In the early afternoon of August the 19th 1745, Prince Charles Edward Stuart landed at the north end of Loch Shiel, hoping to rally support for his father’s claim to the British Throne.
His reception was not a grand one and for a time it appeared as though little more than two hundred men were willing to support the uprising.
But then, the mountains around Loch Shiel echoed a distant whisper of promise as the march of pipers descended.
The ground trembled and the mountains roared as the clans arrived and Charles Edward Stuart raised his standard on a hill in Glenfinnan.
Today a monument stands at the head of Loch Shiel, commemorating the bravery and courage of the men who fell in support of their Prince.
Erected in 1815 and designed by the Scottish architect James Gillespie Graham, the monument is now in the care and custody of the Scottish National Trust.
A tall thin tower with a lone Highlander at the top, the monument is a poignant and imposing sight and well worth the effort of climbing.
I would however issue a word of caution to small children or those unsteady on their feet. The tower is a copy of a medieval castle’s staircase, built as a defence against intruders. The narrow, uneven, winding stone stairs are designed to trip you up, you are warned.