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Monadhliath Mountains

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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Monadhliath (Gael. 'grey hills'), a chain of mountains in Inverness-shire, extending north-eastward between Glenmore and Strathspey, and culminating in Carn Mairg (3087 feet), 16¼ miles E by S of Fort Augustus. Heavy, rounded, and barren, its mountains exhibit no grandeur of form. They chiefly consist of granite and quartzite, and rest on an elevated base or plateau of desolate heathy moor. Great herds of black cattle feed amongst their glens, and large flocks of sheep are pastured on their slopes; but their irksome solitudes, their vast and dreary wastes, are abandoned to the grouse, the ptarmigan, the roe, and the red deer.—Ord. Sur., shs. 73, 74, 1878-77.

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