Photo By Peter Watts
Glen Shiel


Glen Shiel offers some dramatic landscape, bordered by the South Glen Shiel Ridge. A prolonged shower was about 2 minutes away moving slowly up the glen, so this was very much a case of grab the panorama and leg it.


Glen Shiel - Scottish Highlands visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Glen Shiel' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Highland.

Panorama from Glen Shiel in the Skye and Lochalsh area of the Scottish Highlands of Scotland. This panoramic photograph gives a good view down the glen and of the surrounding hills, taken from a point near to a very pretty stream that feeds the Cluanie River. Glen Shiel is famous for both the Battle of Glen Shiel in 1719. The site of this battle is near to the Glen Shiel waterfall a couple of miles west from here, and just beyond that is the Kings Quarry.

Behind the car, on the far side of the glen, is the South Glen Shiel Ridge, a 14km ridge that runs consistently at heights in excess of 800m. There are 7 Munro peaks along this ridge (peaks with a height over 3000 feet). Because of this the area is very popular with hill walkers and climbers who come to climb the 'Glen Shiel 7'. Most walkers will either start from the Cluanie Inn next to Loch Cluanie to walk part of the ridge. In all there are 19 Munro's in this area, which are listed below.

Glen Shiel Munro's

  • A'Chralaig (1120)
  • Aonach air Chrith (1021)
  • Cairn Bannoch (1012)
  • Sgurr an Doire Leathain (1010)
  • Sgurr an Lochain (1004)
  • Druim Shionnach (987)
  • Maol Chinn-dearg (981)
  • Carn Ghlusaid (957)
  • Driesh (947)
  • Creag aMhaim (947)
  • Sgurr na Sgine (945)
  • Mount Keen (939)
  • Mayar (928)
  • Creag nan Damh (918)
  • Sgurr nan Conbhairean (1110)
  • Mullach Fraoch-choire (1102)
  • The Saddle (1010)
  • Sail Chaorainn (1002)
  • Ciste Dhubh (982)


The A87 runs from Kyle of Lochalsh near the Isle of Skye to Invergarry, just south of Loch Ness. This point, close to the west end of Loch Cluanie, is about half way between the two at 27 miles from Kyle of Lochalsh, or 25 miles from Invergarry. Either way keep an eye out for the 'Map of Scotland' formed by the shape of the western end of Loch Garry.

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