Behold Glenfinnan! A legendary place

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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Anita Williams


One Reply to “Behold Glenfinnan! A legendary place”

  1. I have fond memories of visits to Glenfinnan; a breathtaking beauty spot which attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world. This was one of my father’s favourite places to visit, and when I think of Glenfinnan, I picture him standing there by the monument, taking in the history and the wonderful views.
    Anita Williams