of Kilmonivaig parish, SW Inverness-shire, traversed by the Spean, which, issuing from Loch Laggan (819 feet), winds 20½ miles westward till, after a descent of 728 feet, it falls at Bridge of Mucomir into the river Lochy at a point 3 furlongs below its efflux from Loch Lochy. It is ribbed by several lateral glens, chiefly Glengulbin and Glentreig on the left, and Glenroy on the right; and has all a grandly Highland character, but presents much variety of feature in its successive reaches. The upper part is narrow, moorish, and desolate; the middle parts have some amenities of wood and culture; and the vower part, besides having a comparatively well-peopled breadth of bottom, derives much sublimity from the immediate flanking of Ben Nevis. Many spots, particularly opposite the mouth of Glentreig, show scratchiness and polishings by ancient glacier action; a short reach between Glentreig and Glenroy exhibits, at an altitude of from 850 to 862 feet, an ancient line of water level, similar to the Parallel Roads of Glenroy; and a reach of 2 miles immediately above the mouth of Glenroy, is a rocky gorge, traversed by the Spean in deep tumultuous current.—Ord. Sur.,, sh. 63, 62, 1873-75.

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