Framed by spectacular and inspiring Highland scenery at the head of Loch Shiel, the internationally recognised Glenfinnan Monument is a striking tribute to those who fought in the final Jacobite Rising of 1745. The kilted Highlander atop the 18m-high column surveys the land where the Highland way of life was soon to be cruelly extinguished.

It’s a poignant symbol of the Jacobite rebellion to restore the Stuarts to the British throne. The Rising, led by Prince Charles Edward Stuart – Bonnie Prince Charlie – began at Glenfinnan. It was here that the prince first mustered support in his daring attempt to regain the throne, but it ended in disaster less than a year later. The Monument, which was completed in 1815, serves as a memorial to these dramatic events in Scottish history.

One of the best things to do is climb the spiral stone staircase to the top of the Monument and experience its panoramic views and historical landscape setting.