Great Glen

Great Glen

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The Great Glen (Scottish Gaelic: An Gleann Mòr), also known as Glen Albyn ("Gleann Albainn" - the Glen of Scotland) or Glen More ("Gleann Mor") is a series of glens in Scotland running 100 kilometres from Inverness on the Moray Firth to Fort William at the head of Loch Linnhe.

The Great Glen follows a large geological fault known as the Great Glen Fault. It bisects the Scottish Highlands into the Grampian Mountains to the southeast and Inverness to the northwest.

The Glen is a natural travelling route in the Highlands of Scotland, which is used by both the Caledonian Canal and A82 road, which link the city of Inverness on the east coast with Fort William on the West.

Its strategic importance in controlling the Highland Scottish clans, particularly around the time of the Jacobite uprisings of the 18th century, is recognised by the presence of the towns of Fort William in the south, Fort Augustus in the middle of the Glen, and Fort George, just to the north of Inverness.

Much of the Glen is taken up with a series of lochs, with rivers connecting them. The Caledonian Canal also uses the lochs as part of the route, but the rivers are not navigable.

From northeast to southwest, the natural water features along the Great Glen are:

* River Ness
* Loch Dochfour
* Loch Ness
* River Oich
* Loch Oich
* Loch Lochy
* River Lochy
* Loch Linnhe

The watershed, or water-divide, lies between Loch Oich and Loch Lochy. Loch Linnhe to the south of Fort William is a sea-loch into which both the River Lochy and Caledonian Canal emerge. At the north end, the River Ness empties into the Moray Firth.

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  • Great Glen —   [ greɪt glen], Tal in Schottland, Glen More …   Universal-Lexikon

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  • Great Glen — Loch Lochy im Great Glen Great Glen (englisch; dt. „Großes Tal“ von schottisch gälisch gleann mhor), auch Glen More genannt, ist eine tektonische Verwerfung, die mitten durch Schottland verläuft und das schottische Hochland in die Grampian… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Great Glen — El Lago Ness, en el Great Glen El Great Glen o Gran Glen (en gaélico escocés, An Gleann Mòr), también conocido como Glen Albyn, Glen More o depresión de Glen More es un conjunto de valles escoceses que se extienden a lo largo de más de 100 km… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Great Glen — Original name in latin Great Glen Name in other language Great Glen State code GB Continent/City Europe/London longitude 52.57548 latitude 1.0349 altitude 99 Population 3066 Date 2011 03 03 …   Cities with a population over 1000 database

  • Great Glen — /greɪt ˈglɛn/ (say grayt glen) noun a valley in Highland, Scotland, with a series of lochs connected by the Caledonian Canal. Also, Glen More, Glen Albyn …   Australian English dictionary

  • Great Glen — (also Glen More) a long valley running across the Highlands of Scotland from the west coast near Fort William to the east coast near Inverness. Loch Ness fills part of the valley. * * * …   Universalium

  • Great Glen — a large fault valley in Scotland that extends southwest for 60 miles (97 km) from the Moray Firth to Loch Linnhe. It contains Loch Ness. Also called Glen More …   Useful english dictionary

  • Great Glen Way — Carte du Great Glen Way. Localisation Écosse Type Scottish Long Distance Route Longueur 117 km Points de départ …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Great Glen, Leicestershire — Great Glen (or Glenn), also known as Glen Magna, is a village in Leicestershire, England about seven miles south east of Leicester.Its name comes from the original Iron Age settlers who used the Celtic word glennos , meaning valley and comes from …   Wikipedia

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