Glenfinnan Monument
Glenfinnan Monument
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Moving tribute to those who died fighting for the Jacobite cause, framed by dramatic Highland scenery. Raise your bonnet to the lone Highlander on top of Glenfinnan Monument and take the dizzying climb up the tower for an unrivalled view of Loch Shiel. Discover the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the 1745 Jacobite Rising in our informative visitor centre and find out about the clans that supported him. Immerse yourself in the magical setting of a Harry Potter film location and witness the ‘Hogwarts Express’ steam train crossing the world-famous Glenfinnan Viaduct. Surrounded by mountains on the shores of Loch Shiel, Glenfinnan Monument is a Highland gem and a tranquil spot from which to imagine the day when one of the most important events in Scottish history began here: the 1745 Jacobite Rising.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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No S
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
You have to pay for parking, but visiting the Monument itself is free. It looks like a postcard, very beautiful it was worth the visit.
Written June 4, 2024
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Me_n_my_rucksack
Yorkshire, UK6,226 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I had worked in Northern Scotland over the years yet had never managed to visit this memorial and it was very high on my list of sights to see when we visited for a weeks trip around thee highlands.

We arrived in our small campervan at about 10am and there were 2 car parks..... one for cars (which was full and closed) and we were directed to the coached and campervan car park - which was also full and closed. I asked the car parking chap if there was any alternative parking and he said they would be open in 15 mins. Went up road - came back 15 mins later - nope still closed. tried this twice and the woeful car parks were "full". I suspect reserving places for the coaches who pay more and full of folks wanting to see the viaduct (some kind of Harry Potter location apparently). We went to mallaig. Came back hours later - still "closed" so decided not to bother - but came across a parking laybye an easy walk away so parked up and walked back. Lots of people were just abandoning cars at the roadside but we specifically used a parking place.

The monument - stunning. Everything I had imagined.... set among dramatic highland scenery with the loch as a backdrop this is stunning and should be a must visit attraction. As a history buff this was fantastic. It is a very evocative place and historically very important in the history of Scotland... and absolutley gorgeous as well !

Having visited the Glencoe visitor centre (run by the same folks) this was a bit of a dissapointment to be honest - Free clean toilets etc - just not that much information on the history.

There is a small footpath behind the visitor which leads up to a viewing point for the monument which is certainly worth the 4 or 5 mins invested in walkimg up to it - great view.

So as a monument - stunning, absolutley brilliant. With the revenue flowing in from coach tours surley a better run car or campervan parking facillity can be sortted out here and we (and I suspect many others) almost gave up visiting and yet more parked illegaly on the winding roads leading to the site.
Written May 26, 2024
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Euan C
54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Great place to visit with some amazing views down the loch. You can just imagine how it would have been on that day in 1745 when the Prince raised his Standard
Written May 7, 2024
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Tony
Leyland, UK447 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This is the place where the Scots assembled to give the English a good thrashing but it didn't go to plan maybe next time the views are stunning and if you like Harry Potter you can take the family to the viaduct up the valley
Written January 30, 2024
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SLeeH
Banstead, UK1,550 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
We didn’t get a chance to go into Glenfinnan Monument, but still worth a visit, as you can visit the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the surrounding area is stunning. Also, there is a cute little church near by (see photos).
Written November 12, 2023
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fuzzyfozzy
Kinross, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
I would belatedly like to thank NTS Glenfinnan and particularly Lucy for organising our parking and a tour up the tower when we visited late April. The glorious weather gave us excellent views from the top of the tower and the viewing point behind the visitors centre. We appreciated Lucy’s time as the five who worked in the Centre were hard pressed delivering drinks and gifts to the many, many tourists who descend on them twice a day in expectation of viewing the ‘Hogwart’s Express’ travel over the viaduct. On this occasion there was no smoke so I’m glad our cars gave some an extra interest and pleasure to those who got to sit inside them.
PS Is the kilted clansman on the top of the Tower a ‘true’ Scot?
Written June 14, 2023
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Ruthy
United Kingdom39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
A great place to visit after exploring the viaduct location on the other side of the road. The dogs were equally pleased after sitting with us waiting for the steam train to cross the viaduct, as they got to play in the loch to cool off. Even without the viaduct, the monument and its surrounding areas are a great place to sit peacefully and take in the stunning scenery.
Written June 13, 2023
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Judith P
Mansfield, UK72 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The car parking charge is extortionate. £3.50 no matter the length of visit & unlike most other places in Scotland blue badge holders still have to pay.
As my husband is disabled we would only have visited the visitor centre and the visit would have been short.
I think NTS should consider amending the car park charge to reflect the length of the visit. Obviously able bodied visitors planning to walk get value for money but disabled people & the elderly who may have a shorter visit are penalised.
Written June 10, 2023
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Linmar1
Leeds, UK214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The car park opens at 7am and closes at 10pm. Gates locked. £6 moho £3 car.
Free to NTS / NT members.
The monument is amazing very respectful beautiful spot. There is a small exhibition and cafe. We saw the steam train on the viaduct. We decided to walk up the road passed the beautiful church to the railway carriage tea room. (This was closed on a Monday and there is no moho parking) the museum was open if that interests you.
Lovely place always very busy.
The car park guy was so friendly and helpful.
Written May 26, 2023
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Trip Recommender
Inverness, UK458 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
After visiting Harry Potter Bridge to see the Jacobite Team Train, don't miss to visit this monument. It's located down the road near coffee shop and gift shop. It's easy to see from far.
Written May 9, 2023
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