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Waddler
York, UK12,135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The view of the loch is perhaps best appreciated from the short walk at the visitors centre to the viewpoint. From there, the view is as good as the view over any loch in our visit to Scotland (and we saw a few!).

There's also lochside walk trails and cruises to enjoy.
Written 26 April 2022
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Bravaencore
Ann Arbor, MI1,086 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
While researching my trip to Scotland, a line on the Loch Shiel Cruises timetable page caught my eye: "Experience the full splendour of the Loch, passing by the ancient burial island Eilean Fhianain, locally-known as the Green Isle." Intrigued, I then researched Eilean Fhianain (aka, St. Finnan's Isle, the Irish missionary after whom Glenfinnan is named) and became totally obsessed with the goal of visiting this place.

We booked rooms at the Loch Shiel Hotel in Acharacle to place us at the south end of the loch. The manager referred us to John Macaulay of Dalilea Farm about booking a ride to the island, as John offers boats for hire from the Dalilea Pier. On the day of our booking, we drove out to Dalilea and, from there, rode out to the island, with John at the helm of his motorboat. Pier-to-pier passage, with us three middle-aged ladies clamoring in and out of the small boat was very easy. John left us on the island to explore for ourselves for 1.5 hours. And - oh! - what a glorious 90 minutes we had!

With fabulous weather, 90 minutes was just enough time to roam about the island to examine many of the gravestones - from medieval crosses to modern markers. The crown jewel of the island is the ruin of St. Finnan's Chapel, which still holds an ancient stone crucifix and 1000 year-old bronze bell that is chained to a stone altar, but is capable of being lifted and rung.

After picking us up for our return trip, John made a detour to show us a giant Golden Eagle nest built high up in the trees and, seconds after arriving, a Golden Eagle swooped over the trees and glided down for a landing in the nest. Check out my photo!

If you're going to Scotland in search of tranquil beauty, where barren mountains roll right down to the edges of a remote loch, know that a fuller exploration of Loch Shiel will reward you with memories that you will cherish for a long time.
Written 12 July 2016
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davev68
Retford, UK478 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
We did not have enough time to really take in the location but will return to spend more time here as soon as possible
Written 13 October 2020
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Charleygirl76
Seaview, UK1,152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Peaceful - away from the coach trips and Harry Pot-Heads. Just across the road from the madness . Nice and quiet.
Written 27 September 2020
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mars
Paisley, UK81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
If you stop here there's plenty of photo opportunities as the scenery is beautiful. Not a lot of car parking spaces.
Written 23 August 2020
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Lance johnson
Rome, Italy63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Harry Potter lake - Hogworts was digitally added to one of the Hills

Right next to Glenfinnan viaduct - park at the visitor centre - pay 3 pounds.

Walk 5 to 10 min from the parking lot or you can take a photo from the parking lot.

One side of the parking lot is the viaduct (Harry Potter bridge) and the other side is the Loch.

Buggy and wheelchair friendly - path to take you from parking lot to near the side of the Loch
Written 7 August 2020
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Craig B
Belper, UK589 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Family
Just another beautiful Loch.

One of the larger ones and it seems to be used more as it has a few villages dotted around it. So salmon farms, fishing and water sports are about the area.

Nice places to stop as you drive around and take in the wildlife and scenery.

Plus if you time it right you get to see the steam train as at various points it follows the Loch shore. We didn’t though as we watched it from above the viaduct.
Written 18 October 2017
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pbvh
Chesterfield, UK273 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Whilst primarily visiting to catch sight of Glenfinnan Viaduct the view of Loch Shiel is spectacular and worth spending some time looking at the monument and walking the beach area
Written 3 December 2021
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KDH1976
Glasgow, UK100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Beautiful loch and serene place. One would feel the peaceful and calm surrounding area. Easy access to get here.
Written 30 August 2021
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Swedishtomcat
Diss, UK4,373 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
Just over the A830 road from the Glenfinnan visitor centre is the head of Loch Shiel and it’s a picture-perfect spot to take a photo from, under the gaze of Bonnie Prince Charlie atop the monument.
Written 23 May 2021
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