Iconic monument honouring those who died fighting the Jacobite cause
Raise your bonnet to the lone highlander on top of the Glenfinnan Monument.
Join a guided tour to climb to the top of the monument and admire the sweeping views.
Discover the full story of the ’45 at Glenfinnan Visitor Centre.
Spot the Harry Potter film locations, including the Glenfinnan viaduct and the island where the Triwizard Tournament was held.
Framed by spectacular Highland scenery at the head of Loch Shiel, the Glenfinnan Monument is a striking tribute to those who fought in the Jacobite Risings.
Less than a year before the Battle of Culloden, Prince Charles Edward Stuart raised his father’s Standard at Glenfinnan, marking the start of the 1745 Jacobite campaign. An army of 1,500 rallied to join Bonnie Prince Charlie – they marched as far south as Derby before the retreat began that would seal their fate.
In 1815, the 18m-high monument was built here, with the lone, kilted highlander at the top providing a poignant reminder of the clansmen who gave their lives to the Jacobite cause.
The modern exhibition in the visitor centre tells the story of Prince Charles Edward Stuart and the 1745 Jacobite Rising.
Have your camera ready when you arrive at Glenfinnan – photo opportunities abound!
Wander through the visitor centre’s excellent exhibition to learn about the ’45, before stepping outside. Imagine the feelings coursing through the clansmen as they stood in these awe-inspiring surroundings alongside hundreds of other Jacobites, ready to rise.
Take a guided tour to the top of the monument and be rewarded with views that sweep across the mountains out to Loch Shiel. The monument was designed by James Gillespie Graham, who also designed part of Edinburgh’s New Town.
More recently, the wild landscape around Glenfinnan has been adopted by the Harry Potter films. Head along the path to the viewpoint for the Glenfinnan viaduct, where you may be lucky enough to see the steam train rushing through.
Enjoy a delicious snack in the visitor centre café – there is also a catering van that sells tea and coffee.
Enjoy a browse through our well-stocked gift shop.
Dogs are allowed around the monument but must be kept on a lead. Assistance dogs are welcome inside the visitor centre.
The car park is located about 40 metres from the visitor centre and parking is free for members. The coach park is about 10 metres away.
PLEASE NOTE: Tours are not currently available.
The monument is open for guided tours only, which leave from the visitor centre. It is a short walk from the visitor centre to the monument. The tours are every 30 minutes and take six people per tour. The tower is narrow and the steps are steep.
School and group visits are welcome – please contact the property directly on 01397 722250.
The exhibition, café, shop and toilets in the visitor centre are wheelchair-accessible.
A wheelchair is available at the visitor centre.
There is an audio commentary (7–8 minutes) about the 1745 Jacobite Rising in the exhibition, which has an induction loop.
An audio programme is available in Dutch, French, Gaelic, German and Spanish.
Glenfinnan Monument is at Glenfinnan, 18.5 miles west of Fort William on the A830.