Glenurquhart & Glenmoriston
This site was created on January 20, 2000
and was updated on
February 1st , 2007.
is bounded, on the north, by the parishes of Inverness, Kirkhill, and Kiltarlity;
on the east by Lochness, which separates it from Stratherrick; on the south
by the united parish of Boleskin and Abertarf and that of Kilmanvaig; on
the south- west, by the parishes of Glensheal and Kintail, in Ross-shire.,
and on the west, and north-west, by the district of Strathglass,
which lies in the parishes of Kilmorack and Kiltarlity.
The parish is 30 miles in its greatest length
; the breadth is, in the greater part, from 8 to 12 miles. It contains
the glens or vallies of Urquhart and Glenmoriston, which run nearly parallel,
at the distance of eight miles or thereby from each other, in a nearly
westerly direction from Lochness. They are separated from each other
by a ridge of mountains.
It is called, in public registers, the parish
of Urquhart and Glenmoriston, though no evidence appears of an annexation
or union, to ascertain whether or not they formerly were distinct parishes.
It is probable, however, that they were so in times of Popery. TO
Glen Urquhart has not got
the rugged beauty of the Glens of the west, nor has it the grandeur of
some of Scotland's most famous glens, Glencoe or Glen Nevis, for instance,
but it does have a beauty that is all its own. It is this beauty
that captured the hearts of many of it's past inhabitants who have ventured
far and near and who spoke with great affection of their native glen.
It is not just the geography, or topography of course, it is the people
that really make the difference. ("West The Glen" by Ian
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