If you have visited Scotland with time on your hands to explore the magnificent highlands, you may have already visited this place. If you haven’t, I hope that this poem encourages you to do so. As is the case with many of Scotland’s finest viewpoints, Glenfinnan is steeped in history. Here you will learn of the efforts of Bonnie Prince Charlie when, in 1745, he raised his standard on the shores of Loch Shiel: the commencement of the Jacobite rising. This taster poem will feature in my forthcoming poetry collection entitled: The Very Great Britain in Poetry. I do hope you enjoy it:-
Take to the West Highland Railway
Twixt Fortwilliam and the port of Mallaig
To this village in Lochaber where
Dreams were conquered, amount a fine staig.
As we flock to the viewpoint to capture
This monument made for the lens
Glenfinnan has curdled emotion
Drawing tears; poets take to their pens.
The dawn of the Jacobite rising
Where Stuart raised his standard on the shores of Loch Shiel
Bonnie Prince Charlie’s brave doing
Just imagine his heart’s turmoil reel.
Gasps abound as we stand in amazement
That this place could even exist here at all
A miracle bathed in glorious heathers and green
Staged with purpose, this is nature’s finest call.
A history steeped in romance
And a sight that all people should see
My visit to Scotland’s not over
Till we’ve connected; Glenfinnan and me.
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