The National Trust for Scotland's Glenfinnan Monument gets a new Jacobite exhibition

By Jenni Davidson | 25 April 2013

From the raising of the the standard at Glenfinnan to its bitter end on the battlefield of Culloden, a new exhibition at the National Trust for Scotland's Glenfinnan Monument charts the history of the ill-fated 1745 Jacobite Rebellion.

A photograph of the Glenfinnan Monument
© National Trust for Scotland
The National Trust for Scotland’s Glenfinnan Monument in Lochaber is celebrating a makeover and a new exhibition.

The new English and Gaelic dual language display tells the story of the Jacobite Rising of 1745, which began in Glenfinnan.

It charts the events hour by hour on the day the standard was raised at Glenfinnan, followING the campaign through to its famous end a few months later at Culloden.

Younger visitors can get involved in the intrigue by creating a secret portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie or trying to decode cryptic Jacobite toasts.

The Glenfinnan Monument was erected in 1815 to commemorate the clansmen who fought and died for Prince Charles Edward Stuart - better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie.

A photograph of a display featuring Bonnie Prince Charlie
© National Trust for Scotland
The 18-metre high column, with its lone kilted Highlander on top, was designed by Scottish architect James Gillespie Graham

It stands at the head of Loch Shiel, near Fort Willliam, close to the place where Charles Edward Stuart raised his standard on 19 August 1745.

It is a popular spot for its stunning scenery and the nearby Glenfinnan Viaduct, which featured in the Harry Potter films.

“Glenfinnan is perfect," says Kirsteen Nielsen, who has recently taken over as property manager for Glenfinnan.

"It has stunning panoramic views to the beautiful mountain and loch.

“I’ve always considered it to be the ideal stop on the way to the Isles.”

Special events coming up this year at Glenfinnan include a bat and moth walk for Lochaber Wildlife Week in May and the annual Glenfinnan Highland Games on August 17.

  • Visitor centre open 10am-5pm March 23 - October 31 (site open all year). Admission £3.50 (concessions available).

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